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  1. Business Planning in Times of Unprecedented Uncertainty

    A few weeks ago, many people were hoping we could reopen the country all at once.  As more states have made the decision to open up while others are still battling an increase in infections, it’s become clearer that isn’t going to happen.   What level of infection risk a state can afford to take will…

  2. Those Facebook Quizzes Can Wipe Out Your Bank Account

    Have you ever been browsing Facebook and seen a quiz encouraging you to answer seemingly innocuous personal questions? Some people also create threads on Facebook or Twitter asking people to answer these questions or quizzes “for fun”: “Who was your first-grade teacher, and how did he or she impact your life?”   “Quiz: How popular is…

  3. Preparing Your Business for the Future During the Uncertainty of Coronavirus

    This has been one of the most confounding times in modern history to be a business owner.  Within a few weeks, many US industries went from vibrant to mostly shuttered.  The government passed, on a voice vote, the largest stimulus bill in history – and predictably, pushing that much money out to the businesses that…

  4. Important Technology Security Considerations for Employees Working from Home

    Whether you call it teleworking or remote work or work from home, more businesses than ever before are having to turn to it during the COVID-19 crisis.  Unfortunately, many of those businesses were unprepared to make a quick transition to that way of work and are leaving themselves open to potential security risks.  Your business…

  5. 3 Ways to Position Your Service or Product for Success After the Crisis

    When people hear post-traumatic stress in the United States, they think of our veterans.  There’s a good reason for that: around 20% of combat veterans live with PTSD, a rate at least three times higher than the non-veteran population. That ratio will be different after this year.  The novel coronavirus (and our response to it)…

  6. CEOs: America Needs Your Leadership

    When people get anxious, they generally don’t make very good decisions.  In fact, that’s what they’re wired to do.  Our bodies know that anxiety is the precursor to terror; when you see a tornado in the distance, there’s isn’t enough time to sit around and figure out which way it’s going to turn. There are…

  7. Buy, Sell and Hold: Learnings from the Last Economic Downturn

    Many consumers look to the stock market to guide their confidence in the economy.  When the market is going up, consumers buy – and if they don’t have the money to buy, they borrow it.  When the market is flat, they keep their spending steady. This market isn’t up over the last two weeks, and…

  8. Three Areas (Other Than IT) Where Paying Less Can Cost You More

    Most of the actions performed at any business are undertaken to achieve one of three goals: increasing profit, increasing margin or decreasing risk.  You probably know this if you’ve checked your inbox lately, because every service provider is trying to explain how upgrading to their premium product will somehow lead to more money in the…

  9. Three Ways to Prevent Smartphones from Compromising Your Business Data Security

    Most businesses of any size have some level of network security in place, especially if they’re heavily regulated or retain sensitive customer data.  That’s because most businessowners know a fellow owner who has had to deal with the fallout of a business security lapse.  That might include stolen data, ransomware, social engineering, or a salesperson…

  10. Here Are 3 Risks Your Business Needs to Be Prepared to Face

    It’s impossible to plan for every risk in business.  There isn’t enough money, and there isn’t enough time.  But you should plan for the risks that are inevitable – and here are three that are. Limited Transportation In the hours after 9/11, every commercial aircraft in America was grounded for 48 hours.  It had never…