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Men’s Only Groups

We recently implemented the ability to categorize groups. Now at the top level, you can choose to go to the group list categorized for men.

  • search
  • chat
  • share
  • information
  • support
  • educate
  • engage
  • connect
  • meet
  • thrive together
  • Currently, there are over 240 groups on OutBüro. Each has been categorized
  • Search and join groups that interest you. Create groups and set the group tone
  • Delegate, assign other group members as moderators, as managers, and transfer group ownership

All while shaping your own OutBüro experience and the community. See the What can I do in Groups, and Control Your Experience articles. in the Knowledge Base.

Access to groups is now part of the Yearly/Monthly membership plans.

Get Connected. Subscribe today.

Here are a few ideas for groups you might create:

  • Gay/Bi Relationships
  • Gay Dating
  • Men’s Health
  • Gay Entrepreneurs
  • Gays In Sports
  • Guys in College
  • Gay/Bi Lawyers
  • Gay/Bi Realtors
  • Gays in Science
  • Gays/Guys in _________
  • Gay Travels
  • Gay Hiking
  • Drag Queens
  • Men in Dallas
  • Men in India
  • Gay Comedy
  • Gay Films/Shows
  • Gay Literature
  • Gay Surfers
  • Leather
  • Furries
  • Gaymers

etc… you get the idea.

If you create it, be direct or creative with the group name, avatar, and cover. Check out the Joining and Creating Groups Knowledge Base article.

Thriving together

We recently refocused the site and allowed active Yearly/Monthly members to optionally be affiliates/influencers and earn a residual income. Check out the Affiliate/Influencer Income Estimator.

Are you interested in the group because you are a writer or content creator? See Get Published on OutBüro.

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Influencer Marketing Leader, Captiv8, Aims to Help Diversify Industry by Launching DEI Initiatives Including Grant Which Offers Pro-Bono Services to BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ Small Businesses

SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 30, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — Today, leading influencer marketing company, Captiv8, is announcing its public pledge to help Cr8 Change through programs such as a grant for minority-owned SMBs as well as mindful product updates with the goal of taking concrete, small steps to help lead greater DEI momentum and progress within the influencer marketing industry.

Influence Change Grant: applications are now open for Captiv8’s inaugural Influence Change Grant, which is designed to be a twice-yearly SaaS grant to support BIPOC and LGBTQIA+ owned small- to mid-sized businesses who are positively impacting their communities. Those selected will be provided free access to Captiv8’s SaaS influencer marketing platform, including discovery, workflow, intelligence, insights and measurement capabilities, as well as dedicated hours for strategic consulting with a team of in-house experts. In order to qualify, applicants must also meet the following criteria: be located in the United States, be non-for-profit or be a for-profit business with less than $10 million in annual revenue. The first deadline to submit is October 29, 2021, with the first recipients to be announced in December of this year. Captiv8 is currently dedicating over a half of a million dollars of value to this program to help support 10 companies in 2022.

Mindful Product Mapping: Captiv8 is also building features directly into its platform to encourage creator representation through expanded gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation identification options. This will allow creators to self-identify in the most representative manner, and allow brands to partner with creators to diversify initiatives.

“The last few years have made it apparent that there is a need now more than ever for a culturally diverse and representative landscape in the influencer marketing industry. We know this change cannot happen overnight, but we want to make sure we’re dedicating ourselves to taking the right steps to ensure we’re making a positive impact for both creators, and the brands we work with,” said Krishna Subramanian, CEO, Captiv8. “Ultimately, we know that small steps lead to significant progress over time. As a minority-owned company ourselves, we have built our own foundation upon the diverse backgrounds, ethnicities, genders and excellence of our employees, and we want to help lay a similar, inclusive, foundation in others.”

Captiv8, itself, is a minority-owned company, with nearly 70 percent of the team identifying as BIPOC. Diversity extends to the highest levels, with 1 in 2 of its leadership team also identifying as BIPOC.

Those interested in learning more or applying for the Influence Change grant can visit here.

