Holiday parties, bonus important for morale

first_img Morale also matters. Employees work better if they feel validated and appreciated. Larry Whitty, owner of Happy Joe’s Pizza and Ice Cream, a chain of 65 family restaurants in the Midwest, expects to continue his company’s tradition of bonuses and extra days off for managers, although his costs have also increased. “It’s something that’s routine and at this time, we’ll continue it,” he said. The same philosophy should apply to events or incentives for customers and clients. The end of the year is a time to build or reinforce your company’s relationships, and the money you spend on parties or gifts is likely to be recouped in the form of sales in the future. “Companies have to think about, not only the short-term impact of the holiday season on their business, but the longer-term impact that those decisions have on the position of their business in the marketplace,” said John Long, a senior executive in the retail strategy practice of Accenture, the consulting firm. Whitty’s belief in celebrating the holidays at his companies goes beyond employees and customers – Happy Joe’s will host 21 parties for children with special needs. The parties are free, and they’re not advertised, so Whitty doesn’t see it as a promotional event. Still, the good will the parties generate can help business in the future. For business owners still angsting over whether they can afford holidays, there are two approaches to making celebrations possible. One is to scale back. Wilson suggests that if you really can’t afford bonuses, at least give your employees gift cards and let them know you’re hoping to be more generous next year. Then, when you’re working on your 2005 budget, be sure you account for whatever amount or percentage you want to give. Parties, of course, can run the economic gamut. If you can’t afford a full-scale party, you can still have some kind of observance that won’t break the bank, even if it’s just ordering in some food and beverages (but try to set up some kind of separate area, so your staffers don’t have to party at their desks!). If you need ideas, talk to other business owners or look at some books on creative management. “There’s so many different ways at this time of year to take care of your employees,” Wilson said. You can also go over your other expenses again and see what else you can cut – it probably will help your business overall. Van Grack had his restaurant managers go back to their wholesalers and fight them on their price increases. It helped make this year’s party possible. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week Don’t give in to that panic, advises Rob Wilson, president of Employco, a Chicago-based human resources firm. “Our recommendation is to try and find a way” to have the party or give those bonuses, he said. “Your employees are one of your most important, or maybe your most important asset,” Wilson said. Spending on bonuses and parties will help you in two critical areas: employee retention and morale. “In today’s employment arena, people expect bonuses,” Wilson said. “If you don’t give a bonus to some of your best people, a lot of people will ask themselves: Should I leave?” NEW YORK – With the costs of energy, supplies and raw materials rising, small-business owners are naturally looking at all parts of their companies for ways to save money, including holiday spending. But many owners, believing parties, gifts and bonuses are a long-term investment in employee and customer goodwill, won’t cancel the celebrations. “Parties do a lot for your employees in the long run,” said Mark Van Grack, owner of Hapa Sushi, a three-restaurant chain in Denver and Boulder, Colo., that has been contending with higher food costs, among other expenses. He sees parties as a way to motivate workers, and also to help them get to know each other – a step toward team-building. Van Grack also plans to give his managers their usual holiday bonuses. His company actually awards bonuses on a monthly basis – Van Grack believes the impact of a single bonus in December will be short-lived – because it is an important tool to motivate staffers. Many companies like Van Grack’s have already budgeted or made arrangements for parties, holidays and other methods of observing the holidays. The many others who do things at the last minute are probably the ones most likely to be worrying about what feels in late November or December like an added and perhaps unnecessary expense, particularly as much higher heating bills arrive. last_img read more

