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Financial Tips for Business Owners

Congratulations! You’ve done it! You’ve opened up your own small business and it is successful. You are making money and providing a service or product you are passionate about to your community. It’s a huge risk and not everyone can do it so take a moment to pat yourself on the back and take pride […]

Email Marketing & Productivity Go Hand in Hand

When people hear that I’m an expert and run a consulting company specializing in helping people be more efficient, they often assume that I can’t stand email marketing. After all, most newsletters feel like junk and therefore a waste of time. But in truth, the opposite is true. I love email marketing, because it’s a […]

The Sales Lie I Wish Was True

“Cold calling is dead.” If you’re around sales people, you hear this sentiment a lot. You hear it at the water cooler. You hear it at networking events ⎯ it’s frequently a thesis statement for blogs and articles. And maybe it’s true. After all, you’ve been in sales for six years, and you’ve never closed […]

Why Do Small Businesses Bother with a CRM?

Between my smart phone, google calendars, and Facebook, it seems like the methods for keeping in touch with customers are free and plentiful for small businesses. In my experience people find out the hard way that an informal system doesn’t really work. A CRM (Customer Relationship Management) refers to the system or strategy a company […]

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Shopping and Productivity

Let’s get right down to it: living inexpensively is about optimization. Whether you’re saving money through coupon clipping, reusing items to reduce your spending, or finding ways to have fun without breaking your budget, the “frugalistas” of the world are kindred spirits with those of us who are productivity experts. We’re all looking for ways […]

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Meet the Newest Rainmakers!

Let’s welcome our newest members! How can we help you? Doreen Long Davant Jason Basso WKRP Jim McGowan N2 Publishing Lisa Kellum My Billing Advocate Rob Lime Lushin Ryan Benczik Northwestern Mutual

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Business Blaze Revisited: Just Pop In! Popcorn Company

When I meet people with electric personalities early in the morning, I get shocked, but in a good way. That’s how I felt when I met Carly and Mandy at January’s Business Blaze. Some would say they were ecstatic to be speaking at our event, but after meeting them I’d argue they’re energized with positivity wherever they are. […]

Asking for More Productivity

Between employees and employers, the conversation about productivity is often delicate. If a boss suggests that more output is needed, it may seem like they are accusing workers of slacking off. If an individual seeks to be more efficient, they may be branded as a complainer who thinks that the company doesn’t given them the […]

Use Your Expertise to Change the World

I have been lucky enough to work in the nonprofit arena for nearly 20 years. Through the organizations I’ve worked for, I’ve helped find forever homes for pets, lead youth toward graduation day and give tools to those who are disabled to lead full, independent lives. With all that being accomplished, one of the most […]

What You Missed at ConnectTech Last Month

Last month’s ConnectTech TechForward event featured a panel discussion on tech trends. Moderated by Gerry Dick, the panel consisted of local business influencers Jen Handley, Co-creator of Fizziology; John Wechsler, Founder of Launch Fishers; and Santiago Jaramillo, Founder and CEO of Emplify.  The discussion spanned a number of topics including the state of co-working in Indiana, […]