If You Don’t Like The Rules, Change Them

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| By Emma M. Churchman, M.Div. | True story: I spent 17 years failing as an entrepreneur. I have a long history of being a financially un-successful entrepreneur. Over two decades of my on-again, off-again entrepreneurial journey, I dragged a …

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Do What You Love: Tips for Business Success

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| By Alicia Sisk-Morris, CPA, ME | Do what you love and outsource the rest: If your business is to make tasty cakes or beautiful and functional pottery and you hate to do paperwork – don’t do it – these …

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Boost Your Sales Muscle! 3 Sales Strategies To Build Your Confidence & Close More Deals

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | We all do it; you know the story and in fact you have lived the story. As sales people, sometimes we lose our confidence just at the last minute, just when we need it …

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A letter from the IRS arrived – Now what do I do?

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| By Alicia Sisk-Morris, CPA, ME | You open your mailbox, and there you find a letter or notice from the IRS. Remember, letters are how the IRS communicates with you. They will not pick up the phone and call …

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What Does It Mean To “Really Add” Customer Value?

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | The experts are telling us that in today’s economic environment, if you want to keep and build your customer base, you need to learn to add value. Value is your differentiator, value is what …

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Women-Owned Businesses

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FYI: Women-owned businesses are growing five times faster than the national average.

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Getting Above The White Noise: 3 Strategies To Ignite Your Volunteer Sales Force

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | A few weeks ago I was working in Charleston, South Carolina, delivering a keynote presentation for a client. I agree, not a bad gig. I arrived early afternoon, the day before my session, as …

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Getting Organized for your 2016 Tax Return?

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| By Alicia Sisk-Morris, CPA, ME | It’s that time of year. Holiday decorations are being packed away, New Year’s resolutions have been made, and now it’s time to keep a watchful eye towards our mail box awaiting those year-end …

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Soft Skills Produce Hard, Bottom Line Results! 5 Unlikely Strategies For Business Growth

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | Yes it is true: I am a fan, a believer, a devotee of the soft skills. If it were up to me, we would update school curriculum’s to include the art of speaking, the …

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Is Crowd Sourcing For Me?

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| By Alicia Sisk-Morris, CPA, ME | To determine if crowd sourcing is for you, let’s first discuss what it is. Crowd sourcing, also known as crowd funding, is the process of getting work or money, usually through an online …

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The Power Of 4th Quarter: 4 Business Growth Strategies To Jump Start 2017

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | Yes, believe it or not we are full swing into the most important quarter of the year. For most businesses, October 1 is the official start of the fourth quarter. In my opinion, it …

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Tips On Securing A Small Business Loan

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| By Alicia Sisk-Morris, CPA, ME | Have you ever sat at home watching “Shark Tank” thinking to yourself, I have a great idea for a new product or business? Or, is your business in a position to need a …

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The Power of Innovation

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | One of the best things about today’s economy is the resurgence of the startup and the entrepreneur. The transportation business has been shaken up by the creation of Uber; the way we travel has …

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Marketing On A Shoestring: 5 Innovative, Effective, and Cheap Ways To Grow Your New Business

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| By Meridith Elliott Powell | So you’ve done the tough part; you have started your own business, hired the right employees, and even written and are following your business plan. You’re ready to become the business success you know …

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