The “No” You Already Have

 

 It has always amazed me how the simplest of questions are never answered – they “never go answered”. The reason, I have observed, is not that the questions are absurd, but mostly because the questions are never asked. We have all heard the old adage of “there is no such thing as a dumb question”.

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In The News: Steele Rubber Products

 

 Column: Business resource can be a huge help An article from the Hickory Record by Lindsay Keisler, Catawba County Chamber of Commerce HICKORY – “Your business. Better.” This is the tagline for the Small Business and Technology Development Center (SBTDC), a state and federally funded business resource through the university system in North Carolina. They

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Recharge Performance

 

 Here are four avenues that your organization can travel to recharge performance. Externally, demonstrate to your customers and prospects how your organization adds value. Internally, focus on enhancing processes and systems that ensure value is routinely deliverable. Cut costs in areas that do not support your strategy. Reinvest savings in areas that do support the

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Confucius says… Pivot

 

 What do you think success looks like for your business? I mean real success! Does your definition of success keep changing? If you honestly want to be successful, you need clear goals and everyone around you needs to know what they are, so they can support you. In effect, goal statements pose the question: what

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Gravity

 

 Like an airplane, the first task of a business is to get off the ground rapidly and at steep angle. Once in the air the job is to stay there; however, at this point the steep climbing angle begins to work against the business. As a midsize business, it is harder to grow revenue, hire

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A Recollection and Matthew

 

 Years ago, as part of a keynote address, I heard a prominent business leader make the comment, “in my professional life; my first loyalty is to my industry.” When asked about this comment later, the speaker pointed to many justifications which boiled down to this fact:  when an industry is well thought of, all of its

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N.C. improves ranking in business climate report

 

 The Winston-Salem Journal recently published an article on North Carolina’s business climate which states: “North Carolina’s ranking in an influential tax business climate report improved by four spots to 11th for 2017, the Tax Foundation said Wednesday. The 13th annual report is based on five tax categories: corporate, individual income, property, sales and unemployment insurance. North Carolina’s improvement has

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Forward Looking

 

 Performance management shifts companies away from backward looking once-a-year reviews to a process that is real-time, continuous and focused on helping people meet goals. Focused on continuous improvement, performance management aims to build a workforce committed to personal and organizational growth. In practice, performance management represents a series of interventions designed to keep a workforce

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Translator Needed

 

 Henry Chesbrough famously said, “Most innovations fail. And, companies that don’t innovate die.” In a recent Babson Insight article by Daniel Huber, he makes the case for rethinking what kind of human resources and organizational structures are needed — if innovation is to succeed. Key take aways include: Unintentional terminations of innovation projects occur primarily

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August Quarterly Newsletter

 

 We recently distributed Accelerate’s quarterly newsletter, which included the following three blog posts that we’ve shared with you over the past few months: Develop a Local Contracting “Action Plan” by Noah Robins, SBTDC Procurement Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) BREXIT: What Does It Mean to U.S. Small and Mid-Size Enterprises by Alex Viva, SBTDC International Business

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Big View

 

 Keeping up a competitive advantage based on innovation and change is an imperative, but increasingly difficult to do. Why? Well, it might be because a company’s view of the world is not as clear as it once was. To gain clarity around a company’s strategic options, we suggest revisiting the big picture first. One way

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Fast Learners

 

 A group of 10 Belarusian mid-size business owners, entrepreneurs, economic developers, investors and an attorney left Raleigh, NC more knowledgeable and pumped up after the venture funding and growth strategy training from the SBTDC. We were also energized by the exchange of ideas and experiences. Working with International Focus, a Raleigh-based organization, the SBTDC helped

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