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Managing Business Development | Extraordinary Business
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Managing Business Development | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Capitalizing on managing your company’s business development activities Growing any business requires an effective business development strategy.  Your company will leverage this strategy to meet its financial and growth goals.  While it seems that businesses should grow simply by hard work, predictable and sustainable growth requires a business development strategy to reach specific strategic goals. If you aren’t using everything in your arsenal to help…

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May
2013
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Efficient Marketing Practices | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Listening to the voice of the customer needs to be an ongoing process. While you will not be able to meet the specific needs of every single one, by ensuring that you meet the needs of your target customers, you will more than likely meet the needs of a wider group of customers.

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Apr
2013
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in Financial Management

The Bottom Line | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

As a business leader, when we talk about building an extraordinary business, we are talking about more than “doing the right thing,” but rather a combination of activities that include having a great, marketable, profitable product and/or service, establishing systems and processes that allow the company to operate as efficiently as possible and thinking about the impact the business makes on all stakeholders – customers, employees, the community, investors, vendors, etc..

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Mar
2013
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in Management and Leadership

Irreprehensible| Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

While business ethics seems to be one of those feel-good topics that only comes up either in business school or something that pops up when someone gets caught. The reality is that it does impact your business climate, which can present itself as a lack of employee productivity, commitment and longevity. That, it turn, could impact your ability to get and keep your customers.

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Mar
2013
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in Strategy

Extraordinary Change | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

This type of thinking is the thinking that separates the business leaders who seek to build extraordinary businesses from those who are just along for the ride. These are the business leaders that are thinking strategically.

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Mar
2013
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in Innovation, Strategy

What’s Hot?? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

One of the components of building an extraordinary business is ‘Always be Innovating,’ meaning that the marketplace and industry are like moving targets. As soon as you have the situation locked down, the situation changes. If you aren’t innovating, you are getting left behind.

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Mar
2013
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in Strategy

What?? I Didn’t Plan for That!! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

For many business owners, the first quarter didn’t kick off as planned – lots of inquiries, very few people actually pulling the trigger, if you will. New tax laws and impending changes in the health care industry have created a ripple effect across the country and the globe.

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Mar
2013
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A Little Extra Weight…| Extraordinary Businesses

by Rick Meekins

Companies all over the world face similar issues with their employees and getting the appropriate amount of productivity out of them. Surely, we have developed technologies to do more with less, automated systems and outsourced services, but even with those accomplishments, we still need to be able to define and measure the appropriate amount of performance.

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Feb
2013
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2013: The Year You Go Mobile with Financial Data? | Guest Post

by Rick Meekins

Using QuickBooks on your mobile devices to manage your business Submitted by 10 Key Solutions There are only a few reasons why you wouldn’t be using QuickBooks Mobile on your smartphone. Maybe you don’t have a smartphone. Or when you’re out of the office, you don’t want to be available for accounting work. Or you might not think that it has enough features to make…

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Feb
2013
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in Marketing, Operations Management

It’s just the Lifestyle | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Thinking about operations and strategy in “Lifestyle” business It’s true! If you run your own company, you can take vacations whenever you want and have the flexibility to do all kinds of non-work activities.  You CAN sit by your pool and work and YOU CAN earn money while you sleep. However, if you want to eat, maintain your home and be able to take vacations…

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Feb
2013
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in Marketing

4 Marketing Trends For 2013 | Guest Editorial

by Rick Meekins

Thinking of ways to get more exposure in the marketplace? Below, you will find some trends you might consider in order to do so. As technology and the Internet continue to evolve in what seems to be an endless progression, businesses that wish to remain competitive in the marketplace are constantly forced to re-evaluate and adapt to new methods and trends. Many of these adaptations…

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Feb
2013
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Two for Tea? | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

The truth is, just like starting a business, most of the time when two companies merge, under whatever circumstances, neither company is better off as a result

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Jan
2013
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in Management and Leadership

Born to Rock | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

12 steps to unleash you and your company’s potential in today’s dynamic marketplace So you, entrepreneur, have big dreams and are looking forward to building your enterprise into one that is a household name. Can it happen? Perhaps. As you can probably guess, there isn’t a tried and true path to get you there every time. However, there are habits that you will need to…

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Jan
2013
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in Business Development, Strategy

Heads up! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How to get visible and get ahead in the marketplace Many times when we think about Google, Microsoft, Intel, Wal-Mart, Apple and many other companies, we think about them as simply huge businesses and global brands.  Have you ever stopped to think about where they came from, and how they got there? Granted, each business has its own, unique, story.  However, the common thread is…

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Jan
2013
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