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It’s About Time You Looked at Your Prices

By admin | Dec 7, 2016

Well we have almost reached the end of another year. How did your business perform this past year? Did you leave some money on the table? I suspect that most of you did because in my experience raising prices is one of the most difficult task for most business owners. As you beginning your planning for 2017, I suggest that one of the steps be to look at your pricing. The cost of doing business…

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To Scale or Not to Scale Your Business

By admin | Nov 23, 2016

Recently I was listening to a podcast hosted by John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing and featuring David Finkel, author of Scale: Seven Proven Principles to Grow Your Business and Get Your Life Back and Build a Business, Not a Job. David and John had a great discussion about how to grow your business. David believes that the primary ingredient to successful grow your business is building strong workable systems in all parts of your…

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Are People Hearing Your Business?

By admin | Oct 12, 2016

Every business needs to be heard. If no one hears your business, then the chances are very high that you will have few sales and little revenue. Getting your business heard in a cost effective manner is a real challenge for most businesses, particularly startups and new businesses. The first rule of being heard is to get your business in front of your prospects and existing customers. This is something that literally should happen every…

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Impact Opportunities: Opportunity or Threat

By admin | Sep 9, 2016

Dick Hendee, a fellow Silver Fox and editor of The Silver Fox monthly newsletter, recently wrote an article entitled, “Go or No Go”. In the article Dick explores how to make the right decision when presented with an opportunity that may have a positive effect on your business. http://www.strategicplanningsuccess.com/images/newsletter_pics/SFA/SFA-Sep-1.pdf I personally call the opportunities that Dick refers to in his article as ‘Impact Opportunities.’ These are opportunities that can really have an impact on one’s…

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TEST

By admin | Aug 31, 2016

TEST

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Basic Business Strategy For Your Business

By admin | Aug 31, 2016

Every business needs a Strategy. Its own unique strategy or roadmap to follow in building the business to its point of success. The ‘look’ and ‘feel’ of the strategy is really up to you as the owner of the business. The key is that you, your employees, other stakeholders, if any, must be able to clearly understand what your strategy is. Your strategy and the resulting business plan is a communication tool from which every…

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Past and current Presidents toast to the 30th Anniversary of the Silver Fox Advisors

By admin | Aug 3, 2016

30th Anniversary Luncheon Celebration – Silver Fox Advisors As I have many amigos that are Silver Fox Advisors, I decided to make my reservation way in advance to make sure I got a seat for this event. Because of the extra attendees, the event was in the large banquet room, in lieu of the smaller regular meeting area where their ”normal” luncheons are hosted. The meeting was brought to order by James Griffing, current Silver…

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Why do you let Cyber-Thieves steal your information?

By admin | Jul 27, 2016

  Why do we let thieves steal the information from our computer systems? Are we not concerned about our privacy? How long will we continue to expose ourselves and our businesses to being ripped off by cyber-thieves? The answer to these and other questions concerning protecting your valuable computer information lie completely with you. There are a number of basic or common ways that most information is hacked or stolen. In this article I offer…

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WHAT IS MY BUSINESS GOING TO DO AFTER THE 4TH OF JULY?

By admin | May 20, 2016

Hope you and your business enjoyed a good holiday; even if all you did was close and you and your employees took an extra day or two off. The 4th of July represents a midpoint in the business year. The books are closed on the first half of the year and you now have the last half the year to make the year so to speak. I would suggest that you start by looking at…

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