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  1. Three Signs an Employee Isn’t Contributing To Their Full Potential

    Successful businesses set goals.  Most employees know whether they are meeting company expectations based on important metrics.  They can take the form of sales goals, billable hours, customer problems resolved, deliveries made, or something else entirely.  These metrics help businesses ensure that employees are contributing to the company, but they don’t necessarily ensure the employee…

  2. Managed IT Services Contracts and Crooked Mattress Stores

    Mattress stores are finally getting their due punishment.  Ten years ago, you could barely find a mattress online.  Today 12% of all mattresses are sold online by direct-to-consumer companies like Casper, Purple, Helix and many others. Maybe mattress stores will disappear. Certainly, nobody will miss the mattress store sales model.  They intentionally change names of…

  3. A Quick Word About Your General Liability / E&O Insurance

    Every business needs general liability insurance.  It’s affordable, and it protects you from losing your life’s work due to a single rare event.  Professional services companies also need professional liability (E&O) insurance for the same reasons. Neither of these insurance policies, however, typically covers cybersecurity threats.  Strong network security can reduce the threat of cyberfraud,…

  4. In the Business of Losing Money?

    It hasn’t been a good year for large companies going public.  When Lyft went public in March at $72, it’s price immediately fell through the floor, and it’s currently sitting at $40.  Uber went public in May at $45, and it’s currently sitting at $31.  Peloton dropped 11% on its first day.  WeWork announced an…

  5. The Undying Business System Revolution

    Have you heard about Agile?  It’s the hot new business system, replacing Six-Sigma as the most sought-after resume tag.  When it comes to successful businesses, it’s out with the black belt, and in with the scrum master.  Like most business systems, Six-Sigma was doomed to eventually fall out of vogue; after all, Six-Sigma took over…

  6. Data Sprawl (and Why Your Business Needs Zoning Regulations)

    Houston is famous for having no zoning regulations, and it leads to some pretty odd scenes.  While there’s something to be said for freedom to do what you want with your land, it’s hard to look at a skyscraper right next to a single-family house and wonder if that’s really the best scenario for anyone. …

  7. Three Ways Around the Hiring Challenge

    If you’ve hired anyone recently, you know that hiring isn’t fun right now.  Unemployment is under 4% in the Triangle.  Unemployment hovers just above 200,000, a historically low range.  Some industries have even tighter employment markets than these numbers.  If you need a skillset, then the people with that skillset are working for somebody else…

  8. Avoiding Cyberattacks by Leveraging Access and Vigilance

    It seems that every other week there’s another story about a cyberattack on a company. Unfortunately, employees are often, knowingly or unknowingly, the source of network attacks. These three articles cover strategies you can employ to help keep your company safe. Three Requirements for Employee Access to Company Data Company data and information can be…

  9. Internal Controls Is a Boring Topic Until You Lose a Pile of Money

    This lady to the right is Martha Jean.  She was probably well-liked at work.  She probably went out of her way to make sure others felt like she was a competent, dependable co-worker. She didn’t want to raise any flags at the awning manufacturer that employed her, because the Santa Ana Police Department’s Economic Crimes…

  10. WingSwept Named 10th Best Small to Medium Size Employer in North Carolina

    The results are in and Business North Carolina has ranked WingSwept as the 10th best small to medium size employer in North Carolina.  Business North Carolina works with Best Companies Group, who polls the employees of the employers, to build their list of the Best Employers in North Carolina based on the results of those…