10 Nov 2017

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In theory, most of want to wait until after the Thanksgiving tryptophan wears off before we start thinking about holiday shopping, but the reality is that shops were stocking candy canes before the clock struck midnight on Halloween. And you probably noticed that, on November 1, your inbox was already swamped with red and green holiday shopping guides, sales, offers and more. So what doe...

06 Sep 2017

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When people are researching a product or service, they don’t just want to know how much it costs. They want to know why it’s the best option and how it’s going to fit into their lives. People these days don’t shop from a catalog and take product descriptions as gospel. They are educated buyers, they do their research and they want to know why they should do business with you.That means, ...

17 Jul 2017

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Small business owners are the backbone of the American economy and, according to a report from the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, about 29 percent of those businesses are owned by women. That’s up from 26 percent in 1997, the report says. However, the increase in the number of businesses doesn’t inherently solve all the problems. A report from the Economic Policy Institute found t...

18 May 2017

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If you’ve heard it once, you’ve heard it a thousand times – a great business starts with having great people. You can have an amazing business concept, a full-octane marketing plan and a fool-proof manual, but if you don’t have a solid staff, you won’t have happy customers and you won’t grow your business in the long-run.Some of the most important people in your business are your manager...

11 Apr 2017

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Whether you call them millennials or young professionals, the younger members of today’s workforce want different things from their careers than their parents or grandparents did. For many, work isn’t just about clocking in, clocking out and taking home a paycheck anymore. Sure, they need to make money, but they want jobs they enjoy at companies that are invested in helping them learn, g...

10 Oct 2016

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The stores are packed with Halloween decorations, some early shoppers are starting to check off that holiday list and the weather is turning colder… which means we’re into Q4! But don’t panic, we still have almost three months left in 2016, which means you still have time to work on your 2016 goals.We know, in January, many business owners and company leaders took out a notepad and start...

23 Sep 2016

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Kim Ellet has recognized the value of networks and working within groups for quite some time. As a member of the Cobb Chamber of Commerce and several smaller groups within that organization, Kim has grown her professional friendships and her business. Kim had visited a number of BNI groups over the years, too, but wasn’t sure BNI was for her. She knew if she was going to be referring bus...

27 Jul 2016

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Summer is a great time to schedule yourself some time off – even if it’s to catch up on industry news or read a new business book. Recharging your emotional battery and finding new inspiration is a great way to re-energize yourself to grow your business in the second half of the year.If your book list is empty or you have a few Audible credits left over after all your business traveling,...

19 May 2016

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Referrals are a vital part of any successful business. If your satisfied customers  are talking to their networks about what makes your business awesome, those prospects are going to come to your business with a certain level of faith and trust in your credibility. Of course, if you want your customers to send their friends and family members your way, you have to ask. When was the last ...

15 Apr 2016

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Spring is a perfect time to clean your home, but it’s also a great opportunity to spring clean your business. We’re not talking about scrubbing the floors – we’re talking about clearing the clutter out of your company and making it more efficient and systematized. For this blog, we’re featuring Growth Coach Dean Bogues – Coach Dean – who owns The Growth Coach of Austin. Here’s what he ha...

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