Doug Golden's Blog (13)

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

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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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The evolving nature of snacks

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National News

Wahlburgers Announces Expansion Plans Including Franchise Agreement in Philadelphia

Wahlburgers has signed a franchise agreement with Hingham Associates, LLC that will bring five Wahlburgers to the metropolitan Philadelphia area over the next several years. The franchise group is actively looking at sites and is targeting a late 2014-early 2015 opening for its first restaurant.

Chipotle Mexican Grill, Inc. First Quarter 2014 Revenue Up 24.4%

Comparable restaurant sales increased 13.4% - Restaurant level operating margin was 25.9%, a decrease of 40 basis points

Jamba Juice Announces Grand Opening of New St. Louis, MO Location

Jamba Juice Company announced the brand’s continued expansion in the St. Louis market with the opening of a Jamba Juice® store at 11477 Olive Blvd. on April 16, 2014.

Expert in Real Estate Analytics Joins Luna Grill

Luna Grill, the San Diego-based Mediterranean restaurant chain, is welcoming retail real estate industry veteran Greg Thorburn to its leadership team. Thorburn has been brought on board to fill the newly created position of Vice-President of Real Estate.

Rita's Italian Ice Awards Area Development Agreement for Kansas

Rita's Italian Ice has awarded franchise and area development agreements for Kansas and the Kansas City area, which extends to the Missouri side of the city, to franchisees and local residents Jay Miller, Jeff Miller and Pat Reilly.

CROWD FUNDING

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TED TALKS VIDEO

TED: Matthew Carter: My life in typefaces - Matthew Carter (2014)

Pick up a book, magazine or screen, and more than likely you'll come across some typography designed by Matthew Carter. In this charming talk, the man behind typefaces such as Verdana, Georgia and Bell Centennial (designed just for phone books -- remember them?), takes us on a spin through a career focused on the very last pixel of each letter of a font.

TED: Jeremy Kasdin: The flower-shaped starshade that might help us detect Earth-like planets - Jeremy Kasdin (2014)

Astronomers believe that every star in the galaxy has a planet, one fifth of which might harbor life. Only we haven't seen any of them -- yet. Jeremy Kasdin and his team are looking to change that with the design and engineering of an extraordinary piece of equipment: a flower petal-shaped "starshade" that allows a telescope to photograph planets from 50,000 kilometers away. It is, he says, the "coolest possible science."

TED: Norman Spack: How I help transgender teens become who they want to be - Norman Spack (2013)

Puberty is an awkward time for just about everybody, but for transgender teens it can be a nightmare, as they grow overnight into bodies they aren't comfortable with. In a heartfelt talk, endocrinologist Norman Spack tells a personal story of how he became one of the few doctors in the US to treat minors with hormone replacement therapy. By staving off the effects of puberty, Spack gives trans teens the time they need. (Filmed at TEDxBeaconStreet.)

TED: Jennifer Senior: For parents, happiness is a very high bar - Jennifer Senior (2014)

The parenting section of the bookstore is overwhelming—it's "a giant, candy-colored monument to our collective panic," as writer Jennifer Senior puts it. Why is parenthood filled with so much anxiety? Because the goal of modern, middle-class parents—to raise happy children—is so elusive. In this honest talk, she offers some kinder and more achievable aims.

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