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What’s Under the Hood of Your Business Technology?

By admin | Feb 28, 2018

Yes, your business has a hood just like your car or truck does. Therefore, from time to time you or your mechanic (technician) needs to check under the hood to make sure the engine that drives your technology is running smooth. Also, every 6 – 12 months you need to make sure your “engine” is up to the tasks at hand so that your technology keeps your business operating and competitive. Your growth plans should…

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Finding The Right Technical Advice

By admin | Feb 23, 2018

In recent blogs, I have addressed the importance of building and maintaining a quality communication system both inside and outside your business. Technology plus communications is the glue if you will that not only holds your business together but allows it to grow and prosper. When it comes to communications in today’s business, technology is the key. Technology, its selection, implementation and maintenance is a determining factor in your company’s ability to compete and expand.…

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Communications – A Key to Your Business Success

By admin | Feb 16, 2018

 Listen to Rick’s Tip of the Week You, as a business owner, and your company’s ability to communicate will probably have more to do with your success (or failure) in business than any other single factor. For that reason and no other, I encourage you to turn your communication system into a strength of your business. Verbal communication is where it all starts and many times it is the weakest part of a company’s…

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Your Business Website is Only a Beginning

By admin | Feb 7, 2018

Every business process has a beginning and an end. In the case of your business technology there is also a lot in the middle and really no end in sight. A business website is typically a good place to start building the technology that your business will use for communication both inside and outside of your business. The website can be a place where all or most all of your communication technologies meet. A website…

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Does Technology Help or Hurt Our Business?

By admin | Feb 2, 2018

This may not sound like a serious question to everyone, but I think it is perhaps the most important question or issue facing small businesses today. It is meant to be a roundabout way of asking you is technology working for your business. More importantly are you getting the most of technology in your business? There are five main considerations that need to be considered when you try and answer this question. First, what type…

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Who Makes Up The Planning Team?

By admin | Jan 24, 2018

The answer to that question would seem to be easy if your business is a sole proprietorship and you are the only employee of the business. You are the planning team. Let me suggest that may not be the best answer. Even if you consider yourself a team of one, there are others that can help you develop a better business plan. A good place to start is with organizations in our community or online…

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Do I Need to Use a Dynamic Business Plan?

By admin | Jan 17, 2018

The word “dynamic” is defined as an Adjective: “(of a process or system) characterized by constant change, activity, or progress: “a dynamic economy”, or as a Noun: “a force that stimulates change or progress within a system or process: “evaluation is part of the basic dynamic of the project.” In a real sense both definitions could apply to your business. For example, if you are starting a new business or introducing a new product or…

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What is the Temperature of Your Business Financial Plan for 2018?

By admin | Jan 10, 2018

  At this point of the year, yes, we are still in January, I would hope that you have all your planning wrapped up. If not, then this encouragement is definitely for you. It is also if for those who finished their planning prior to the end of the year and just filed it a way. Get that plan out, share it and make sure you have the action plans in place to make it…

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Where Do We Go From Here?

By admin | Jan 5, 2018

That sounds like a great question for many people and businesses at the beginning of a new year. My hope would be that most of you already have some idea or perhaps even a plan to move forward into the new year. I would like to suggest that to a certain degree your opportunity to find the success that you are looking for in 2018 has already been decided. The fact that you already have…

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