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Suspect goes to court in Park-Ride slaying

first_imgLANCASTER – A former security guard arrested in the 2000 murder of a Palmdale teenager at a Park and Ride lot that he was guarding wants to be released from jail without bail while awaiting trial, citing his military service in Iraq. Handcuffed and wearing a dark-blue hooded sweat shirt, Raymond Lee Jennings appeared Thursday in a high-security courtroom where his attorney asked the judge for a report on the suitability of releasing Jennings on a written promise to appear for future hearings. “Counsel, c’mon, this is murder in the first degree,” Antelope Valley Superior Court Judge Steve Ogden said. Ogden nonetheless ordered the report, though he commented that it “seems like a total exercise in futility.” AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Deputy Public Defender John Henderson cited Jennings’ ties to the community and his military service including about 10 months in combat zones in Iraq. “He has spent six years in the valley and spent several months fighting for our country in Iraq,” Henderson said. Jennings did not enter a plea Thursday in his first appearance at the Antelope Valley Courthouse. He was ordered to return to court Jan. 9 for arraignment, and meanwhile bail remained at $1 million. Jennings, 31, is charged with murder in the Feb. 22, 2000, death of 18-year-old Michelle O’Keefe. She was found shot to death behind the wheel of her blue 2000 Ford Mustang in the Park and Ride lot on Avenue S in Palmdale. With its engine running and the driver’s door opened, the car had backed out of a parking space and rolled over the edge of a small concrete planter. In interviews with investigators, Jennings, who was on duty for a private security company under contract with the city when O’Keefe was shot to death, has denied killing her. He told investigators he heard gunfire and watched the Mustang roll backward, but didn’t see the killer because his view was blocked by a parked van. Jennings said he called a supervisor and waited for her to arrive before he approached the car. O’Keefe’s parents and brother attended the hearing and left court without commenting. Family friend Allen Bell, who accompanied them, said later, “No matter what happens in the criminal case, it won’t fill the void or ease the pain.” While O’Keefe’s family sat in the first row, Jennings’ wife, holding an infant in her lap, sat in the second row. Crying as she left the courtroom, she did not comment. Jennings was named in a wrongful-death lawsuit filed by O’Keefe’s parents in December 2000, but he was not criminally charged until prosecutors filed the case Nov. 15, about two days before Jennings, a sergeant in the Army National Guard, returned home on leave. He was arrested Tuesday when deputies stopped his vehicle on a Lancaster street. Prosecutors in the past declined to file criminal charges, citing insufficient evidence, but said this week that proceedings in the civil case changed the “character of the evidence.” Prosecutors and investigators declined to discuss the evidence against Jennings. “I’m glad it has provided the victim’s family some relief. This is just the first step in the long journey through the court process,” sheriff’s homicide Sgt. Richard Longshore said. O’Keefe had returned to her car after leaving it at the lot while she rode with a friend to work as an extra in the taping of a music video for rapper Kid Rock. The gun that killed O’Keefe has never been found. In May 2002, members of a local scuba diving club combed the murky bottom of nearby Palmdale Lake but turned up nothing. Karen Maeshiro, (661) 267-5744 karen.maeshiro@dailynews.com 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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Poll: Should pets be allowed in restaurants?

first_imgPeople may now be able to bring their pets into supermarkets and cafés.A rule from the 1950s regarding domestic animals (dogs and cats) in food premises has been repealed.The Food Safety Authority says that the decision to allow pets into a food business is at the operator’s discretion. If the business owner allows customers to bring their furry friends inside, they must demonstrate that it will not clash with cleanliness standards. In a statement, the FSAI says: “Where allowed by law, the decision to permit access to animals ultimately rests with the food business operator. Where access is granted, however, the food business operator must be able to demonstrate that such access will not pose an undue risk of contamination of foodstuffs.“In deciding where and when access may be permitted, the food business operator must identify potential hazards, consider the likelihood and severity of the risks and determine effective controls.”It should be noted that the exception is that food business operators should allow access for:Guide dogs to help people who are vision impairedAssistance dogs for families of children with autismAssistance dogs for adolescents with autismCompanion dogs for persons with other disabilitiesPups and dogs in training who will go on to qualify as the above categories of dogWhat do you think? Should pets be allowed in food businesses?YesNoOnly assistance dogs should be allowedUnsureVoteView ResultsCrowdsignal.comShould pets be allowed in food businesses?Poll: Should pets be allowed in restaurants? was last modified: December 1st, 2017 by Elaine McCalligShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:animalsCaféFSAIpetsrestaurantsupermarketlast_img read more

