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Where is Your Organization Today- Part IV
written on January 11, 2011 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

 

This is Part IV 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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The Brand Experience
written on January 11, 2011 by Rachel Downey
Branding

 

Developing a cohesive brand and message for any organization helps it compete — for customers, for visitors and for attention. This article discusses why addressing the brand experience as a strategic planning tool can help you engage your audience with your brand.

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Pricing a Business for Sale Opportunity
written on January 03, 2011 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

 

Deciding how to price your business for sale opportunity is something that needs to be considered prior to putting the business on the market.

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Minority Rules Embracing the Road Less Traveled Keys to Differentiation
written on December 30, 2010 by Jeff Nischwitz
Professional Advancement

There may be strength and safety in numbers, but today's reality is that the road less traveled is the only "safe" path for achieving our goals and dreams.  In a world where differentiation often matters more than anything, following the pack usually guarantees a mediocre outcome

 

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Keep an Eye on Employee Free Choice (EFCA) in 2011
written on December 28, 2010 by Kenyon Mau
COSE Advocacy Information

Coming to us from Human Resource Executive comes this little tidbit worthy of mention.  We have still not heard much on the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) since this past summer, however it is still around.

 

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Is A Service Franchise The Right Choice
written on December 28, 2010 by Marlene Herman
Investing in a Franchise

There is a great divide between types of franchises and especially if you are interested in the service sector.  You can explore the opportunities for the business sector or provide services to the individual entrepreneur.

 

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59 Commandments of Business Networking
written on December 28, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Networking Strategies

With all of the conversations these days about business networking I wrote a guide for Small Business Trends

 

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2011 Tax Calendar
written on December 23, 2010 by Administrator One
Tracking Business Finances

 

The Internal Revenue Service just released its 2011 Online Small Business Tax Calendar filled with important tax deadlines and tips.

 

 

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Management Issues as You Plan for Exiting Your Business
written on December 22, 2010 by Chris Cooper
Succession Planning

As the owner of a small business, you are likely also to be the business’s primary manager.  So what will happen to your business when you take yourself out of the equation?

 

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Using Social Media to Recruit Talent for Your Small Business
written on December 22, 2010 by Jason Therrien
Social Media

Small businesses can face challenges in hiring because they don’t always have a dedicated recruiter or the budget to support high cost recruiting methods such as reviewing thousands of resumes or supporting job postings on large career sites.

 

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Making The Ordinary Extraordinary
written on December 22, 2010 by Rachel Torchia
Customer Retention

Establish yourself as the “first” or a leader in your UNIQUE CATEGORY OF BUSINESS!   1. Remember perception is more powerful than truth.

 

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Building Relationships through Public Relations
written on December 22, 2010 by Katherine Bulava
Public Relations

Online sites like Facebook and LinkedIn have brought the spotlight back to an age-old way to generate business: networking.  And networking is 100% based on relationships

 

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Year End Financial Reminders
written on December 20, 2010 by Frank Fantozzi
Wealth Planning

As entrepreneurs our engines are always running at full speed. With that in mind, I want to provide you with a few thoughts as year-end approaches and the new year begins.

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How Long Does it Take to Sell a Business?
written on December 15, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

Selling a business doesn’t happen overnight.  It is not like selling any other type of asset.  When you sell a business, you need to consider all of the stages of the sale.

 

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Tips on Becoming a Power Positioning Maven
written on December 15, 2010 by Rachel Torchia
Branding

Number 1 to being a Power Positioning Maven -  Be an original! If you do what your competition does, it only serves s a reminder of your competition, and you don’t want to remind everyone of your competition do you?

 

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It Is the Most Wonderful Time of the Year
written on December 13, 2010 by Tameka Taylor
Diversity Awareness and Education

This time of year reminds me of diversity more than most other times of the year. Some Christians struggle with the concept of saying “Happy Holidays” versus “Merry Christmas”.  As a Christian who values diversity and inclusion, I prefer saying “Happy Holidays” that way my language includes everyone.

 

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Where is Your Organization? Today Part III
written on December 13, 2010 by Eric Kurjan
Strategic Planning and Execution

In Part I and II, we discussed the need to evaluate the organization and highlight what we are doing well and what needs improvement from strategy vs. execution perspective.

 

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The Social Media Branch
written on December 13, 2010 by Diane Helbig
Social Media

Marketing has changed – permanently.  The old, traditional marketing and PR methods still work, thought not entirely on their own.  Enter Social Media.

 

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Organizational Development Ways to Grow and Increase the Value of Your Business
written on December 09, 2010 by Steve Krisfalusy
Succession Planning

Definitions of “Strat planning” "Succession planning, Organizational Development”: “Strat planning” is the formal consideration of an organization's future course.

 

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What is your biggest IT risk? Is IT aligned to the business?
written on December 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?  Last month, we talked about three quick risks.

 

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How to Position Your Business to Create and Retain Customers
written on December 08, 2010 by Rachel Torchia
Customer Retention

In today’s business world getting recognized as a leader among many competitors is not easily accomplished.  Consumers often turn to a friend who they feel has the power to guide and help them when making a purchase or seeking a service business.

 

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Looking Outside for a Dramatic Kick in the Marketing Pants
written on December 06, 2010 by Nikki Evans
Marketing 101

If businesses need a dramatic and swift kick in the pants marketing wise, their executives should look outside for help from the most experienced and wildly creative marketing/advertising/branding people they can find.

 

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2011 Federal Standard Mileage Rates
written on December 06, 2010 by William Riccio
Tracking Business Finances

Under Revenue Procedure 2010-51, the Internal Revenue Service has issued the federal standard mileage rates for 2011.  The standard mileage rate for cars, vans, pickup trucks or panel trucks will be increasing to 51 cents per mile starting January 1, 2011.

 

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5 Reasons There is a ROI Using a Business Broker
written on December 06, 2010 by Kipp Krukowski
Buying and Selling a Business

There is a return on investment for hiring a business broker in the sale of a company.  Not only did 90% of business owners surveyed say that the use of a business broker, or business intermediary, resulted in a more confidential sale process and reduced stress, a majority of the owners reported that they received significantly more for their company.

 

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Sales Techniques in a Challenging Economy
written on December 02, 2010 by Administrator One
SBC 2010

This is the PowerPoint presentation from the COSE Small Business Conference, Oct 20 and 21, 2010 from Tom Scully from Sandler Training.  This workshop will review the realities of selling in a tough economy and explore why people buy, where those prospects are, how to find them and how to close the deal.

 

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