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Gratitude. Free to express and priceless when received.

Technological advances rolled out in the past decade are having a profound impact on the way we interact with loved ones, friends, customers and business clients. These advances are most certainly intended to make our lives easier and more convenient (so they say). They are intended to save time so that we have more time for other “more important” things. I don’t know about you… but it has only made my life busier and at times a bit more complicated. How was I spending the same amount of time… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on March 31, 2010 at 12:52pm — No Comments

Government Healthcare - Worth Repeating

Below is a perfect (maybe simplified) example of why the Government should not take over ANY industry, including healthcare. It will drag us all down to depths never thought possible.



A friend shared the following with me...



Socialism



An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. The vast majority of the class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one would… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on March 15, 2010 at 7:43am — 2 Comments

The Power of Appreciation and Gratitude

I just wanted to share an article I refer back to from time to time...





Sure, we're polite. We always say "please" and "thank you"... to strangers at least. But for some reason, it seems that we often forget to say "thank you" and show our appreciation to the people who are closest to us; to our family, our co-workers, our employees, our teachers. We especially forget to say "thank you" to the universe for our many blessings.



Saying thank you and showing… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on February 11, 2010 at 6:48am — 2 Comments

Social Media Revolution

If you haven't seen this video you must. If you already have it's worth seeing again.





Amazing how far this has come so… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on February 10, 2010 at 12:34pm — 2 Comments

Worth Repeating - Gov't Healthcare

Below is a perfect (maybe simplified) example of why the Government should not take over ANY industry, including healthcare. It will drag us all down to depths never thought possible.



A friend shared the following with me...



Socialism



An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. The vast majority of the class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and no one… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on October 22, 2009 at 8:37am — 1 Comment

Something To Think About...

Below is a perfect (maybe simplified) example of why the Government should not take over ANY industry, including healthcare. It will drag us all down to depths never thought possible.



A friend shared the following with me...



Socialism



An economics professor at Texas Tech said he had never failed a single student, but had once failed an entire class. The vast majority of the class had insisted that socialism worked and that no one would be poor and… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on April 9, 2009 at 9:31am — 1 Comment

6 Recession Survival Tips: How to Use a Downturn to Create an Upturn in Your Business

The best way to recession proof your business is to stay positive. While it is true that consumers and businesses are being more cautious about what they purchase, good products and good service will always be in demand. Find a way to serve your customers better than your competitors and you will be smiling while they are singing the recession blues. Here are six things you can do to keep your customers close and your sales soaring during these difficult economic… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on April 6, 2009 at 6:08pm — 1 Comment

Walk a Different Mile

A wise old saying suggests that you try walking a mile in another’s shoes to improve your own perspective.



This advice can be especially pertinent to a small business owner. By trying to see things from another important perspective, you can identify areas of your business that might need improving.



Try these shoes on for size:



An Employee.

What should an employee know about the business? The products and services? The warranties and… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on March 24, 2008 at 11:55am — 2 Comments

Survey Says: Using Polls to See Where You Stand

A small business owner has many opportunities to learn how their customers feel about their business. Using some very simple strategies, a small business owner like you can get a better feel for what your customers like or dislike about what is happening every day in your place of business.



Comment Cards. Comment cards are a simple strategy to get some first-hand feedback on how to improve each customer experience. Get them professionally printed if you can, and consider… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on March 17, 2008 at 1:35pm — 4 Comments

NEED AN INSPIRATIONAL BOOST?

Click the below link...

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I am in sales.... but this is a great pick me up for anyone looking to draw upon some untapped inner strength.

Added by Doug Golden on March 16, 2008 at 10:16am — 3 Comments

Building Employee Pride in Your Small Business

Employees who take pride in their work are the only employees you want in your business. Employees who are actively plugged-in will help to increase profit, reduce loss, and open new opportunities for growth.



As a small business owner, it is important for you to realize that an employee’s pride in a job well-done often starts with you. It can be as simple as a verbal acknowledgement that you are paying attention, and that everything they do within your business does… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on February 28, 2008 at 11:44am — 1 Comment

10 things your restaurant won't tell you

Competition is fierce, and eateries work every angle to capture your dining dollars. Here are some angles for you to work.



By SmartMoney



1. "It's more about the sizzle than the steak."



Business is good for the restaurant industry. Americans now spend roughly half their food budget dining out, and restaurants expect revenue of more than $537 billion in 2007. That's a 67% increase since 1997.



But… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on February 24, 2008 at 9:14am — 2 Comments

Cash In Hand - Alternative Funding For Restauranteurs

Credit card receivables can be a quick source of working capital—but at a cost.



Cash is king in America. More precisely, cash in hand is king. Look at the U.S. consumer savings rates. In 2005, personal savings rates dipped into negative territory for the first time—down to minus 0.5 percent, according to the U.S. Commerce Department. That means consumers not only spent all of their after-tax income but dipped into existing savings or borrowed money, often with credit cards, to… Continue

Added by Doug Golden on February 20, 2008 at 8:49am — 3 Comments

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