Monthly Archives: May 2007

We Become What We Think About

This isn’t a new idea.  In fact, it’s been around for a long time.  But someone on the radio mentioned it today, and since I hadn’t thought about this in a long time, I thought it might be worth sharing.  … Continue reading

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Small Business Optimism

Here’s some good news from Inc.com.  A recent survey of 626 small business owners by American Express found them more optimistic about the US economy.  87% of those surveyed reported a "positive outlook", planning additional hiring and spending in the … Continue reading

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Casa de Waffle

If you don’t live or travel in the southeastern United States, you may not know about Waffle House.  Picture an old-fashioned diner.   There’s a lunch counter which fronts the cooking area.  Then there are a handful of booths and tables.  … Continue reading

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Decoration Day

This item was originally posted on May26, 2006 The day was originally called "Decoration Day" as a day to decorate the graves of our fallen soldiers from the Civil War.  Today we call it Memorial Day.  It was first observed … Continue reading

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Innovation

As a manufacturer, innovation is a fact of life for us.  It has to be.  If we went to market year-after-year with the same tired old merchandise, you would soon find someone else to be your supplier and we’d be … Continue reading

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Summertime

Summer doesn’t officially start for about for almost a month, but for most of us, Memorial Day really kicks off the season.  Major League Baseball has been up and running for well over a month.  Unless you live in the … Continue reading

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Not Quite Right

Have you ever seen something that just didn’t look right but you couldn’t put your finger on exactly what was wrong with it?  Nine people out of ten might not even notice, but it leaves you with a nagging feeling … Continue reading

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Starbucks Trivia

Thanks to Seth’s Blog for the following trivia question.  Even after Starbucks had five stores and more than 20 employees, which item was unavailable for purchase at their stores: EspressoHot Coffee BiscottiFrappucino┬« blended beverage Actually, it’s a trick question.  The … Continue reading

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Hiring Family Members

Here’s a good article from Yahoo Finance on the subject of hiring family members, not just your own, but families and friends of your best employees as well.  It stands to reason that good workers probably have relatives and friends … Continue reading

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It SEEMED Like a Good Idea

According to InFlightHQ.com, American Airlines recently launched a new web site for women at www.aa.com/women.  The idea was to build relationships with the growing number of women business travelers.  Unfortunately, somewhere between the idea and the execution, things went very … Continue reading

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