About Captiv8:
Captiv8 is a full service influencer marketing solution that redefines end-to-end, inspiring you to think bigger, enabling you to plan smarter and empowering you to execute better. Through our intuitive workflow, brands can uncover actionable insights on trends, discover and vet influencers, seamlessly activate campaigns at scale, amplify branded content across the digital ecosystem, and prove business impact through our measurement dashboard. Our platform gives you the tools you need to build relationships and effective content, while our teams lend experiences and strategic services to steer you clear of common influencer marketing pitfalls.

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New Online Bank PROFIT Helps Minority Business Owners By Doing Bookkeeping and Accounting for FREE

NEWARK, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PROFIT is the first online business bank account that blends modern banking with accounting software in one platform – automatically completing your bookkeeping and accounting for free.

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Founded by two software engineers who grew up in underserved areas (Newark, NJ & Union, NJ), Vin Montes & Frantz Romain personally know what it’s like to fend for themselves in an underserved financial business environment. Frantz Romain attended New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) and Vin Montes attended Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU) in NJ. They recognized the help minority small business owners needed and built a banking platform to help them.

PROFIT’s founders include:

  • Vin Montes, a prior business owner, US Air Force veteran, and software engineer who developed a global financial spend application for UPS.
  • Frantz Romain, a prior business owner, and software engineer who worked with Mr. Montes for two years developing a global financial spend application for UPS. The technology he built with Mr. Montes was awarded Red Hat’s 2018 Global Innovation Award (prior winners include Barclays, Deutsche Bank, & BBVA)


Minority small businesses continue to be underserved by banks. Lacking support from the financial industry, they struggle to access capital and easy-to-use financial tools. Overwhelmed with responsibilities, most minority business owners lack the time and financial background to manage complex accounting software.


PROFIT’s founders decided to build the first All-in-One business bank account with accounting technology that does their member’s bookkeeping and accounting for free.

“We personally know what it’s like to be left behind and fend for ourselves in an underserved environment. This motivated us to build a technologically advanced bank that would take some of the financial burdens away from underserved business owners so they could focus on growing their business the best way they can.” – CEO/Co-founder Vin Montes.

“It is hard for a business owner to know how their company is doing financially compared to their industry. To solve this problem we provide our members with real-time Profit & Loss statements that benchmark their net profit with their industry’s average. This helps the owner understand how their business is doing financially compared to their industry. – CTO/Co-founder Frantz Romain.

PROFIT also captures receipts via text message & automatically matches them to the correct transaction. It then auto-reconciles all their accounts saving their members days of tedious accounting work.


Black and Latino business owners are half as likely to be approved for bank loans than Whites. That was the case even when Black, Latino, and White applicants were all categorized as low credit risk, according to a 2020 Federal Reserve study. As further validation of the uphill battle Black & Latino’s face in getting the business help they need, Forbes published that 37.9% of Black businesses reported being discouraged from applying for a business loan, compared to 12.7% of white-owned businesses.

PROFIT’s founders experienced this first-hand when they were turned down for a business loan.

To help alleviate the problem, PROFIT offers all their members a 0% interest revolving line of credit. “We take a portion of our revenue and fund a revolving line of credit for all our members. We know what it’s like to be turned down for loans even if you have a good business. We do not ask for a credit check and the funds are available the next business day.” – CEO/Co-founder Vin Montes.


If you would like to help or support PROFIT’s cause in any way please contact info@bankwithprofit.com.

To sign up for a PROFIT business bank account or to learn more, visit www.bankwithprofit.com.



Vin Montes

CEO & Founder

Media Kit: https://www.bankwithprofit.com/post/media-kit

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$2 Million in New Grants Aimed for LGBTQ+-owned and Ally Restaurants

National LGBT Chamber of Commerce Teams Up with Grubhub To Offer String-Free Funds for Struggling Restaurants Impacted by Covid

WASHINGTON and CHICAGO, Sept. 22, 2021 /PRNewswire/ — America’s vulnerable LGBTQ+-owned restaurants and bars serving food will find a vital lifeline this fall stemming from the partnership formed by the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) and Grubhub. These small business owners have been among hardest hit by Covid impact with loss of jobs and income over the past two years.

