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April 24th, 2014

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Building your professional brand

Personal branding is an elusive topic to most people, yet it is important for career success. Wise professionals with career success know it can mean the difference between landing that dream job and never getting noticed. So what do you think of when you hear the word “professional brand?” Simply stated, a brand is a promise of the val...

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Ice is nice: 5 simple steps to maintain your commercial ice machine

It’s easy for restaurants and other food service businesses to forget about one of the hardest working pieces of equipment in their kitchens: the commercial ice machine. But ice is critical to the storage, preparation and distribution of items on your menu, and must be treated like food when it comes to safety and sanitation. Just like any ot...

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Commercial refrigeration: Sizzling insight on the coolest part of your food service business

There are a number of ingredients that go into creating a successful food service business, but arguably one of the most important is the refrigeration system. Not all refrigerators and coolers are created equal, and what works for one business may not be best for the next. Here are some of the most popular cooler options and a few types of busines...

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Get back to basics with your business technology

Technology can do a lot for home offices as well as small and medium-size businesses, but choosing and investing in the appropriate level of technology can sometimes feel overwhelming and time-consuming. Business owners and consumers alike sometimes overspend on technology rather than selecting the right tools to help them improve their productivit...

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Tips for branding your small business

McDonald’s golden arches, Target’s bull’s eye and Starbucks’ mermaid are all instantly recognizable symbols for their brands and they have an impressive retail impact. But more than just a name and logo, your brand includes everything from printed materials to your customer’s experience. “All of these things work...

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Transforming the world: A new program fosters the next generation of leaders

What will be the world’s next big innovation? Whether it’s a cure for a disease that has plagued the world for generations or a new tool that makes life easier, one thing is for sure: science and technology will play a role in its creation. To encourage high school students and passionate teachers to step up to the plate and take on the...

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Who needs a 1099 or a W-2?

As the year winds down, it is time to start thinking about recent tax changes and how they affect you, especially if you run a small business. But keeping tax details straight is tough – even for those who live and breathe the industry. One of the most common questions during this time of year is “who needs a 1099 or a W-2?” To he...

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Best business investment for 2014: Fueling employee engagement

Do your employees feel personally connected to the organization they work for? Would they recommend your workplace to others? If the answer to any of those questions is “no,” you’re far from alone. Employee engagement is way down, so low that a recent study found that two-thirds of the U.S. workforce is not fully engaged. What exa...

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The energy efficient, safe and warm solution to evening fireplace challenges

When the weather is cold, few experiences warm your soul – or your home – as effectively as sitting in front of a crackling fire. But if you’ve ever avoided building an evening fire in your wood-burning fireplace because you didn’t want to wait up for the embers to go out, you might appreciate Scott Harrison’s ingenuit...

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Preparing for the holiday rush: small business pre-holiday planning tips

Financial optimism is on the rise, but data shows that many small business owners are still trying to turn the corner.  In fact, according to Capital One’s Spark Small Business Barometer, while small businesses across the country are expressing optimism about the national economy and expect to see continued improvement in financial perfo...

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