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Proof of Concept Brings Flash to the iPhone

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Related Posts A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#Adobe#Apple#web center_img Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting sarah perez Developer Tobias Schneider has created an interesting proof-of-concept Flash runtime that allows Flash to work on the iPhone. The project, a JavaScript with SVG called “Gordon,” allows Flash files embedded in HTML to be viewed within the iPhone’s web browser Safari. Although this workaround to Apple’s restriction of Flash content on their ever-popular mobile device is a bit cumbersome and impractical for real-world use, it’s a geeky and fun project for developers who want to run Flash on the iPhone…just so they can say that they did so.The Gordon project involves a JavaScript library which parses a SWF and renders SWF1 tags. “It’s in the spirit of the previous ‘SVG in SWF’ work from Helen Triolo, Claus Wahlers, Brad Neuberg and others,” writes Adobe’s John Dowdell on his personal blog. Gordon renders “one file format in a runtime designed for a different file format,” he says. In layman’s terms, this workaround lets Safari display Flash content…some Flash content…on the iPhone. But the process of enabling it to work requires quite a few modifications to the original Flash file. And while the concept is intriguing, anyone who actually bothered to use this on a live website would probably get criticized by users for killing the iPhone’s user’s battery – the script is a major CPU hog. For obvious reasons, Adobe can’t officially sanction the project as a way to sneak Flash onto the iPhone where it’s currently prevented from running per Apple’s restrictions. However, they said applaud the interest and enthusiasm shown by their developer community and that this demonstration “shows the potential of what users want to be able to experience on the iPhone.” Still, they warn that the Gordon project “represents just a limited subset of what the Flash Player can do,” mentioning specifically that without the necessary codec support, you would not be able to playback videos. For example, you would not be able to playback FLV videos encoded using the On2 VP6 codec. You also might not be able to play back F4V content either, unless the H.264 encoded video could somehow be extracted and then played back in QuickTime on the iPhone outside of the application or website.Whether or not Apple plans to ever lets a proper version of Flash run on the iPhone is still unknown. At one time, we heard that Adobe was working on an iPhone-only version of Flash, but as of yet nothing has surfaced in that regard. Abode’s current solution to the problem is a new release of their Flash Professional CS5 software which lets developers export their files as iPhone apps. In the meantime, Flash developers interested in checking out the Gordon technology can view the demos hosted here or the source code here on github.last_img read more

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Goa govt. to limit number of casinos

first_imgPANAJI: Chief Minister Manohar Parrikar on Monday declared in the State Legislative Assembly that a new policy would soon cap the number of casinos in a particular area, and that Goan residents would be banned from visiting the gaming areas.Giving an outline of his proposed casino policy, which will be finalised before the next session, Mr. Parrikar told the Assembly that all five offshore casinos currently operating in the Mandovi river would be forced to relocate to land over the next three years. He was replying to queries during a discussion on the 2017-18 State budget. “The Act will have a power to ensure that no Goan can visit casinos. The government will have powers to limit casinos in a particular area. The sixth casino will never enter Mandovi. We are capping it, under this Act, at five,” Mr. Parrikar said, during his nearly one-and-a-half-hour-long address in the ongoing monsoon session.Saying that a casino is as much a vice as liquor, Mr. Parrikar said he too was as opposed to the casino industry as the Opposition legislators, but was forced to allow them to operate because several stakeholders had invested money in vessels. He also blamed the Congress for “creating a fait accompli” on the issue. “We definitely opposed casinos. We also assured that we will cancel licences because that time there were no ships. When any person invests money, a State has a responsibility for continuity, right or wrong,” he said justifying continuation of offshore casinos by BJP governments over the years. He said the policy would ensure that the casinos would relocate from the river to an onshore “entertainment zone”.last_img read more

