Friday, October 18, 2019

Business Spotlight: Sebago Kyokushin Karate

https://www.sebagokarate.com/By Lorraine Glowczak

The martial arts are a well-known exercise and art discipline for learning self-defense with a goal of
rank (belt) advancement to ultimately achieve black belt. But it offers additional benefits that can be used in everyday life - contributing to happiness and personal accomplishment. It is also something which one can participate in order to stay fit or incorporate as a new hobby.

“Perseverance, self-discipline, self-control, structure and confidence play a big role in one’s success and approach in Kyokushin Karate and, in turn, can also filter into one’s success in life,” explained Tom, who owns Sebago Kyokushin Karate with his wife, Casey.

Senpai Casey and Sensei Tom (Sensei means “teacher”) have recently opened Sebago Kyokushin Karate, holding classes at 756 Roosevelt Trail in Windham (also the home of Partners in Canine). They offer evening beginner classes for children, ages four and up as well as adult classes that include advanced lessons and seminars.

Casey and Tom have been teaching students of all ages for over 15 years. Tom has a 4th degree in Kyokushin Karate, a second degree in TaeKwonDo and Casey has a first degree in Kyokushin Karate, 3rd degree in TaeKwonDo and first degree in Hapkido. They find, however, that the traditional philosophies of Kyokushin are more in alignment with their personal growth and viewpoints.
Casey and Tom Bobb

Briefly, and according to Kyokushin Karate practitioner and writer, Scott Heaney, “Kyokushin is a style of stand-up, full contact karate, founded in 1964 by Korean-Japanese Masutatsu (Mas) Oyama. Kyokushin is Japanese for “the ultimate truth”, developed from the determination of the pursuit of ultimate truth of mind, technique, and body.

The foundation of Sebago Kyokushin Karate is rooted in the philosophy of discipline, training from the heart and the spiritual evolution of martial artists. Its general disciplines include kumite (sparring) and katas (forms) with a focus on preserving traditional karate principles while incorporating techniques from other disciplines.

Tom began his journey in the martial arts at the age of 17. He believes his participation at a young age helped him to choose a good life, one filled with personal fulfillment.  “I was at a point in my teenage years where I was at a crossroads,” began Tom. “I was a really angry person and I could have easily gone down a very dark and destructive path. But I was one of those lucky kids who had an observant mentor. She saw my anger and redirected it by introducing me to Karate.”

The perseverance, self-discipline and self-control that’s imbedded in the martial arts way, helped Tom through those early years, transforming him and improving the way he lived his everyday life, “Kyokushin Karate can help you control your mood, control your spirit and mold you into the person you want to become,” Tom said.

Casey stated she began participating in the martial arts at the age of 28 because she wanted to challenge herself and to be independent “I sought out the martial arts because I wanted to be a strong woman who could rely and take care of myself,” Casey stated. “I believed that if I could learn to be independent, then when I found my partner in life it would be because I loved him, not because I needed him to protect or take care of me.”

Both Casey and Tom point out that all one needs to participate in Kyokushin Karate is the desire and passion to learn. “You don’t need to look like you’ve walked out of a cover of a fitness magazine to participate in Karate,” Tom explained. “You don’t have to look or be a certain way and it matters not what age you are or if you have any previous experience. We are an island of misfits where there are no egos, no jealousies. In fact, Karate is the most accepting and sharing art there is.”

Casey, who is the board president of Riding To The Top Therapeutic Riding Center and the director of integrative marketing at IDEXX and Tom, who owns his own custom tile design company offer their classes at an affordable rate. While many martial art centers require contracts, memberships and enrollment fees, Sebago Kyokushin Karate does not. Instead, students simply pay $10 per class or punch cards that are available in $40 and $80 increments.

“We know how busy students and their families are,” Casey stated. “Life happens and we want to accommodate that. We are lucky to both have full-time jobs, so for us – this is about offering a discipline that is near and dear to our hearts. Making money is not our focus.”

It is so important for them to share the “ultimate truth” of Kyokushin Karate that they do not offer birthday parties or afterschool programs – but, instead, focus on the art itself, its transformational attributes and the way it can mold an individual for the better.

Whether you are an experienced martial artist or you simply want to explore something new and see what Sebago Kyokushin Karate can do for you, contact Senpai Casey and Sensei Tom at 207-272-2081 or to learn more visit www.sebagokarate.com.

Friday, October 11, 2019

Business Spotlight: Wyman Electric

https://www.facebook.com/wymanelectric/By Lorraine Glowczak

Sporting the words “Wyman Electric” with the logo of a plug and outlet on each side of their
vehicles, the work trucks are recognized by many. “We’ve been told our trucks are like moving billboards,” joked co-owner, Jeff Wyman. The trucks are often spotted at both commercial and residential properties as Jeff, and co-owner Jim Malia, travel from place to place, providing professional electric repair services in the Greater Lakes Region area.

Established in 2012 by Jeff Wyman, the company has become a fast, local favorite for all electrical
repair services. Winning the Eagle Choice Award for the past two years, Wyman Electric prides itself on custom electrical work. They have a passion for quality electrical installations, generator installations and repairs that is provided by safe, experienced and talented electricians.

Although they offer just about any service that is asked of them, Jeff and Jim specialize in home renovations and generator installations. The two home rewiring specialists can install recessed lighting, upgrade existing wiring to accommodate new fixtures, and more. Whether you want to improve your living room’s lighting aesthetic or add lighting fixtures to brighten that dimly lit area, Jeff and Jim can turn your home into a space of your dreams.

