What is your profession and why did you choose it?
I am an Attorney. I chose this profession because it gives me a unique opportunity to help people and advocate for them when they are going through tough times. I started out my career working for the State as an Assistant Prosecutor. Now, I primarily do criminal defense and traffic law.
How long have you owned your own business?
I started B. Block Law LLC four years ago at the end of 2015. Two former clients reached out to me for help on the same day, and I saw it as God sending me a sign to open my own business.
What inspired you to own your own business?
A few other people that graduated school a year before me started their own firms, and they helped inspire me to think that I could do it too. My Marketing background in college also helped prepare me.
What might someone be surprised to know about you?
In college, I was the Editor-In-Chief for our newspaper The Omnibus at Southwest Baptist University.
Do you have a hobby, play a sport, or have any special interests?
I have a wonderful wife, Adria. I ran a pizza blog called stlpizzaguy.com that got more than 30,000 views. So I love eating pizza 3-4 times a month. I have recently started playing the piano again.
What job would you be terrible at?
I don’t think there’s many jobs that I would be bad at. I would definitely be a bad ballet dancer though.
Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
My parents are both awesome people, Tom and Donna Block. They have been there for me in good and bad times. I look up to them because they are genuine, every-day people who raised three great children.
Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
Europe. When I was a senior in high school I went to Rome, Florence and Paris for a whirlwind week of spring break. I liked seeing the history there.
Do you have any advice based on your area of expertise?
First, in the area of DWI law. Many people hear the advice never to blow into a breathalyzer machine. But depending on the part of the state you are in, the circumstance of your case, and changes in Missouri Law, this could be bad advice and do more harm to you for refusing the test. Always consult with a professional.
My second piece of advice, is don’t let Google take the place of a lawyer for real legal advice. There’s so much information out there, and it can be confusing.
If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
San Diego California. I think the weather is great there year-round but not much work would get done.
How has working in a shared work space influenced your business?
It’s nice to see people from different careers sharing space because we are not competitors or coworkers and we have a friendly environment. Also working in a shared space gives a great impression to clients with the beautiful conference room and other amenities that I would not be able to afford on my own.
What is your favorite restaurant from the St. Louis area?
Charlie Gittos. I love Italian food and pizza.
What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Do something kind for someone who you KNOW has no ability to pay you back or return the favor.
Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Bruce Springsteen, Bob Dylan, or Queen. Springsteen and Dylan are both great songwriters. Queen is an awesome band and I’ve started listening to them more after Bohemian Rhapsody the movie.
Colliers International, a global leader in real estate services and investment management, produced a survey about the U.S. Workplace in 2019. The ‘flexible workspace’ is proving to be a powerful tool for businesses, no matter how big or small. The amenities they provide help small businesses and start-up propel their business into new heights! Here are some of the biggest takeaways from the survey:
• Breaking Traditions – Colliers International Reported that in 2010, there were less than 300 flexible workspaces. Today, there are more than 5,000 locations across the country! Traditional office spaces are changing their structures to accommodate businesses who want something similar to the flexible workspace.
• Flexible for Every Customer – A big draw to the flexible workspace is in the name – it is flexible! It can be used as a quick spot for a short period for larger corporations, or be a full-time area with the utilization of all of the support for a small business. It gives every business the opportunity to work in a creative environment to grow their business quantitatively and qualitatively.
• Space As a Service – According to Colliers, a reason for the growth in the flexible workspace is not viewing space as a commodity, but as a service. Property owners are using customer centricity to attract businesses to use their quality services in their office space.
• The New Workforce – As a new generation of people come of age and enter the workforce, businesses and employers need to shift the culture and environment to attract these new minds. A big way to attract them is to place them in a flexible workplace, where this new young talent can work and grow the best.
At AMG Corporate Offices and Creve Coeur Workspace, we pride ourselves in offering a flexible workspace to help every business prosper. Whether you are using our virtual services, or work here every day, we provide tools that you can utilize to keep your business running smoothly. If you need a last-minute conference room or administrative assistance, we are here to assist you!
Check out the Colliers International Report here: https://www2.colliers.com/en/Research/2019-US-Flexible-Workspace-Outlook-Report
Is it just me or the 4th of July snuck up on us this year?! It is a few days away!
Here are a few celebrations and fireworks that will be happening around the area:
Heritage and Freedom Fest in O’Fallon will be happening July 2nd – July 4th. There will be fireworks on the 3rd and 4th. Free concerts, a parade, and carnival are all a part of the Heritage and Freedom Fest!
Six Flags- St. Louis is hosting a celebration now to July 4th! They will have 3 nights of fireworks displays!
Alton Fireworks Spectacular is July 3rd at Liberty Bank Alton Amphitheater!
Chesterfield will have a fireworks display on July 4th at Chesterfield Mall! There will also be food trucks and activities for kids at Midwest BankCentre!
Fair Saint Louis will happen on July 4th through July 6th!
Have a great and safe 4th of July Holiday!
o What is your profession and why did you choose it?