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Sea otter teeth more than twice as tough as ours

first_imgSea otters, which often dine on clams, crabs, and other shelled creatures, have unusually chip-resistant teeth, a new study suggests. Lab tests show that the enamel coating the teeth of sea otters (Enhydra lutris, shown) is up to two-and-a-half times tougher than human tooth enamel, thanks largely to the enamel’s microstructure. In all mammal enamel, the tiny crystals of calcium phosphate that give the tooth’s surface its hardness are separated by thin layers of protein-rich gel that help prevent cracks from propagating. In human enamel, there are about 14 of these crack-arresting layers per millimeter of tissue, but sea otter enamel has about 19 such layers per millimeter—an increase that substantially boosts the surface toughness of the teeth. Interestingly, the researchers report online today in Biology Letters, previous studies have found that the early hominin, or member of the human family, Paranthropus boisei—which lived in Africa between 1.2 million and 2.3 million years ago and has been nicknamed “Nutcracker Man” due to its large, thick-enameled molars—also had about 19 of these crack-arresting layers of protein gel per millimeter of enamel. That spacing suggests that P. boisei’s teeth may have been more chip-resistant than scientists have previously recognized, which may in turn revamp notions about the diet of these early humans.last_img read more

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Rashid Khan takes seven wickets for Afghanistan in ODI against Windies

first_imgAfghanistan teenage leg-spinner Rashid Khan recorded the fourth best bowling figures in one-day international history, taking seven for 18 as the visitors thrashed West Indies by 63 runs in St Lucia on Friday.Rashid wasted no time weaving his magic, picking up wickets with his first two balls, Jason Mohammed edging to first slip before Roston Chase was deceived by a googly and trapped plum leg before for a golden duck.The 18-year-old from Nangarhar then delivered an encore in his next over, sending two more West Indies batsmen packing with consecutive balls as the home team collapsed to 70 for six wickets.Sri Lanka paceman Chaminda Vaas is the only bowler to take more than seven wickets in an ODI. He took eight for 19 against Zimbabwe in 2001.West Indies eventually were dismissed for 149 after 44.4 overs, after Afghanistan had compiled 212 for six from their 50 overs.Javed Ahmadi top scored for Afghanistan with 81, but the night belonged to Rashid, who dedicated his Man of the Match award to the victims of the recent Kabul bomb blast.”We’re trying our best to bring back smiles and happiness in whatever way we can,” he said.The Afghanistan victory comes on the heels of three straight Twenty20 losses to West Indies.Friday’s contest was the first of a three-match ODI series between the teams. The second game is on Sunday at the same venue.last_img read more

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Japan: The Cashful Society

first_imgHas an organization or university offered you an opportunity with a stipend? Whether it’s an internship or apprenticeship, a stipend is a set amount of money that helps offset living expenses. This fixed amount is financial support provided while you’re… Full Story,Truth is, there is a lot to be excited about when it comes to college: new friends, a new routine, (college parties!), and more independence. But along with all these perks, it’s also time to start thinking about your finances…. Full Story,A routing number is a unique number that identifies a specific banking institution. Each routing number is made up of nine digits. Routing numbers are sometimes referred to as an American Banker’s Association routing transit number or an ABA RTN…. Full Story,It’s stressful enough having a car loan over your head and staying on top of your monthly payments. But what if you have an upside-down car loan — in other words, the amount you owe on your set of wheels… Full Story,When you’re trying to get your financial house in order, it’s easy to get lost in the specifics. You might stress about how to adjust your budget, where to find some extra cash for the holidays or what funds to… Full Story,Shortly after graduating from New York University with a Master’s degree, Melanie Lockert turned to food stamps, as she worked her way out of $81,000 in student loans. “There were a lot of emotions around carrying that debt. It caused… Full Story,Traveling is one of the best things in life, and luckily, low funds don’t have to dash your dreams of enjoying an epic adventure. A wealth of destinations—both in the U.S. and abroad—are so affordable that even hardcore penny pinchers… Full Story,While we don’t yet have flying cars that collapse to the size of a suitcase, pneumatic tubes that transport us from room to room or machines that automatically bathe and clothe us in the morning, every day we’re getting closer… Full Story,Times have changed since Grams and Gramps were your age, looking to settle down and buy their first home. But today the house with the white picket fence—or that trendy loft in downtown—isn’t completely out of the question if you… Full Story,We recently hosted a Twitter chat as part of our #RealTalkSeries. And let’s just say, things definitely got real. Many of you joined us to discuss “taboo” and cringe-worthy money questions such as how to improve a bad credit score,… Full Storylast_img read more

