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Immigration and its Impact on Diversity - Part 1
written on April 28, 2011 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

There are many myths and misperceptions out there about immigrants and immigration.  This article will explore many popular misperceptions.

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Conducting a Social Media Audit of Your Top Employees
written on April 26, 2011 by Jason Therrien
Social Media

This is not a blog post that’s going to preach personal brand building or why your executives need to be proficient with social media.

However, this is a reality check to Google your most client facing or well known employees. Many times these people are in executive positions within your firm.

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Ridding Yourself of Your Fear of Social Media
written on April 25, 2011 by Katherine Bulava
Social Media

There are still quite a few businesses and non-profits out there that have not made the social media leap, despite the fact that YouTube surpasses Google as a search engine and Facebook is one of the largest communities, online or otherwise, in the world.  What I’ve discovered in conversations with multiple such organizations is that fear of the uncontrolled chatter that is social media is a very real thing. 

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The Cost of Extending Credit
written on April 21, 2011 by John Doucette
Receivables Management

Many small businesses extend credit to their customers as a matter of course, without evaluating the cost and consequences of doing so. In most cases you will want to continue selling to your customers on credit but you should understand what it costs you, take reasonable steps to reduce this expense and consider some alternatives.

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Can Oprah and Harry Potter Wake Up Your Marketing?
written on April 20, 2011 by Karen Malone Wright
Marketing 101

Go big with your tie-ins and connect to the event everyone’s talking about.

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Let Twitter Bring Your Anniversary to Life
written on April 20, 2011 by Karen Malone Wright
Social Media

The limited span of anniversary marketing can be a natural occasion to try a new marketing tool: Twitter.

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Vetting your C-Level Management Part 2: Federal Criminal Records and Credit Reports
written on April 15, 2011 by Ted L Moss
Recruitment and Safe Hiring Practices

Most companies do not order background checks that include searches at the federal level, or credit reports, as a standard practice.  Federal records are held at federal district, appellate, and bankruptcy courts. 

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Expert Advise Pays for Itself
written on April 13, 2011 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

Your due diligence has found your future Franchise.  It’s time to negotiate the deal and you are waiting for the Disclosure from the Franchiser. 

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Make the Right Choice
written on April 13, 2011 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

 Franchise Business Review lists 14 Franchise Categories.  There are many choices available ranked by the Best Franchise by Category.

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Franchise Facts & Stats
written on April 12, 2011 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

Here are a few franchise facts & stats...

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Is Collective Bargaining Healthy for Taxpayers and our Financial Markets?
written on April 12, 2011 by Frank Fantozzi
Wealth Planning

With Senate Bill 5 passing in Ohio and many States considering similar measures in dealing with deficit positions, reexamining collective bargaining and its merits to taxpayers and in general financial markets seems overlooked.  Senate Bill 5 has clearly polarized groups.

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Prioritize 'til it Hurts, Plan Your Ideal Week to Profit Sooner
written on April 11, 2011 by Shelley Solomon Cull
Strategic Planning and Execution

Could you work any harder?  Small business owners often feel like they are working full time and getting part time results. 

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Benefits of an Equipment Appraisal When Selling a Business
written on April 11, 2011 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

Having an equipment appraisal completed prior to selling your business is good planning and will likely result in a return on the investment.

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Employees Matter Too!
written on April 11, 2011 by Kenyon Mau
Greening Your Business

Sustainable awareness practices are becoming more popular by the day now which turns out being a good thing for everyone involved.   One underlying theme of sustainability that is  as popular in the “mainstream” is the concept of the “triple bottom line”.

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It's Time to Tell the Truth: Trust Building Toward Relationships
written on April 11, 2011 by Jeff Nischwitz
Growth Strategies


Trust ... that often cited, but often lacking ingredient for genuine relationships and organizational success. Nearly every organization I meet complains about a lack of accountability and execution, yet most are looking for the answers in the wrong place. Trust and relationships is at the heart of effective, accountable and executing organizations and teams. It’s critical that we understand the opportunities that we create when we tell people (including ourselves) the truth in order to grow, develop and execute.

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Franchisors/Franchisees Legalities
written on April 11, 2011 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

As in buyer beware, we need to be wary of situations that can would require involvement of an attorney and/or court battle.

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Franchise Disclosure Regulations
written on April 11, 2011 by Marlene Herman
Owning a Franchise

Federal Regulations mandate that prospective franchises are entitled to specific documentation and information to allow him/her to make an informed decision.

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5 Tweaks to Energize Your Business Improvement and Growth
written on April 11, 2011 by Dennis Sommer
Growth Strategies

Are you going through the same old motions that worked in the past with fewer results today?  Have you run out of good ideas?  Are your competitors taking business away from you?  If so, what you might need to do is make a few tweaks to energize your business improvement and growth.

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Got Time?
written on April 11, 2011 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

If it seems as though there is never enough time to complete all the tasks we set out to accomplish, it is very likely we are setting the wrong priorities.

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Professional Services Firms- Rebrand Now
written on March 31, 2011 by Rachel Downey
Branding

In the new economy, it is a new game and those coming out ahead aren’t the same ones who started in the front. Now is your chance to change the rules of the game and make your firm the one that stands out.

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Does a TABLET have a place in your business?
written on March 31, 2011 by Ryan Shorts
Business Technology

The idea of tablet devices has been well received and is gaining momentum every day, but how are businesses actually utilizing them?  When these devices were first released they were termed as a “toy” for executives with no real practical use in general business settings.  Are you wondering if that is still the case?

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Things to Consider When Hiring a Marketing Agency
written on March 31, 2011 by Jason Therrien
Marketing Plans

Wearing many hats in an organization is very common. If you ask around, you’ll find that it’s rare for one person to have only one responsibility every day.

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Planning for Business Succession Doesn't Have to Mean Retirement
written on March 25, 2011 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

I talk to many business owners who quite literally refuse to properly plan for ownership succession because they are 1) not ready to “retire”, 2) aren’t prepared for all the looming free time, or 3) fear what will happen to them without the sense of purpose that being a business owner gives them.

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The CEO's Practical Overview of Cloud Computing - Part III
written on March 25, 2011 by Laura Pettit Rusick
Innovation in Technology

As we have discussed in our recent newsletters, there is a continuum of “cloud computing” services available. We recently reviewed software as a service and virtualized servers. This month, we discuss point solutions or outside services.

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Taking the Pain out of Sales Pitches
written on March 25, 2011 by Phil Stella
Networking Strategies


How many of you experience pain when you pitch business face-to-face, over the phone, in writing or in presentations? How many of you cause some pain for your prospects or customers as a result of those pitches? Looks like lots of hands going up for both questions. Good.

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