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Top 5 Reasons of Decline in Deals in 2009
written on August 31, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

In a recent survey conducted by the Business Brokerage Press, business brokers were polled to get an understanding of several current issues in the industry.  One of the most important topics for any business brokerage firm is the number of completed transactions.

 

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SBA Microloans- Loans from Lenders You Never Heard Of
written on August 31, 2010 by John Doucette
Financing Solutions

One often overlooked source of capital for small businesses is the SBA Microloan Program. This program provides small, short-term loans to small businesses through designated intermediary lenders who make the lending decisions and administer the loans as well as provide management and technical assistance to the borrowers.

 

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Phone Etiquette
written on August 31, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Telecommunications

To develop professional telephone manners, keep these business voice pointers in mind:

 

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A Blue Marble Day Shift Your Thinking and Your Attitude
written on August 25, 2010 by Jeff Nischwitz
Personal Evolution

Did you ever have a day when things didn’t go as you planned?  I’m guessing that you all have.  Did you ever have a day where you didn’t feel like you accomplished much?

 

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Six Tips to Save Water, Energy, and Money
written on August 25, 2010 by Nicole Stika
Greening Your Business

Sure, reducing the amount of water you use can lower your water bills.  But did you know that it can actually save you money three ways?

 

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Selling to Your Employee When An ESOP Does Not Fit
written on August 25, 2010 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

Many business owners and advisors are familiar with Employee Stock Ownership Plans (ESOP).  They can be a good fit for business owners who are looking to cash out some or all of their equity in the business.  ESOPs also provide significant tax breaks for the seller AND the business.

 

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Blackberry Tips and Tricks
written on August 23, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Business Software and Applications

Do you get your email and other messages on your Black Berry?  Did you know that you can synch multiple email address (personal and professional)?

 

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Maximizing Trade Show Value
written on August 23, 2010 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

Many COSE entrepreneurs use business expos and trade shows to market their products and services and network with prospects, clients and colleagues.  If that strategy works for your business, here are some Best Practices to help you maximize your trade show experience, ROI and value.

 

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It is Not a Free Pass
written on August 19, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Networking Strategies

Networking is an interesting activity.  There are so many people who do it well and reap the benefits.  And then there are the people who don’t understand it and hurt their businesses – many times without even realizing it.

 

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How Employee Training Can Improve Your Business Growth Even When Budgets are Tight
written on August 19, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Employee Development

Experts say, employee training 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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Improve Business Growth by Writing Everything Down
written on August 13, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Growth Strategies

Experts say, writing everything down 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 will help you achieve your goals.

 

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Emails from Outlook Templates
written on August 13, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Business Software and Applications

Did you know you can save email templates in Outlook to use at a later time?  This is an efficient way to organize your more automatic replies.

 

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Building Powerful Teams Part 3
written on August 13, 2010 by Roxanne Kaufman
Goals: Setting and Achievement

In previous articles we talked about geese; emotional intelligence of teams; and virtual teams. In this third and final segment in the series, we now turn to:
▪ Trust
▪ An Exercise in Team Effectiveness
▪ A Final Thought on Building Teams

 

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The Scoop on Access to Capital and Your Credit Score
written on August 09, 2010 by Marsha Powers
Access to Capital

Is your credit score impacting you getting more money for your business?  And you don’t even know it?  Here are some tips on how to access more capital with some basic financial house cleaning techniques to improve your credit score.

 

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State of Ohio Sponsored Help Wanted and Job Seekers Online Resource
written on August 09, 2010 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

The State of Ohio has created a little know free online resource for Ohio employers and job seekers at www.OhioMeansJobs.com.

 

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Socioeconomics is More than Dollars and Cents
written on August 09, 2010 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

Diversity consists of more than the aspect of race, although that is typically what we think of as Americans.  Race is an important aspect of diversity that impacts many of our lives on a daily basis and the interactions amongst people and groups

 

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Shattering Five Branding Myths
written on August 09, 2010 by Nikki Evans
Branding

When people think of branding, they often think of just a logo or business card.  Or they think of the opposite extreme, such as Apple or Virgin, and so assume they will never have the budget to "brand effectively."

 

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Building Powerful Teams Part 2
written on August 04, 2010 by Roxanne Kaufman
Goals: Setting and Achievement

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Business Strategy Improvement by Being Different
written on August 04, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Strategic Planning and Execution

Is business strategy improvement a goal of yours this year?  Truly differentiating you’re products and services is one proven method to improve your business strategy and growth in today’s challenging economy.

 

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Follow the Leader
written on August 04, 2010 by Tameka Taylor
Leadership Skills in Employees

As children, many of us played a game called Follow the Leader and most of us wanted to the Leader.  As adults, life requires us at different times to be a follower even when we are leaders.  As leaders, we sometimes struggle with the concept of following others.  

 

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ReadyBoost Clocks and Task Manager
written on August 04, 2010 by Ryan Shorts
Business Software and Applications

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How Current is Your HR Technology Policy For Employees Part II The Cell Phone Policy
written on July 29, 2010 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

In Part II of this series, we discuss cell phone policies.  How can such a ubiquitous item create such interesting challenges?  In many organizations, the cell phone has become as critical as a computer.  Do you struggle with usage and administration?

 

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Not Out of the Woods on EFCA Just Yet
written on July 29, 2010 by Kenyon Mau
Employee Development

A quick note on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA).  By all accounts, it appears that S. 560 (the EFCA resolution in the Senate) has stalled in Congress.  With the Healthcare passed and other matters taking center stage, EFCA from a legislative standpoint seems to have cooled significantly.

 

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Advisory Boards Can Be Powerful Tool in Your Succession and Strategic Planning Toolbox
written on July 29, 2010 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

If you asked a group of small business advisors about common strategic mistakes their clients make, I bet that most if not all of them will say that the average business owner spends too much time working in the business, and not enough time working on the business.

 

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Networking Defined
written on July 28, 2010 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

What is networking?  The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines “networking” as: ‘the exchange of information or services among individuals, groups, or institutions; specifically: the cultivation of productive relationships for employment or business’.

 

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