Grubhub, a leading U.S. food-ordering and delivery marketplace, and the National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC), the business voice of the LGBTQ+ community and certifying body for LGBTQ+-owned businesses nationwide, have opened applications for their NGLCC/Grubhub Community Impact Grant Program. The grants are expected to range from $5,000 to $100,000.

“We often say at NGLCC that ‘If you can buy it, an LGBTQ+-owned business can supply it.’ That is especially true of the LGBTQ+-owned restaurants across America who kept our communities and first responders fed throughout the pandemic. We’re proud to partner with Grubhub in offering these grants to support these businesses throughout the nation. America’s 1.4 million LGBTQ+-owned business owners have shown incredible resilience during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now, in turn, we can help them recover stronger than ever,” said NGLCC Co-Founder and President Justin Nelson.

Throughout June, NGLCC was named the official partner of Grubhub’s Donate the Change program, which has raised tens of millions of dollars for organizations in need since launching in late 2018. The partnership welcomed Grubhub and Seamless diners to opt-in, round up their order total, and donate the difference, with the company matching eligible donations from Grubhub+ members. The proceeds raised will now be made available through NGLCC to support the LGBTQ+ community and LGBTQ+-owned restaurants.

“As the world starts to return to a new normal, we know many businesses are rebuilding and reopening, especially LGBTQ+-owned restaurants that are often the pillars of their communities,” said Kevin Kearns, senior vice president of restaurants at Grubhub. “We’re thrilled to partner with NGLCC and give back to the LGBTQ+ community – one that has shown incredible strength and support for those in need throughout the pandemic.”

Under the innovative grant program, the NGLCC has set a goal to allocate 30 percent of the funds to businesses owned by people of color and transgender/gender non-conforming individuals.

Restaurants wishing to apply for grants should visit www.nglcc.org/ghgrant

NGLCC and its partners will expertly evaluate applications after the October 12, 2021 closing date. Major grantees will be awarded onstage during the NGLCC Back To Business (B2B) Summit in Hollywood, Florida this November, as well as in local communities.

The NGLCC’s network of more than fifty Affiliate Chambers across America will help amplify this grant opportunity to support local restaurants. Those local chambers will also benefit from this initiative’s newly established “Affiliate Chamber Fund.” This fund will enable any establishment that receives a Community Impact Grant Program that is not currently a member of an NGLCC local affiliate chamber to have one year of membership paid. Additionally, many of NGLCC’s more than 300 corporate partners enhanced their Pride 2021 programming with food orders from Grubhub during their programming with Employee Resource Groups and community partners – a best practice expected to continue throughout future Pride celebrations.

For more information on the Community Impact Grant Program regarding restaurant eligibility requirements, timelines, how to apply, and more, please visit www.nglcc.org/ghgrant.

Contact: press@nglcc.org

The National LGBT Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) is the business voice of the LGBT community and is the largest global advocacy organization specifically dedicated to expanding economic opportunities and advancements for LGBT people. NGLCC is the exclusive certification body for LGBT-owned businesses, known as Certified LGBT Business Enterprise® (Certified LGBTBE®) suppliers.
www.nglcc.org @nglcc

About Grubhub
Grubhub is part of Just Eat Takeaway.com (LSE: JET, AMS: TKWY, NASDAQ: GRUB), a leading global online food delivery marketplace. Dedicated to connecting more than 33 million diners with the food they love from their favorite local restaurants, Grubhub elevates food ordering through innovative restaurant technology, easy-to-use platforms and an improved delivery experience. Grubhub features more than 300,000 restaurant partners in over 4,000 U.S. cities.

SOURCE National LGBT Chamber of Commerce

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Leadership Coaching Centered on Your State Of Consciousness

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Kevin Huntting, a Leadership Coaching Centered on Your State Of Consciousness.

Kevin has had a long career in the large Fortune 500 corporate world in areas of eCommerce, digital marketing, social media management for brands like Banana Republic, GAP, and GE. He enjoyed the challenges and what they taught him about himself. The biggest change was when he met his spouse who is a career Mexican Diplomat. Due to his husband’s government role that requires him to be resigned to new international or US locations to serve his country every 3-4 years, this caused Kevin to assess himself and reconsider his career.

