Become a Master of Gratitude

  November 29, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Can you attract more business without it costing you a dime? Absurd, you say. No, it’s simple, says our friend Ruth King. Show gratitude. Say thank…

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Ignore your balance sheet at your own risk

  November 12, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Do you check your profit and loss statements and balance sheets monthly? They tell you how profitable your business is, says our friend Ruth King. Your…

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Curiosity Corner: Fixin’ those Foggy Windshields

  November 12, 2020

Question: Why does cold air hold less moisture than warm air? Why does cool air clear a foggy windshield better than warm air? (Asked by a foggy column reader via…

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‘Tis the Season (for relevant content)

  November 10, 2020

By Emily Eckert NP Strategy   For my communications and marketing friends: anyone else struggling to get excited by content lately? This year has felt like a never-ending slog of…

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Reporting the truth

  November 9, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Good morning. Dr. Tracey Jones invited me to appear on her podcast. I don’t think she realized what a blabber mouth she was getting. But we…

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How to attract more Ideal Clients

  November 4, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   An inexpensive way to attract Ideal Clients is with a referral system. It’s expensive in terms of time. When you get busy it’s harder to find…

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Concentrate on your Ideal Customers

  October 28, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Every business has Ideal Customers. Knowledge of those customers is the starting point for all marketing strategies, says business consultant Bill Edmonds. To better understand your…

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Compassionate Communication

  October 27, 2020

By Kara Gormley Meador NP Strategy   While my home base is no longer a cubical inside a television newsroom where eight monitors blast shows from all of the major…

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Why do your customers buy from you?

  October 23, 2020

  By Jerry Bellune   Our friend Ruth King says you need to know why your customers do business with you for 4 make-or-break reasons: 1. It defines your business…

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Are you prepared for open enrollment in a digital world?

  October 15, 2020

By Andrew Monk, Manager Benefits Education The Cason Group With a global pandemic continuing to affect the workplace, many businesses will be conducting open enrollment for 2021 with a remote…

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Attract more prospects, more income

  October 14, 2020
Jerry Bellune

by Jerry Bellune   Lead magnets can change how you do business and produce more income. It will attract more prospects to your sales funnel faster then you ever dreamed.…

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Do you react or respond?

  October 13, 2020

By Heather Matthews NP Strategy   Do you react or respond?  That question felt like a stab to my heart and almost made me fall off the treadmill one evening. …

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The power of relentless rehearsal

  October 7, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune When our friend Michael Aun won the Toastmasters International World Championship of Public Speaking he had rehearsed his speech to family, friends and his dog, Author Rick…

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How to get high email open rates

  September 30, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Have you heard marketers or bloggers brag about the high number of addresses on their email lists? I heard a blogger claim more than 5 million.…

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3 ways to make a great 1st impression

  September 23, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Good morning, fellow entrepreneurs. MaryEllen Tribby believes in making a great impression with 3 strategies. 1. Be generous. When you help others, “getting” will follow. It…

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Harness the power of word-of-mouth

  September 16, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   A couple of our friends were discussing a German restaurant 45 minutes from our town. My wife and I miss German food since the only place…

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School, work, COVID, oh my

  September 15, 2020

By Amanda Loveday NP Strategy   I continue to read stories about the demise of the working mother. Every night I scan my Facebook and Twitter feeds before going to…

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Get your prospects to open their wallets

  September 9, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Does your advertising really work? It may but the $5,000 question is, does it gain the results that you want? Our friend Ruth King had a…

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Ignore your balance sheet at your own risk

  September 2, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Do you only check your profit and loss statements? Your balance sheet tells you much more than your profit and loss statement, says our friend Ruth…

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Crisis Management in The Year of the Crisis

  September 1, 2020

By Erin Sanders Senior Communications Advisor with NP Strategy   As a professional crisis manager, I help organizations prepare for and avoid a variety of crisis situations. Despite all of…

