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Inappropriate sexual remarks to co-workers Inconsistent productivity Reduced profit Disparaging comments about the company left on Facebook Taking money from a cash register. These are all real examples that have forced employers to terminate jobs. No business owner wants to be put in the position of having to fire someone or have lay-offs but sometimes […]
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  Amy Sufak, president and founder of Red Energy Public Relations, Advertising & Events, spent 12 years in public affairs in the U.S. Air Force. She traveled the world — charged with communicating important events to important people during very important times. Following the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, Sufak facilitated the return of high-ranking […]
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The Pinery’s full-service wedding and event business in Black Forest has grown so dramatically over the last three years that one executive says the economic collapse saved the business from expanding too little, too soon. In August 2008, The Pinery purchased the old Fish Market building that is perched atop the hill at 775 W. […]
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Employees knew the salary and the compensation package when they were hired. They applied for the job, so presumably, they knew what the work entailed. What else do great employees want? How do managers keep terrific employees? As it turns out, at all levels, employees want leadership. Real leadership fosters a vibrant working environment, and […]
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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. […]
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Alisha Arnold holds a day job working in bank compliance. Her second job is as a wife and mother to three children. Her third job begins when the kids are in bed and Arnold gets to baking. She is the owner of Cupcakes and Sweets LLC, a cottage baking business she started in early 2018. […]
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by Susan Wilson Solovic with Ellen R. Kadin, foreword by Edie Weiner You’re not going to do it anymore. You’re not going to haul your carcass out of bed at 5 o’dark in the morning, throw down some coffee and dash out the door so you can make it look like you slept at your desk. […]
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The nation’s smallest businesses continue to outperform large companies in job creation, according to payroll company Automatic Data Processing Inc. Businesses with fewer than 50 employees created half of all new jobs in April, while small businesses overall accounted for about 96.7 percent of new jobs last month, said ADP. The figures reinforced the notion […]
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Sometimes small businesses are started on a shoestring. Melissa Marts’ new venture was started on a thread. Marts’ company, Tate & Tonya, makes and sells upcycled clothing for children from infants to age 5. She turns donated dresses, shirts and other items into one-of-a-kind kids’ bloomer-style pants and sells them on Etsy and at popup […]
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Jeff Hulsmann has been in the restaurant business for more than two decades — and now he’s creating the perfect recipe to turn the sleepy town of Palmer Lake into a dining mecca. The ingredients are already there, a collection of independent restaurants with diverse menus: steak and burgers at O’Malley’s Pub; Italian cuisine at […]
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The Small Business Administration has simplified the electronic loan application process, making it easier for businesses to apply for disaster recovery assistance. “Our goal is to provide support for those rebuilding after a disaster, and we wanted to make the process more user-friendly,” said SBA Administrator Karen G. Mills. “Whether it’s a hurricane, tornado, earthquake […]
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Small business owners say corporate tax loopholes give the nation’s biggest companies an unfair business advantage. A survey of its members, the American Sustainable Business Council, Main Street Alliance and the Small Business Majority reports that small business owners favor increasing taxes on millionaire incomes, letting high-end tax cuts expire and closing the carried-interest loophole […]
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