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By April Speake Executive Director, The Home Front Cares The war stories I’ve heard from military spouses are heart-wrenching — hardships and obstacles that are seemingly insurmountable, uncertain futures and a society that is sometimes oblivious to the struggle. And those challenges are magnified by fear for loved ones who are deployed thousands of miles… Continue Reading Help show military troops and families that you care

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Successful negotiation skills

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We all negotiate — all of the time. We negotiate with our employees, with clients, with salespeople, with our children, with car dealers, and on and on. Most of what you read on negotiating skills makes it sound like you have to be a certain type of person to be a good negotiator. But the… Continue Reading Successful negotiation skills

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Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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“I don’t set trends. I just find out what they are and exploit them.” Dick Clark Because we work with business owners, we like to keep an eye on trends that might affect them. This is especially true in times of uncertain economy, when businesses might need to adjust their product or service offerings to… Continue Reading Trends might hold opportunity for small business

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Have you ever posted a Facebook status update only to instantly regret it? I’ve done it more than I care to admit, but was pleased to find that the Urban Dictionary has already addressed the sentiment. These statements are called “epiphanots.” Urban Dictionary defines epiphanot as: An idea that at first seems like an amazing… Continue Reading The ‘epiphanot’ killing social-media endeavors

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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If you think outsourcing will never impact your business, you’re essentially sticking your head in the sand. Outsourcing can potentially help your business, harm it, or both. You need to be informed so that you can benefit from using it, or protect yourself by creating strategies to compete against it. Outsourcing is a double-edged sword… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — part 2

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It’s going to happen sooner or later. We’re hitting the wireless device critical mass where we need to be connected to the Internet all the time in order to function. And we need a lower price point for this pervasive connection. Sure, right now you can buy 100 percent connectivity via a whole bunch of… Continue Reading Free municipal Wi-Fi – the next big thing, again?

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Book Review: “The Consuming Instinct”

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by Gad Saad c.2011, Prometheus Books You weren’t looking for it. No, you were searching your calendar for something else but as you flipped the pages, there it was: Christmas. It’s coming, and though the weather still says “summer,” you’ll have to start your dreaded gift list soon. And that list keeps growing, much to… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Consuming Instinct”

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A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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Outsourcing is a subject that often creates strong emotions and, perhaps, justifiably so. For many people, the word conjures mental images of U.S. companies closing their doors, and lost jobs as company operations have been moved overseas. But outsourcing can also be a positive concept that aids American companies and workers. World events and technology… Continue Reading A look at the impact of outsourcing — Part 1

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It looks like we’re heading into some rough economic water again, which makes me very excited. Some of the greatest advances in technology take place during economic slumps, so I am looking forward to the results of a second dip. Here’s how it works: When the economy is strong, all of us techies are busy… Continue Reading The up-side of technology during a down economy

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Anyone who has been in business for any period of time knows you can’t tackle everything yourself. Sometimes you just need some help. But let’s face it, asking for help can be tough. You might be a “private person” and not want to tell someone outside your business about the issues it’s having. Maybe you’ve… Continue Reading Asking for help can be tough for small business owners

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