Bad Decisions You’re Glad You Didn’t Make

At the end of the year, business owners tend to reflect on the good and bad that happened. We smile at the good decisions and consider what we could have done differently with the bad decisions. We thought we would make you feel better by telling about four businesses that seriously wished they had a

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10 Tips for Cyber Security

With the recent thefts of data from companies like Anthem, eBay, JPMorgan Chase, Home Depot, Target, and Citibank cyber security has taken on a new significance. Millions of people’s personal information was stolen, putting those people at risk. As a small business, you may think that you are safe because cyber thieves wouldn’t bother with

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Five Ways to Tank Employee Morale

Employee morale is an important part of the work environment that is frequently overlooked by employers. It’s not surprising, bosses have lots of things to juggle. Anxiety, office politics, finances, hiring, scheduling, deadlines, payroll and a laundry list of other things that are necessary to run a business jostle for constant attention. A harried boss

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Sharing Your Products on Twitter: The Ultimate Tweet DNA

Reaching your target market gets tougher all the time, especially with the advent of social media. Understanding how to make social media work for you can be a daunting task loaded with pitfalls. This week’s guest author Lane Taylor, Founder and Strategic Marketing Consultant with Taylored Marketing LLC, removes the mystery of marketing on Twitter.

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AWFS Review

From July 22–25, the AWFS Fair in Las Vegas was the “go to” event for woodworking industry professionals to find cutting-edge solutions to make their businesses leaner, meaner, more productive, and more profitable. New this year was the AWFS® Fair Stage an educational and entertaining destination located on the show floor. Attendees saw a series of mini-presentations from

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Tile Trends Take Center Stage at Coverings 2017—Part Two

Last month we presented the first part of an article presenting the latest and greatest trends in ceramic tile and natural stone from Coverings 2017. This month we bring you the rest. Get in the Groove While tile is the star of the installation, several grout manufacturers have introduced products that had show attendees taking

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Tile Trends Take Center Stage at Coverings 201—Part One

Coverings is the largest ceramic tile and natural stone trade fair and expo in the United States. Exhibitors from over 40 countries show the latest and greatest tile and stone products. This year’s Coverings was no exception. The latest trends were on display and we thought we should tell you about it. Here, in part

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How to Survive a Price War

Nobody likes a price war. Price wars have led to layoffs and, in more extreme instances, bankruptcies. Win or lose; the damage can be long-term. Established customers will applaud a price drop and jeer an increase. New customers could look at a higher price and think you’re out of their range or think that at

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Considering The Five-hour Day

I recently came across an article that still has me scratching my head. It started with a discussion of the Pareto, or 80/20, rule. It posits that 80 percent of our production results from 20 percent of our efforts. If you can figure out that 20 percent, you can start to utilize better, reduce, or

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The Future of Self-Healing Concrete

Concrete has been around much longer than most people think. Concrete-like materials have been used since 6500 BC. It is one of the most ubiquitous building materials in existence. It is used in building construction, roads, dams, fireproofing, and, of course, countertops to name a few. The problem is that concrete breaks. The old saying

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