October 2010 Blog Posts (78)


Non-Operator
One Investor’s Trash ...

I’ve received several calls in recent weeks along the lines of the following:…



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Added by Rod Guinn on October 14, 2010 at 3:30am — No Comments

Why Social Media?



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Added by Phil Pearlman on October 13, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments

Social Media Terms & Definitions



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Added by Phil Pearlman on October 13, 2010 at 11:00am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Why Facebook Ads "Work" (And Why They Don't At All)

"Wow, I forgot how awesome Facebook makes their ads look," I thought to myself. I was in the midst of creating a Facebook fan page for my FOH training start-up and was looking at the ad preview that Facebook generates to entice the fan page owner to advertise.



Creating the ad design for the consumer automatically (based on the company's logo and description) is a slick move on Facebook's part but I was immediately reminded of the utter failure that I had experienced with this… Continue

Added by Brooks Briz on October 13, 2010 at 7:00am — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
A League of Their Own

I love technology and I have no clue how computers work. I don’t know how to back up my files and I don’t know a bit from a byte. I’m not exactly sure where computer viruses come from and I’m baffled by how these viruses can become debilitating to a computer. And I must admit I am bewildered by the thought that there are fake “spyware” programs…

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Added by Bill Campion on October 13, 2010 at 6:00am — 5 Comments


Operator
Wonder Woman & Superman & Customer Service: OH, MY!



I’m a Geek.

Let me clarify that: I was an UBER Geek who was downsized due to age, responsibilities and a wife who didn’t understand that…

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Added by Ty Sullivan on October 12, 2010 at 8:30pm — 2 Comments


Non-Operator
Three Reasons Why Your Social Strategy Is Failing

I looked down and smiled at the finishing touches I had just made to a new flyer promoting my bike taxi business located on the sandy beaches of Ocean City, MD. I was proud of the work that I had done on this particular marketing piece and was eager to start handing them out to hotel concierges, restaurant managers and other service providers to foster new affiliate relationships.



My business partner looked over my work, gently smiled and then asked me, “You’ve got…
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Added by Brooks Briz on October 11, 2010 at 4:00pm — 8 Comments

Achieving a Healthier Diet with a Whole Food Newsletter

A healthy diet is easy to maintain. You just need to understand one thing – a healthy diet has to consist mainly of whole foods. Now, if you do not know what they are, you might want to subscribe to a whole food newsletter. You will find many of these newsletters online. You just need to look for a comprehensive one. Of course, you can always just opt for a newsletter that has practically everything, so you do not need to subscribe to many issues from different sites.



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Added by ChefBlogDigest on October 10, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments


Non-Operator
Five Key Strategies You Need To Dominate Local Search

Bryan Harris, the managing partner of Outback Steakhouse in Durham, NC, doesn't know what a slow night is. He doesn't worry that he's overstaffed or whether the tomatoes that he just chopped will spoil. He doesn't need to.



And it's not because of Outback's brand equity, his restaurant's location or even his latest direct mail campaign. It's because he has a killer local strategy. The bottom line is that if…
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Added by Brooks Briz on October 9, 2010 at 3:30pm — No Comments

What Does the Ilinois Restaurant Association Think About Food Trucks?



I have always loved food trucks and flirted with the idea many times myself, wondering why "roach coaches" haven't gone upscale. They have. My good friend Ray Villaman is CEO of Mobile Munch, a food truck provider. I am sure he and you may have some thoughts on this blog post by Mike Sula on Mon, Oct 4, 2010 from the Chicago Reader.…

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Added by Michael L. Atkinson on October 8, 2010 at 9:00am — 1 Comment


Non-Operator
5 Tactics to make an unprofitable Groupon campaign successful

The effectiveness of Groupon has been questioned in the press recently. A number of merchants have complained about too… Continue

Added by Eli Chait on October 7, 2010 at 12:07pm — No Comments


Non-Operator
Symbol Overload

Do you ever go to the grocery store and get lost in all the health symbols on packaging? It’s like looking at a map with no key. What the H does all of this mean? Once you learn one it seems like three more come out. Between the Hannaford Guiding Stars that are only seen on the East Coast, the Smart Choices program that had some major issues with its criteria,…

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Added by Alyson Mar, RD on October 6, 2010 at 7:30pm — No Comments

Filling Up our Tank



In a recent meeting, one of our best customers referred to FohBoh as an A380 waiting to be fueled and take off. Recently my cousin David had a chance to be among the first people to fly on the A380. For those of you who are not airline savvy, the A380 is the world's largest commercial jet, holding up to 600+ passengers and designed for long haul routes. Seeing as the first 747 was delivered in the late 1960's isn't it amazing that we haven't seen a truly new jetliner in almost… Continue

Added by Richard Heaps on October 6, 2010 at 4:00pm — 2 Comments

GTB at the Bethesda Business Expo



On Monday, October 4, the Georgetown Bagelry set up a marvelous bagel spread at the2010 Business Expo. It was a great success and we got to meet so many of our wonderful small business neighbors!

Added by Mary Beall Adler on October 6, 2010 at 9:30am — No Comments


Operator
Recession Lessons

'It'll be nice to take you out for sushi', I confessed to my girlfriend.

'Or bring home flowers every week...' She gives me a wry smile.



Over the last two years, after losing a job I really enjoyed but which was victim of the housing and the consequent credit crisis, my life has

become an exercise in contraction as I became - just like many…

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Added by Adam M Lamb on October 2, 2010 at 10:23am — 1 Comment

October 2010 South Carolina ServSafe Food & Alcohol Training Classes

ServSafe® delivers high-quality training options for every manager. From the classroom to online, and in a variety of languages, this is your food safety & alcohol responsible vendor training and certification solution.



HRBAudit will be holding several ServSafe Training Classes in the month of October in South Carolina - Columbia, Myrtle Beach, Charleston.



ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Classes:…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on October 2, 2010 at 9:19am — No Comments


Non-Operator
What To Do When Your Bucket List Kicks The Bucket?

I feel like my bucket list has kicked the bucket. Well it may not be time to tell the world it’s DOA however it is definitely in need of intensive care. Yes there is no denying the proverbial train is off the tracks. In the last 5 days I haven’t worked out, I haven’t been conscious about what I’m eating, I drank alcohol on a Monday…

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Added by Bill Campion on October 2, 2010 at 4:28am — No Comments

October 2010 Tennessee ServSafe Food & Alcohol Training Classes

ServSafe® delivers high-quality training options for every manager. From the classroom to online, and in a variety of languages, this is your food safety & alcohol responsible vendor training and certification solution.



HRBAudit will be holding several ServSafe Training Classes in the month of October in Tennessee – Nashville, Chattanooga and Knoxville.



ServSafe Food Protection Manager Certification Classes:…

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Added by Chef Brad Peters on October 1, 2010 at 12:15pm — No Comments

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