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Why join a Chamber of Commerce?

When you go into business it seems like there are suddenly more ways to spend money than to earn it. Sooner or later the local Chamber of Commerce (C of C's) comes to mind and you have to decide whether to join or not. C of C's come in a variety of sizes, depending on the local offerings and membership. In Canada C of C's are locally operated, often work together in geographical areas and are, themselves,…

10 years later

In 2002 Retailing Today identified "The 12 hot issues facing mass retailing" See http://bit.ly/p0R4Q1 how to get your girlfriend back The above link will take you to a more in-depth explanation of the dozen of issues but here they are in a few words or less plus, in parentheses, an off the cuff gut feel of 10 years later. The demand for new and trendy products (no change). Financial reform…

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy [ree-teyl ther-uh-pee} shopping as an outlet for frustration and to relieve stress rebounding from sales depression While retailers may wish more people spend their way out of depression, it's not a healthy sales model to forecast sales, buying and profits. What can you do? Here are four world view suggestions. Turn info into insight - if you are collecting customer…

A Song for the Workshop Owner by the Guess Who - Friday Fun

I've had a soft spot in my heart for the Winnipeg band "The Guess Who" ever since I met them. That was years ago though, I was a Cub Scout on a tour of CBC studios and there 'they' were - dressed in hockey jerseys if I recall correctly. That would have been mid to late 60′s - Expo year perhaps? httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ax3KVuYMHw I do recall my parents saying the music of the Guess Who,…

Employee Performance-Key Communication Points by guest blogger Karin Wills

Once again we welcome guest blogger Karin Wills. Karin is the founder of HR Concise, a human resources consulting firm that specializes in custom solutions for small to medium size businesses. We like Karin's writing because it is informative & concise. More about Karin, her books and website, below. Employee Performance-Key Communication Points There are two main categories of performance that take…

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