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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...

Changing Your Career Path

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 07:26
Changing careers is a challenging process. You will need the right mindset, knowledge, and networking skills to move forward.   Read more...

Pups Affect Office Productivity

Wednesday, 27 January 2016 00:00
Managers who are having trouble with employee productivity and morale might benefit from an "office animal." A 2012 study conducted by Virginia Commonwealth University analyzed how pets in the workplace affect employees physiologically and psychologically, and found that having an office pet makes people more pleasant and productive.  Read more...

Convey the Vision: It’s Imperative

Wednesday, 13 January 2016 07:07
Imagine this happening at an all-star football game: All of the best players converge, but no one shares the game plan. Even with extraordinary talent, what would transpire on the field would not be representative of the players' true talents. Read more...

Creating Order From Chaos

Wednesday, 06 January 2016 08:33
When you need to find a computer file—whether it is something for work, the photo you know would be perfect for your holiday cards, or your résumé and letters of reference for that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity that just appeared—finding the information you need can be seamless, or it can feel like a wild goose chase. It all depends on how you organize your files. Read more...

Why the Cloud is a Must

Monday, 21 December 2015 10:10
"Cloud" continues to be an ambiguous and often misused term. What is the cloud, anyway? PC Magazine put it best in a 2013 article: "In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet instead of your computer's hard drive. The cloud is just a metaphor for the Internet." While this may not be 100 percent accurate, it's close enough to the truth to work as a definition. The cloud allows you to store data, access services and run programs remotely using shared resources—instead of on the actual machine you are using or on… Read more...