How personality, motivation, company culture can fuel your small business success

by Susan Solovic It’s in style now to talk about company culture. Honestly, the general topic has long been discussed, but in previous days it was referred to as the “work environment.” I do think that the term “company culture” captures the bigger picture and gives us a handle to grab on to as we discuss and try to understand a range of issues that are critical to success in business. The downside is that when we talk about company culture, the focus is often on mission statements, managerial styles, and employee empowerment.
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Discover the Yin and Yang of marketing alliances

by Susan Solovic There is strength in numbers and if you can form alliances with other businesses, you can grab some additional marketing strength. Earlier this year, I outlined a system and some tools you can use to find other businesses that are wooing the same social media audience as you’re trying to get onboard. Today, I want to suggest another very simple way to find companies that might be amenable to forming an alliance with your business. Simply put: If you’re a product supplier, contact the companies who supply related services to your customers. And if you’re a service provider, contact
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4 Ways to Build Trust with Customers That Can Transform Your Business

by Susan Solov “Make hundreds of dollars a week just by stuffing envelopes.” Remember that tiny ad that used to run regularly in virtually every newspaper’s classified ad section? I suppose a fair number of people answered the ad, otherwise they would have gone extinct quite quickly. However, most of us didn’t take the bait. Why? Because we didn’t have any trust in it. Trust may be the single most important foundational element in a business relationship, and with so many business relationships starting from the Internet today, knowing how to build trust with customers and prospects via the digital
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Supplier Inclusion: The Shift is On

Supplier Inclusion: The Shift is Onby Kenton Clarke by Kenton Clarke Southport, CT / –Several events in recent months around the idea of an inclusive supplier and workforce base driving revenue should resonate with diversity practitioners. We have seen C-level executives at Wal-Mart, Hewlett Packard and General Mills take strong positions on inclusion with their suppliers. In all cases, these major brands demanded inclusion within the workforce from their major suppliers as a requirement of doing business with them. Note, this isn’t about ownership attributes of their supplier partners, but more about an inclusive workforce that will perform services and
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Supplier Diversity Food For Thought Part II

Supplier Diversity Food For Thought Part IIby Kenton Clarke by Kenton Clarke In a previous article I wrote titled “Spend Doesn’t Matter”, I highlighted the matrix driven goals followed by most corporations for their Supplier Diversity initiatives. For those unfamiliar with the term Supplier Diversity, “it is a business program amongst Fortune 1000 companies that encourages the use of privately-held companies owned by historically under-utilized businesses when purchasing goods/services.” The fundamental goal of Supplier Diversity is to include businesses owned by diverse people in the supply chain of Fortune 1000 companies to build wealth within those communities. My objective is
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Sit to Stand to Success: Ergonomic Health Leads to Longer Lives and Higher Productivity

Buzz around the office is that sitting has become the newest workplace hazard. Recent research on the effects of sitting for long periods of time on the body all reach similar conclusions: that sitting for more than 3 hours a day causes accumulative damages to your musculoskeletal system1.  In addition, the negative effects of sitting operate independently of moderate to vigorous physical activity around those hours of being sedentary. If you work in an office or spend the majority of your working hours sitting at a desk, this news may seem like a nagging concern you’re powerless against. What can
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Maintaining a Culturally Diverse Educational Climate during an Institutional Consolidation

By Joseph J. Saggio Having spent more than two decades working in American higher education, I feel very fortunate to have chosen this career path.   During that time span I have watched quantum changes in the academic landscape.  Because of the rising costs of higher education, it’s become increasingly difficult for small, highly specialized schools like ours to remain in operation.  Recently, we had to make a major decision to move towards consolidating with a larger, more developed institution, and we wanted to do so without losing the original core values that set us apart as a unique college.  We were
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Wake Up! How to Create a More Engaged Workplace Culture

By Kathy Steele Lack of engagement and poor employee retention rates are growing global issues in the workplace. Studies and reports conducted by Gallup, Deloitte LLC., and Quantum Workplace, chart employee engagement in 2016 at 30-35%. This means nearly 70% of the time employees are disengaged, and this margin is severely impacting companies’ bottom lines. Deloitte’s “Human Capital Trends 2016” report, an annual survey of more than 7,000 HR and business leaders globally, outlines four factors responsible for this shift in work demands. The first is a “demographic upheaval.” Millennials now make up more than half of the workforce, and baby
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Entrepreneurship- Recipe for Wealth Distribution

Entrepreneurship- Recipe for Wealth Distribution Kenton Clarke founder CCA, DiversityBusiness, National Supplier Registration, Omnikal and Together We Are. Our country, the greatest country on the planet, was created, nourished and developed from a spirit of freedom to build and maintain businesses. Professions, developed during the birth of America such as the farmer, miller, blacksmith and trader created the foundation of the economy across America. The deeply rooted belief of ‘opportunity’ in our country for men/women to develop and sustain businesses created the framework for business people to flourish from the onset of our republic. Capitalism and entrepreneurship are what makes
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Financial Reporting Fatigue™ What is your RISK?

By Janice Leahy Your team is the foundation anchor of the financial reporting production function. You have strict deadlines to meet with voluminous deliverables, but that isn’t anything unusual for the team. You have a routine to run key critical processes, and you are confident internal controls in place are adequate. Yet, as another reporting cycle is upon you something is different in the report production process. There is an unanticipated failure and data integrity critical to the reporting cycle is suspect. You discover that the impediment affects more than one process because financial functions are intertwined. Checks and balances? Not
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