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Stay Productive During the Holidays

It’s that time of year. There are holiday open houses, luncheon get-togethers, and company parties.  While retail operations are in full swing many service businesses like mine find this is a difficult time of year when it comes to productivity. There are lots of reasons. Customers are trying to get ready for the holidays or […]


To Buy or Not To Buy

Did you ever wonder what a procurement officer or buyer is thinking?  Did you ever ask the buyer of your goods or services what they need? Did you ever wonder what drives a buyer crazy? Wonder no more! I have been reading and re-reading a book called “Feedback! Sales Advice from the Buyer’s Desk.”  In […]


Guest Post :: 3 Tips for Successful Self-Distribution

By: Dennis Styers In this day and age, producing and distributing quality content at a rapid pace is essential. Regardless of your area of interest or audience you are trying to target, it is critical to keep relevant material coming in order to stay competitive. Whether you’re a small business or a larger one desiring […]


Give Thanks

This is the time of year when we get a bit nostalgic. The holidays have a way of making us stop, take stock, and think about what is ahead. Since the holiday season seems to officially start with Thanksgiving I decided to stop and give thanks. It’s not your typical list but maybe it will […]

Speak up

Speak Up

Like many business owners I get asked to speak on different topics to a variety of groups. I did a count and have been averaging about one speech per week for the past few months and traveling around the country.  A fellow business owner reached out with some questions about accepting and charging for speaking […]



“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt   Today, as voters go to the polls, I decided to post my favorite quote about voting. If you are like most of […]


Think Like an Inventor

Shark Tank, it’s that popular TV show where entrepreneurs and inventors try to get the celebrity panel to invest. All the attention on this show is inspiring individuals to take their ideas to the next level. Every day across the country people are playing out that show, off the big screen. In fact, the US […]


Women Strengthening Michigan

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called “Women Strengthening Michigan.” It was one of a series of discussions held around the State which brought together women educators, business owners, physicians, and government officials. To see the various discussions, click here. There is no […]

New Year

Happy New Year!

I know, I know. You think I am a bit early… but, like many businesses, our year-end was September 30th.  Since the business opened its doors on September 10th, 1987 our accountant picked the closest quarter end. So I actually get to celebrate the New Year twice! As I ended the year and looked forward […]

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

Who Says There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

This is the story of an amazing example of customer service and marketing.  I was in Chicago for a Board meeting and here is what happened. A group of us went to lunch at a wonderful little restaurant called The Gage on Michigan Avenue. One of my fellow travelers visits the city often and this […]