If you are a professional or entrepreneur in either capacity and would like to up your leadership skills, make sure you watch/listen. Along the way, we’d love for you to drop a comment. What did you learn? What was new or interesting to you? What are your goals and what’s blocking you?

We discussed how relocating can allow you to reinvent yourself leaving the past behind. If coupled with a self-assessment and an intention to grow and change it can have a profound positive impact on your life. Also, how so many people fear the change, leaving a comfort zone (even if negative) and unknown and further we discuss how to deal with that. step into the possibilities, and make it a reality.

Kevin’s leadership coaching modality is founded on core energy or energy leadership. The idea is that every one of us is operating from a place of 7 core levels of consciousness in any given situation, context, or interaction in our day-to-day lives. Kevin assists his clients in understanding where they are showing up energetically or consciously speaking. He works with leaders to help them build that awareness and emotional intelligence that allows them to tap into higher levels of consciousness which results in more effective leadership, overall satisfaction, and productivity.

It sounds a little metaphysical, but level one is a victim mentality. If someone is operating in this level with their thoughts, emotions, and actions life is happening to them, not for them. Energy attracts like energy. Kevin helps his client’s break the mold or lens to see the potential of raising their consciousness and provide a wide range of tools to see what is holding them back, see what you maybe cannot see from an outside objective perspective, and make positive change in a short period of time – usually just 3 months.

Kevin’s ideal clients are change-makers, envelope pushers, innovators, social entrepreneurs, anyone who is looking to make a positive impact in the world, and maybe the employer they work for to increase their leadership and performance. He starts off with each client using the Energy Leadership Assessment Index which measures the client’s attitude to gauge where they are today. Taking the client’s stated desired goals, he creates a systematic plan and then works with the client over a typically 3 month period to achieve their desired change. He creates a gap analysis potentially covering attitude, skills, behaviors, characteristics to gain to reach their goals.

Connect with Kevin:

Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/2stepsforwardcoach

Instagram:  https://www.instagram.com/2stepsforwardcoaching/

LinkedIn:  https://www.linkedin.com/in/kevinhuntting/

Website:   https://www.stepsforwardcoaching.com

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AJ Mizes: 80% of Jobs are Filled Through Connections

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with AJ Mizes a career coach, leadership coach, and HR consultant.  

A.J. is a talent and human potential aficionado with over a decade of experience within Career Coaching and Human Resources–and has been featured in NBC, CBS, FOX, The International Business Times, and Yahoo! News.  Most recently, though, AJ left Facebook as a Global HR Leader where he supported an international team and launched many innovative leadership programs under his guidance–that are still in full swing at Facebook today.  He’s supported global teams of over 3,000 people and currently serves as the CEO of The Human Reach–a human potential institute guiding high-achieving professionals to land their dream careers in record time and coaching silicon valley leaders to be thoughtful, effective leaders.  His career stems from a foundation in training and development at KSL Capital, where he coached leaders on how to select, coach, and retain top talent at some of the world’s most prestigious luxury resort properties.  A.J. also served as a leader @ Premier Staffing where he worked alongside well-known tech giants in organizing talent strategy and recruiting tactics.  Before Facebook, AJ was the Vice President of Talent and Engagement at Sungevity—the world’s leading platform technology for residential solar—where he led an HR team that spanned across the United States.   

To connect with AJ find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/ajmizes/ 

Join me and AJ on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices.  https://www.OutBuro.com 

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco.  https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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Chris Rollins: A Coach for LGBTQ+ HR, People, and Culture Professionals

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Chris Rollins who is a coach for HR, people, and culture professionals.

Chris Rollins is a Leadership and Executive Coach for HR, People, and Culture Leaders, especially in the LGBTQ+ community, yet not exclusively. He does this work to deepen the commitment to his purpose: to hold safe space so that people have the courage to find and live their truth. His purpose-driven approach to coaching helps his clients connect more powerfully with who they are, what they want, and the courage to bring it to life.

Prior to working as an independent coach, he spent a decade climbing up the leadership ranks in corporate America. He started in an entry-level sales role and spent almost 8 years in various individual and leadership roles driving revenue in new business and account management. During that time, he made the largest impact coaching and mentoring people around him and building strong teams. And that’s what he loved the most.

