• technology questions

    The Paradox of Choice: 7 Questions to Ask Before You Buy

    Posted 17 October 2016 by Stacey Papp

    All the exciting new business-bettering technologies out there can make you feel like a kid in a candy store. But let’s be real: You probably feel like a kid in a candy store when your mom only gave you a dime and you have to choose between jelly beans, root beer barrels, gummy sharks or – if you’re a real rebel – the candy cigarettes.  Many small businesses are interested in implementing new technologies, but aren’t quite sure where to start or where the best...

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  • core business values

    Do You Know Who You Are? Ask These 6 Questions to Determine Your Business’s Core Values

    Posted 04 October 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Quick: What’s a five-letter word for “a large group of commercial vehicles”?*  Crossword puzzles belong to that golden era of gaming in the decades before Words with Friends (and, in terms of brainpower required, in the light years before Pokémon Go) when you didn’t need technology for a game – all you needed was a pen and some quiet (and maybe a cup of coffee).  The standard bearer of the crossword puzzle lives within the pages of The New York Ti...

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  • Business Social Media

    Should Your Business be on Social Media?

    Posted 29 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    When aliens land on Earth and our world leaders show them everything that makes us a great civilization – our cities, technology, art, literature, music, architecture – we’ll no doubt also proudly present the Internet. The World Wide Web, after all, has created seamless bridges between people across the globe. We can use it to learn new languages or an instrument, read rare books that can’t be found in a library or bookstore, or run social justice campaigns.  And ye...

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  • Little Tradesman

    This September, Celebrate Tradesmen

    Posted 16 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Have you noticed that there are suddenly an awful lot of strange holidays? Here are just some – not even all – of the weird ones from August, for example: Aug. 1: National Raspberry Cream Pie Day Aug. 2: National Ice Cream Sandwich Day Aug. 5: National Underwear Day Aug. 6: National Mustard Day  Aug. 8: Sneak Some Zucchini onto Your Neighbor's Porch Day  Aug. 17: National Thrift Shop Day Aug. 18: Bad Poetry Day Aug. 19: National Potato Day ...

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  • New Employee Technology

    Tech Talk: How to Get Employees on Board with New Tools

    Posted 15 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    People don’t always know what’s best for them when it comes to new innovations. Heck, folks used corn cobs in lieu of toilet paper well into the early 20th century. (Side note: Ouch!) Point being, even if a new-fangled tool is the best thing since sliced bread, you can’t take it for granted that your team will buy into it. Even if you have all the latest technologies at your employees’ fingertips, it doesn’t mean a thing if they don’t want to use them. Fortun...

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  • Hiring Talented Employees

    Let the Talent Come to You: Attracting and Keeping Younger Employees

    Posted 08 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    There’s no shortage of news stories about what hip companies like Facebook and Google are doing to attract and retain younger talent: nap pods, free gourmet snacks, massage services, unlimited PTO, pet-friendly offices, onsite yoga, concierge services – the list goes on. While there might not be a concrete ROI associated with having, say, an office nap pod, perks like these can go a long way toward getting Millennials and Gen Z in the door. Of course, some of these perks may not be ...

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  • Working with family

    Family Values: Dos and Don’ts for Working with Relatives

    Posted 07 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Working with family members can make for a happy workplace and bring everyone closer – or it can be a complete nightmare.  Just ask Sumner Redstone, media mogul and majority owner of CBS and Viacom, and his children, Shari and Brent, whose fraught family/business relationship has been making news headlines since 2006. Brent filed suit against Sumner that year, asserting he was entitled to a $1 billion stake in their holding company, and Sumner had to settle. Months later, Dear OI...

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  • Family and Business Tips

    Focus on Family - Incorporating Loved Ones Into Your Family Business

    Posted 06 September 2016 by Stacey Papp

    Families who own businesses big and small often see it as a point of pride to share the business with family members. Whether it be passing the business on to your sons or daughters, running the business side-by-side with your spouse or bringing in extended members of the family to participate and share in your success, incorporating the family can be very rewarding. But it also comes with some risks. So consider all the potential potholes and plan for success when you bring the family on board....

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  • Business Crisis Prep

    Always One Step Ahead: How to Handle the Inevitable Business Crisis

    Posted 30 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    There are few sure things in life. Like they say, death and taxes are two of them. Another sure thing to consider is that if you’re the owner of a business, a crisis will strike at some point. Whether it’s big or small, as the owner of a business, you will face an emergency situation, and how prepared you are for it will be the thing that can most affect how successfully you navigate it. With that in mind, think about how to prepare for a crisis to make sure you’re ready when t...

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  • small business crisis management

    Crisis Preparedness – How to Cope When Life Takes the Air Out of Your Tires

    Posted 29 August 2016 by Stacey Papp

    You’ve worked hard to build a strong business, and you’ve taken every step to be ready for anything. You’ve prepared your fleet and considered all of the possibilities. You should be protected. Everything should run smoothly, and it mostly will.  But there’s a dirty little secret that every business owner should know: No matter how prepared you are, something will eventually go wrong – whether it be a data breach, a natural disaster or a driver causing a terri...

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