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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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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