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How to prepare for next year

October 23, 2012By

Painfully aware that any prognostication or prediction might be off base, it’s safe to say the 2013 forecast depends on the presidential election this November. At the same time, any change in the national office can’t alter the reality that a global economic slowdown will pressure the commercial real estate market, which will affect growth aspirations, profits and access to... read more

How to better manage your time

October 23, 2012By

Many business owners, executives and managers struggle to manage their time well. Despite their best efforts, they’re unable to stay on top of everything coming their way. Some even have trouble deciding what to do, what not to do and when to do it. Most busy people have tried various time management or organizational systems. Some have given up because... read more

How to understand SEO

October 23, 2012By

Search engine optimization (SEO) seems like such a dirty term, yet it has a tantalizing, almost magical, aura about it. SEO doesn’t require a degree in rocket science, but it requires a basic understanding of how search engines work and a healthy dose of common sense. SEO isn’t easy. An ongoing effort is required to rank consistently in the search... read more

How to overcome exit-planning myths

October 23, 2012By

Have you heard the phrase timing is everything? It’s difficult to make money these days, which are different compared to five or 10 years ago. The economy, immigration reform, fuel costs, taxes, Obamacare and pricing competition keep companies guessing and on their toes. So, what’s your plan? Do you have an exit strategy? Do you have an operating strategy that... read more

How to define and manage your brand

October 23, 2012By

When was the last time you evaluated your brand? What process did you use to define it, and how have you managed your brand? What’s branding? Simply, branding is how you and your business are viewed in the marketplace. However, it’s not that simple. A brand takes a process to create, time to develop and consistency to endure. Branding isn’t... read more

The power of planning

October 23, 2012By

This is the time of the year when most companies go through an arduous task: budgeting for next year. At the same time, many firms also engage in strategic planning, crafting a three- or five-year plan. I’ve always been enthused by this process. If done well, it’s a road map to success and a great tool for tracking performance and... read more