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Wednesday, 08 June 2016 09:49
Those who run successful businesses think about sustainability—a lot! In June, the Local First INsight Series launches the first of five monthly events addressing the implementation of smart and sustainable business practices. Each event will highlight specific business ownership challenges, and featured guests will suggest strategies that could be used to overcome them. Topics will be expanded upon during open table discussions. Read more...

Time Management: 7 Tips

Wednesday, 25 May 2016 00:00
No matter how organized you are, time inevitably slips away and your proverbial to-do list is left uncompleted. Let's face it: Even the most organized people could improve upon their time management skills. Read more...

E-mail Signatures: A Thing of the Past?

Wednesday, 18 May 2016 10:56
Are e-mail signatures a thing of the past? GetResponse.com guest blogger Haley Osborne answers that question with an emphatic, "No!" She says your e-mail signature is essentially your electronic business card. Proper e-mail signatures contain important information—they tell people how to reach you, what your website is and provide information for their electronic address book. Absent this signature, you forgo an important point of contact for your business. Read more...
At the end of last year, I decided it was time to quit my job as a Marketing Director. More precisely, I realized it was time for greater growth, bigger challenges and broader opportunities. To ignore that was impossible. Read more...

Getting Creative in the Corporate Setting

Wednesday, 27 April 2016 00:00
When describing the corporate job setting, creative is typically not a word that would be used. Generally, the corporate setting is viewed to be a straight-laced, suit-and-tie regime, void of all things creative and fun. In reality though, taking on and embracing creativity in the workplace has proved to have numerous benefits and values, both for the business and for the team. Read more...
According to the new Project: Time Off white paper report Groundhog Day Every Day: America's Repeating Vacation Problem, we are a nation of worker bees. Project: Time Off wanted to know why Americans forgo their vacation days—and whether this decision impacts business success, happiness and personal relationships. It also suggested ways to get America vacationing again. Read more...

5 Whys and Hows of Motivation (for Success)

Wednesday, 09 March 2016 04:35
Motivated individuals rise to the top. Motivation doesn't just happen: It is an intentional act taken by the most successful members of our society. Michelle Steffes, Certified Coach/Business Consultant/Speaker/Trainer at IPV Consulting has put together what she refers to as the 5 Whys and 5 Hows of Motivation (for Success). Read more...

A Conference Tailor-Made for Female Entrepreneurs

Wednesday, 24 February 2016 06:46
The Michigan Women's Foundation, Davenport University and Grand Rapids Opportunities for Women (GROW) have created a conference for female entrepreneurs. Entrepreneur YOU will be held Friday, March 4, at Davenport University's Sneden Center from 8 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. Come spend your day with other successful West Michigan businesswomen and unleash your entrepreneurial talent! Read more...

2016 InnovateHER Challenge

Wednesday, 17 February 2016 00:00
Grand Rapids Opportunities for Woman (GROW), the Small Business Development Center and the Small Business Administration have teamed up to bring the second annual 2016 InnovateHER: Innovating for Women Business Challenge to West Michigan. Read more...

Women in Leadership: Time to Close the Gap.

Wednesday, 10 February 2016 05:15
"It's time to stop talking. It's time to take action. We need to start today!" These are the words of Becky Puckett-Wood, managing director at Experis. While women make up more then 50 percent of the global workforce, less than 25 percent of these women hold senior management roles. These percentages are not going to fix themselves. Puckett-Wood says organizations need to take deliberate action and have a plan to achieve our goal of conscious inclusion. Read more...