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The Widening Gap
written on February 22, 2011 by Kenyon Mau
Employee Development

 

In May of 2010, it became apparent to George Wilson, president of Metairie, La.-based Barriere Construction Co., that what was happening at his company demographically was also happening nationwide. Increasingly, older workers were reporting to more highly-skilled supervisors their kids' ages. The gap was widening.

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Happy Chinese New Year
written on February 22, 2011 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

 

The Chinese New Year 2011 is the Year of the Rabbit and began on February 3rd.  The Chinese New Year starts with the New Moon on the first day of the new year and lasts for 15 days.

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Leading a Sales Force of One
written on February 17, 2011 by Joe Mayer
Relationship Selling Strategies

 

For many small businesses, sales and marketing are the key components to success. Without customers seeing value for their operations in the products and services you offer and willingness to pay you adequately, no business can exist. So how do you lead a sales force if it consists of just one person and that person might be you? Here are five tips to make sure you leverage sales.

 

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The IT Word of the Day- VIRTUALIZATION
written on February 10, 2011 by Ryan Shorts
Business Technology

 

Historically servers have run a single operating system and required a dedicated machine to process applications and data. The new trend is virtualization, which allows you to run multiple virtual machines or VM’s on a single physical computer. 

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Why is Unemployment Stuck at Nine Percent
written on February 10, 2011 by Frank Fantozzi
Business Financial Planning

 

When a recession strikes, an unfortunate by-product is that many workers are let go, and not always for economic reasons. A dark undertone plaguing unemployment is that many companies view difficult economic times as an opportunity to let go of marginal performers.

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What Can Winter Teach us About Public Relations
written on February 03, 2011 by Katherine Bulava
Public Relations

 

As I stare at the snow STILL falling outside my window, two things come to mind: (1) I’m grateful to work from home and (2) Cleveland winter is a lot like public relations.  It’s persistent, it’s long-lasting and it’s as much about what you see as what you don’t. 

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The Bigger the Better
written on February 03, 2011 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

 

It’s not about the size of your network -- it’s about the relationships you build. I’ve been networking for a long time, and over the years, I’ve made many contacts who fell off the map and many who I still carefully nurture as valued business and client acquaintances.

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What Do You Do AFTER Your Elevator Speech
written on February 02, 2011 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

 

As COSE members and wannabe Power Networkers, many of us polish our finely crafted Elevator Speeches or 30-second commercials and deliver them with passion and purpose every chance we get.  Great. So let’s assume you’ve just done that at a COSE networking event … now what do you do?

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Sexual Orientation- No Gender Expression Explored in Book- My Princess Boy- Part II
written on February 01, 2011 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

 

In my last article, I discussed a children’s book called My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis.  In review, on the surface, it is about a little boy who likes the color pink and wants to wear dresses.

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Where is Your Organization Today- Part V
written on February 01, 2011 by Eric Kurjan
A Checklist of Tools for Business

 

This is Part V of a series of articles on diagnosing your organization’s current condition. Use this handy tool to help determine where your organization stands today.

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Increasing Your Odds for Success
written on January 31, 2011 by Joe Mayer
Goals: Setting and Achievement

 

The New Year is finally upon us and we have survived all the re-runs of last year’s highlights on TV and most of us have had time to analyze last year’s failures and successes and have set new goals for this year.

The challenge will be to stay motivated to accomplish our goals.

Multiple studies found that 90% of yearly goals are not accomplished and that a whopping 45% are abandoned just after one month.

So how do we ensure that things will be different this year and we will buckle the trend of the same old, same old this time?

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Personal Relationships Are Still Key for Public Relations Professionals
written on January 28, 2011 by Jason Therrien
Public Relations

New tools emerge every day to make the public relations professional’s life easier, especially when pitching a story. Although social media platforms provide wonderful support in disseminating information, personal relationships and traditional pitching is still the best foundation for receiving the best news coverage.

 

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Understanding QR Codes
written on January 27, 2011 by Administrator One
Social Media

 

QR (Quick Response) Codes may not be new to the business world, but they are now taking the mobile marketing industry to an entirely new level. They can be quickly read with camera-equipped mobile phones that are loaded with the proper code-reading software. Just snap a photo and be directed to a website, v-card, or application. A growing number of marketers such as Best Buy, Verizon, and Starbucks have been experimenting with campaigns this past year.

