Being in business sets people apart from most ordinary people and the Small Business Community is dedicated to helping others understand that running a business is an obtainable goal and that everyone should try their best at living their dreams.
The Small Business Community recognizes and awards business owners because they often do not receive the recognition they deserve. Business owners are role models for everyone whether they know it or not. Small Business Community 2018 Best of Business Award winners are a valuable asset to their community and exemplify what makes small businesses great.
Before establishing her own mobile notary service, Laura Biewer was both a successful business owner and corporate executive. Laura began her career in the food processing industry as a Quality Assurance Officer. Her job required ensuring compliance not only with company quality goals but federal and state regulations. The most compelling part of this work for Laura was protecting the public and ensuring the integrity of the company’s products. After 15 years in that industry, Laura made a change that would lead her closer to working with the public and joined MedicAlert Foundation®, working for 7 years in operations management before serving two more years as Vice President, with chief responsibility for their emergency call center response team. Her growing interest in serving those who needed extra protection or accommodation inspired her to establish her own assisted-living facility for seniors, Lea’s Place, which she operated for almost five years before successfully selling. While operating Lea’s place, she observed these clients had documents needing notarization but found it difficult to find a notary to come to the facility. Extra time, special skills and accommodation needed created a road block in securing this service. The obvious answer was to become a notary herself and in 2004 brought her commitment of service to the office of the notary, providing notary services not only to her clients, but all facilities in Modesto. Once realizing how many people were in need of mobile notary service for whatever their reason, she knew more could be done. Laura expanded her notary services and became certified as a signing agent to provide signing services to any person who could not bring their documents to a notary. Laura decided the office of the notary was her calling and dedicated her full attention to serving the public in many ways as a commissioned public official. Adding to her direct services as a notary, Laura realized how important it was for those seeking the office of Notary to be confident but more importantly competent to fulfill the vital role Notaries play in deterring fraud. She qualified as a certified instructor for the National Notary Association in 2006. This gave Laura the opportunity to influence the quality of live training offered to thousands of California candidates who have taken her class. By 2010, her level of expertise was recognized, and she was invited to participate in the development of revised training which was then used by many other instructors helping to further her message of protecting signers and ensuring the integrity of their documents. However, Laura still saw a gap between training and ongoing education. There is no continuing education requirement during the 4 year term of office for a notary; however law changes and interpretations continue to arise. Laura’s commitment to supporting notaries after the class caused her to start providing one-on-one mentoring to notaries and loan signing agents, and share her knowledge on advanced notarial topics and business practices via workshops she organizes and facilitates in the Central Valley as well as national webinars on behalf of the National Notary Association. Today, Laura is sought out as a personal notary coach, taking on clients who want to build their own small business serving individuals and companies as a notary signing professional. A natural extension of Laura’s outreach to notaries and the public who use their services put her in demand as a speaker for notary conferences, nonprofit organizations and business association meetings; she received the honor of Notary of the Year Special Honoree in 2009 by the National Notary Association. Laura’s professional career has given her a versatility rarely found. Now, Laura is At Your Service, seeking opportunities to serve clients who value business acumen, eye for detail, and a caring attitude.
The Small Business Community Association is dedicated to collecting and organizing information, training, and services that are vital to small business owners, entrepreneurs, and anyone else that needs help running a business, operating a business, or wants to know how to start a business.
The mission of the Small Business Community is to promote a vibrant and growing small business community, support education that will preserve and extend the future of small business and use our gifts within the small business community to serve others for the betterment of our world.
The Small Business Community vision is to enthusiastically advance small businesses in three key areas:
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