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Turn antagonistic foes into ardent fans

  August 26, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   A business friend occasionally calls to invites me to lunch – and I know why. Across the table he says, “You know I never call you…

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Say sayonara to Someday Island

  August 19, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Covid-19 has given us the gift of reflection. We reflect on what we want from life. What are we willing to do to achieve it? Before…

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Tax tips for emergency preparedness: securing your tax records

  August 18, 2020

With the height of South Carolina’s hurricane season approaching, the South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) offers tips to help you keep your tax records safe in the event of…

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Believe in yourself and what you offer

  August 17, 2020

By Jerry Bellune The great success thinker Napoleon Hill wrote that to sell yourself and your products or services you must believe in yourself and your offerings’ true value. Hill,…

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Covid-19 opens doors to new opportunities

  August 6, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Stephanie Hall is a genius at diversifying her business strategies in this pandemic. Before covid-19 halted her event rental business, she launched a luxury brand of…

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Internal Communication Tips during COVID-19

  August 4, 2020

By Jesica Johnson Mackey NP Strategy   Effective and regular communication during COVID-19 is a must for any organization. As COVID-19 changes the daily operations of organizations, so should your…

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Charitable Considerations When Selling a Business

  July 30, 2020

By Bethany M. Griffith, CFP®, EA   Running a business is full of decision points, strategy planning, and opportunities. All of these factors remain when it is time to sell…

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Why Stakeholder Engagement Matters

  July 22, 2020
Jean Cecil Frick

By Jean Cecil Frick NP Strategy   I’ve long been a fan of the insights of author Seth Godin. Last week, one of his blog posts spoke to me: I…

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How to insult your best customers

  July 22, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   You can call them micro-insults – the tiny things that most annoy your customers. Sadly, unless you ask, you will never be able to correct them.…

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What a rubber duck can do for you

  July 20, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   What can we do to delight and surprise our customers? What will get them talking about our companies? It doesn’t have to cost much. The rubber…

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Has COVID-19 Opened the Door to Business Fraud? 

  July 13, 2020

Bauknight, Pietras & Stormer CPA Jessica Kaczor Says “Yes!”   Editor’s Note: I recently sat down, virtually of course, with Jessica Kaczor, a business fraud super sleuth and Certified Fraud…

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Coming Soon!

  July 10, 2020

Coming Soon!

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Your best covid-19 business strategy

  July 8, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   I’ll never forget the salesman who ended his presentation by asking for the names of 3 people who might use his products. I told him he…

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How you can survive covid-19 nonsense

  July 2, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Some of us are starting to suspect there was more to the lockdowns and non-essential business shuttering than science and epidemiologist caution. Could this have been…

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Seeing beyond the chair requires a clear vision

  July 1, 2020

By Demetra Moore When will the cosmetology industry recover from the COVID-19 pandemic? That’s the question on the minds of  barbers, hair stylists, nail technicians and estheticians as states implement…

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Finding Calm in the Chaos

  June 30, 2020

By Liz Ashley The times of uncertainty we find ourselves in of late could be the best time to tap into our internal resources to help calm anxiety and cultivate…

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What to Consider in a Buy-Sell Agreement

  June 30, 2020

By Jonathan J. Robertson, CFP® If your business has more than one owner, having a buy-sell agreement in place is vital. A buy-sell agreement is used to determine in advance…

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Use covid-19 to strengthen your team

  June 25, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Retired university professor Preston Hardy wrote us the other day with the story of a boy in rural Ohio who became the first human survivor of…

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COVID Positive Employees: How to communicate with stakeholders

  June 23, 2020

By Heather Matthews NP Strategy   If you are a business serving the public you know this all too well: there is no playbook for navigating COVID-19.  You are making…

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Build greater loyalty in a pandemic

  June 18, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Churches, civic and networking groups, book and garden clubs share a secret many business owners ignore at their peril. Which of these 2 customer groups would…

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