Monthly Archives: January 2009

50 Ways to Improve Your Business in 2009 – Part 3

Another 5 tips from Amy Hinderer – General Counsel, Sr. VP Administration Visit a competitor's store and see what they have that you like or when traveling to a new city, visit the retailers there to pick up ideas you … Continue reading

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50 Ways to Improve Your Business in 2009 – Part 2

As a follow up to our previous post, here are 5 more tips courtesy of Kristi Tacony – Sr. Vice President of Marketing, Sewing Products: Host a “we want your opinion” event and survey those trying your product and giving … Continue reading

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50 Ways to Improve Your Life in 2009

 Did the title grab you?  That was the cover of the US News & World Report that got me to buy the magazine during an airport layover this week.  So, I had to try it on MYOB. What did I … Continue reading

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The 12 P’s of Effective Leaders

  Here’s a great article that came across my desk yesterday.  Are you an effective leader?  Here’s one way to find out. 1.       Print out the 12 P’s listed in the article. 2.      Give yourself a rating from 1 (lowest) … Continue reading

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The Right Path

                    “If you’re walking down the right path and you’re willing to keep walking, eventually you’ll make progress.”  Barack Obama Congratulations to our new President.  May our country prosper under his leadership. I guess this is a great time to … Continue reading

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Demo Programs Can Be Effective Selling Tools

We continued our car shopping this weekend.  While we are no closer to making a choice, I did notice that all car salesmen have one thing in common – – -  They will try very hard to get you to … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Discounting

I visited a car dealer this weekend since we have finally decided that our 10 year old convertible is no longer up to winter driving.  (Actually, it never was but those sunny summer days with the top down made up … Continue reading

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Finally, A Bit More Good Economic News

I recently ran across an article in U. S. News and World Report that presents some interesting ideas on the recent retail season. You may not agree with all the six reasons presented in the article and much of the … Continue reading

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Vacuum Blow Ups

Let me be clear from the start of this posting that we are not talking about exploding vacuums (at least not any we sell). What we are talking about is the large vacuum blow ups or banners that are occasionally … Continue reading

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The Dirty Truth – A Personal Testimonial

   I’m a big fan of testimonials.  It’s pretty easy to find good things to say about a product when you are writing an ad.  It‘s much more meaningful to have someone else use your product and then be willing … Continue reading

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