Business Management

OSHA Increases Its Emphasis on Accurate Recordkeeping

February 22, 2010
Now more than ever, it’s important to dot the i’s and cross the t’s when reporting workplace injuries and illnesses. Recently, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) began sending inspectors to company offices and worksites to assess the accuracy of their injury and illness records.
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A Huge Psychological Advantage: How to Get Customers for Free!

February 8, 2010
We should never underestimate the power of the word “free.” The beauty of offering something free on your Website, like a report or how to advice or a newsletter or ezine, is that visitors will take it. Most importantly, they will have something to remember you by and this is a powerful advantage.
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Keeping Illegal Immigration Issues on ICE

January 18, 2010
In the past, we’d see federal agents stage a well-publicized bust and cart off numerous undocumented workers. But that was under a different administration. Now, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has shifted its focus away from undocumented workers and is targeting the employers who hire them.
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Where's the Garage Sale? Five Keys to Higher Profits!

January 4, 2010
The truth is it doesn’t matter how fancy a company’s vehicles or Yellow Pages ads are if employees don’t know how to sell. If they can’t get the company’s products and services into the hands of their customers, your marketing investment is a waste. If you’re looking for greater profits, here are five keys for success.
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When Increased Productivity Leads to More Lawsuits

December 21, 2009
How some efficiency initiatives can land you in legal hot water: For Domino’s Pizza, speedy delivery was more than a promise - it was a guarantee: 30 minutes or it’s free. When executives coined the marketing campaign, they probably didn’t think about potential legal ramifications. But legal ramifications followed.
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Expert Explains How To Prepare a Company for Prospective Buyers

December 7, 2009
“Exit planning takes time, and preparation is the key,” according to Eric R. Voth, a business consultant and author of How to Sell Your Privately Owned Company: A Basic Guide for Independent Business Owners, Baby Boomer’s Edition. Business owners need to begin by preparing their assets.
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Determining Which Employees Are Disabled Under the New ADA Regulations

November 23, 2009
On Jan. 1, amendments to the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) took effect but the new amendments left many unanswered questions. Now, as instructed by Congress, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) has proposed rules designed to bring some clarity to both employers and employees.
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Establish Yourself as an Expert

November 9, 2009
An excellent way to promote the experience and expertise of your contracting company is to establish yourself as an HVAC expert. An expert becomes the go-to person when consumers have comfort questions or problems. It can help make you and your company more well-known and prominent in your community.
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Coming Face-to-Face With Facebook and Tweeting

October 19, 2009
More and more companies are turning to social networking sites such as Facebook and Twitter as a new means of advertising their products and services, especially to those tough to reach young people. But if it’s showing up in this column, you can guess there must be risk involved.
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Selling Secrets Revealed

October 5, 2009
The word “salesman” has earned the ill-fated reputation of being someone who can’t (or shouldn’t) be trusted. But business is based on sales, so what’s a business owner to do? My advice is stop calling them salespeople. Expert, advisor, or specialist are much better choices when it comes to labeling our employees.
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