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The Lore of the MasterMind

by Rick Meekins

Let’s start off by defining what a Mastermind group is NOT. It is not a closed networking group It is not a lead generation group It is not a few people who sit around a brainstorm over bad food and cold coffee It is not a status symbol It is not a waste of time. A MasterMind group is a group of individuals with a…

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Aug
2008
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Strategic Partner or A Good Idea

by Rick Meekins

Your strategic partner or partners need to work as hard for you as you do for them. Don’t get yourself involved with people or organizations who don’t! Your time is valuable, and you have worked hard to get where you are. Tell me something: When was the last time you received a phone call or an email that was personally to you from your “strategic…

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Aug
2008
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"That's Why I am up here and You are Down There!"

by Rick Meekins

The link is to a network marketing article where Donald Trump endorses network marketing. It is interesting that after stating that if he lost everything he would get into network marketing, crowds started to boo him. And then he said, “That’s Why I am up here and you are down there!” Now, that’s a mouthful! But he is right. I would bet that he is…

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Aug
2008
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2008 Olympics Exploited!!

by Rick Meekins

$1 Billion dollars in advertising revenue and a great big smile. You would have thought he’d won all of the gold medals at the 2008 Olympics. Nope! In 14 days, a major broadcaster will have received$1 Billion in revenue as proceeds from ads run at the Olympics. This made front page news. Something is wrong here. The Olympics is about community and peace. Not Capitalism…

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Aug
2008
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"Well, Honey, Start With Something Small…"

by Rick Meekins

How many times have we heard that while growing up? I know I’ve heard it a DOZEN or so times as I started different businesses, or helped people get their own business. While I generally never started businesses with my own money, I noticed that when I thought small, I got small. When I thought big, boy, big wasn’t a big enough word! Small business…

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Aug
2008
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Pain in the Wallet!!

by Rick Meekins

Pain in the Wallet!! The weakened US economy has caused price increases and a general feeling of “uncomfortability” in our everyday lives. This is what I refer to as a “Pain in the Wallet.” While there isn’t much you, individually, can do to return us to the growth eras we’ve all become accustom to, there are things that you can do to reduce your pain…

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Aug
2008
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It's 08.08.08…Do You Know Where Your Website Is?

by Rick Meekins

I was doing some research for a client recently and came across a website called the website grader – www.websitegrader.com.  This was an amazing site: it gave me a real-time analysis of my website and some recommendations on how I could better structure it.  As someone who feels that “websites are the windows to the soul” (of a business), I immediately decided that I need…

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Aug
2008
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Tell Me a Story: How to Get Started Planning Your Business

by Rick Meekins

Do you remember in school when your teacher told you to think about what you wanted to do when you grew up? Do you remember that she told you to write a story about it? If you remember bits and pieces of the story, you’ll remember that bits and pieces stayed with you – you added here, tweaked there, and simply got rid of some…

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Jul
2008
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Small Business Articles from 7/17/08

by Rick Meekins

Skills conversion key to business success in Africa Written by Macharia Waruingi and Jean Njoroge Artisans at Gikomba Jua Kali market in Nairobi. The art of discovering what local people know is the first step in knowledge conversion.July 17, 2008: The competitiveness of a company depends on the ability of the workers to convert and exploit knowledge. In fact, the rapidity with which an organisation…

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Jul
2008
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States Give Small Business More Health Care Help

by Rick Meekins

States Give Small Business More Health Care HelpInitiatives include subsidies, tax deductions and more-affordable plans. By Martha Lynn Craver, Associate Editor, The Kiplinger Letter July 15, 2008RELATED FORECASTSEmployers Attack Health Care Costs — and Find SuccessHELPFUL LINKSNational Conference of State LegislaturesEDITOR’S PICKSStates Give Small Firms Health Care HelpPublic Not Ready for Major Health Care ChangesMore states aim to help small business owners provide health insurance…

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Jul
2008
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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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