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Should you be using direct mail to promote your business?

Like many perplexing business questions we get here at the SBDC the answer is...it depends.

Purely from a numbers standpoint, many marketers automatically dismiss direct mail because they think it is 'too expensive' or that response rates will be too low to be worth the trouble. But I like to ask, 'compared to what?'

I often will remind clients that any advertising medium that has worked in the past can still work today...if done correctly. And that certainly applies to direct mai... Read more

As adapted and suggested by motivational keynote speaker, Jody Urquhart, consider your workplace and identify:

Do you regularly hear employees laughing or see them smiling at work?
YES    NO

When something funny happens at work, do people stop and appreciate the humor?
YES     NO

Does your workplace have a fun activity at least once per month?
YES    NO

Are employees invited or encouraged to participate in having fun at work?
YES    NO

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If you’re signed up for any business magazine’s RSS feed, titles like these probably frequent your inbox:

  • What CEOs are reading in 2017 from McKinsey & Company
  • These are the Books that CEOs are Reading Right Now from Fortune
  • 10 Books that famous CEOs loved reading from Business Insider

 

Charlie “Tremendous” Jones, who had a diverse consulting career and was an advocate for personal and professional development, famously said: “You will be the same person in five years as you are today except fo... Read more

3 Oms Yoga Studio Visit

We had the pleasure of introducing Congressman Rick Larsen to a few of our clients yesterday.

Pictured here with Mr. Larsen are Amy Robinson, owner of 3 Oms Yoga, and Ian Rae, owner of Chuckanut Builders, along with... Read more

This is the first post, of what we hope will be many installments, of us being able to shed some light on our small business client success stories.

It never ceases to amaze us how humbling it is to hear about our clients succeeding and them allowing us to share their stories with others.

Today's SBDC client success story that we would like to share with you is that of Veritas Media Productions.

If you've attended the small business awards banquets of either the Bellingham Chambe... Read more

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