Attorney and Counselor at Law. At the Law Offices of Julia L. Gray, we provide "extraordinary legal services for ordinary people". Whether you need an updated will and trust, a premarital agreement, guardianship planning, planning for your new small business, handling small business disputes, or a contract written, our accessible and friendly staff is here to assist you. Our office also regularly handles traffic and misdemeanor charges in virtually all St. Louis County and surrounding areas.
o How long have you owned your own business?
o What inspired you to own your own business?
o What might someone be surprised to know about you?
I have been a Boy Scout leader for 25 years
o Do you have a hobby, play a sport, or have any special interests?
Opera Theater St Louis
o What job would you be terrible at?
o Who has impressed you most with what they’ve accomplished?
Not really impressed with “accomplishments”-most impressed with people who are kind, generous, patient, and humble.
o Where is the most interesting place you have visited?
o Do you have any advice based on your area of expertise?
$500 of attorneys fees in planning NOW can save you $5000 attorneys fees in court LATER
o If you could work anywhere in the world, where would you choose?
o How has working in a shared work space influenced your business?
A clean and professional environment always impresses clients.
o What is your favorite restaurant from the St. Louis area?
o What is something you think everyone should do at least once in their lives?
Start from scratch
o Who’s your go to band or artist when you can’t decide on something to listen to?
Boston Rush or Journey
Have you had a recent professional headshot taken? If not, why?
People do business with individuals not companies. A headshot makes an impression and sends a message that you take your work seriously. Headshots have a reputation for a reason. They are a simple and effective way of enhancing your image, brand, and business. They make you seem approachable, established, and professional before a client even meets you. A good headshot should showcase your personality while representing what your company stands for. Here are a few tips to make sure your head shot is effective:
Do you know about National Small Business Week? In this month’s blog post, we are discussing National Small Business Week, which takes place this year May 5th – 11th. It is an opportunity for small business owners to receive recognition. The Small Business Administration, or SBA, organizes awards ceremonies to recognize various businesses all over the country. They even have an office in St. Louis, MO!
The SBA provides funding to help small businesses grow and educational seminars to spread knowledge. They accomplish this by working with federal departments to award 23 percent of contracted dollars to small businesses. In addition, they try to help businesses grow is by organizing National Small Business Week every year. This is a week where they offer training, seminars, and recognition awards.
St. Louis SBA award winners are:
The arrival of spring is energetic and exciting. The sunshine and spring showers will soon replace the grey and cold months. Traditionally, it’s common to use this new energy to “spring clean”. We gathered a few ideas on how to use this spring clean vibe for your business!
Office Supplies: How much is too much?
Go through all office supplies to declutter and organize your space. Throw out or donate old and unused supplies. Do you really need all those letter openers?
Emails: Clean your inbox!
How many emails are sitting in your inbox? Take time to organize and archive your inbox. Most email providers allow all archived emails to be discoverable in search inquiries within your email.
Website and Social Media Presence: Update and Refresh
Digital presence is more important now than ever before. Update your metadata and spruce up your SEO. Have old photos on your website? Update them! How about social media platforms? When was the last time you changed your company profile photo and banner? Are you using all the updated features on Facebook and Google?
File Storage: Server or External Hard Drive?
Are documents easily accessible or buried in a mess of irrelevant files? Create file folders for corresponding files and delete old files that you no longer need. Scared of deleting something that you might need in the future? Create an archive or transfer to an external hard drive.
Clean your office!
Dust off that bookshelf, clean out those desk drawers, and wipe off that desk! It is great for your health and morale! Box old files and documents that are no longer relevant. Invest in a new plant for your office or air freshener.
Events in St. Louis: February 2019
Whether you are looking for a special event for Valentine’s Day or looking to kick those winter blues… Check out these handpicked events happening in our area this month!
St. Genevieve Chocolate Walk!
Tickets are required for this fun event, which has sold out over the last 4 years. Stroll through this historic town while a variety of businesses offer you different samples of chocolate.
Valentine’s Day Dinner at Lemp Mansion, The Taste of Lebanon, or… White Castle??
There are a variety of great restaurants offering reservations for your Valentine’s Day Dinner! RSVP at the beautiful Lemp Mansion. Venture to the Taste of Lebanon for a plant based cuisine. Or, take advantage of White Castle offering a candlelit dinner paired with table service!
Escape the cold and immerse yourself in a tropical oasis at Missouri Botanical Gardens Orchid Show!
Open from February 2nd to March 24th. The Orchid Show is an annual exhibition that allows visitors to view the expansive collection of Orchids.
Science on Tap lets you check out brews in a way you never have before!
The St. Louis Science Center holds this annual event hosting a variety of brewers sharing the science behind their brew process! Over 100 different beers will be available for tasting alongside live music!
Check out this awesome opportunity to check out Laumeier Sculpture Park After Dark
This event is featuring artist demos that utilize fire as an artistic medium. The park will have plenty of fire pits for you to keep warm while you check out activities, games, scavenger hunts, and food trucks!
Celebrate Mardi Gras in Soulard all month long!
Soulard is hosting events all month long in celebration of Mardi Gras! Check out The Taste of Soulard, Purina Pet Parade, the Cajun Cook Off, and more!
We are excited to introduce Kevin Roach from The Law Offices of Kevin Roach! Check out his interview below! The Law Offices of Kevin Roach: https://roachinjurylaw.com/