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“That which we call a rose, by any other name would smell as sweet” – Shakespeare

I thought my task for this blog post was going to be easy… to provide our readers with some great Vision and Mission Statement examples to inspire you for the New Year. But the more I researched the topic, the more frustrated or unimpressed I became… Although I researched a number of credible sources and high-profile “successful” companies, there were conflicting definitions of, or distinctions between, Vision and Mission Statements. So, to try and bring clarity and relevance to the situation, I’m go... Read more

If you’re anything like me, you probably indulge in dietary delight from Halloween until December 31st. I mean, it’s a natural instinct to tack on some mass for the winter. I saw some bears and hedgehogs doing it, so I really don’t feel that bad about myself. Unfortunately, on January 1st all the excuses I made over the last three months are overcome with the premonition of spring and summer right around the corner. 
 
Like most people, my New Year’s resolution typically involves going to the gym or yelling at a picture of myself instead of eating. While... Read more

As the holidays progress this season, some may be wondering how your business can give back to the community and to your employees.

While the holidays offer plenty of fun and cheery spirit, it can also create a lot of stress for everyone – both at work and at home. Getting involved in the community as a team can help keep your employees motivated and engaged during the holidays.

Here are a couple of ways your company can give back this holiday season:

1.  Partner with a local toy drive

Your company can get involved in a couple of different ways with a to... Read more

Another large business is in the headlines for having the data of over 500 million users hacked. This includes names, phone numbers, dates of birth, email addresses, passport numbers and credit card numbers. These are the keys to our digital lives. Having this information stolen means there’s a high likelihood it’s available for sale. That means essentially the keys to the front door of your personal identity* are available to the highest bidder. Great news, according to an arti... Read more

It's the first week of December. We’re in the last month of the final quarter of the year. For some small business owners this time of year can be a crazy, shopping-filled, party spree of a month. 

Why you ask?

Good question! Because...

If sales and profits are up, like they have been for many this year, you may be sitting on a fair amount of cash that shows up as Net Income on your P&L. 

This poses both a challenge and an opportunity (I feel like I'm in a B-school SWOT, or is it SCOT?, analysis discussion every time I use those words in the sam... Read more

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