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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 …

July 6, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com
I have discussed ‘benefits’ in previous posts as they relate to employees…but what about owners? One of the key methods of understanding whether you ‘own your business’ or whether you ‘own your job’ can be found when you as the owner take a vacation.
My father owned a ‘business’ for over 30 years. He claimed he took multiple vacations each year as the ‘business’ matured. Now you notice I am using quotes around business, because my father’s vacations were a leading indicator that in fact he did not own a …

July 1, 2011

Source: Olympia Downtown Association
An informative and inspiring seminar designed with the small business owner in mind! Grow your customer-stakeholder-member groups by tapping into the power of email marketing.
-Overview of email marketing
-Email marketing best practices
-Hints and tips to make your campaigns more effective
-The right way to do email marketing
-How to build your list with permission
-The difference between standard email programs and Constant Contact

July 1, 2011

By Ramsey Zimmerman
Program Director at Thurston Energy
I’ve been thinking about “Influence” lately. As in “Who do we have influence with and who has influence with us?”. I was thinking about it in the context of our organization. I realized that the same situation applies to any organization. So I dashed off a quick diagram. Here’s my Organizational Influence Model:

Let’s think about it in terms of an organization that cares about energy efficiency and renewable energy (let’s just say energy) and wants to do something about …

July 1, 2011

Source: Thurston Energy
June 28, 2011 – Recently, Thurston Energy teamed up with the City of Lacey to provide Lacey homeowners and businesses with incentives to become energy efficient—in the form of cash rebates for energy efficiency upgrades. Available for a limited time (on a first-come, first-served basis), Lacey residents and businesses can take advantage of this opportunity to save money and energy. Funding for this project is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to the City of Lacey. Grant funds are administered by Thurston Energy …

June 30, 2011

Source: BryansBizBlog.com

I have alluded to ‘ownership’ in several different ways over the last several weeks. Whether you own a ‘job’ or a ‘business’, there is one key aspect I believe every owner has to truly ‘own’. You are responsible for the success and/or failure of your endeavor. Period.
I cannot tell you how many times I have read, or heard directly from owners, that their struggles (and out-and-out failures) were caused by somebody or something else. The range of this blame spans from ‘government regulation’, to ‘taxes’ to ‘employees’ to …

June 27, 2011

Source: http://bryansbizblog.com
What should be the key outcomes of a great strategic business planning session? I view business planning as more than creating a set of targeted numbers which management uses to define growth. And while good business plans include marketing plans, or at a minimum, marketing strategies to achieve the budget goals, planning sessions need to produce additional information.
A good planning session should result in the following key outcomes for the owner and managers of a small business:
• A time specific budget including revenues, expenses and a reasonable estimation …

June 24, 2011

Source: Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Changes occur all the time that can affect your business and your productivity. Whether you’re running a business or managing a company division, you’re likely to face decisions almost daily on everything from system upgrades to whether the latest shiny new gadget will work as promised. 
Recently, I met with Todd Whitley and Gordon Carlisle, Managing Partners of Brightwire Networks LLC, located in Tumwater. About six years ago we were all members of a BNI Leads Group. Brightwire wants to “help clients get the most …