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September 3, 2011

Bill Holland (360)878-1757
Beverly King (360)349-1344
Mutare Enterprises
Mutare Enterprises Opens For Business
Locally Owned and Operated; Makers of Fine Lavender Products
Olympia, WA – August 30, 2011 – Locally owned Mutare Enterprises has opened for business. This company, which was inspired by the new book “The 12/59 Shuttle From Yesterday to Today,” makes lavender necklaces, headbands, and bracelets, just like the ones worn by the characters in this new novel by William Holland.
Made from the finest cotton blend and cotton/modal, and filled with the freshest lavender from Sequim, Washington, these wonderful …

September 3, 2011

Source: Impact Washington

The Problem: Innovation can be Slow & Risky
The Solution: A SYSTEM…. That increases innovation speed (6x) and decreases risk (30 to 80%) with tools to help your team think smarter & more creatively.
Learn & Apply the System at the Innovation Engineering Leadership Institute in
Blaine, Washington.

The Way to Wealth is not a mystery itʼs within the reach of every organization that is open to learning. The Way to Wealth is INNOVATION. When your services and or products are Meaningfully Unique employees are proud and …

August 26, 2011

Source: Linda JensenKlemmer & Associates, The Premiere Leadership & Character Development Company, specializing in producing large amounts change in a short period of time through quickly and easily shifting values and fundamental beliefs is coming to Olympia! Klemmer and Associates, has been praised by such experts as Mark Victor Hansen, Les Brown and John Gray for their unique work with individuals and corporate clients such as: GE, Suzuki Motors, AETNA, HP, Walt Disney, and numerous direct sales and network marketing organizations.
K&A renowned Champion’s Workshop, an extraordinary introductory leadership seminar, …

August 25, 2011

Source: Paul Muldoon at Edward Jones
Just when you thought you could take a break from financial drama, following the resolution of the debt ceiling issue, here comes Act 2: the downgrade of the U.S. long-term credit rating. As a citizen, you may be feeling frustrated. And as an investor, you might be getting worried. But is this concern really justified?
Certainly, it was news when Standard and Poors (S&P) lowered the U.S. long-term credit rating from AAA to AA+. This was, after all, the first time that the U.S. has …

August 21, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
One of the challenges of operating a family business is in recruiting and retaining great non-family employees. Retention of employees is greatly enhanced when great employees see opportunities of advancement within the organization. If those employees perceive that advancement is only available to family members, retention efforts will be negatively impacted.
One of the smartest things family business can do is to identify all potential ‘advancement opportunities’ within the business. By creating advancement opportunities for non-family members, the ability to retain valuable employees can be significantly enhanced. For smaller …

August 15, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com

One of the many challenges a family business faces is ‘how’ family member will be treated and what the expectations will be as a new family member enters into the business. Families create their unique family dynamic over time. The real question becomes, does the personal family dynamic extend into the business, or does the family adopt a ‘family business dynamic’ which is based upon the policies and operational standards of the business?
For non-family members this is a significant issue. Anyone who has worked in a business or …

August 12, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com

As a business consultant I find it more than a little disconcerting when a specialist I go to, say a doctor, dentist, CPA or other such professional, refuses to use specialists to assist and support them in their business development. I have to believe that a dentist does not think it wise to have me attempt to fill my own cavities. Nor do I believe that my attorney believes I could represent myself appropriately in a legal matter that they have been trained to address.
So why is it …

August 9, 2011

Source: Tiffany Scroggs, Thurston Economic Development Council

Ideal for aspiring entrepreneurs or business owners who recently launched, the Basics of Business Planning workshop covers the elements of a business plan including:
-Business Structure
-Market Analysis
-Marketing Strategies
Participants will also be introduced to community resources that can help grow their small business. There is no cost to attend and registration is not required.
Workshops are repeated the second Friday of each month: August 12, September 9th and October 14th.
3:00pm – 4:30pm
Lacey Timberland Library
500 College Street SW
Lacey, WA 98503
The Thurston Economic Development Council is …

August 9, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
You own and operate your family business and now you have an adult-age child who wants to join the family business.
• What are their skills?
• Where do you start them?
• How do they develop and grow within the business?
• How will this impact the morale of the other employees?
• Will they have to prove their abilities to advance and take over the company, or is it a given they will own the business eventually?
Enough questions yet?
Family businesses have historically been the backbone of every country’s economy. …

August 4, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
Have you ever heard the phrase, ‘You can never have too much advertising.’? The intuitive answer is, ‘No’.
The practical answer is, ‘Yes’.
In the best of all worlds, businesses would advertise 24/7, saturate their markets with TV, Radio, Print Media, Digital Media, Social Media, Flyers, Brochures, Promotional Items, and Fee-per-Lead Referral Services and be a member of multiple networking and other business-related groups. But as this list suggests, it is simply not possible. No small business has the financial and human capital to do it.
Marketing opportunities come along every …