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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 …

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 …

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 …

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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) …

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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 …