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None of us is as Smart as All of Us!

by Rick Meekins

Take a look at some small business focused articles from around the web…and be sure to check back frequently!! Obama Promises A Small Biz Tax Credit For HealthPosted at 4:55 PMIn a speech yesterday to Latino activists, Barack Obama unveiled a tax credit to encourage small firms to buy health insurance for employees. “My plan won’t impose any new burdens on small businesses,” he told…

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Jul
2008
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Macys Versus the Dollar General

by Rick Meekins

I walked in Dollar General the other day and decided, pretty quickly, why it was called DG. There were literally thousands of things all over the place that were, for the most part, inexpensive. Of course, they had their treasures – those toys you saw on TV that you weren’t going through the hassle of purchasing, or were interesting, just not credit-card worthy, at the…

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Jul
2008
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The not so apparent issue of transparency – Globe and Mail

by Rick Meekins

Publication Date: 7/2/2008 7:39:47 PM HARVEY SCHACHTER Special to The Globe and Mail; [email protected] July 2, 2008 TRANSPARENCY By Warren Bennis, Daniel Goleman and James O’Toolewith Patricia Ward BiedermanJossey-Bass, 130 pages, $24.99 Print Edition – Section Front In organizations, the flow of information functions like a central nervous system. It links all the parts, allowing for effective, healthy operations. That flow of information requires candour…

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Jul
2008
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Need reliable employees? Look no further!

by Rick Meekins

Looking for a new source of employees? Need a team with a great work ethic, lots of experience and reliability?Sound like a dream come true? This article touches on the nuts and bolts of finding a new type ofemployee… Worktirement and other age-related work trends – WA today Back to Thinking Managers’Guru Watch Some interesting but contradictory trends now happening with the workforce getting older….

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Jul
2008
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Corporate Life Partners

by Rick Meekins

The first time someone mentions the idea of a strategic partner, I would bet you kind of roll it around in your head, but don’t give it much thought – it feels like giving up part of your business, and that is the LAST thing you want to do. A quick segue – don’t let your ego cause your business to fail. By thinking you…

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Jun
2008
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Going for the Gold: What We Learn from the Olympic Athletes

by Rick Meekins

It’s interesting, when I look at Olympic hopefuls, I can’t help buy consider what it takes to be one. If you were to see many of them, just walking down the street, you might not be able to pick them out of a crowd. Sure, there are those who have had wonderful opportunities to represent certain companies, but for the most part, they go on…

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Jun
2008
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The Mystery of Business Growth

by Rick Meekins

How does one grow their company without losing sight of where they began? A good friend of mine started out with his business many years ago with the goal of making a positive impact in his industry. This is one of those idealist dreams many new business owners have before they get hit with the “Real World.” His industry is known for curruption, under-handed deals,…

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May
2008
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Well, DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT!!

by Rick Meekins

I have made an interesting observation. There are many business professionals in the marketplace that are going along, every day, with the same problems doing the same things over and over and getting the same results. I believe, however, that the expectation that they have is that the results will one day be different. My understanding is that doing the same things over, repeatedly, and…

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May
2008
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If it Ain't Broke…

by Rick Meekins

…Now there’s an interesting quip if I’ve ever heard one. As one who embraces innovation and growth, that’s donwright scary when I think about it from the persepctive of a business. When running a small business, it is vital for you to remain aware of your business, how it is positioned in the marketplace, and what other players exist in the market. This about it,…

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May
2008
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Slow Cash Flow? Redefine the Box!

by Rick Meekins

A friend of mine had a business that sold and installed new equipment and took away the old equipment to attempt to resell it. This went rather well, except he wasn’t in the equipment reselling business. His warehouse was full. As a matter of fact, he had THREE full warehouses! What’s that about?? So, his remedy was to sell the equipment at cost, donate it…

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Apr
2008
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Only Nine Months to Go!

by Rick Meekins

So, Spring has arrived. We are moving forward into Q2, and have nothing but time and opportunity ahead of us. Nine months are left in the year. What are you going to do with it? Where do you want to be? Where do you want to go? GETTING IT DONE! Well, when you created your goals, what milestones did you include? There is an article…

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Apr
2008
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Moving Out or Moving Up? – From Steve Marr

by Rick Meekins

Steve Marr’s “Business Proverbs” is a daily newsletter offers sound business advice based on Biblical Beliefs. The newsletter speaks mainly to business leaders, be it business owners or business professionals, regardless of religious beliefs. However, he does use the Christian Bible as a resource and reference for all of his work. Worth a read! As a manager, are you planning for the person who will…

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Apr
2008
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From the Don: 5 Things You Need to Know to Prosper in our Current Business Economy

by Rick Meekins

I am a subscriber to Donald Trump’s “Trump University,” where they offer online coursework in Real Estate and Business. As one of the best branded organizations I am aware of, his brand serves as an ongoing learning opportunity, even without subscribing to the courses. His latest email, “5 Things You Need to Know to Prosper in Our Current Business Economy” really seems to hit home….

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Apr
2008
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A Great Big Bite from Steve Marr

by Rick Meekins

This is a great article that really rings home. As business owners, as entrepreneurs, we have a tendancy to go after the whole shabang instead of taking our time and perfecting things as we go along. I’ve heard cases on both sides of the story – basically, “ready, aim, fire” – but people get stuck in the “aim” stage, doing all kinds of planning and…

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Mar
2008
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Where’s the Love???

by Rick Meekins

Watch a young pair of businesses begin to court…they see each other, and see the way the light shines off the other’s logo…they share secret grins, thinking about the future and how they will grow together. Then, with a signature, they are together…partners! Well…don’t ring the bells and throw the rice just yet. Just as in relationships of the heart, it’s not quite that simple….

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Mar
2008
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Can You Be Any Clearer???

by Rick Meekins

I worked with a gentleman who had a restaurant who just couldn’t seem to draw the type of crowd he wanted to. The food was pretty good, there was a definite ambiance to the place, prices were pretty reasonable, but something just didn’t click. When asked what he thought the problem was, he couldn’t quite get his finger on it. So I asked him what…

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Mar
2008
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