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How to create an open, honest culture

How to create an open, honest culture

By Jenny Schade, Guest Columnist True or false: Working for a company that touts a culture of open and honest communication means it’s fine to constantly check and compose e-mails during meetings. The answer is “false.” If you answered “true,” your company doesn’t have an open and honest culture. Why not? Consider how comfortable you […]

Women’s wages still have a long way to go

Women’s wages still have a long way to go

Despite advances in education and experience, women haven’t been able to close the gender gap, according to a White House report cited in the Wall Street Journal. Women are more likely to work in jobs that pay less than men and also head up single-parent households, causing many to be poor,  the Wall Street Journal […]

Gender gap in board rooms impacts business

Gender gap in board rooms impacts business

A New York Times opinion piece  indicates a gender gap exists at the board level. New research focusing on corporate boards in Europe suggests closing the gap by adding more female board members could boost companies’ productivity and profitability. That’s why some European countries are establishing quotas as high as 40 percent for female board members, the Times […]

Five strategies for growing your business in a slow economy

By Jenny Schade, Guest Columnist The recession is over, but many small businesses continue to struggle to get back on their feet.  High unemployment rates and restricted cash flow have delayed their rebound, leading many to ask, “When is the economic recovery going to hit here?” Don’t wait for the economic recovery to knock on […]

Five reasons to develop a plan for your business

By Lorene Kennard, Guest Columnist    “Have a plan. Follow the plan. And you’ll be surprised how successful you can be.” —  Paul “Bear” Bryant, former football coach, University of Alabama’s Crimson Tide. Even with the abundance of evidence about the importance of planning, many people still do not do it. Many entrepreneurs have great […]

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