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Crystal Reports Helps Unveil Business Answers

The data you collect while operating your business is as vital as the operation of the business itself. Using a database or spreadsheet solution, you can capture information about your clients that will help you better serve their needs and, hopefully, increase your profits. However, at some point data collection becomes useless unless you can find out what it means. Programs, such as Microsoft Access, have built-in reporting tools that allow you to create reports based on the specific data you need to know and also format the report to look exactly as you see fit. Other solutions, like...

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Business Book Club: Four Reasons Why People Hang On To Old-School Marketing

It is no secret that things are a-changin’. The very way we relate, interact and engage in our communities has drastically shifted over the last 20 years as the internet has evolved to provide new opportunities for organizing and communicating. But what does this mean for business? I have found that even though we intellectually know that things are changing, old habits die hard. What do you think of when I say the word marketing? Do you see an ad? Maybe on a billboard or in a newspaper. Or maybe you see a commercial. Remember Big Red chewing gum? “Kiss a little longer, stay close a...

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Business Book Club: Understanding Finance is Imperative to Business Success

  Working with numbers does not always come easily to entrepreneurs – that’s why it poses such a problem for small businesses trying to succeed. Unfortunately (and I’ve been known to do this myself), accounting and financial management can prove so confusing and complicated that some people prefer to bury their heads in the sand and ignore the issue altogether.The problem with ignoring finances is that you’re missing critical information for making smart choices in business. Understanding the difference between Profit and Cash Flow can make the difference between having a solvent...

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Business Book Club: When Buffalo Fly, Our Businesses Thrive

In the last 30 years there have been significant advancements around new theories of effective organizational leadership. Despite these developments, the old paradigms of leadership and management still pervade in many small businesses today. As a result, there’s a growing discrepancy between the development of leadership theory and the actual practices in many organizations. That is because effectively shifting to the new paradigm requires that leaders consciously change their habits and practices. Learning the terminology or just reciting definitions and concepts doesn’t mean that...

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Business Book Club: Why Business Owners Need to Know About the E-Myth

Aspiring entrepreneurs often glamorize what it will be like to own and run a business. While that is part of what makes the whole endeavor so appealing and inspirational, it also hides some big and important truths. These truths of business can make the difference between having a company that runs like a well-oiled machine and the alternative – a business owner run ragged by their company. Which would you choose? I, for one, have seen what a business owner run ragged by their company looks like. Symptoms often include long work days, high employee turnover, feelings of despair or...

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