Recently, I was in Asheville, NC. One of my favorite places to visit. The city of Asheville has some of the best marketing campaigns I have ever seen. One of the city’s primary marketing efforts includes the slogan, “Asheville Grown. Buy Local”. When you visit restaurants throughout Western North Carolina the owners and chefs […]

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Once upon a time, not so long ago… if someone went into business they were almost assured of financial security.  Perhaps even becoming wealthy.  Often they were held in high regard by the city and townspeople simply because they were in business for themselves, creating jobs and providing what people needed in their daily lives. […]

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Three years ago in 2008, prior to the economic collapse in October, almost every CEO, company president and business owner I talked to wanted to talk about employee motivation and employee problems.  Companies had more business than they could handle and many were struggling with managing their employees to get maximum productivity.  Business people talked […]

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In 2010, a government bureau in Washington D.C. declared that the Great Recession was over.  Yet when looking at all the statistical data being published since that time including employment numbers, a volatile stock market, consumer confidence lagging, the housing and real estate market still unloading years worth of inventory with more foreclosures and short […]

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As a business person you have personally witnessed in many ways the devastating effects of the Recession on the economy over the past few years.  Not only have you lived through the Great Recession but you’ve watched other business associates go out of business or radically downsize the size of their company.  Employee’s being laid […]

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The headline of a Wall Street Journal article in the Golf Journal section of the weekend edition (February 19-20, 2010) written by John Paul Newport reads: Why Tiger Will Never Dominate Again. The article goes on to quote the current No. 2 golfer in the world, Martin Kaymer of Germany, who recently competed with Tiger […]

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Congratulations!  You’re still in business.  It’s been a hard uphill battle.  Not only to stay in business but to try and make a profit in this economy.  This is not the time to let your guard down.  Although some economic indicators seem to point to a recovery, other economic indicators and common sense says that […]

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Due to the recession, all business people have been more involved in their business than they have in many years.  The business people willing to dig in and hang in there month after month during the economic turmoil are still in business.  It’s important to realize that although you will see from time to time […]

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The question about the recovery of the economy depends on who you are talking to and what business you are in.  For some businesses the recovery has started. For others, the economy is still flat and they haven’t seen any growth.  It also depends on what part of the country you are in.  So the […]

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What will the next two years bring for your business?  The answer to that question is:  Who knows! Which economic authority on the subject do you want to listen to?  Do you want to listen to the doom and gloom person?  Or do you want to listen to the overly optimistic person who believes the […]

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