This led him to a career pivot out of sales into organizational development to scale his impact on people and culture internally. Most recently, he was the SVP of Organizational Development for a 150 person company. As part of the executive leadership team, he was a trusted thought partner to the CEO and was leading high impact company-wide initiatives.

To connect with Chris find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/chrisrollins/

Join me and Chris on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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Building Business and Life from Opportunity and Passion

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Dëv Ramsumair, out gay entrepreneur, fashion event producer, museum curator, foster parent, and much more.

Warning! When Dëv and I have the opportunity to chat we cover lots of ground. This interview conversation is no different. What I love about this is the openness and vulnerability demonstrating the width and breadth of us all as humans in where we have so many facets to our lives. I hope you enjoy this conversation. Leave a comment below about yourself, maybe topics you’d like me to explore in future episodes.

Dëv at the age of 14 started his first company which was a media business focusing on arts, entertainment, and fashion with a focus on diversity and inclusion. At age 16 he started producing events at Fashion Weeks off-site around the world such as in Londo, Milan, Paris, New York, Toronto, and some emerging cities like Berlin with a keen focus on diversity. He was a pioneer and instrumental in bringing diversity awareness to the fashion industry focusing on race, ethnicity, gender, ability, sexuality, and body size/type.

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Throughout his life, he has seized opportunities to build a business, his career, and create his life based on seeing opportunities, grading the moment, and running with it. This is about his journey and current projects, and life. Dëv inspires me and I hope he inspires you. It started at the age of 14 when he was looking at a magazine ad and thought that it is targeted at him and his friends get no one looked like the model. He picked up the phone and called the advertiser and his message was heard by the right people. They asked for his input and from there, his company was formed. Amazing, since most 14 year-olds are more concerned with skateboards and video games.

Currently, he is an art curator at a major Toronto museum again focusing on bringing in and displaying art that represents the full spectrum of diversity. In addition to that and raising a child, he is also launching DestiGaytions, an internet platform for the LGBTQ community to plan those amazing lifetime destination travel tours while remaining safe in all locations. The idea for this was sparked when some friends asked him to go on a once in a lifetime trip to a location. His response was he couldn’t because that place has laws where they could arrest him just based on his skin color, faith, or sexual orientation. DestiGaytions aims to inform LGBTQ globe trotter on how to remain safe wherever they go and provide listings of services and accommodations that are safe and friendly that will service you be is attractions, bars, medical facilities, and more. He draws comparisons to the historic Green Book that was used by persons of color during the times when it was not safe for them to travel in all locations. DestiGaytions plans to launch in the Summer of 2021.

We further chat about how he became the guardian of a baby boy and raising him, for now, seven years. As an adoptive parent myself we chatted about the benefits and life changes of raising a child. Consider being a foster parent for an LGBTQ teen. You can provide a safe, loving home and be a mentor giving that teen a new perspective and opportunity in life.

To connect with Dëv find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/dev/

Join me and Dëv on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

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Tyler DeSouza: Fashion Pioneer for the Transgender and Cross-Dressing Community

In this episode of OutBüro Voices featuring LGBTQ professionals, entrepreneurs, and community leaders from around the world, host Dennis Velco chats with Tyler DeSouza, CEO of enFemme.

Tyler is an out sexually fluid entrepreneur who grew up with his mother being a stylist for crossdressers. The business started in their living room over 25 years ago when his mother started helping predominately heterosexual Men fulfill their desire to dress as a female.

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Being a bit of a high fashionista herself she helped the men pull together outfits and accessories that suited them. A few years ago mom retired. Tyler not only remained in the business he has transformed it into a fashion house and rebranded it as enFemme. In the cross-dressing and trans community when one dresses as a female it is commonly called enFemme so the name is a strong connection with its customers. enFemme caters to the unique needs of the cross-dressing and male to female transgender community to be a leader in clothing designed to fit a biologically male body dimensions while feminizing in appearance. Further enFemme has designed the industry’s widest line of body-shaping undergarments that conceal the male private parts comfortably and provide breast augmentation.

