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How the Proposed Hospital Tax Will Affect Your Taxes

If you are wondering how much Saving the Monroe County Hospital will increase your taxes, try this Tax Calculator.  It will give you the approximate amount your taxes will increase if the referendum passes.

 

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Remember, Monroe County residents will vote on the hospital referendum on the Special Election held March 21, 2017.  A YES Vote will allow the Monroe County Hospital to continue operations. Early voting begins February 27, ...

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4 Myths You Need to Bust Before Hiring an Intern for Your Business

As summer approaches, and it does every year at about the same time, business owners start to think about ways in which they can use the extra help of available college students. Back when I was a college student at a small liberal arts school in the Midwest, the undergrads waited each spring for the internship listings to be published. Once they were we poured over the ones that were in exciting cities with large stipends. The review took about ...

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7 Things You Can Do to Improve Your Business Over Your Lunch Hour

Major overhauls of a business take time, buy-in, and frankly, they can be a little frightening. Not so of these mini tweaks. These seven things can help you move the meter in your business in less time than it takes to wolf down a sandwich and check your voice mails.

Find Out What They Like

Your customers are more valuable to your business than from just a revenue perspective. Knowing what they respond to can help you shape services and products, create ...

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IS 2017 THE YEAR TO SIMPLIFY YOUR BUSINESS?

There’s a lot of talk about making life easier–getting rid of clutter, buying less, not making things so complicated. We carry around a powerful multi-tasker that takes pictures, does our banking, keeps us on schedule, and makes phone calls. Some people are even moving to 300 square feet homes to minimize the things in their lives.

Yes, simple is in. But is it time to simplify your business?

The answer is probably yes.

The Benefits of Simplification

One of the most common examples in ...

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5 Steps to Entering a New Market in 2017

If your revenue is leveling out or not growing at the rate you’d like, you have a few choices: raise your prices or restructure how things are priced, offer upsells to existing clients or give them reason to buy more often, or you can move into a new market/market to a new demographic. Often your pricing is such that adjusting it is not a possibility and your service or product may not be something people buy all the time. If ...

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HOW TO USE INSTAGRAM FOR BUSINESS

You can lose hours on Instagram looking at all of the gorgeous eye candy, but did you know it’s also a very effective marketing tool for business?

What is Instagram?

Instagram has been around since 2010. Two years after its launch, it was purchased by Facebook. It’s important to know that this image sharing platform now boasts 500 million monthly active users. Instagram estimates more than 300 million people use the service at least once a day. This platform allows for hashtags ...

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HOW TO STAY SAFE ONLINE

Cyber security is becoming such a big deal even the politicians are talking about it. According to the FBI, billions of dollars are lost every year with cases of cyber crime. Often small businesses are underrepresented in these types of statistics because crimes against them go unreported. A decade ago, cyber criminals were working on those with deep pockets but today’s cyber menace looks for low-hanging fruit – businesses without adequate security measures. If you want to avoid becoming ...

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6 Tips to Bring Emails in Line with Customer Needs and Increase Sales

Chances are you get a lot of email over the course of a day. This deluge of electronic communication may even be the reason you avoid sending them to your customers and potential customers. There’s a lot of noise out there. If you’re not regularly communicating with your audience it’s easy to slip their mind.

It doesn’t matter how much they like and trust you. If they don’t think of your business when they are in the market for your product ...

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GOOD CUSTOMER SERVICE ISN’T ENOUGH

Back in the early 90s, Patty Smyth and Don Henley recorded a song called “Sometimes Love Just Ain’t Enough.” The point of the song is that although love is a big thing, sometimes love isn’t enough for the relationship to work out.

Customer service has been shopped around town as the panacea for every business – the unique selling position for everyone that helps you differentiate yourself from the competition. And while I’m not arguing that this can be very effective, ...

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WORST SOCIAL BUSINESS ADVICE MOST PEOPLE FOLLOW

If you own a business or work for one, I’m hoping it’s a social one. I’m hoping you’ve embraced at least one social media platform and are working hard to engage and connect on it. If not, go do that. If you already are, you should appreciate this list of the worst advice out there for social businesses.

Try it All

Some businesses are so excited about every social platform that they get out there every time a new shiny object shows ...

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