“Most electricians don’t enjoy the dirty and difficult work it takes to upgrade electricity in an older home,” explained Jeff. “But for both Jim and I, we enjoy improving an existing living space and seeing the transformation that can occur.”

As for generators, now is the time to install this electrical saving device as the winter months approach and power outages are almost a certainty. Whether it’s your home or business, the two professionals can install stand-by generators with safety in mind. Having approximately 40 years of experience between them, Jeff and Jim are your trusted specialists.

Jeff began his career as an electrician in 1999. “I was working for an office furniture moving company. One day, as I was delivering furniture to a new office space, a friend of mine from high school who had become an electrician was wiring the office. We talked for a while and with his encouragement, I joined my friend and the company he worked for, gaining experience along the way.”

Jeff Wyman and Jim Malia
After working for various electricians and companies, Jeff decided to strike out on his own and became a sole-proprietor and entrepreneur, opening the doors of Wyman Electric in 2012. As his business grew, he decided he needed to hire another individual to help him. It was at this point that he reached out to a trusted friend whom he worked with for many years.

“I kept asking Jim to join me because I knew his work and professionalism,” began Jeff. “I trusted him enough to offer him co-ownership of the business. And he took me up on it.”

Jim, a 1999 Windham High School graduate, has been working in the field since 1997 – working while in high school during the summer months and on vacations. He joined Jeff and Wyman Electric as co-owner in 2017.

The two continue to impress those they serve. In fact, they have received many kudos from local individuals.  According to their social media page, one individual had this to say; “Another great job! Thanks again! I wouldn't call anyone else.”

And another satisfied customer: “Professional, personable and extremely efficient. In three hours, they installed my new laundry room light bar, three outside motion sensors and the last two ceiling fans with light fixtures in my basement. I have much needed light now and I look forward to having my remaining projects done by these two guys! Thank you so very much!”

What makes Jeff and Jim standout is their ability to communicate with their customers. “We always try to make sure that our customers are always happy with the end result,” explained Jim. “We do this by communicating with our customers each step of the way. We find out what their goals are and achieve that.”

For your next home renovation, generator installations and more, contact Jeff Wyman at 207- 415-5802 and Jim Malia at 207-776-5370 or message them on their Wyman Electric Facebook page.

Friday, October 4, 2019

Business Spotlight: Stryve College Planning

https://www.stryvetoday.com/Guiding Families to Affordable Colleges Where Their Child Will Thrive

There’s nothing more heartbreaking for a parent, then for their child to fall in love with a college, and then figure out they can’t afford it, once he/she has been accepted. Bill and Stephanie have seen it happen and even worse, they’ve seen families try to make it work because they don’t want to disappoint their child. Neither option leads to a successful outcome.

Thoughtful planning is the only way to help families avoid making costly mistakes

As tuition costs began to rise over the last decade, more and more college graduates were coming to Bill with insurmountable amounts of loan debt, and asking for his advice on how to manage it. He was seeing firsthand the impact that the debt had on student’s lives and came to the sad but true realization, that once students’ accumulated the debt, he wasn’t able to offer them any real solutions. He decided that in order to truly help families, he needed to begin working with them at the beginning of the college process because thoughtful planning is the only way to help families avoid making costly mistakes.

At the same time, Bill and Stephanie were looking at staggering statistics… 1 in 3 students don’t return to the same college for sophomore year, and the average time it takes for a student to graduate is 5.5 years. They concluded that the typical approach of student’s beginning the college process with a list of colleges wasn’t working. More thought needed to be put into who the student is and identifying the colleges that will set them up for success.

Combining their skills and expertise along with the lessons they learned going through the college process with their own two sons, their mission became helping families find a college that they can afford and one where their child will thrive!

Stryve Founders Stephanie and Bill Whiting
When families work with Stryve, the very first step is for Bill to meet with them to devise a plan for paying for college. Using his expertise in taxes, financial planning and financial aid, Bill is able to determine a personalized strategy for the family to pay college costs for all four years, while minimizing loan debt and staying on track to meet their financial goals. This way a student begins the college process already knowing what their family’s budget is.

At the same time Bill is working with the family, Stephanie begins to work with the student. As opposed to the traditional approach of starting with a college list, Stephanie starts with helping students learn more about themselves, so they are able to identify the factors in college that are most important to them and will contribute to their long-term success. She then guides students through the college selection process to help them find an affordable college where they will thrive.

Few decisions that high school students have made in life so far, carry greater importance or cause greater anxiety than where to apply and attend college.

As a former teacher and parent of two adult sons and a teen-age daughter, Stephanie recognizes that few decisions that high school students have made in life so far, carry greater importance or cause greater anxiety than where to apply and attend college. When asked why she chose to become a College Planning Consultant, Stephanie’s response is always the same. “I get to combine my background in education and passion for supporting and guiding high school students during a very confusing and scary time in their lives. I watch them go from being unsure of themselves and their future to being empowered to take the lead and own the college process, all while learning how to make important decisions. It doesn’t get any better than that!”

If you are a parent of a high school student and would like to meet with Bill and Stephanie for a free 45 minute Introductory Meeting, they can be reached at 207-939-3979 or Stephanie@StryveToday.com. You can also visit their website, StryveToday.com to learn more!