Biz Buzz

July 6, 2014

  Interns are well into their summer position by now. While most have made progress in treading the waters and learning the ropes through coworkers, some may need friendly reminders of the “Do’s and Don’ts” of a Summer Internship. Come Early and Stay Late - This is a simple way to ...

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  The term ‘Business Casual’ or ‘Casual Business Dress’ can puzzle anybody at some point in their professional career. Unfortunately it varies by company and by gender. So it’s important to successfully navigate these treacherous waters so you don’t commit a career “faux pas.”  Here are a ...

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The demands of the workplace are changing. It’s a fast paced world and the average worker now works many more hours. Couple these extended hours with family obligations and there is little time for other activities including fitness. Luckily a person can still stay fit even while working 60 ...

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  For those of us in the Northeast, this has been an exhausting winter.  Now is the time to cast-off the lethargy from this bitter weather and kick start your business. It’s time to clean up the clutter, cut through the pile of emails, and stimulate new ideas for optimal growth. With the ...

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Congratulations, you have made it past the initial round of resume review and you are now scheduled for a face-to-face interview with a potential employer.  Your nerves have kicked in and your mind is racing a mile-a-minute. What should you wear?  How early should you arrive? What should I take ...

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How many of you are comfortable walking into a room full of unfamiliar faces?    Not many, yet networking is essential for growing your business or helping your career.  When looking to expand your personal network, take the time to find the right event to attend.  Whether it is a breakfast ...

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To some people a phone interview might sound simple.  You don’t have to worry about what to wear, the train schedule, traffic, or meeting face-to-face with your potential employer.  However, the phone interview is often the crucial first step toward landing that new job. In today’s work ...

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Posting content on social networking sites is an easy, efficient, and effective way to boost your company’s marketing and PR strategies. Because sites like Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn are free, it’s a cost effect and powerful marketing tool.  However, if they are used the wrong way, they can ...

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Many of us use our smartphones and tablets more and more to do business while on the go.   Mobile business apps are not only helpful, but in some cases have become a necessity.  With the ability to have many of the business apps you utilize everyday right at your fingertips, the need to carry ...

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LinkedIn is a powerful social networking tool for the business world.  Not only does it help you make business connections, but it allows you to share content, recruit talent, and keep in touch with your clients and customers.  However, there are a few do’s and don’ts when using this proven ...

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Summer is drawing to a close, the kids are heading back to school, and your employees are shaking off the remnants of a blissful vacation. The approaching fall season symbolizes the common adage “out with the old and in with the new,” and it also means your company’s third quarter is coming to ...

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On July 2, 2013, the U.S. Treasury Department announced that the implementation of the Pay or Play Rules of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will be delayed one year until January 1, 2015.  However, they cautioned that employers should not delay their compliance planning.  The government’s decision ...

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It’s no secret that big businesses have an easier time recruiting top talent because of their brand recognition, exciting company culture and impressive benefits, but how can small businesses compete and attract the same talent? Actually small businesses have several great advantages over ...

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This past October, many of us in the tri-state area were affected by Hurricane Sandy in one way or another.  Whether you were affected personally or know someone that was, Hurricane Sandy left its mark on all of us.  Not only were homes and neighborhoods damaged, but businesses felt the effects ...

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  One of the most popular technology buzz terms these days are “the cloud,” but what is the cloud and how does it impact you and the future of your small business? According to PC Mag, “In the simplest terms, cloud computing means storing and accessing data and programs over the Internet ...

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Once again, small businesses have something to worry about. After having to adjust to the results of the fiscal cliff and deal with changes in tax rates, small businesses now have to deal with a delay in receiving affordable health insurance.  The Obama administration was unable to meet tight ...

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Last month, Yahoo CEO, Marissa Mayer, made headlines when she abolished Yahoo’s work-at-home policy and ordered everyone back in the office.  The policy change is one of several moves the former Google chief implemented to breathe life back into the flailing Internet company.  Mayer’s memo ...

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Tax time is a dreaded time of the year for many people.  This year, small business owners have to adjust to new tax laws brought about in 2013.  With a number of tax changes approved as we entered the New Year, small businesses are facing a variety of new laws and regulations.  Some of these ...

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Since the initial release of Apple’s iPhone in January 2007 and its subsequent mega rise, the innovative tech giant revolutionized the global smartphone market, thanks to the introduction of the first touchscreen interface.  While the competition has been stiff, for almost six years Apple has ...

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Even though the White House and Congress came to an agreement to avoid the fiscal cliff as 2013 approached, there are still many issues and challenges ahead to get the U.S. economy back on track.  What the compromise bill did was block most impending tax increases and postponed spending cuts; ...

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Recently my business partner, Sandi Webster and I, joined the advisory board for the Women’s Center for Entrepreneurship Corporation (WCEC) in Chatham, New Jersey.  We couldn’t be more thrilled to help serve the NJ community of women business owners that we’re a part of and help promote some ...

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It is hard to believe that the year is coming to an end and 2013 is rapidly approaching. Now is an important time to revisit your business goals for the year and see where you are. Have you met these goals? Are there some you have not attained? Focusing on them now will allow you to welcome in ...

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As the end of the year approaches and 2013 looms ahead, many small business owners are worried about the fiscal cliff and how it’ll impact their businesses.  If President Barack Obama and Congress do not come to a decision before December 31st, nearly 90 percent of the country’s average taxpayer ...

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Give yourself a pat on the back. You’ve successfully developed and implemented a social media marketing strategy for the remainder of the year and have created a robust social media–based customer service function.  New opportunities are arising because of your efforts and your small business is ...

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We all know the feeling – Memorial Day Weekend comes around and we automatically switch into summer mode. The kids are out of school and they are begging to go on a summer vacation. It may seem difficult to plan a summer vacation in the midst of a busy work schedule, but it is possible even for ...

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With the rise of social media, more small businesses are forced to look for innovative ways to market themselves online, drive sales, build their brand image, and more recently, to provide outstanding customer service. Social media is no longer just an option for customer service; it's a ...

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As small business owners we have all experienced sales slumps at one time or another. It can occur during the early stages of a business when your reputation is only forming, during a downturn in the economy, or as a result of new competitors in your market. However, there are steps that you can ...

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Spring is the time of renewal, rebirth and of course, basketball. It is also a great time to do some spring cleaning for your business. It can be an invigorating process, if you approach it with the right attitude.  It’s amazing what a little focus,  “ decluttering,” and hard work can do to lift ...

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Why not welcome 2012 with a good first impression? It’s the New Year, so why not start the year with the goal to improve your professional image. Making a good first impression is one of the most important steps in building and maintaining a successful relationship with anybody you come across.

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Since we are now “Back to School,” I thought this might be useful for college students and their parents. Caroline Ryder, a senior at Mount Saint Mary University was an intern with my company this summer and she researched and drafted many of the columns. We were delighted with her ...

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