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What to Do with All That Excess Cash

Engaging Employees through Bonuses

To paraphrase John Dunne, no business owner is an island.

If you own a successful business, some credit is likely due to a fantastic employee or, even better, a bevy of fantastic employees.

Let’s say one such amazing employee has hit the wage ceiling, but you still want to recognize her efforts. Or maybe you’re about to hire a new employee you just know will be amazing and you wish to leave room for flexibility in salary.

If It Is Free - It's Me!

Sometimes marketing can be easy.

Here at the SBDC our staff has been enjoying going through Seth Godin's The Marketing Seminar (highly recommended BTW)

In one our our learning modules, Seth was explaining how sometimes marketing can be easy - like 'selling' dog food to a hungry dog.

Or how if you're gasping for breath and someone happens by at the opportune moment with a gas mask, you're not likely to ask 'how much' or 'is it made from all natural materials'.

Taking Time for Your Life

“How we spend our days is, of course, how we spend our lives” – Annie Dillard

 

Notwithstanding the year we are born or the year we die, we each have 525,600 minutes per year. Yet, those minutes can bleed into “wasted” hours, days, weeks, and even months if we aren’t mindful of how our time is being spent. Or rather, how our time is being invested.

Goals Gone Wild

Happy new year!

First week of 2018 = down.

How are those resolutions doing so far?

Maybe it’s basic, but I love New Year’s resolutions. I love the thought of reflecting on life thus far, deciding what goals to set and strategies to employ to create my best life. So much positive energy. So many possibilities. So many things to accomplish!

This WILL be the year!

Who's Watching Me?

Seizing Moments that Matter

Hey Siri - Que the music...

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Who's watching?
Tell me who's watching
Who's watching me?

I'm just an average man, with an average life
I work from nine to five; hey ..., I pay the price
All I want is to be left alone in my average home
But why do I always feel like I'm in the Twilight Zone, and

The Benefits of Budgeting

The B-Word

I’m not the first to assert that “budget is not a bad word.” Although it’s commonplace to see budgeting in a negative light, a subset of the population recognizes how a budget can highlight priorities, serve as a communication tool, and provide structure in a chaotic world.

Building Your Facilitation Skills

How to have (better) hard conversations...

You know how they say “kids say the darndest things?” I think adults experience this amongst each other, too; but often it has a more contentious reaction than funny. Whether a conversation with a friend or family member, a work discussion with a colleague or a staff meeting, we’ve probably all been in those conversations that catch us off guard. For such scenarios, it’s beneficial to practice facilitation skills.

Simplify Your Life With the Power of Pivot Tables

If only I would have known...

Thinking back to my undergraduate degree, I am haunted by long nights of relentless number crunching and data analysis. As an Agricultural Economics major, my capstone project required me to do an in-depth Econometric analysis. Given my background and interest in the industry, I chose to do it on the United States Dairy Industry, with data from 1910-2010.

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