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A small business leader who seeks the positive

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

Leanne Hoagland-Smith. | Provided photo~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: March 29, 2014 2:36PM



With March being about measurement, having Rick Gosser of Gosser Corporate Sales Inc. of Crown Point, share his thoughts makes a lot of sense.

Beyond losing over 135 pounds and adopting a much healthier and positive lifestyle, Rick’s business has improved because of his change. He has much more energy and that energy is contagious.

Gosser Corporate Sales Inc. is all about improving the metrics of small business marketing by having people remember your brand through quality embroidered corporate logo wear, T-shirts, business cards and those all too familiar “chackies.”

Q: Rick, what five words or phrases would you use to describe a leader?

A: Integrity, Humility, Kindness, Support and Fairness

Q: From your perspective and experience, how much do positive core values play in the role of being a leader?

A: “Core values for me are essential and begin with the power of a positive attitude and the courage to cause positive change. By acting with humility when I triumph and a strong character when I fail allows me to maintain my commitment to have a positive impact on the world I touch.”

Q: What has been the one most consistent or repetitive challenge you have faced in any of your business leadership roles?

A: “For me, trying to get people to understand that change is good in life from both a personal perspective and in their businesses.”

Q: For Northwest Indiana to be a viable business community is there one action that could be taken to jump start the economy?

A: “Buy from local businesses is a positive action that each of us can take and quickly builds economic momentum.”

Q: Rick, are there any final thoughts or words of wisdom you wish to share?

A: “Being a leader is not easy. It’s hard work and dedication to constantly stay on top of your game. Stay positive and don’t allow negative people to influence you at all.”

For many small businesses owners, staying positive is difficult with the day-to-day trials and tribulations. Yet, as Rick says, staying positive is essential to both leadership and business growth. Rick shares his positive message through social media and his continued investment in the small business communities through the South Shore Business Networking Group and other business and community building activities.

P.S. With Spring officially here, Johnson’s Farm Produce in Hobart and Samuelson’s Nursery have plants for your gardens.



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