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Celebrating Small Business Week 2024: How You Can Support Local Entrepreneurs

As we enter Small Business Week 2024, it's a fantastic opportunity to reflect on the crucial role that small businesses play in our communities and the broader economy. These enterprises add character and uniqueness to our neighborhoods, create jobs, foster community ties, and drive innovation. Supporting small businesses is more critical now than ever, and you can contribute to their success in many ways. Here are some impactful ways.


 1. Shop Local

One of the most direct ways …

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Want Better Team Dynamics? Work on Yourself First

Creating a more cohesive and effective work environment begins with individual self-improvement. The premise that personal development precedes collective success has only grown more relevant with global, remote teams.


 1. Be Real

Authenticity remains paramount in professional environments. To enhance authenticity, consider engaging with Brene Brown's work, particularly her book Daring Greatly, where she explores vulnerability and its power to transform relationships. Her TED ta…

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Great Leadership Traits – How Many Do You Have?

1. Embrace Hybrid Work: The rise of hybrid work environments has emphasized the need for adaptable leadership styles.


2. Digital Transformation: As companies undergo digital transformations, the pacesetting and democratic leadership styles are pivotal in encouraging innovation and ensuring all team members are heard. A McKinsey survey found that digital-first companies report higher efficiency and faster decision-making.


3. Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI): An inclusi…

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Mastering the Art of Presence


What does it mean to be present?


Three Dimensions of Presence



1. Being Present to the Moment: Embracing the here and now without distraction.

2. Being Present with Others: Engaging fully with the people around us.

3. Being Present with a Task: Focusing intently on the task without multitasking.

Living in the present moment offers numerous benefits, including increased mindfulness, improved mental health, better relationships, enhanced productivity, redu…

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Give Some Thought to Volunteering

Thanking Your Clients on Thanksgiving

As many of you know, Thanksgiving is the time of year to be grateful for so many things….your health….your family….and, of course, your clients. 

Below are five great tips you can do this week to show how much you care. 

4 Ways to Thank Your Clients

  1. Give tangible gifts.
    Nothing says thank you like a gift or gift card. It doesn’t have to be expensive; a simple token of appreciation will do. Be sure to include ALL your clients. Excluding one or two can cause more dama…

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5 Ways to Thank Your Team This Thanksgiving Season


With the Thanksgiving holiday quickly approaching, it’s time to appreciate your team in a thoughtful, considerate way. Research has proven that employees who feel appreciated will reward you with loyalty and continued hard work. Team members recognized for their hard work often take more pride in their work and go the extra mile. In addition, thankfulness helps build better relationships with other employees and promotes a positive workplace.


Follow these five tips to make s…

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Attitude of Gratitude - 8 Ways to Show it This Thanksgiving


It’s not about the products and services your company makes or delivers; it’s the people that make all the difference. Your employees are the ones who sell your goods, talk to your customers and make things happen.

This post will talk about why you should appreciate your employees this Thanksgiving season and nine creative ways to do so.

The Research

Several studies have concluded that appreciated employees are productive employees. Here is the data:

  • According to Har…

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Make the Most of the Holiday Season with This Useful Business Guide

It seems hard to believe, but the holidays will be in full swing in a few weeks. So, here’s the big question: Is your organization ready? Whether you are a small retail business serving your local community or a large enterprise organization, this is the time to map out employee and customer plans for the rest of the year.

This post will identify critical dates and items to complete to maximize your efforts while showing appreciation for your employees and clientele along the way.


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Follow These 8 Cs to Make Your Team Great


Everyone gives lip service to teamwork – “they are on my team,” or “it takes a village” or “that shows real team effort.”

Have you often wondered what makes a great team player? We can name them right off the bat in sports, greats like LeBron James or Serena Williams. They know what they want and will do everything to succeed and move forward toward their championship goals. 

What about in business? Or in your office? Can you name a great team player…and most impor…

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Pay Attention to These 4 Processes to Maximize Company Growth

We have been through a tough 18 months – some businesses grew, some closed, while others stayed the same.

However, most business owners are looking toward 2022 as a growth year. So, if you are one of them, what do you need to do? Here are four sound strategies to consider.

