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2016 Calendar Target Showing Year Planner And Schedule
in Blog, Business Growth, Planning

New Steps for New Year: Prioritizing Steps for Growth in 2016 | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

Over the past few years, you have committed a great deal of time and money to developing your small business. By reinvesting your business’s profits back into the company and keeping a close eye on the often unstable US economy, you have made strides in creating a profitable enterprise. However, as a seasoned entrepreneur you are also aware that the only way to persevere is…

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Dec
2015
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Business credit application
in Blog, Financial Management, Sales

Small Business Credit Procedures | Extraordinary Business

by Lisa Murphy

Just about every small business that extends credit to its customers has to create and implement internal credit procedures. The extent to which a small business has to deal with credit and collection issues depends on the nature of the business, the margins of the business and the how customers pay for goods or services.

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Dec
2015
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Keeping it Inside – When To Only Use Internal Employees | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Management

Keeping it Inside – When To Only Use Internal Employees | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

There are many times, as a small business owner, you benefit from outsourcing a project to an external specialist, rather than assigning it to your full-time staff. For example, if you are planning an aggressive social media campaign for your financial advisory firm, you need a skilled professional who has the time and talent to focus on this objective and complete it by the deadline….

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Dec
2015
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in Blog, Customer Experience, Customer Service

Gain the Loyalty of Your Customers | Extraordinary Business

by Sonya Watts

How to earn customer loyalty? They do not say without a reason that the customer is always right. No one beside them can know exactly what they have in mind and how they want their products or services to look or be like. However, what they do need help with is the following: they need to feel that they can put their trust in you…

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Nov
2015
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in Blog, Management and Leadership

Negotiate from a Position of Strength | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

The influential role of leadership and its impact on the success of your organization It was interesting last evening watching the fourth GOP Debate and listening to the individuals talk. Some of them looked and sounded like leaders. Some of them looked and sounded like politicians. Some of them looked like they might have been coerced into being there or had something better to do….

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Nov
2015
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in Blog, Management and Leadership, Strategy, Team Building

Recruiting 101 | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

Steps to Recruiting and Keeping the Best Employees for your Small Business You have managed your business, whether it be a direct mail marketing practice or pet care business for the last few years. As a disciplined, independent entrepreneur, you have managed every detail; the semi-comedic introduction plays out like this: “Are you the CEO?” “CEO, secretary and janitor.” However, as a well-studied businessperson, you also…

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Oct
2015
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Climbing Your Own Corporate Ladder | Extraordinary Business
in Business Growth

Climbing Your Own Corporate Ladder | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

How to Take Your Service-based Business to the Next Level A few years ago, you decided to start your own service-based business, providing your company’s specialty to individuals and businesses. You followed the advice of respected entrepreneurship experts by starting slowly and capitalizing on a recognized niche. For example, your custodial service focused solely on servicing offices located within a concentrated area, or your accounting…

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Sep
2015
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Small Business Success by Aepiphanni
in Business Growth, Management

Missed Opportunities | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

A business assessment is the basis for short-term change and strategic growth As a small business owner, you probably have about a million million-dollar ideas floating around in your head. Problem is that while there is no lack of ideas, determining where to invest your time and resources may be an issue. Oftentimes, it is a challenge of opportunity cost: if you invest in one…

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Jul
2015
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Complex Decision-Making Model | Extraordinary Business
in Management and Leadership

Complex Decision-Making Model | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Dartmouth’s recommendation on the process of decision-making Problem solving is something that everyone has to do. Sometimes decisions are so simple that you don’t give much thought to it. At other times, decision-making can be very complex with a large number of possible outcomes. When business leaders face complex problems in their organizations, the outcome of their decisions can have ripple effects throughout the organization….

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Jul
2015
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Best Lessons from the Worst Customer Service | Extraordinary Business
in Customer Service, Strategy

Best Lessons from the Worst Customer Service | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How your company can learn to improve from observing companies with poor customer service Poor service. High prices. Injustice at best. Seems like these are the hallmarks of some service providers that dominate the landscape. The airline industry. Cable companies. Mobile phone companies. Take a look at Business Insider’s list of companies with the worst customer service. Any of you agree/disagree with me? As a business…

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Jun
2015
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Business Owners and Entrepreneurs: Your Writing Matters
in Blog

Business Owners and Entrepreneurs: Your Writing Matters

by Dr. Marcia Riley

Could your business benefit from more sales? Are your marketing materials producing the desired results? Do documents demonstrate that your company is an extraordinary business? As Rick asked in a recent blog: Are you producing the right message to the right target in the right way? Effective writing is a universal requirement that leads toward increased sales and success. Regardless of your industry, product, service…

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Jun
2015
Business Management Solutions | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Operations Management, Software

Business Management Solutions | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How BMS software can be a vital tool in organizational effectiveness In the manufacturing sector and in many large businesses, tools abound for helping businesses run better. By better, we are looking at the ability to avoid double steps, maximizing the use of resources, reducing the number of steps and costs with processes and perhaps creating a track record of activities that happen in and…

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May
2015
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Product Development – Follow the Plate | Extraordinary Business
in Product Development

Product Development – Follow the Plate | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

How a good product development process can save you time, productivity and money Over the past 10 years, nearly all of our clients have been entrepreneurs – people who spotted needs in the marketplace and built companies to meet those needs. So, by nature, we all – myself included – constantly think of new ways to sell more stuff – products or services. Based on…

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May
2015
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It All Starts With a Boom | Extraordinary Business
in Strategy

It All Starts With a Boom | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Observing trends and planning for change in your industry When looking at a growth strategy for your company, where do you look for direction? Are you looking at your company? Your market? Your industry? Do you know what drives change in consumer spending? What about change in your industry? Where is your industry headed? How do you know? Observing trends in all three – your…

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Apr
2015
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How to do What…When…Where | Extraordinary Business
in Customer Service

How to do What…When…Where | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Six essential components of an effective marketing plan   Soooo… you want to reach your market. You know what to say, what to do and where to say it; the challenge is when. Perhaps, more specifically, with a number of marketing tactics under your wing, what is the best way to execute them in order to get the best results. The challenge companies face is…

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Mar
2015
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With Which you Have Naught | Extraordinary Business
in Customer Experience, Marketing

With Which you Have Naught | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Defining and employing the right tactics to reach your audience Have you ever noticed that the way you speak to your parent probably isn’t the way you would speak to your kids or friends? No brainer, right? Mom might be more of a Facebook or text messaging person, where you might use SnapChat or something to that effect with your friends. So what about your…

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Mar
2015
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