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Braathe Enterprises designs and delivers customized training for you and your business.

Robert Braathe, MBA has management experience with Walt Disney World Parks & Resorts, Gap Retail and Apple, Inc.

He teaches courses including Project Management, Entrepreneurship, Human Resources and Marketing at Schenectady County Community College, Hudson Valley Community College, SUNY Cobleskill and SUNY Adirondack.

Previously, he also has taught courses at Skidmore College, SUNY Delhi, Mildred Elley, Housatonic Community College and Fulton-Montgomery Community College

Michelle Przedwiecki, MPH, joined Braathe Enterprises in 2013 to bring curriculum development experience to the team. She co-teaches a number of courses with Robert and teaches Introduction to Business at SUNY Adirondack.

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Be the Hero You Want the World to See

by Makeda Heard
I love superheroes. I watch both Marvel and DC. We may view an episode of an animated character and watch the caped crusader fade off into the sunset. The sun is setting on my internship here at Braathe; my last project is the completion of a policy manual. A policy manual should match and reinforce the mission, vision and core values of an agency. One of our core values here at Braathe and its subsidiaries is heroics. Here at Braathe Enterprises (BE) we do not wear capes. When we begin as interns we are like the little boy “Shazam” when his super powers are not engaged. A little boy is weak and powerless and new interns may feel weak and powerless. As you learn and grow you will discover the purpose for heroes. What do heroes do? Heroes solve problems for people. As an intern for BE you will learn how to solve real problems for businesses and start-ups, you will gain valuable skills and abilities, these are your super powers. So heroes suit up! Just as in a fictional episode the world is waiting for you to save them; someone’s life is dependent upon what you have to offer. So be brave, be courageous and solve those problems.

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Freshbooks vs. Quickbooks

With more small and busy businesses opening, they all need an effective and efficient accounting software service to use. But which service should they use? Here are reasons why small businesses will benefit more from Freshbooks rather than Quickbooks.

Freshbooks is easy to use.

Quickbooks has many complicated accounting features that, unless one has some prior knowledge of accounting, they will have to spend a lot of time learning accounting concepts rather than just running their business. With Freshbooks, one is presented with a user-friendly, straightforward design, that allows customers to save time rather than waste it.

Freshbooks is designed specifically for service-based business.

Quickbooks tries to accommodate all kinds of businesses, meaning that it won’t be as customized as one would want to it be, and might even mean that they are paying extra for services that they don’t need! Freshbooks is specifically for small business owners, meaning that customers will get exactly what they want, and what they need, out of it.

Freshbooks has happier customers.

Because of Quickbooks confusing design, customers are more likely to get frustrated and have strains be put on their business. Freshbooks customers are much happier with the user-friendly design of Freshbooks that makes their accounting work surprisingly easy.

Freshbooks has award-winning support.

With Quickbooks, customers will be spending a lot of time waiting for an answer to a question instead of getting their work done. Freshbooks will answer questions right away and get customers back on track to their business goals!

Read more about Freshbooks great service here!


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Top 5 Project Management Time Management Tips

Here are five tips of Project Management Time Management that are very important for success in any professional setting.

1.  Know how to Prioritize Work

  • Figure out what tasks are urgent and what tasks aren’t urgent.
    • Work on one task at a time and say no to tasks you can’t take on. This ensures that you are focused on the one task at hand, and can complete it more efficiently, versus working on several tasks at one time.
    • One suggestion would be to start with getting upcoming deadlines out of the way or tackling the bigger tasks first.

2. Work in Time Blocks

  • When you have a designated time to work on a task, you are more mentally prepared to work on it and more likely to finish it in time.
    • The Entrepreneur suggests identifying your most important tasks first, and scheduling time blocks for those tasks at the beginning of each day.
  • Having periods of procrastination in between your time blocks gives you time to relax before getting back to serious work.
    • Even scheduling out long-term procrastination from work (i.e. long weekends, vacations etc.) is helpful for keeping one on track and focused while they are at work, according to the Entrepreneur.

3. The 80/20 Rule

  • One key thing to remember is that sometimes less can be more. The 80/20 rule dictates that 20% of work/effort/people can produce 80% of the outcomes or results. Therefore, in any business setting, it is important to focus on where that 20% of time is being spent. Read more about the 80/20 Rule Here.

4. Do the Tasks that you can Actually do

  • When it comes to getting tasks done efficiently, you wouldn’t want to waste time on something you don’t know how to do, and have to spend time into figuring out how to do it.
    • If there is someone else around who can get that task done more efficiently than you can, ask them to do it.
      • Or ask them to show you how to do it.

5. Critique your own Time Management

  • According to Forbes, it is important to look at where your time is being spent over the course of the week and over the course of a week day.
    • Once you look at where you are spending your time, thing about where and how it might be better to spend some of that time.
    • Where do you get the most value out of your time? And where are you wasting time?
    • Use this critique to plan a better schedule for the following week.

If you would like to learn more about Project Management Time Management visit: or contact Robert Braathe at

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Robert Braathe Teaches Entrepreneurship at Clean Tech Early College High School

This fall, Robert Braathe of Braathe Enterprises will be teaching for the 3rd year at the Hudson Valley Community College TEC-Smart campus in Malta, NY.  He teaches introduction to entrepreneurship for the Clean Tech Early College High School students.

Braathe is a college professor and business trainer/consultant who has been teaching since 2007 in Tech Valley at SCCC, HVCC, SUNY Adirondack and SUNY Cobleskill.

Braathe Enterprises offers customized personal and group business and science training programs.  To learn more, contact us today for a call at or email us at

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Braathe Speaks to Upstate Professional Women about Time Management, Team Management and Temerity

Robert Braathe did a talk about getting started in business and managing time, team and temerity at the Upstate Professional Women group in Latham New York.

During this interactive Q+A, Robert discussed the importance of managing your priorities under 4 categories – Do, Delegate, Date and Dismiss, as well as how to do a weekly 6 day schedule with plans for the following three weeks written out for regular viewing.

Under delegation, he spoke of the importance of delegating interesting work to other people so they feel engaged and involved.

On teams, he discussed finding the right partners, and knowing how to spot the wrong ones.

On temerity, he talked about having the courage of your own greatness, as well as the courage to speak and speak freely, especially around things you are disappointed in.  He mentioned the book “Principles” by Ray Dalio as a great resource for knowing how to handle business and personal interactions and relationships.

During the Q+A session, he talked about his succession plans, which include already naming his 2 year old niece Sarah his successor in “40 or 50 years”, as well as words that should be considered swear words – confused, frustrated and busy.

To have Robert come speak to your group, contact us at

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