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The Most Successful Small Business Owners Use Technology to Grow Their Businesses
Entrepreneurship, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog

The way you feel about technology has a strong effect on your business’s ultimate success, according to the latest Global SMB IT Confidence Index from Symantec. The study polled over 2,500 small and midsized businesses (SMBs) worldwide and found that the companies that are more successful are also those that leverage IT solutions to achieve their business goals. The study divided businesses into tiers based on their confidence about IT, and measured the company founder’s perspective towards IT and how that affected the company’s approach. Read more…

    Web.com Small Business Tip of the Day: The Downside of Open Offices
    Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Just Getting Started

    Spurred by tech startups and tight recession-era budgets came a trend of open offices: large, open rooms where everyone shares the space. Open-plan offices are supposed to spur creativity and innovation, but are the employees in these offices really happy about the setup? A recent Quartz. com guide found evidence to the contrary. Read more…

      4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
      Home Page Blog, Human resources for Small Business, Leadership
      4 Secrets to Successfully Onboarding New Hires
      29 May 2013

      You’ve finally hired that employee you were looking for and you’re breathing a sign of relief. Not so fast! There’s still one crucial step in the hiring process: Bringing the new employee on board in a way that makes him or her feel welcome, part of the team and ready to get to work. Try these three tips for a smooth “onboarding” process. Read more…

        The Secret to Hiring Women Tech Employees: Get Virtual
        Entrepreneurship, Getting Advanced, Home Page Blog
        The Secret to Hiring Women Tech Employees: Get Virtual
        9 May 2013

        Are you a tech entrepreneur wondering why your efforts to bring on new coders, engineers and IT people always turn up tons of male job candidates, but very few women? If you’re looking to redress the traditional imbalance between men and women in the tech world, one answer could be going virtual—virtual workers, that is. A new report from online hiring site Elance found that while they may be struggling to find parity as on-site tech employees, women are finding both personal and financial rewards as freelancers, virtual employees and independent contractors handling IT jobs. In fact, 70 percent say it’s easier to succeed in technology online than it is in the “real world” of the office. Read more…

          The First Step to Finding the Perfect Employee
          Entrepreneurship, Launching a business, Leadership
          The First Step to Finding the Perfect Employee
          8 May 2013

          Do you hate hiring because you have to weed through tons of irrelevant resumes to find even one person to interview? Maybe the problem is that you’re not being clear in what kind of person you need to do the job. A vague, too-general want ad can lead to a flood of applications from unqualified candidates. That’s why step one to finding the perfect hire is writing the perfect job description. Read more…

            Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
            Business, Leadership, Management
            Recession Hell Becoming Recovery Fatigue? Answer with Strategy (by @TRethore)
            31 October 2012

            In 2009, economists from the National Bureau of Economic Research declared that the US recession had ended in June – meaning that’s when the US economy bottomed out and began moving forward again. Yet today, in 2012, we continue to experience a roller coaster ride of positive and negative economic statistics. Consumer spending continues to stagnate amid high unemployment and business activity shrank in September for the first time since 2009. Read more…

              Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
              Business, Leadership, Tara Rethore
              Go fly a kite! Strategy lessons for CEOs by Tara Rethore (@TRethore)
              19 September 2012

              Kite flying is a fabulous summer activity, particularly at the beach. The wind scoops it up and few trees, buildings, or power lines interfere with its flight. In business, we rarely have the opportunity to pursue our strategies unfettered. Read more…

                The Secrets of Your Second Brain
                Leadership,Mayra Ruiz-McPherson
                The Secrets of Your Second Brain
                9 December 2011

                I recently attended a self-empowerment workshop session, hosted by The Women’s Network (affiliated with the Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce) and led by licensed clinical psychologist Dr. Michael McCarty, PhD, CCAC-S of Heartspace Enterprises, LLC. The session, entitled “Power Up: Aligning Your Heart and Brain for Optimal Performance,” was a topic of interest for me and clearly for many of the other professional women attending the seminar. Read more…

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