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National Women’s Business Week

Back in 1928 a celebration began to honor business women. Think about it- 1928! The celebration is attributed to Emma Dot Partridge who was the executive secretary for the National Federation of Business and Professional Women’s Clubs from 1924 through 1927. It is held the third week of October each year. The U.S. Small Business […]


Guest Post :: Three Ways to Promote Employee Health

By: Melissa Davidson Workplace culture that encourages competition – spoken or not – is perfectly normal and some people even thrive on it, but it also puts a lot of pressure and stress on employees. If employees’ mental and physical health starts to erode because of too much stress, a decline in morale could result. […]


The Road Ahead

As a small business owner I spend a good deal of time reading business news, the latest business books, and blogs. My goal is to try and stay current, and even more importantly, focus on the future. There is no doubt it is difficult to find a good balance between what must be done day-to-day […]


Lessons from Inventors

This week I had the opportunity to speak at the Michigan Inventors Coalition Inventors Expo which drew attendees from more than just our state. It was an energetic, creative group who was there to learn from a variety of experts and fellow inventors. The products ranged from a device that allows a guitarist to play a harmonica […]


Guest Post :: Why Customer Complaints are an Opportunity to Cherish (not fear)

By: Liz Burton If you work in customer service or a customer-facing role, you probably wince at the thought of having to handle an irate customer as they aggressively list numerous problems with your service. Feeling exasperated is understandable, but why not consider adopting a more positive attitude to the situation? Most people feel tense […]


Lessons from the Olympics

I have to admit it. I am a sports junkie. I found myself glued to the Olympics the past two weeks watching sports, some I had actually never heard of…things like canoe slalom. While everyone is talking about the high points (The Final Five and the US medal count) and the low points (Ryan Lochte’s […]


Guest Post :: Debunking the Myths of PCI Compliance

Payment Card Industry (aka PCI) compliance is a set of practices that govern data security across an extensive series of credit and debit card payments. Businesses must comply with these requirements outlined by the PCI Security Standards Council in order for their merchant account to remain in good standing. Every business that accepts credit/debit cards […]


A Tribute to Mom

It is a tradition in my religion to do a short memorial service at various times after a family member dies. This week it will be three years since my mom, Ann, passed away and 40 days for my dear Uncle Clark.  As my cousin and I prepare to host the coffee hour following the […]


Guest Post :: Using the Internet for Face-to-Face Networking

By: Tim Backes At Vetter, an online employee suggestion box, we live, breathe, and sleep all things virtual. In fact, one of the biggest value propositions that our product offers is that it’s cloud-based, allowing both employees and ownership access no matter where they are in the world. Vetter is just one example of an […]



You can’t get away from it. The endless political analysis – morning, noon, and night. Robo-calls. Junk mail. Email. Political conventions. I think of myself as a pretty engaged citizen, but like most Americans I am really tired of it all. Something struck me today. The one place I don’t hear anything about politics is […]