Blogging for dollars – can you teach an old dog new tricks?

26th Apr 2008

Several months ago, Mike Sansone, a nationally known blogging leader located in Des Moines, told me that in today’s business environments, blogging is a key promotional tool.  I confess, at that point I had hardly read a blog, much less composed one.  So it is with mild shock that I share that not only am I blogging (albeit sketchily) but I’ve also teamed with the Des Moines Register to manage the Business Edge Blog at the Register’s website.  Please take a look…a number of business experts are providing expertise on an array of business topics that are valuable to small and mid-sized business owners, many of whom, are my age.  By the way, you’ll also find good advice at, a site managed by Drew McLellan.

So if you’re reading this and fear blogging, take it from an old dog who learned a new trickreading and writing blogs will boost your business.    



When you’re through changing…

7th Aug 2007

Embracing change is essential to success in today’s business world and the city of Des Moines is changing daily. When I first moved here in 1990, it seemed a small metro area in the middle of a sea of corn. Today, the population is growing and the economy, buttressed by that sea of corn, is spurred on by expanding financial service and high tech companies. Entrepreneurs and small businesses are also finding roots in this booming economy.  The city is thriving, full of dynamic energy, and opportunities are unlimited for businesses willing to embrace the change.  The same is true for all of us.

One of my favorite quotes is from Bruce Barton…”When you are through changing, you are through”.  PaceSetter can help your organization embrace change and grow.    

And speaking about change…here is an excerpt from the Des Moines Register’s July 31, 2007 Biz Buzz column: 

Barry Pace is back in town for the third time.  Pace directed the sales and marketing start-up of Firestone Agriculture Tire Division in Des Moines from 1989 to 1993.  He then returned from 2000 to 2005 to become president of Formed Steel Products Inc., Quality Control Equipment Co. and Profile Foods.  He moved from Benson, MN, where he was chief operating officer at Redball LLC, a maker of agriculture equipment.  Now, he’s started PaceSetter Consulting, offering leadership, marketing and sales consulting services to small firms, and he is blogging at“Today, the city bears little resemblance to the Des Moines we remember from 1990,” Pace said.