• April 2008 April 16th, 2008.

    I hope you have a chance to read my April 2nd blog entry, about the 14th Annual Diversity Makes a Difference Dinner. During the dinner, I was very lucky to be seated with local radio show host Paul Casey. Paul hosts an AM frequency talk show concerning small businesses, with tips for success and interviews with local business owners. After speaking with Paul about my own business and some of the difficulties I've had to overcome as a Japanese business owner, Paul decided to interview me for his radio show! The interview has already passed, though I may be featured on his show again in the future. Fortunately, Paul was able to send me an mp3 file of the interview, which I have here for you to listen to. If you have any questions for me about this interview or any of my other blog entries, please contact me. Hope you enjoy my interview!
    - Midori

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  • April 2008 April 11th, 2008.

    Ever thought about becoming an interior designer? Well, itís not as easy as it looks. If Midoriís day-to-day activities can provide any kind of measuring rod, I have my work cut out for me in the future as an assistant designer. Midori has at least one client meeting per day, plus visits to current job sites to meet with contractors. A complete residential remodel in Medina is fully under way, requiring frequent site visits and trips to vendor showrooms. After the designs have been decided upon and a work crew arrives on site, Midoriís involvement actually increases. For example, Midori does not simply send tile specs to her contractor and expect him to choose an appropriate layout. Each tile is carefully placed according to Midoriís instructions, and if any problems arise, Midori will be there to make on-site corrections. At this stage in the new Medina project, Midori has to deal with major issues of lighting and plumbing locations, routing pipes inside walls and working around structural supports. She'll have to consider not only the needs of her client, but also the potential needs of the next buyer, as well as resale value.
    - Rachel

  • Awards Dinner April 2nd, 2008.

    This weekend I had the great honor of attending the 14th Annual Diversity Makes a Difference Scholarship Dinner, hosted by Jumbo Chinese Restaurant in Seattle. It was truly inspiring to hear speeches from the Emcee, Nate Miles of Eli Lily & Co., and also my friend and client Thach Nguyen. Local high school students were awarded a variety of prizes for scholastic merit, sponsored by Washington businesses such as Microsoft, Eli Lily and Company, 98.9 Smooth Jazz station, and major local insurance companies. Especially exciting for the kids, and for me, was a visit from Donald Trump's "The Apprentice" finalist James Sun. To see details of the dinner party, please click on the image link to the left.
    - Midori