What are your values and your mission?

  September 9, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Author and entrepreneur Jennifer Allwood says something amazing happens when you decide you want to be an entrepreneur. You get to call the shots. She’s half right.…

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Maverick strategists think differently

  September 8, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Had Jeff Bezos been around early in the last century when the auto industry was in its infancy – and the buggy business going out – he…

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Marketing Minute: Stakeholder Engagement

  August 30, 2021

Marketing Minute with Seth Palmer, NP Strategy Stakeholders are everyone from industry partners, government leaders, education leaders, and community members. They have the potential to be your greatest champions or key…

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Maverick strategists think differently

  August 25, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Had Jeff Bezos been around early in the last century when the auto industry was in its infancy – and the buggy business going out – he…

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Five tips for Fix and Flip

  August 24, 2021

By Dalton Elliott Lima One Capital The fix-and-flip market is red hot right now, and real estate investors are reaping the benefits. House flipping is when a real estate investor buys a…

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Posted in: upstatebizsc   Category: advice, on-the-move, residential-real-estate

Aristotle’s art of persuasion

  August 19, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Do you want a prime prospect to go for your latest offer? Aristotle taught that there were 3 keys to persuade yourself or someone else to do…

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Marketing Minute: Changing Careers

  August 3, 2021

Marketing Minute with Beverly Bowers, NP Strategy Gone are the days where you picked one job straight out of college, clocked in, clocked out, and continue the routine until you…

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How Hard is Your Cash Working?

  July 27, 2021

Managing cash in a low interest rate environment by Stephen E. Maggard With current treasury yields hovering slightly above zero, individuals are experiencing angst over the lack of returns from…

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“I like beer.” Tom T. Hall

  July 26, 2021

By Ken Gasque Beer brings out the humor in us and some deep and some not so deep philosophical thoughts and sentiments. We hope you will enjoy a few quotes…

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Overcome and learn from setbacks

  July 23, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   What’s your story? Is it positive or negative? Is it about what you excel at? Or where you are frustrated and failing? Author and motivational speaker…

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Summer tax tips, from teen jobs to summer camp

  July 21, 2021

Summer means warmer temperatures, vacations, and special tax situations. Wait. Tax situations? From teen summer jobs and W-4s to taxes on gig work and using summer camp costs for a…

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Marketing Minute: Revamping Your Video Marketing Strategy

  July 19, 2021

Marketing Minute with Jasmine Spencer, NP Strategy In the last two years, the amount of hours people spend viewing online videos has doubled to 16 hours a week. It’s likely…

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Don’t let contractors let you down

  July 16, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Many of us read The Wall Street Journal for the latest business news, trends and ideas to grow our businesses. It is an excellent newspaper but its…

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Tell Stories to Attract Prospects

  July 15, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Celebrity lawyer Howard Weitzman’s dream was to play professional baseball. Like many kids, he lacked the talent needed. But he had other talents. A coach recommended he…

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Tell stories to attract prospects

  July 9, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Celebrity lawyer Howard Weitzman’s dream was to play professional baseball. Like many kids, he lacked the talent needed. But he had other talents. A coach recommended he…

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Marketing Minute: Advocacy

  July 6, 2021

Marketing Minute with Seth Palmer, NP Strategy While advocacy is usually reserved for discussions involving lobbyists and elected officials, many of the same principles can be applied to any marketing campaign.…

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How to write letters to your prospects

  June 25, 2021

By Jerry Bellune Jane Ellen Murray bubbled over with advertising ideas. After she was graduated from college, she landed a menial job at an ad agency where she loved working.…

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Is there a perfect logo?

  June 23, 2021

By Ken Gasque   Yes, there is a perfect logo. It’s my favorite logo, and it’s most commonly found in the South.* It’s abstract. It’s simple. It’s bold. It’s symmetrical.…

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Marketing Minute: Communicating Effectively to Diverse Audiences

  June 21, 2021

  Marketing Minute with Valentina Rojas, NP Strategy With an increasingly diverse nation, your audience is likely to speak various languages or have differing backgrounds. This week’s video shares tips on…

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Is there a perfect logo?

