#ShopLocal

There are 79 days until Christmas, that is 11 weeks! If your budget is like mine, I need to start thinking about Christmas and budget a little each month for gifts. In 2018, the United States had 30.2 million small businesses in operation which account for 99.9% of all businesses in the country. Small businesses

#givingback

Denzel Washington said: At the end of the day it’s not about what you have or even what you’ve accomplished…it’s about who you’ve lifted up, who you’ve made better. It’s about what you’ve given back. The fall season is the time when businesses get inundated with donation requests. The challenge for businesses is deciding whom

Influencing People

Not everyone is a leader, nor does everyone want to be a leader, and that is okay. Leadership does not always come from your position. People can hold a manager’s position but not be a leader. Leadership is showing up, speaking up and putting yourself out there. Leadership is listening to others and sharing your

Managing Employee Entitlement

This week I have had numerous conversations with a variety of businesses. They are all reporting the same concerns. The first has to do with the challenges of finding and keeping employees. Businesses are reporting that potential employees  either turn down job offers due to wages or new employees do not last past the first

Basic Budgeting

When you were in High school or even college did you know and understand how to use a personal budget? Do you know how to use a transaction register? Can you find the routing number on your checks?  I have heard a lot of talk on social media and even on radio talk shows about

The Fred Factor

Passion in your Work Life We hear a lot about relationship building and how to be successful in today’s workforce we need to foster and build relationships. The dictionary definition of relationship “the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.” I recently read the

Dynamic Resumes

In today’s digital world with most job applications online the first challenge is to get your resumes past the robots where human eyes will then see it. Resumes trends change quickly and it is important to stay up to date with the trends regardless if you are currently seeking a new position. Most employers want

Remembering Names

One of the best ways to make a favorable impression is to remember people’s names. Relationship building and connecting with people is essential in all jobs and industries. We have all done it, we have all blanked on someone name, and this causes great embarrassment and makes us uncomfortable. When you remember someone’s name, it

Is Everyone a Leader?

When geese fly south for the winter, they fly in the V formation. The geese set the course and when the lead goose tires, it will fall back and another goose will take the lead. An interesting fact is that each goose when they flap their wings, they create an updraft for the goose behind