Monthly Archives: November 2008

“Black Friday”

Personally, I hate the term "black Friday".  It seems like such a somber name for the day that, unofficially at least, begins the brightest, happiest, and busiest time of the year.  While it is the day that's supposed to mark … Continue reading

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Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving from your friends at Tacony Corporation. Flickr photo by Gracie

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What Are You Thankful For?

Today's post is short and to the point.  Tomorrow is the day we Americans set aside to count our blessings, to be thankful for all the good things we have in our lives.  Today, I'd like to ask you a … Continue reading

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Adapting to Current Conditions

Thanks to our friend Doug Fleener ("Retail Expert – Speaker – Consultant – All around good guy" according to his twitter profile) for pointing out an article from Reuters, "Small U.S. stores adopt personal touch to survive).  Aparantly written for … Continue reading

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Keep an Eye on Your Stuff

One consequence of the weak economy and high unemployment numbers is that we can expect an increase in shoplifting, especially during the upcoming holiday season.  Unemployed people, desperate to give their families a decent Christmas may resort to giving themselves … Continue reading

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Prepare for 2009

 Regular readers know that I keep three books on my desk: Marketing Your Retail Store In the Internet Age by Bob and Susan Negen The Profitable Retailer by Doug Fleener The EMyth Revisited by Michael Gerber I also have a … Continue reading

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Ya Wanna Trade?

Trading goes back to ancient times.  Before there was money, merchandise and services were exchanged for other merchandise and services.  In fact the earliest merchants were called "traders."  Even here in America in the early 20th century, it was fairly … Continue reading

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Avoiding Problems with the FTC

[Disclaimer:  I am not a lawyer.  I don't play one on television.  The following should not be considered legal advice.  When in doubt, consult with your attorney.] This post was inspired by a conversation on another forum about pricing.  To … Continue reading

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The Top 10 Reasons Why Working Longer Hours is a Good Thing

Anita Bruzzese is a published author, blogger, and all-around great lady who writes the 45 Things blog.  (Check this out!)  Last week she pointed out that with the number of people being laid off, there's a lot more work for … Continue reading

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Do You Have an Hour to Spend on Your Business?

Here's some good, practical advice from Becky McRae at the Small Biz Survival blog.  She points out that there are more resources for you to improve your business than ever before.  Most of them are either free or cheap and … Continue reading

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