  June 19, 2021

By Ken Gasque   Yes, there is a perfect logo. It’s my favorite logo, and it’s most commonly found in the South.* It’s abstract. It’s simple. It’s bold. It’s symmetrical.…

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The #1 secret of sale success

  June 17, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   Our friend John Carlton has noticed something disturbing about people lately. What is it? Nobody asks good questions when they meet new people. Most folks don’t…

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Protecting Your Children’s Credit

  June 16, 2021

By Brittany M. Midgette As you sort through your mail, you may notice that some mail has arrived that is addressed to your child. For example, your ten-year-old child may…

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Savvy sellers build strong networks

  June 15, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   Many of us learned the hard lessons about selling door to door. Beauty aids, Girl Scout cookies, garden seeds, household products, magazines, you name it. It…

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Savvy sellers build strong networks

  June 10, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   Many of us learned the hard lessons about selling door to door. Beauty aids, Girl Scout cookies, garden seeds, household products, magazines, you name it. It…

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What Makes Good Storytelling in a Video?

  June 7, 2021

By Michelle Legaspi NP Strategy   Since the invention of cameras, communicating through video remains a go-to method to tell stories, entertain or share a message. Now, with short attention…

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Chumps – not champs – cold call

  June 6, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   Merrill Lynch has finally come to its senses. Since 1945, the giant wealth management company made its new hires cold call. It’s like Navy SEAL training…

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The secret is in your smile

  June 6, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   Greg Wych named his successful dental practice “The Art of Dentistry.” You may not think of dentistry as an art. Isn’t it about straightening, drilling and…

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Glorious yes

  May 27, 2021

By Jeff Becraft   When I was in middle school (although we called it junior high), my friends and I would have scrounges.  If you don’t know what a scrounge…

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Marketing Minute Video: Thought Leadership

  May 24, 2021

  Marketing Minute with Tina Emerson, NP Strategy If speaking engagements are important to your business development strategy, you may be more successful if you share the spotlight with other…

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They won’t tell you about your brand.

  May 24, 2021

By Ken Gasque Your brand is their experience. It exists in the mind of your customer. When the experience is good, they may tell a friend, but they won’t tell…

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Never trust a seller – check it out

  May 20, 2021

by Jerry Bellune An entrepreneur we once worked with was a hard-nosed negotiator. We didn’t like his style but we had to admire the little empire of more than 25…

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How to make business plans that work

  May 19, 2021

By Jerry Bellune When an angel investor hired us to advise him on a proposed new newspaper, we took the plan to 3 publishers we knew. Each one thought the…

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How to make business plans that work

  May 19, 2021

By Jerry Bellune When an angel investor hired us to advise him on a proposed new newspaper, we took the plan to 3 publishers we knew. Each one thought the…

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Marketing Minute Video: Asking for Feedback

  May 10, 2021

Marketing Minute with Matthew Gallagher, NP Strategy Asking clients for feedback can be scary if you’re not sure how they will respond. As business professionals, we may assume if a client…

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Colliers Op-Ed: Three Things Hoteliers Should Start Doing Today

  May 6, 2021

Some hoteliers hit the pause button in March 2020 with COVID-19’s arrival to wait and see what would happen, but now is the time to set things into motion again.…

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Find their needs and fill them

  May 5, 2021

By Jerry Bellune   One of our favorite cities, Charleston, SC, has an inaffordable housing problem. The average cost of a 1-bedroom apartment is $1,223 a month. That may compare…

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Keeping an eye on healthcare insurance changes

  May 5, 2021

By Guy Furay The last few months have been fairly monumental when it comes to changes in the healthcare industry. As an independent health insurance agency based in the Upstate…

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At Long Last: South Carolina Passes COVID-19 Liability Immunity

  May 5, 2021

By Brittany Clark Employment and Labor Law Associate On April 28, 2021, Gov. Henry McMaster signed South Carolina’s COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act into law.  The state’s employers will now have…

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SCDOR busts 10 common tax myths

  May 5, 2021

Taxes can seem confusing and complicated, leaving room for misconceptions and myths to pop up – especially during tax season. The South Carolina Department of Revenue (SCDOR) wants you to…

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At Long Last: South Carolina Passes COVID-19 Liability Immunity

  May 4, 2021

By Brittany Clark Employment and Labor Law Associate On April 28, 2021, Gov. Henry McMaster signed South Carolina’s COVID-19 Liability Immunity Act into law.  The state’s employers will now have…

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