Category Archives: Publisher’s Note

There Will Be An App For That!

The idea that became Northstar Publishing, Inc.–and Camp Business, PRB (Parks & Rec Business) and Landscape Architect Business magazines, website, mobile sites, e-newsletters, tablet editions, digital editions, special events, etc.–was a simple, printed summer camp guide. As I remember it, my Dad, frustrated he couldn’t find a good summer camp resource to plan summer adventures for me and my four siblings, turned to me and said, “You should create one.” I was just starting my final year at Bowling Green … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Mar/Apr 2012, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

One-To-One

As I approached the entrance to the gym, I glanced at my watch and breathed a sigh of relief. It was 6:55 p.m.–which meant my son and I had a full five minutes to get inside, find the rest of our family and settle in to enjoy the always entertaining fifth-grade Christmas recital. Like years past, this recital featured a passel of nervous kids performing–a skill only some of them actually had in front of a large audience. As I … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Jan/Feb 2012, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

The Waiting Game

Running a business of any size–be it a magazine or camp–is a bit like running a race. You–the owner or director–are like the team’s coach: you map out the strategy, motivate your players, and push, push, push the ball and projects endlessly uphill and anticipate the day you finally reach the top. Except there really is no top. You just keep moving, inexorably upward, getting better, and better and better (hopefully). On one hand, it’s a great feeling. You pass … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Nov/Dec 2011, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment

The Game of Life

I sat in the drive-thru, chastising myself for even being there. Earlier that morning, I had skipped packing my lunch and because I knew eating lunch meant leaving the office, I kept cramming in “just one more thing” until it was suddenly 2 p.m. and my body was crying for food. From there, it was all downhill. In an effort to get back to the office quickly, I headed to the closest drive-thru, ordered a burger and fries and ate … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Publisher's Note, Sep/Oct 11 | 1 Comment

The Fear Factor

This issue blows me away. Literally. I’ve just read it cover to cover and have made note of several ideas I want to implement with my son’s baseball team. Now, I know these two things are not normally linked, but they both do deal with the same problem — fostering individual initiative and creativity within the framework of a team or community. Think about that for a minute. Isn’t that an oxymoron? On one hand, we want our campers/players to … Continue reading

Posted in Camp Business, Columns & Features, Issues, Jul/Aug 2011, Publisher's Note | Leave a comment