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

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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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Tax tips for newlyweds in South Carolina

  June 16, 2020

While your wedding plans may have changed this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, however you get married carries tax changes you should consider before walking down the aisle. The…

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How to make more money in a pandemic

  June 11, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   The real question is not should you but what should you advertise. Take Kentucky Fried Chicken. Even after covid-19 became a pandemic, they ran ads of people licking…

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Post COVID-19, What’s Your Social Media Plan?

  June 9, 2020

By Sarah Robinson NP Strategy   After three full months of navigating the coronavirus in the United States, let’s check in on how it has impacted the marketing landscape, and…

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5 steps to turn problems into profits

  June 3, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Has the covid-19 crisis crippled your confidence, your sales and your income? Our friend Jill Konrath says that when she faces the same thing she: 1.…

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The crucial moments this crisis calls for you

  May 28, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   The 2 most important days of your life, Mark Twain said, are the day you were born and the day you find out why. You were…

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More trends that may help or hurt you

  May 22, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Last week we talked about 3 trends that can help or hurt you. Here are 3 more: • A friend observed that the political bickering in…

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Trends to help – or hurt – your business

  May 15, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Alert business owners and entrepreneurs need to be aware of new consumer trends that may help – or hurt – their business. • A local ad…

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Estate planning in the COVID-19 era

  May 15, 2020

By Sterling Moose In uncertain times like these, COVID-19 reminds us to be prepared for the unexpected. Do you have an estate plan in place? If so, now is the…

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Managing employees in a time of crisis

  May 13, 2020

By Jean Meeks Koch, Ph.D. As we try to navigate through the uncertain times this COVID-19 pandemic has presented to every one of us and our businesses, we probably don’t…

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2 Keys to Accelerating Your Business

  May 12, 2020

By Bill Edmonds In 1901, Charles R. Walgreen opened a drug store on the corner of Bowen Avenue and Cottage Grove in Chicago. Within 12 years he had four stores on…

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Video as an ongoing investment

  May 12, 2020

By Taylor Kearns NP Strategy   The Hollywood film industry runs on a system of expectations, standards and edicts that are probably pretty dissimilar from the work you or your…

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In a crisis, focus on survival, not fear

  May 7, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Our friend MaryEllen Tribby’s daughter Delanie is training to play pro tennis. She has won dozens of junior tournaments and observers say she’s the next Chris…

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Unemployment Benefits for Furloughed Employees in South Carolina

  May 4, 2020

By Reggie Belcher and Hannah Stetson The COVID-19 pandemic continues to affect all aspects of society. For many businesses and employers in South Carolina, the pandemic’s effects have necessitated tough…

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What can you control in trying times?

  May 4, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Our friend Jill Konrath admits it’s tempting to slip into “poor me” thinking. But we have a single option right now. We need to focus on…

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Put Empathy Into Action

  April 28, 2020

Leighton Lord Board Chair, Nexsen Pruet Founder and Managing Director, NP Strategy, LLC   Empathy is a key element of emotional intelligence – the connection between self and others. We’re…

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What to do if you’re forced to close

  April 22, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Manufacturers are switching from their prime products to making health care products such as masks and gowns. Some have even designed ventilators and are selling to…

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Thoughts from the COVID-19 Frontlines

  April 20, 2020

By Cynthia Feldman, MBA I write this in the midst of the COVID-19 chaos; we don’t know if we’re at the beginning, the middle, or nearing the end. But we…

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Maintaining Good Financial Habits in a Time of COVID-19

  April 20, 2020

By South Carolina Treasurer Curtis Loftis It’s no secret that money has a significant influence on our lives. While this is frequently made obvious in our daily routines, nothing underscores…

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Hard times challenge us to innovate

  April 16, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   A friend of ours was looking for a birthday gift for her teenage daughter. Amazon was backed up in deliveries. She found what she was looking…

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What’s ‘the Buzz’ with SC Business?

  April 14, 2020

By Burnie Maybank Nexsen Pruet   Today’s dominating business buzzwords are a little different than what we might have thought they’d be a few months ago. “Uncertain times;” “a new…

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How to survive in trying times

  April 8, 2020

By Jerry Bellune   Sure, covid-19 is a challenge. Most of us have been through this before. Our friend Scott Channell reminds us that when the economy contracts, we get…

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Local news and covid-19

  April 6, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   An urgent note to our readers and visitors: In trying times, truth matters more than ever. The more accurate local news gets out to our community,…

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Online tutoring for SC students

  March 31, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Do you have a child or grandchild who’s out of school? The South Carolina State Library wants to help. The library is giving students, parents, and…

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Watching Working Parents – and Learning A Lot

  March 30, 2020

By Sarah Robinson NP Strategy   This ‘new normal’ is unlike anything any of us have ever experienced – forcing us to adjust and evolve our day-to-day routines. As our…

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Need A Cure For Your Current Business Crisis?

  March 30, 2020

By Bill Edmonds Owner of TAB Columbia and Northstar Leadership Solutions Have you ever experienced a crisis in your business? I have. Early in my career in the investment business,…

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Aging and Eldercare – What’s Your Plan?

  March 27, 2020

By Molly Thomas FPQP® at Abacus Planning Group Benjamin Franklin wisely said, “When you fail to plan you are planning to fail”. Many of us and most of our parents…

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Making the most of workplace distance

  March 27, 2020

By Liz Ashley These are strange times for all of us, and for those now working from home, there are benefits to collaboration and productivity when working remotely. However, it…

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Never let a crisis go to waste

  March 25, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   President Obama’s chief of staff Rahm Emanuel famously said in 2008, “You never want a serious crisis to go to waste. I mean, it’s an opportunity…

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After Uncertainty Comes Opportunity

  March 24, 2020

By Bryan Stange Director of Business Development, Mashburn Construction   If you’ve spoken with a real estate developer over this past year, just about every one of them will have…

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Work safer from home

  March 24, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Are you or a loved one working from home? Covid-19 has moved many industries into unfamiliar territory — telecommuting. This puts many businesses at risk for…

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You know what the good news is?

  March 23, 2020

By Taylor Kearns NP Strategy   When I was a kid, my mom would ask us that question immediately following what – at the time – seemed like a soul-crushing…

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Coronavirus: Facts You Should Know

  March 23, 2020

By Mike DuBose   A fast-spreading illness called COVID-19 is sweeping across the world, bringing with it waves of fear and misinformation. Despite dire warnings from doctors in areas first…

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