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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Don’t eat your seed corn

  March 18, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Country folks know about seed corn. That’s the part of the crop you save to plant the following year. Without it, you won’t have anything to…

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Don’t fall for Corona virus scams

  March 17, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Worried about the Corona virus? Even if you’re only stressed about the toilet paper hoarders, fear of world events can make you vulnerable, according to the…

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Effectively Communicating in Uncertain Times

  March 17, 2020

By Heather Matthews NP Strategy   Silence fuels fear in a crisis, especially when the crisis is changing by the day and is something few people have experienced before.  Over…

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Terminix Warns About Increased Termite Activity Due to Warm, Wet Winter

  March 12, 2020

Termites thrive in warm, wet environments. Unfortunately many homeowners in the southeast, including those in Columbia can expect to see higher termite activity than normal due to the above-average temperatures…

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Officials target telecom companies

  March 11, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Spam phone calls and Do Not Call List registrations hit records last year. Safehome.org, an organization that investigates and evaluates home and personal safety products and…

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Reward your winners, ditch your losers

  March 11, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Which unprofitable products, services and procedures do you and your people put up with? Who are your least productive people and what do they do to…

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The Ultimate Gift: A Road Map for Funeral Wishes

  March 9, 2020

By Laird W. Green CFP® from Abacus Planning Group “Facing death with a sense of practicality, equanimity, and clarity is the ultimate gift you can leave your children, friends, and…

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Need to upgrade your cell phone?

  March 4, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   How long does technology last? Last week I answered part of reader Linda Sinclair’s question. When do you need to upgrade your cell? If you listened…

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Your advertising can change your results

  March 4, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   40 years ago, ace copywriter Denny Hatch heard Dorothy Kerr of US News & World Report say, “If you want to be successful in direct mail,…

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Avoid Being the Cobbler with Bad Shoes

  March 3, 2020

By Amanda Loveday NP Strategy   For many of us, our day-to-day activities are dictated by the services we provide to our customers – so much so, that we too…

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How to cut your customer acquisition cost

  February 26, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Why don’t your customers refer? Here are 7 reasons from our friend Ruth King: 1. You have no active, non-pressure program so they don’t think about…

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Is it time to upgrade your computer?

  February 25, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   How long should you keep your cell phone or computer before it’s time for an upgrade? One of our readers, Linda Sinclair, emailed to ask. There…

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A Roadmap to Your Savings Journey

  February 24, 2020

By Curtis Loftis South Carolina State Treasurer   Saving money can be like driving a car. Your desired destination may be near or far, the direction you choose might change,…

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Your book can change your life

  February 19, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   Could writing and publishing your book take your success in life to a higher level? It has in mine. 15 years ago, I was struggling to…

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Check scam targets Generation Z

  February 18, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   A new scam is taking advantage of 20-somethings. The Federal Trade Commission said consumers in their twenties have been hardest hit by fake check scams. Median…

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DNA scam hits Lexington County

  February 12, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Have you gotten a suspicious call offering you “free” or “Medicare-funded” testing? Chronicle reader Paul Donahue recently got a suspicious call. He reached out to me…

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Your advantage is always in jeopardy

  February 12, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   You don’t have to be a football fan to appreciate 3 lessons from the Super Bowl. You may recall the year the Atlanta Falcons ran all…

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Windows Defender malfunctioning?

  February 5, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Tech-Savvy Chronicle reader Elizabeth Lindler called me last week. She got to the Windows Update screen from the 1/23 column and was able to install the…

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Don’t ruin your reputation online

  February 5, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Katie Ritchie and Jerry Bellune   Business owners know the importance of a strong online presence, says our ace Tech Talk columnist Katie Ritchie. Even if you don’t sell…

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Top reasons to embrace an education in the trades

  February 2, 2020

By Earl McLeod Executive Director Building Industry Association of SC If you know a student that is seeking a path that will lead to personal fulfillment, a career and technical…

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Give customers memorable experiences

  January 29, 2020
Jerry Bellune

by Jerry Bellune   Here’s a competitive strategy: Create memorable experiences your customers can share with friends and have everyone talking about you and your products. The Wall Street Journal…

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Beware new package delivery scam

  January 29, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Are you expecting a package? If you get a text on your phone asking to set delivery preferences, you’ve been targeted by a new scam. Here’s…

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Going the extra mile for clients: A guide

  January 28, 2020
Jean Cecil Frick

  By Jean Cecil Frick NP Strategy   For those of us in the professional services industry, clients are our bread and butter. We are constantly looking for ways to…

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The results of being an extra miler

  January 22, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   You don’t have to be a sports fan to appreciate this story and the important business lesson you will discover in it. Joe Burrow transferred from…

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‘Critical issue’ requires update

  January 21, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Do you use Windows 10? You may need to update your computer. The NSA alerted Microsoft to a vulnerability. The software giant released a patch to…

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Your 2020 whats, hows and whys

  January 15, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   We met with our Congressman earlier this month to talk about his 2020 agenda. He is a busy man whose district covers a lot of territory…

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Is your phone eavesdropping?

  January 14, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   The secret is out: our smartphones and assistants are listening in. The default settings on devices allow our voices to be recorded. The recordings are collected,…

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The Importance of Brand Reputation in a Crisis

  January 13, 2020

By Erin Sanders Senior Communications Advisor with NP Strategy   When a crisis hits your organization – and it will – it’s important to have a solid crisis management plan…

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Don’t forget your medicine

  January 8, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   The weeks after the New Year are usually dedicated to creating new habits. Many folks want to get to the gym or eat better. The habit…

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Do you have a future on YouTube?

  January 8, 2020
Jerry Bellune

By Jerry Bellune   What can you learn from an 8-year-old entrepreneur? How to sell lemonade? It’s far simpler than that. What has made Ryan Kaji highly successful is that…

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3 Steps to Improve your Public Engagement In 2020

  January 6, 2020

By Jesica Johnson Mackey NP Strategy   2020 is here, and if you haven’t already, now is the time to identify some New Year’s resolutions for your company or organization.…

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Foreign spies use your chat app

  January 2, 2020

By Katie Ritchie   Many of us are wary of the way companies and apps use and misuse our private information. Facebook and Twitter are common offenders. Last week the…

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