We had the good fortune of connecting with Jackie Nagel and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Jackie, have there been any changes in how you think about work-life balance?
I’ve been more intentional about achieving balance in the past two years. It was triggered by what I call my “Dorothy” moment. While training for a 7-day backcountry trip to Mt. Whitney, I opted to run my business on 3 days a week. It was then I realized I could have been doing it all along. “Hustle” is a myth.

What should our readers know about your business?
As one of the “first” to launch a coaching firm in 1997, it’s been an exciting and evolutionary journey. Back when “coaching” was met with “huh” and “what is it you do,” it was challenging to articulate the outcomes of a budding industry. There are several things that set me apart from other coaches and strategists in the industry. I hold a diploma from two internationally-renowned coach-training universities plus a certification in entrepreneurship from UCLA – Anderson School of Business. I’ve dedicated the past 23 years to the growth and development of the micro and small business entity up to $1 M in revenue. The skillset we provide is vast including training, mentoring, coaching, advising, consulting, and strategizing. Additionally, we have an online small business cohort where we bring together a variety of voices in the small business sector to assist with the growth and development journey. Business is becoming increasingly complex. In particular, the past 5 years are moving at warp speed. And, as a strategist, I’m one voice – it’s an important voice in the growth of a small business yet its only one. That’s why I’m building Eureka and that is what excites me most today. We’re creating a cohort of other voices to come alongside other entrepreneurs. They are, in their own right, experts in the fields. And they are everyday small business owners who reach out to each other to share experiences and learn from each other. I don’t really think of my business as being challenging. I’m sure there are moments during which it could be classified as such. I’ve always put one foot in front of the other to create something that is a joy for me to deliver, that meets the needs of my client base, and creates value for us both.

Let’s say your best friend was visiting the area and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
Hiking trails in Lindera Linda, Del Cerro Park, San Bernandino Mountains Solviva restaurant at Terrenea for the BEST coffee ever The Nickel Diner for a once in a lifetime maple bacon donut (although I prefer the potato chip/chocolate cake) Au Lac LA for unbelievably delish vegetarian dishes. Flower Mart The Museum of Death in Hollywood Marilyn Monroes grave

Who else deserves some credit and recognition?
My shoutout is to all the business owners I’ve had the privilege of working with for the past 23 years and the cooperative learning I share with them.

Website: www.synnovatia.com
Linkedin: www.linkedin.com/in/synnovatia
Twitter: https://twitter.com/Synnovatia
Other: Online Cohort for Micro/Small Business Owners: https://eureka.synnovatia.com/

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