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Pay off student loans or invest more?

first_img Post navigation Succumbing to Peer PressureWhen I was in high school, I heard a lot of lectures about peer pressure. Teachers told us not to do things just because the “cool kids” were doing it. They’d tell us to avoid alcohol and drugs and stick to our own values.Unfortunately, no one explained how your peers could pressure you to spend more money. I can recount dozens of instances where I didn’t want to go out for dinner or go shopping, but gave in because my friends were doing it.It’s so tempting to live the good life in college, putting off the stress of adult life until after graduation, but it’s also important to learn how to say no and think about long-term consequences. You can always strike a balance between having fun and staying on top of your responsibilities. Slipping up while in college is basically a rite of passage. I made so many mistakes at Indiana University – many of which I would never admit publicly – that reminiscing on my college years comes with a heavy dose of embarrassment.Thankfully, most mistakes made while at university are temporary. They may have short-term consequences, but drinking tickets and dorm infractions don’t tend to follow you into adult life. Financial mistakes, on the other hand, can be a little stickier.College may seem like a safe little bubble, but money is still money. The cash you blow on parties and takeout doesn’t magically get reimbursed once you earn a diploma. Beyond that, the bad habits you develop during these crucial years can haunt you for decades to come. Trust me – I’ve been there.Here are some of the biggest mistakes I made in college, and how you can avoid them.Not Keeping a BudgetMy forays into budgeting as a college student usually fizzled out. Like a New Year’s resolution, I’d make a firm commitment and then give up after a few weeks.When I was a second-semester senior, I decided to finally buckle down and stick to a budget. Graduation was fast approaching and I knew I hadn’t been handling my money responsibly. It was time to get serious about budgeting before I entered the real world.At first it was really hard. I wasn’t used to depriving myself, and seeing how much I was wasting on eating out and buying new clothes was a hard pill to swallow. It wasn’t until I started my first real job after college that I finally got the hang of budgeting – but it took a lot of trial and error.If you’re interested in starting a budget, set up a Mint account and try tracking your expenses for a few weeks. Knowing where your money is going could be enough to change your behavior and establish better spending habits.Not Making Loan Payments While in SchoolDid you know you can start paying off your student loans while you’re still in school? Yeah, I didn’t either.When I was in college, I was certain I’d find a well-paying job after graduation. My loan balance was filed under the “worry about it later” category. It wasn’t until much later that I learned a hard truth – if I had paid just $50 a month, I could have saved hundreds in accrued interest.Start paying back those loans as soon as possible, even if you can only afford ten bucks a month. You’ll still make a dent in the total balance, and the solid repayment habits you develop in college will pay dividends when life gets crazy after graduation.Not Researching My Student LoansI knew while applying to college that I’d have to subsidize my tuition with student loans. Before I made my decision, my parents told me to pick an affordable school where I wouldn’t need to borrow more money than I expected to earn in my first year out of school.I wanted to be a journalist, and the average starting salary for a reporter was around $26,000 a year. I planned to take out $24,000 total, so I felt good borrowing slightly less than my future salary.That was the only research I did into my student loans. I didn’t examine what my monthly payments would be or what it would be like to actually live on $30,000 a year while repaying my balance.When I graduated, I got a job making $28,000 a year and was shocked when my first student loan payment came due. The minimum payment was $350 – or 20% of my take-home pay.  After rent, utilities, groceries, gas and loans, I had little left over to save for retirement, travel or spend on hobbies.If you’re not sure how much money you’ve borrowed, it’s time to take a closer look. I had so many friends in college who had no idea how much they were taking out. A few years ago, my alma mater, Indiana University, started sending out annual letters to current students showing them how much they’d pay every month. The result? Borrowing dropped 16%.Talk to your financial aid office about your loans and see if you can take out less next year. If you’re using loans for living expenses, consider getting a part-time job to cover those instead. The less you borrow now, the less you’ll have to repay down the line. Not Applying for More ScholarshipsStudents usually assume the only time to apply for scholarships is before they start college. The thing is, there are plenty of scholarships available for current students. While I applied for a couple scholarships during my time in school, I didn’t take the applications seriously.I told myself applying for scholarships was a waste of time. “What’s the point,” I’d think. “I probably won’t get it.”That line of thinking probably cost me thousands of dollars, and it wasn’t until I was repaying my loans that I realized how much money I’d left on the table. If it seems like a hassle to apply for a $500 scholarship, consider how long it would take you to earn that amount in the real world.Avoiding CreditOne of the biggest mistakes a college student can do is not track their credit history. A credit report is like a financial grade that lenders, landlords and sometimes even employers use to gauge your creditworthiness. If you have a low credit score or no credit, you probably won’t qualify for an apartment by yourself and will need a cosigner.Thankfully, I didn’t have to worry too much about my credit while I was in college. My parents made me an authorized user on their credit cards, so while I was attending class and partying on the weekends my credit history was slowly growing.If you don’t have a credit card right now, and you think your parents could be in a position to help, ask your parents if you can become an authorized user on their card or ask them to cosign on a student credit card.Using a credit card to improve your credit history is simple if you have great self control. Pay a couple small bills with your card every month and then pay the balance in full once the monthly statement posts. Doing so regularly can give you a huge leg up after graduation.But do remember a credit limit is not “free money” and should be looked at as a tool for your financial health. A credit card only has benefits if you pay it off in full every month, carrying over debt could be problematic for your financial future. This blog post does not constitute, and should not be considered a substitute for legal or financial advice. Each financial situation is different, the advice provided is intended to be general. Please contact your financial or legal advisors for information specific to your situation.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window) RelatedThe 4 Biggest Budget Surprises for New College GradsMay 24, 2018In “Budgeting”5 Investing Mistakes and How to Avoid ThemJanuary 3, 2019In “Investing Advice”529 Plan: 6 Ways Parents Can Save More Money for Their Kid’s CollegeAugust 27, 2019In “Family Finances” last_img read more

