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Tech Firm Adds Fundraising Component to Popular March Madness Party

Bringing your employees together to socialize and bond as a company is a great idea. Adding a way to raise funds for a great cause is even better. For the 12th consecutive year, Grand Rapids-based technology firm Open Systems Technologies commemorated the opening day of NCAA Basketball’s March Madness tournament with a party for 1,000 […]

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Workshop to Give Small-Business Owners a Sharper Skill Set for Growth

It takes one set of skills to open a business – but keeping it going typically requires an entirely new skill base that needs regular maintenance and investment. That’s where the the 2017 Small Business Workshop comes in. Now in its third year, the Small Business Workshop will take place from 7:30 a.m. to 1 […]

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Steal This Idea: Hold a Career Open House to Introduce Your Company to Workers

Every office tries to be a “fun” place where there is a good mix of work, great co-workers and a relaxed atmosphere that celebrates teamwork. So if you want a mix ice-cream socials, mentorship for new hires, lifelong learning and cool HR practices like a casual dress code, Stefanini is looking for you. Stefanini, a […]

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5 Ways Leaders Can Take Charge in an Era of Digital Disruption

The rapid advancement of technology continues to change the world – and the marketplace – faster than many businesses can keep up, disrupting all their plans and threatening to render them obsolete. That’s why it may be time for business leaders to take the initiative and start doing a little disrupting of their own, says […]

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Should You Party Hardy? Six Tips on Holiday Etiquette at the Office

‘Tis the season for office parties, gift exchanges, and myriad opportunities for awkward situations at the office. Whether you’re the boss or an employee, there are a number of codes that govern what it means to be gracious – and keep your job — during the holidays. To help navigate these tricky topics is David […]

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Steal This Idea: Company Gets Creative to Raise Donations for Game on Cancer

At its best, your job should be a mix of three things: Interesting, challenging and, believe it or not, fun. One Michigan company recently figured out a way to do all three things plus raise money for a good cause. M&O Marketing, a company based in Southfield, discovered how team work can make a difference […]

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Five Tips to Perfecting Your Dance Skills for All Social Occasions

Every year around this time, people brace themselves for the season of social dancing, with holiday parties and this year, an Inaugural Ball on the horizon. For some, dancing in social settings is no big deal. They’ll comfortably take their place on the dance floor when the music plays. However, many others may slink away […]

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How to Avoid Personal and Professional Mistakes When Using Social Media

Sometimes, it can seem like “social graces” are becoming a thing of the past as users Tweet and post opinions and information in the virtual world that they would not likely share in their immediate social circles. National speaker, communication expert, professor and author Leslie Shore sees the trend as well as the impact on […]

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5 Holiday Party Ideas to Create a Memorable Celebration This Season

With the holidays upon the workplace again, your company may be thinking about putting together an event for employees to celebrate the season together. As the economy has improved, more businesses are throwing holiday parties again. There are many types of parties out there, whether it is a small luncheon, an evening gala or just […]

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How to Conquer Post-Election Turbulence in the Workplace

The Presidential election is over yet the conversations about what will happen now, in January and in the four years to come. For employers, having those conversations trickle into the workplace can be challenging to say the least. S. Chris Edmonds, author of “The Culture Engine,” has some ideas on how to take the grab […]

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Six Process Pitfalls That Could Be Hurting Your Business

Time and time again, there’s one critical component that hampers a business’s productivity and efficiency: People are wired to work within organizational silos. What are some of the specific pitfalls that inefficient or siloed business processes can cause? That’s a question Nick Candito, co-founder and CEO at Progressly, has studied extensively. Candito’s business helps its […]

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Use Technology To Help Spark Collaboration In The Workplace

Most businesses recognize that employee collaboration is a must for a productive and efficient workplace. But many companies aren’t set up properly to take the greatest advantage of one of their best tools for promoting that collaboration. That tool? Technology, says Mayur Ramgir, founder and CEO of Zonopact Inc., creator of the Clintra cloud-based software platform […]

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How To Know You’re Getting The Most Out Of Social Media Marketing

Businesses, professionals and others who use sociall media to promote a brand often are unsure whether what they’re doing is effective. Their usual ways of measuring success – such as how many leads or sales were generated – don’t really apply and that leaves them puzzled. “Even people who are enthusiastic about social media aren’t […]

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Steal This Idea: Updating Its Brand Image Helped This Marketing Agency Grow

Every company goes through growth spurts, getting bigger or adding to the goods and services they offer. The questions becomes how to adapt to those changes, especially when you’re known by a recognizable brand. The Image Shoppe (TIS), a brand marketing agency in the Wealthy Business District of Grand Rapids, Mich., knows those pains all […]

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Five Ways to Protect Yourself and Your Accounts in a Data Breach

Unfortunately, data breaches are a way of life for everyone these days. The latest breach at Yahoo resulted in more than 500 million accounts being stolen and compromised. So what is a business to do when it knows that cybercriminals are always lurking? “It’s tempting for individuals as well as businesses to go numb or […]