Embrace Millennials

Here are three research findings your leadership team needs to be aware of:

  1. By 2022, Millennials will make up 50% or more of the global workforce
  2. Millennials are 3x more likely to sta…

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14 Tips and Tricks to Give Your Business Maximum Curb Appeal

When a prospect is driving up to your establishment for the first time, they are assessing you and your business. Naturally, therefore, it’s essential to take care of all the little items outside that will represent your business well.

Before you get started on better curb appeal, bring a notebook and walk around the entire perimeter of your business, including the yard. Be sure to view it from across the street.  Do this at three times; early morning, mid-afternoon, and evening (with l…

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6 Ways to Combat Stress in Our New Normal World

While most of what happens with the COVID-19 situation is out of your control, the following stress reducers are within your power and recommended by the World Health Organization to help you cope:

  1. Exercise. Go to the gym, streamline exercise apps or look on Pinterest for ideas. Getting out for a walk is also a good idea. Aim for thirty minutes of activity each day.
  2. Diet. Focus on keeping up on your water intake, eating healthy fruits and vegetables, and decreasing the number of…

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10 Key Ways to Keep Identity Theft at Bay

Cyber thieves have become slicker and smarter about accessing your personal information.

Let’s define identify theft, the different theft types, and the ten ways to prevent it from happening in the first place.

What is Identity Theft?

Identify theft is a crime where a thief steals your personal information to impersonate you. The thief will do things like apply for a credit card, take your tax return or obtain medical services.

How is this Theft Detrimental?

Left unreported …

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Elder Abuse: How to Spot, Stop, and Prevent it

According to the National Council on Aging, 10% of Americans 60 and older have experienced some form of elder abuse. To protect our seniors, we need to advocate and report violations when we see them.

This blog will address the different types of elder abuse, the signs associated with each one, and what to do to prevent this problem in the first place.


What is Elder Abuse?

It is the infliction of physical, verbal, emotional, or sexual harm on an older adult.

Physical:      …

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Help to Still Navigate Through the Coronavirus Crisis


Whether you’re working from home or going into the office, this pandemic is still stirring up many negative emotions for many Americans. But, most of all, the feelings of being unsettled are problematic.

One of the biggest problems is no one knows how long the pandemic will last or what long-term impact it will have on our lives.

So, what can we do?

The tips below are intended to help us adjust to our “new normal.”


Getting Through COVID-19


  1. Accept neg…

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How To Help Your Child Conquer Back-to-School Anxiety

Concrete Action Steps to Reduce Their Stress Levels

The supplies are purchased. New clothes ordered. Excitement is in the air...or is it? Perhaps the energy you are feeling from your child or children is worry or anxiousness associated with living with the pandemic, a new teacher, classroom, or bus routine.


According to the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, approximately 12% of children suffer from anxiety disorders. Unfortunately, anxiety only increases with age…

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Keep in Tip-Top Mental Shape as Your College Experience Begins

Parents: Imagine you're 18 or 19 years old again. You're moving hundreds or thousands of miles away from home to a new adventure – college. The expectation by everyone is that this will be a seamless transition. You'll prevail socially AND academically, providing such evidence of your happiness on social media.

It's important to note that clinical depressive disorders often surface in a person's late teens or early twenties when most enter the university environment. Depression is the s…

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Embrace Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for a Better Organization

This is the perfect time to reflect on ways to embrace and engage with others that aren’t like us. Today’s blog will identify many simple and not-so-simple ideas based on research gathered from KPMG, Cognizant, and a breakthrough study of sixth-graders from UCLA and the University of Groningen.


The DEI Maturity Curve

KPMG has identified five stages organizations go through before reaching maturity. How long each organization stays in each cycle depends on their level of commi…

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5 Sound Go Green Strategies



  • Eliminate plastic water bottles. They end up in landfills.
  • Choose glass or aluminum items – they can be recycled endlessly.


  • Replace all printed materials with online editions.
  • Get rid of all printed signage and use digital signage.
  • Put all presentations on SlideShare.
  • Collaborate on Google Drive, Zoom, or Teams.


Try to source food locally from a farmer’s market or other local entities. The closer the food sourc…

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