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An Independent Thinker Set Free

Posted By Ester Venouziou, Sunday, October 23, 2011
I met Bob Turel, video presentations coach, a few months back, when he joined LocalShops1, and was immediately impressed by his enthusiasm to get involved and share his expertise with fellow LocalShops1 members. Bob quickly became one of the most active LS1 members, jumping on board to create videos for the LocalShops1 Birthday Bash in August and coaching camera-shy business owners. Bob and i are now working together on an ambitious project for 2012.

If he hadn't lost his job in 2009 as training specialist from the City of St. Petersburg, we likely would have never met. Here, Bob shares his story about going from Corporate World to Full-Time Entrepreneurship:

As I read Ester's account of being laid off and moving on, it reminded me of about two years ago, when my layoff came to a completion. It's hard to forget, because the organization that laid me off does those kinds of things at the end of the fiscal year (Sept. 30).

Even though I kind of knew it was coming, it was almost like the death of a family member or friend. It doesn't really sink in until it happens!

As in any ending of a relationship, there is the shock, disbelief, grief period, and then more of a realization that things will never be the same again.

In my case, it took almost a year of networking and attempting to build a solopreneur business before my new reality was entrenched in my consciousness. Thanks to that networking and belonging to organizations like LocalShops1 and meeting such wonderful people like Ester Venouziou, this changing part of my life has more meaning now, and is way more fulfilling!

I am grateful now for the "release" from organizational life, because I am an independent thinker, and I enjoy the freedom inherent in my activities which put me in touch with such a wide variety of people, mostly business owners!

I look forward to progressing in this exciting and sometimes mysterious part of my life, and as long as here are hard-working and dedicated business people like the ones I've met through Local Shops 1 out there, I will do more than survive, I know I will thrive!

Bob Turel can be reached by phone at 727-360-0195 or 727-517-5753, or through his website,

Are you starting over after a layoff? We want to hear your story! Please email us at, and include your story and contact info. We will try to include as many stories as possible in future blogs.

Ester Venouziou, founder of and co-founder of Gulfport! Magazine, is available for freelance projects: writing, editing, design or social media. She can be reached at or 727.637.5586.

Tags:  bob turel  life after a layoff  localshops1  st. petersburg  video presentation coach 

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