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What I Enjoy Most About Being a Difference-Maker as an Entrepreneur
written on January 27, 2011 by Frank Fantozzi
Business Financial Planning

 

Many view entrepreneurs as nonconformists seeking greater control over their own destinies. This is true, along with the many other common beliefs, including the fact that we thrive on the agility and lack of red tape and bureaucracy.

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Employer Pays Employee Disability Termination Suit
written on January 26, 2011 by
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

 

According to a recent press release from the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (“EEOC”), a group of supermarkets operating in the Chicago area recently paid $3.2 million to the EEOC to resolve a disability termination lawsuit.  The supermarket group, known as “Jewel-Osco”, was accused of violating the Americans With Disabilities Act (“ADA”) by terminating disabled employees without offering “reasonable accommodations”. 

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The CEOs Practical Overview of Cloud Computing- Part I
written on January 25, 2011 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

 

Have you wondered what all the excitement on cloud computing is all about? Or maybe you’re positive you need to move all your systems into the cloud? We would suggest a measured strategy is in order.

 

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Designing Your Management Team - Vetting your C-Level Management Foundation
written on January 21, 2011 by Ted L Moss
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

 

Assessing executive talent is usually a long, exhausting process.  Designing Your Management Team usually takes several rounds of interviews ending up in a broad pool of qualified candidates. 

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Questions to Ask Yourself When Creating Your Unique Brand
written on January 20, 2011 by Katherine Bulava
Public Relations

 

Many small business owners I meet are vibrant, energetic and passionate people – you really have to be to have the guts to turn your back on the security of a 9 to 5 in order to follow your passion for whatever it is you do.  It’s that passion that makes you, and therefore your brand, unique. 

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Sexual Orientation Explored in Book, My Princess Boy
written on January 20, 2011 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

 

I was recently introduced to a book called My Princess Boy by Cheryl Kilodavis.  As the title implies on the surface it is about a little boy who likes the color pink and wants to wear dresses. 

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Marcellus Shale- Energy Solution and the Environmental Threat
written on January 19, 2011 by Darrell Bragg
Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting

 

The drilling for natural gas in the Marcellus Shale rock formation that extends into eastern Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and West Virginia, creates both an economic boom for the states and for communities where the drilling is done.  This could provide a possible long-term and cleaner energy solution to using coal and oil.  Recent history tells us, however, that the environmental impact when human error and technology fail can be costly to local families and communities, and could be far more reaching if adequate safety oversight isn’t in place.

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Ways for Renters to Make Their Businesses More Energy Efficient
written on January 19, 2011 by Eli Auerbach
Greening Your Business

 

One of the most complex challenges for small businesses to becoming more energy efficient is the often complex relationship between tenants and property owners, commonly referred to as the renters’ dilemma.  Because the costs and benefits of energy efficiency are disproportionately shared between the parties in most rental situations, there is often little incentive for either party to actively pursue it.  Despite these challenges, there are ways for commercial renters to experience the many benefits of energy efficiency.

 

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Interpretive Storytelling
written on January 18, 2011 by Rachel Downey
Branding

 

One of the great things about Brands is their ability to tell stories—helping people connect to organizations, products and places. Interpretive Programs dive even deeper into the function of storytelling. An Interpretive Program, as it relates to environmental graphic design, is a system of signs, graphics and other visual elements that share short stories reflecting on the history, people, culture, ecology and architecture of a place.

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Selling a Business to Someone Opposite of You
written on January 18, 2011 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

   

When selling a business, sometimes the buyer for your business is someone entirely different than you would think.

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2011 Economic Outlook- A Mix of Clouds and Sun
written on January 12, 2011 by Frank Fantozzi
Investment Management

 

Neither the bulls nor bears are expected to take a significant lead in the New Year as we expect the economy and the markets will be range-bound throughout 2011. Bound by economic and fiscal forces that will restrain and not reverse growth, we believe the markets will provide modest single-digit rates of return.

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Referrals- by Kelcey Lehrich
written on January 11, 2011 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

 

Every sales representative, entrepreneur and business professional should have multiple sources of new clients, but almost every one of these individuals will tell you that the best source of new business comes from qualified referrals.

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