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The Art of the List: 5 Keys to Building Your Database (Video)

first_imgThis guest post is written by David Siteman Garland, the founder/host of Download the free kit Learn how to generate more inbound leads using SEO, blogging, and social media. SEO strategy Let’s assume you are taking advantage of all the great Justin See Inbound Lead Generation Kit for tips and tricks to drive more leads and business to your site. . You are making connections and bringing in visitors from Facebook and Twitter. Your There is often only a slight difference between someone entering their email address to subscribe and someone clicking away from your site, never to come back. In this video, you’ll learn 5 keys to boost your subscriber base and create a killer list to boost your business. Originally published Feb 26, 2010 11:30:00 AM, updated October 20 2016 is top notch. Your blog is booming (or sizzling…or waiting to sizzle). That is all fantastic, but how do you turn traffic into subscribers that you have permission to stay in contact with?center_img Photo Credit: hub of amazing content Ah, your email list: precious gold for inbound marketers, especially if you are looking to continually bring current clients (and hopefully future clients), customers and fans to your website. Don’t forget to share this post! AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to Email AppEmail AppShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to MessengerMessengerShare to SlackSlack (If not, what are you waiting for?!). Your website is a The Rise To The Top inbound marketing tactics Topics: Keyword Optimization . The Rise To The Top is the #1 non-boring resource for building your business smarter, faster, cheaper, which features a daily Web show for entrepreneurs.last_img read more

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