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June 23, 2011

Source:  Thurston Economic Development Council
Lacey, WA, June 13, 2011 – The Thurston EDC in partnership with Saint Martin’s University returned to the U.S. Monday, June 13 after leading its fourth Business-to-Business delegation to China. The eight-member group, which represented a mix of public officials and private sector partners, returned from a 10-day visit to the cities of Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai.
The 2011 China Business-to-Business trip follows three previous successful trips over the past five years. The group included Olympia Mayor, Doug Mah; Thurston County Commissioner, Sandra Romero; Lacey council member …

June 21, 2011

Source: Olympia Master Builders
On Thursday you have an opportunity to find out as well as gain some insight on where we are going.
David Hales, Buildings Systems and Energy Specialist from WSU will be the guest speaker at the Built Green meeting at OMB. David has spent the last 3 decades in the construction industry as a home builder, building scientist, and technical trainer.  There are few in this state with his knowledge, background and experience in energy efficient high performance buildings.  An ASHRAE Member, NAHB …

June 20, 2011

Source:  Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Todd Sebek of Quality Business Systems is a local Olympia guy who I found to be quite sharp and humble  He listens well.
Quality Business Systems, Todd’s employer, is a A Xerox Company and consulting firm that provides office solutions and specializes in managed print services, workflow assessment and optimization.  The company is all about going “green”.  He told me about a new product that is environmentally friendly in more ways than one.  It’s called the “Color Cube”.   Its toner for your …

June 20, 2011

Source:  Ryan Rutledge – Business Values Magazine
Joe McConkey, owner of Underground Custom Graphics is a local small business owner.  Joe’s grandfather, mother, father and sister are all business owners.  He is a one man show.  Low overhead allows Joe to pass on savings to his customers.  Joe works above and beyond to deliver a job well done without compromising his honesty and creativity.  If you don’t want to be charged for additional consultations to make sure the job gets done right then Joe is your man.  If you don’t like …

June 19, 2011

Source: http://bryansbizblog.com/
In a previous post titled, Paying More…Getting More I discussed how pay increases may not be as effective in productivity and employee loyalty as one might suspect. So what types of incentives can be used to create a better working climate, assist in retaining valuable employees and be very valuable in recruiting better qualified candidates for open positions within the organization? Benefits are certainly an area that must be considered.
The traditional list of benefits include; medical/dental coverage, vacation pay, sick leave pay, holiday pay, pension plans (e.g. 401(k) …

June 15, 2011

Source: http://briansbizblog.com
Risk management for businesses and organizations comes in many forms and from many sources. Traditionally, risk management has revolved around the concept of ‘insurance’. Insurance for property, liability, loss of revenue due to catastrophic events are all traditional and very necessary risk management tools for business.
There are other ‘risk management’ areas that should be addressed by every business. In addition to ‘insuring’ property and liability, businesses must manage other risks. Managing fiscal resources is critical if an organization is to exist over time. Book Keepers, CPAs and Financial …

June 15, 2011

Source:  Intercity Transit
Olympia, WA – Dodging high summer gas prices can help commuters save big, especially in these tough economic times. With high gas prices and household budgets already stretched thin, area commuters are experiencing the value of transit. A typical commuter who leaves his or her car behind each workday can save thousands of dollars a year just by avoiding gas and parking costs.
This month, Intercity Transit joins other public transportation systems in the Puget Sound and across
the country in national Dump the Pump Day, Thursday, June 16. Commuters …

June 15, 2011

Source: Josh Kilen – Creating Powerful Ideas and Stories
I recently interviewed a client and he challenged me about the relevance of storytelling and social media in B2B situations.  I gave him a decent response that seemed to answer his questions, but it also got me looking more closely at business to business relationships.
Business is all about cultivating quality relationships with clients and customers.  B2B is no exception to this.  But business tend to take longer to trust one another, so the relationship process is extended.
Relationships …

June 13, 2011

Source: DJM Focus – Des McGahern
The “new normal” has not been fun for most businesses. The phrase is catchy enough, but the reality is that many managers have had to face some fairly gut wrenching decisions over the past few years. If you’re a business owner, no doubt you know what I’m talking about.
With few exceptions, this new reality generally reflects lower revenues. Traditional adjustments to costs and expenses do not come close to making any significant impact so, painful, sometimes very painful, cost reductions are put off and …

June 13, 2011

Source: bryansbizblog.com
Do you spend time analyzing if the outcomes you want to achieve are supported by the incentives you create in your organization? Do you know if you have created the incorrect incentives to achieve the outcomes you desire? Sometimes we support behaviors we should not support, while ignoring the very behaviors we would like to increase in our employees.
I have observed, or been a part of organizations which would have been well served to look more closely at how they were managing and compensating their employees based upon …