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July 25, 2011

Source: BryanBizBlog.com
Have you ever noticed how doctors, dentists, attorneys and other professional service providers refer to themselves as ‘ a practicing…’? Yet, when we refer to ourselves as business owners we use the term more as a ‘title’ or a statement of status. But why not ‘practicing business owner’? Are we afraid to let the secret out that maybe, just maybe we don’t know everything there is to know about running a business, or managing employees or maximizing profit or…?
I can’t imagine not attempting to get better at what …

July 19, 2011

Source: Jessica Jensen, Attorney at Law
A copyright protects your ownership of original works such as literary material, photos,
artwork and music. You can copyright your original work in two ways. First, you can
file for copyright protection with the United States Copyright Office, www.copyright.gov.
Second, you can claim a common law copyright by using the material and documenting
your first use (when, where and how). For example, if your photo first appeared in a
flyer, keep the flyer and record the date. You can put the world on notice that you claim
a copyright by …

July 19, 2011

Source: George Sharp, Executive Director – Olympia Lacey Tumwater Visitor and Convention Bureau
We are fortunate that we have many festivals and events that take place in Thurston County throughout the year. I am often asked how can a business benefit from them. Below I would like to share a few of my ideas and past experience as a restaurant and retail store owner.
First off you need to put yourself in the shoes of both the event organizer and of the event attendee. It is about the experience that is …

July 19, 2011

Source: http://olympia.startupweekend.org/tickets/
Startup Weekend is an intense 54 hour event which focuses on building a web or mobile application which could form the basis of a credible business over the course of a weekend. The weekend brings together people with different skill sets – primarily software developers, graphics designers and business people – to build applications and develop a commercial case around them. Register Here: http://olympia.startupweek​end.org/tickets/
Startup Weekend Oly in 2010 had an array of talented individuals including graphic designers, lawyers, solar panel business owners, students, programmers, writers, and social marketing …

July 18, 2011

By Dana Pethia, Constant Contact Regional Development Director, Pacific Northwest
Hear what your customers have to say via survey and social media
You think you offer great a product or service to your customers and members, but do you know that for sure? Are you taking the time to listen to what your customers are saying about you? If the answer to both questions is no, you could be missing out on some valuable insight that could help grow your business or organization, or better shape some of your processes. Fortunately, it’s …

July 18, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
I have enjoyed the opportunity to assist businesses in establishing new or improved systems. When a business goes from NO Employee Management System to a structured system, there are some reasonably predictable things that will occur. If you know you need to adjust, tighten up or even create a new employee management system, you also should plan for some predictable and manageable employee behaviors. While I will focus on employee management systems specifically in this set of posts, many of the same issues arise whenever any new system …

July 17, 2011

By Diane Altman
After traveling more than 42 thousand miles during one trip and seeing every state in the country throughout the years, Olympia stood out. “I had never been in a town as friendly as Olympia,” says Sam Garst.
Even though they didn’t know anyone in Washington State, Garst and his wife Christine moved to Thurston County in the summer of 2004. They saw the value of the climate, outdoor recreation and naturally friendly people. “Not knowing anyone and meeting such genuine people who make you feel at home, is a …

July 16, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
In this post I will discuss the toughest group, and hopefully the smallest group of employees when implementing a structured employee management system for the first time. I want to note, the behaviors described for this group can also be found in new employees who have never worked in a systems-driven organization and now must adhere to a formal, or set of formal structures for the first time.
The most common behavior observed in this group is ‘acting out’ behavior. Not unlike the three-year-old child who now has to …

July 14, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
In my last post I introduced the topic of adding a new Employee Management System, when there was not one previously. Today I want to share with you the first of the two extreme responses that may be exhibited by a small group of employees when such a system is implemented.
The first group and by far the easiest group to address are those who express relief and or pure happiness with the change. While you clearly do not have to do any work to convince them that the …

July 11, 2011

The 2011 Thurston County Fair is happening August 3-7. The fair draws a crowd of around 35,000 each year to the Lacey area for a week of fun, farm animals, food and more. Visitors enjoy a great day at the Fair and also support other local business on their way to and from the Fair. The Fair also provides additional business opportunities with more than 100 vendor booths. A beneficial economic impact to the local community has been seen each year since 1871 when the first Fair was …