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R-E-S-P-E-C-T; Tell Me What it Means to You
written on September 24, 2010 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

Respect is one of those words that we all use quite a bit and we usually think that we are using it the same way.  From a technical stance we usually define the word respect basically the same.  Respect means to feel or show honor or esteem for; hold in high regard; and to consider or treat with deference or dutiful regard.

 

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Why Even Small Businesses Should Have an Attorney on Retainer
written on September 24, 2010 by
Building and Maintaining Your Legal Infrastructure

In an effort to avoid legal costs, it is not uncommon for business owners to enter into a business transaction, or long-term business agreement, without consulting an attorney.  Unfortunately, many of those same business owners later experience unpleasant legal surprises.

 

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Are Your Teams Performing?
written on September 21, 2010 by Joe Mayer
Employee Development

Teams, teamwork, high performance teams seem to be some of the most used words when reading about what makes successful companies tick.  And most business owners will confirm that this is the case in their companies, too.

 

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Tips for More Effective Communication
written on September 21, 2010 by Ingeborg Hrabowy
Conflict Resolution

Communication killers:
1) Assuming.
2) Avoidance/not dealing with the problem.
3) Failure to clarify.

 

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There is A Customer Service Desk In Your Social Media Account
written on September 21, 2010 by Karen Malone Wright
Social Media

Social networking.  Social computing.  Social media.  Look up the definition of "social."  Whether you use www.Dictionary.com or a hardbound book, you won't find a listing that says "monologue."

 

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Franchise Systems
written on September 17, 2010 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

It’s time to do something different.  Maybe your job was eliminated, or you touched the glass ceiling or maybe you feel you can run a business better than your current boss.

 

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Going Green Can Help Restaurants Make Green
written on September 17, 2010 by Nicole Stika
Greening Your Business

In the last post, I looked at the potential benefits that a supermarket or large retail store can experience by investing in energy efficiency.  Restaurants, like large retailers, are extremely energy-intensive businesses.

 

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Develop Loyal Customers to Improve Business Growth
written on September 14, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Customer Retention

Developing loyal customers is a simple and proven tactic used by top performers to improve business growth in today’s challenging economy. Improving business growth is not easy.  This simple strategy can help you achieve your goals.

 

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How Lube Stop Greens Their Business
written on September 14, 2010 by Beau Daane
Greening Your Business

Lube Stop, with 37 locations in the Cleveland and Akron-Canton areas, is Ohio's largest independently owned quick oil change company and has recently earned awards for its environmental stewardship.  Every year this company recycles more than 400,000 gallons of motor oil, more than 30,000 gallons of antifreeze, and voluntarily recycles hundreds of thousands of oil filters.

 

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Beware of Web Conferencing Charges
written on September 14, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Telecommunications

Beware! New charges are now sometimes being levied on participants of Audio and Web conferences.  If your conference invitation gives you the option to listen to the audio portion through your computer speakers, you might be charged if you use your telephone to dial in to listen.

 

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Supermarkets Can Win Big with Energy Efficiency
written on September 10, 2010 by Nicole Stika
Greening Your Business

With the large amount of information about and attention surrounding energy efficiency and sustainability over the past few years, it can be difficult for the average business owner to filter the information and sort through the noise to determine what is relevant.  Not every story or every energy efficient or sustainable option is right for a business. 


 

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Looking Back 90 Years for Ad Inspiration
written on September 10, 2010 by Nikki Evans
Marketing 101

The Sunday Parade magazine’s ClearEars® ad looked astonishingly like ads from the early 1920s.  I would know.  I’ve covered our half-bath walls with over a hundred of them, all from 1923 and 1925 publications.  I love those ads. So wordy, in a good way.

 

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How Current is Your HR Technology Policy For Employees? Part III-Telecommuting
written on September 09, 2010 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

When did you last update your HR policy's technology section? Does it include Social Networking?  Cell Phone Usage?  Work from Home?

 

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Social Media is Not Just For Your Interns Anymore
written on September 09, 2010 by Jason Therrien
Social Media

As the newest crop of interns joins marketing agencies and departments this fall, now is a good time to identify their participation in your brand’s social media efforts.

 

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Time Management: Utilize Your Resources
written on September 09, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Professional Advancement

So, you are a one-woman (or man) show.  You do it all – receptionist, secretary, producer, salesperson, payroll clerk, accounting manager, general manager.  And, that’s just for starters!

 

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Let Disability be About Ability
written on September 09, 2010 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

On July 26, 2010, the 20th Year Anniversary was celebrated for creation of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).  Tthe establishment of the ADA provides civil rights protections for people with disabilities similar to providing individuals with rights based on race, color, sex, national origin, age, and religion

 

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Five Tips to Avoid Resume Fraud
written on September 07, 2010 by Ted L Moss
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

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Audit to Ensure Proper Independent Contractor Classification
written on September 07, 2010 by
Liabilities Within the WorkForce

The federal government has recently renewed its commitment to ensure that employers who classify workers as independent contractors do so properly.  Approximately $25 million in additional federal funds have been ear-marked for increased investigations into worker misclassification issues.

 

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It's Official: The Over 50 Demographic Is Online & Networking
written on September 07, 2010 by Karen Malone Wright
Social Media

Everyone knew the Baby Boomers would get into social networking in larger numbers, but it's happening faster than people who chart such things had anticipated.  Whether that news bores you, surprises you or includes you, you need to care.

 

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Customer Service and JetBlue
written on September 07, 2010 by Joe Mayer
Customer Service

The internet is buzzing with stories about the new “hero” flight attendant Steven Slater who made a statement swooshing down his plane’s inflatable slide while holding on to a can of beer and his carry-on when quitting his job in the middle of debarkation.

 

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To Some, This Rule is Golden
written on September 02, 2010 by Kenyon Mau
Employee Development

Recently, I was busy performing harassment training for one of my clients of all their employees.  The purpose was the yearly review of what is harassment and what can employees do to continue its prevention in this environment.

 

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Do You Feed Negativity? By Joyce Shafer
written on September 02, 2010 by Ingeborg Hrabowy
Creating a Positive Culture

When negativity knocks at your door, do you recognize it and send it away?  Or do you invite it in for dinner, or worse, to stay with you as long as it likes—possibly for your lifetime?

 

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Team Building 101: The Stages of Team Development
written on September 02, 2010 by Miriam Ricketts
Creating a Positive Culture

Is your team Forming, Storming, Norming or Performing?  Teams tend to go through predictable stages in their development. The Tuckman model of team development is a solid framework to help team leaders assess where a team is in its formation, and to identify what to do in order to guide the team to more cohesive, effective performance.

 

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Understanding the 7 Business Entity Structures when Buying a Business
written on September 02, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

When buying a business, purchasers are often very consumed with the analysis and negotiation of the business, due diligence, learning about the specific business, and possibly the emotional roller coaster of being a first time buyer.

 

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Financing Options for Franchising
written on August 31, 2010 by Marlene Herman
Investing in a Franchise

You have chosen the Franchise of your dreams and need to put together a financing package to make it a reality.  Although the banking industry has tightened the reigns over the mortgage crisis, there is still capital available.

 

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