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Member Profile: Attorney Susan K. Howards

Susan Howards, a former college professor, was admitted to the Massachusetts Bar in 1989.

attorney-susan-k-howardsHow long have you been in business in Brookline?

I’ve been an attorney in Brookline since 1998.

What inspired you to open your practice in Brookline?

I’ve lived in Brookline almost all my life and love it. I wanted to serve and be part of the Brookline community. I also wanted to walk to work.

What do you enjoy most about working in Brookline?

I most enjoy the people and sense of community.

What is your favorite part of your practice?

I am a criminal defense attorney with a focus on Domestic Violence. There is terrific support in the fight against domestic violence in Brookline. – I am a member of the Domestic Violence Roundtable, co-chair of the Jennifer A. Lynch Committee Against Domestic Violence, and a member of the Brookline Rotary Club.

Susan K. Howards

What’s one thing that you would like everyone to know about your practice?

My office represents clients nationwide.

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

I enjoy yoga, theater, knitting, Pilates, and vigorous walking.


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Member Profile: The Business Resource Guy's Richard Hassman

Richard Hassman has been The Business Resource Guy in Brookline for the past year and a half, after seven years at it in Northern California. He has had local clients for over five years, having started with ImprovBoston in 2009—and they’ve been his client ever since.

Richard Hassman

What inspired you to become The Business Resource Guy?

I was selling POS (point of sale) systems to just restaurants when I heard about credit card processing as a business service. I immediately was drawn to it because of two things – a) I could work with almost any type of business from non-profit organizations to manufacturer supply houses to retail boutiques to restaurants, etc. and b) one of the primary functions of what I do is lowering a fee that business owners can’t avoid, all while providing them better advice and service than they were receiving before they starting working with me.

What do you enjoy most about working in Brookline? 

Brookline is such a small town. The level of relationships between the residents and local businesses is like nowhere else I have ever lived. I love the way that folks are just plain folks here in Brookline, and really are interested in what you have to offer them. And there are so many opportunities to partner up with others and be of service to the community, on both a commercial and a civic level.

What is your own favorite product or service among those that you offer? 

My favorite service offering amongst credit card processing, POS systems, gift and loyalty programs, e-commerce gateways, and working capital programs is actually the credit card processing. My reasoning is that accepting credit cards and having to pay fees for the “privilege” of doing so affects the bottom line of every business that does so. If I can help a business owner keep more of their hard-earned money in their own pocket at the end of every month, then I have done them a great service. And it gives me great joy to do so.

 

Richard HassmanWhat’s one thing that you want everyone to know about The Business Resource Guy? 

With over 9 years experience, I have collected a lot of wisdom that I love to share with business owners.

The Business Resource Guy was founded on the principle that I can match business owners with the resources that they most need to run their business successfully. From merchant services credit card processing to working capital programs, I work very hard to have a deep collection of vendors that are the best in their class and I feel confident introducing them to my business customers.

What’s one fact about The Business Resource Guy that you think might surprise people?

People are often surprised that I have the exact same costs as the business banks I compete with. And that level playing field gives me the advantage because I can service my customers with more personal care than the banks and out of state processors can.

The Business Resource Guy

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working? 

Skiing and traveling are not just activities I enjoy when not working; they are obsessions. My girlfriend and I incorporate travel into our schedules so that we can still work and service our careers all while exploring the world. If there is a ski slope nearby, well, all the better.


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Member Profile: Coolidge Corner Yoga's Tatyana Souza

Tatyana Souza - Balance

Can you do this? :-)

Tatyana Souza and her husband David opened Coolidge Corner Yoga at 1297 Beacon Street in September 2013. We asked Tatyana some questions about herself and her business to help us and our Brookline neighbors get to know her and CCY a bit better:

What inspired you to open Coolidge Corner Yoga?

I am passionate about sharing the practice of yoga with my local community and feel that everyone can benefit from the practice. This practice not only yields the physical benefits of strength, pliability, and balance, but also yields mental benefits as well. In the busy lives of many in our community, yoga can provide exercise as well as mental relaxation so that you can be a better parent, spouse, neighbor and friend.

What do you enjoy most about working in Brookline?

I love seeing all my fellow Brookline residents, parents, and friends in the studio. The wide age range coming through our doors has been amazing to observe. I also love how receptive our community has been to adding yoga to their weekly routine.

What is your own favorite product or service among those that you offer?

My favorite yoga offering has been our Yoga FUNdamentals and Gentle Yoga classes. These two classes offer beginner yogis as well as those looking to introduce movement into their life gently an opportunity to dive into the world of yoga in a welcoming, fun, and encouraging environment. These classes have been thriving, and I am so proud to have so many members of our community start and maintain their practice of yoga at CCY.

Coolidge Corner Yoga Class

What’s one thing that you want everyone to know about Coolidge Corner Yoga?

CCY offers classes for everybody and every age in our community, starting from prenatal yoga, mommy and baby yoga, kids yoga and all the way up through gentle and yin yoga.

What’s one fact about Coolidge Corner Yoga that you think might surprise people?

People are often surprised by how spacious, cozy, and welcoming our yoga studio is. We have about 4000 square feet of space on the 2nd floor overlooking Beacon Street, including lounge space and an area to have some tea and relax.

Coolidge Corner Yoga

What activities do you enjoy when you’re not working?

Running my own business has been quite exciting and challenging. On my days off I really relish spending time with my two boys and husband either outdoors at the parks or with family friends.


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