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Given a camera and a couple of props, even the most stern businessman or nervous mother-of-the-bride loosens up. That’s the idea behind the business, Say Fromage, which totes a photo booth, complete with funny hats, glasses and feather boas, to Springs parties and events. Party and event-goers are invited to pop into the booth and… Continue Reading Springs’ business duo has photo booth, will travel

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The appointment was nearly over. The man had talked at length about his business but had also shared a lot about his personal life. He lived a lifestyle that many people would consider enviable, with a lovely family and stature in the community. The owner of a successful and respected company, he earned substantial personal… Continue Reading Year-end Part 3: Does your business enhance your life?

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by James A. Roberts Your financial goals for the next year are set. On the list are things like “pay off credit cards” and “save for retirement.” You’ll be putting some money away for your business or for emergencies. There will be little splurges, sure, but cautiously. Nothing on the list indicates that you would… Continue Reading Book Review: “Shiny Objects: Why We Spend Money We Don’t Have in Search of Happiness We Can’t Buy”

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. In last week’s article we looked at how to complete an assessment on your overall business. In this week’s column we want to address one topic — making money.… Continue Reading Year-end Part 2: Are you any good at making money?

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Interior designer Christine D’Alessio has a deep-seeded belief that every “thing” matters. There is no one thing or item in a room that should be thoughtlessly left as clutter. Every element of a space should contribute to a feeling, mood or sense of comfort. She has operated according to that philosophy since he founded D’Alessio… Continue Reading Market shift forces D’Alessio to design new strategies

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Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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As we near the end of December, it’s time think about how our businesses have fared this past year and what we’ll do differently in 2012. Over the next few weeks, we want to discuss some areas of assessment that should be considered as you begin to plan for next year. Next week we’ll look… Continue Reading Assessing 2011 and planning for 2012: Part 1

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Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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The start of the crucial holiday shopping season in November helped fuel the sixth straight monthly increase in retail sales. Gift-buying Americans spent more on clothing and electronics, and sales of autos and furniture also rose. Still, the overall gain was the smallest since June. Consumers pulled back on some purchases unrelated to holiday shopping,… Continue Reading Retail sales rise for sixth straight month

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by Susan E. Reed Your customer base is changing. You’ve been noticing it for the past few years: the face of your average client isn’t what it used to be, not surprisingly. These new customers are savvier, they’re men and women of all age groups, they’re smart about where they shop, and they look like… Continue Reading Book Review: “The Diversity Index: The Alarming Truth About Diversity in Corporate America… and What Can Be Done About It”

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Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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We all want speed, agility, adaptability, innovation and sustainability in our businesses, especially in these difficult, complex and volatile times. To attain these measures of success, our organizations need to take a look in the mirror. We are only as productive and effective as our “weakest link”. For some leaders, this may be a process… Continue Reading Are we only as strong as our weakest link?

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Increasing employee engagement, military style

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By Mary Kelly Corporate managers frequently complain that employees are unfocused, unproductive, and struggle to work cohesively. Employees not actively engaged generally lack interest in the goals of the organization. In economics, we call this the ‘principle-agent problem’ meaning employees look out for their own interests before considering their employer’s interests. Motivating employees and ensuring… Continue Reading Increasing employee engagement, military style

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