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Where is Your Organization Today?
written on November 10, 2010 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

Most businesses do not take the time to step back and complete a self-evaluation.

 

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Twitter Rolls Out New Features Part 2
written on November 10, 2010 by Jason Therrien
Social Media

I recently started a multiple-part series on the new features that Twitter has rolled out.  Part 1 explored the expanded viewing panes and embedded multimedia. This installment will focus on Twitter changing the landscape of URL shorteners.

 

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Building a Mobile App for Your Business A Case Study
written on November 10, 2010 by Brad Nellis
NEOSA- The COSE Technology Network

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What is Your Biggest IT Risk
written on November 08, 2010 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

Like many organizations, have you put off projects for the past few years?  Maybe you don’t have someone looking at the big IT picture?

 

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One and a Half Cents on the Fourth Quarter
written on November 08, 2010 by Frank Fantozzi
Wealth Planning

As the calendar turned to fall, the markets began to rise.  While bonds posted a respectable 2.5% gain for the third quarter, measured by the Barclays Aggregate Bond index, the S&P 500 posted an outstanding 11% gain for the third quarter.

 

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Why, When, and How to Upgrade Your Network
written on November 05, 2010 by Steve Krisfalusy
Business Technology

The ROI and efficiency are two very important considerations in the IT Network upgrade process.  Business owners ask all the time...

 

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Common Misconceptions About Exiting Your Business
written on November 05, 2010 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

During my time assisting business owners with their exit planning, I’ve noticed a few common “worst practices” and misconceptions that cause business owners problems.  Let’s take a look at some of the more common ones

 

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Connecting Effectively
written on November 03, 2010 by Joe Mayer
Professional Advancement

During the recently held Small Business Conference in Cleveland by COSE, Sally Hogshead, a marketing specialist from LA, told a stunned audience that the average attention span today is roughly eight seconds and shrinking.

 

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The Use of Public and Private Records for Pre-Employment Screening
written on November 03, 2010 by Ted L Moss
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

From birth to death, a government document is created for almost every major life event; birth certificate, property records, marriage and death certificates.  A public record is any document or information a government agency has collected during the process of conducting local, state, or federal governmental business, and they are the main source of information used in background checks.

 

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How Much Money is My Business Worth?
written on November 03, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

“How much is my business worth?”  This is a question that many business owners often have floating in their minds.  Studies show that on average, 90% of a business owner’s net worth is tied up in their business.

 

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Google Instant Search Strategies: The Impact on your Search Engine Marketing Campaigns
written on October 29, 2010 by David Goebel
Search Engine Marketing

Google now has a feature called Instant Search.  The Instant search feature or search as you type does not wait until the user clicks the search box or hits return.

 

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What Kind of Government Do You Want? Use Your Right and Vote on November 2nd
written on October 29, 2010 by Frank Fantozzi
A Checklist of Tools for Business

As we approach the midterm elections, please take a few moments to reflect on the important choices in front of you as your decisions and your vote will continue to shape our country.  There’s no doubt it can be frustrating to try to hone in on the issues and measure the character of our candidates when we’re inundated by media sound bites and all the late night campaign commercials, slamming both Democrats and Republicans alike.

 

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You Can't Close A Relationship by Kelcey Lehrich
written on October 29, 2010 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies

Frank Agin, founder and president of AmSpirit Business Connections once told me that “You can’t close a relationship”.  This is sage wisdom and especially applicable to networking.

 

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E4S Workshop Participants Discover You Cannot Throw it Away All Trash Goes Somewhere
written on October 25, 2010 by Beau Daane
Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting

Lots of birds circling for food.  That icky sweet smell of garbage.  What a ride!

 

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The Recession Is Over Get Out And Sell
written on October 25, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Relationship Selling Strategies

Really?  Well, let’s go with the statement for a moment.  How does it feel?  If you knew the recession was over, what would you do?

 

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8 Strategies to Increase Sales Revenue Growth
written on October 25, 2010 by Dennis Sommer
Prospecting

Increasing sales revenue growth in today’s challenging economy is not easy.  These 8 sales growth strategies are simple and proven tactics used by sales top performers to improve their business performance.

 

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IRS Redefines Mortgage Deduction Limits
written on October 25, 2010 by William Riccio
Wealth Planning

The Internal Revenue Service has issued Notice 2010-25 which redefine the interpretation of home acquisition indebtedness as it pertains to home equity indebtedness.

 

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Twitter Rolls Out New Features Part 1
written on October 18, 2010 by Jason Therrien
Social Media

In an effort to keep Twitter users coming back for more, the ever popular social media tool unveiled a new look last week to select users.  Tweeters now have more tools than ever with what Twitter admits to be the largest site overhaul since it broke out on the social media scene in 2006.

 

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Ohio Business Lending Clearinghouse
written on October 18, 2010 by John Doucette
Financing Solutions

Earlier this month the State of Ohio launched a new web site that allows businesses to enter an initial application for a loan on line.  The information is communicated to participating banks and any lenders interested in the business will contact the applicant within 48 hours.

 

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Finding the Last Typo Before Too Late
written on October 18, 2010 by Nikki Evans
Marketing 101

Call it what you will—clerical error, erratum, misprint or typing mistake—there it was.  A typo of my own doing.  An out of place word left over from a previous editing effort, smack dab in the middle of a testimonial I emailed a business owner for use in his direct mail piece.

 

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Networking Strategy-Sitting Next To X
written on October 18, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Networking Strategies

Consider the idea that when you own a business or are in sales, you are always on.  Wherever you go, you are representing your company.  Now consider that unless you attend an event with two people, and sit in between them, you don’t really know who you are sitting next to

 

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Recycling Efforts at Costco
written on October 13, 2010 by Beau Daane
Waste Reduction, Recycling and Composting

Each Costco warehouse generates tons of waste each week, in the form of cardboard, plastic, unusable produce and more.  Much of it is kept out of local landfills through a variety of efforts.

 

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5 Factors for Choosing a Business Broker when Selling a Business
written on October 13, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

When selling a business, it is important to do your homework and select the right business broker to represent you and your company.  There are 5 key factors that you should consider as a business owner:

 

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Engaging Your Team Members
written on October 13, 2010 by Jeff Nischwitz
Employee Development

Mad Men, one of my favorite shows, follows the internal workings and relationships of an early 1960’s advertising agency in New York City.  In the most recent episode, Don Draper (one of the lead characters) is engaged in a heated discussion with a frustrated and unappreciated employee (Peggy Olson) who is venting that Don never gives her credit for her ideas.

 

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Energy Efficiency Becoming a Must-Have for Professional Offices
written on October 08, 2010 by Nicole Stika
Greening Your Business

As the Pew Center on Global Climate Change points out, buildings account for 39% of total energy use and 38% of total greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions in the United States, more than either industry or transportation.  Commercial buildings account for 46% of energy use by buildings, or 18% of the total energy consumed in America.

 

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