Tyler relies heavily on customer feedback to develop and hone his product lineup. EnFemme’s customers are an integral part of the full process. Valuing the community, enFemme has an extensive online resource center where site visitors can read stories on inspiration and encouragement through learning from others who share their perspectives and experiences.

Tyler is very passionate about his business and his customers. He feels great satisfaction that he and his company has a role in helping people feel confident in being their authentic self. For many it is who they identify as while for others it is fulfilling a fantasy. All are welcomed and appreciated at enFemme.

We were wanting to provide images of the enFemme products within the video but experienced a video editing bug. So visit enFemme’s website to view their full range of offerings at https://enfemmestyle.com/

To connect with Tyler find him on OutBüro here. https://outburo.com/profile/tydesouza/

Join me and Tyler on OutBüro, the LGBTQ professional and entrepreneur online community network for gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, queer, allies and our employers who support LGBTQ welcoming workplace equality focused benefits, policies, and business practices. https://www.OutBuro.com

Would you like to be featured like this? Contact the host Dennis Velco. https://outburo.com/profile/dennisvelco/

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LGBTQ Entrepreneurs – Are You Happy

Being an entrepreneur is challenging. The LGBTQ entrepreneur can face additional challenges that our couterparts likely won’t face such as biased limitations to captial funding to launch or grow your business, access to business mentors, hurdles to reach revenue growth due to biases, lack of strong suplier diversity practices, and so much more. This can lead to gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer business owner to still in today’s time hide their true self causing yet other stresses.

Happiness is important. There are some LGBTQ entrepreneurs who have sacrificed their health, sanity, happiness, life balance, and personal relationships in pursuit of success. Like all professionals, LGBTQ entrepreneurs who are authentically happy, are those who have found a way to balance all of the various facets of their life.

Happiness matters, more than you might realize. It’s important to your physical and mental health and in your resiliency in the face of challenges and crises. Additionally, your happiness is important to the happiness of those close to you, the community at large, and the success of your business.

Are You Happy?

  • Do you feel you are working on supporting your big “why” that sparked your passion that sparked the idea of your startup in the beginning?
  • Do you feel you have quality time with your life-partner, family, and friends?
  • Are you taking the time to focus on your physical health – taking care of yourself?
  • Are you “out” in your professional life?

Would You Change?

It is often said that no one on their death bed wishes they spent more time at the office, more time marketing and pursuing customers or more time perfecting the fundraising pitch deck. Most say they wish they spent more time being present physically and mentally with those they care about.

Take a moment, now or schedule it. Take a walk and really think about this. Are you happy in all facets of your full life and if not why?

What small changes can you make to work on that? We’d love for you to comment and begin a discussion of the struggles, opportunities, strategies, and success – in happiness you have encountered. Are you putting on your busy calendar time for yourself and time with others? If not, give yourself permission to just do it.

As we are going through the COVID-19 it has added a whole other level of stresses. Things to consider putting on our calender as you can while still being safe:

  • Once a month catch up call with a long distant relative or friend.
  • Weekly or bi-weekly special date night with your life-partner – doing something that makes the day or evening special quality time to stay deeply connected. Share some ideas in the comments.
  • Do you have kids? Consider a board game night or other unplugged activities that allow interaction, discussion, and fun. What other ideas do you have?
  • Consider some alone time too – maybe that is walking around your neighborhood or parks. While walking listen to the birds and crickets, relaxing music, or even podcasts on topics you enjoy. Maybe your alone time is starting or rekindling a meditation practice. What activities work for you that you could recommend to others?
  • Are you involved in any local charities? If not, consider volunteering a few hours a month.
  • Get and stay fit. Exercising releases happy mood endorphins. With COVID-19 you might be stuck in-home workouts, but luckily there are tons of free instructional videos on YouTube with both male and female instructors.
  • Due to COVID-19 are you in or near financial ruin? Have you considered bankruptcy? How are you dealing with that?
  • If not out as a business owner, would you like to talk to others and to get their stories and support?

What resources would you recommend to others? What has been working well for you? What areas would you like to find support in?

Please share those in the comments.

Consider joining the private Out:Startups group here on OutBüro to connect with other business owners, share ideas, methods, and all tactics in a safe space where you can be yourself.