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Monthly Archives: May 2010

And I said to myself-what a wonderful world

This morning I was sitting in Winton Woods Park watching the silver sneakers crowd walk around the pond known as Lake Winton, watching the professional dog walkers (I wonder if there is a minor league dog walker) walking a string of 4 or 5 dogs through the woods as bicyclists, roller bladers, skateboarders, runners, joggers, […]

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Help Keep Your Employees Healthy

Encouraging your employees to stay health has a lot of benefits for you as an employer. Not only will you have to pay lower health-care costs, but you’ll see more production and less absenteeism. In 2007, a survey revealed that nearly half of all companies were working on some health-related program to benefit their employees […]

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How to make your business more appealing to new and existing workers

Right now the economy sucks; there is no other way to say it. Yes, the political spin mongers are out there telling us about how rosy it is supposedly getting, but I like that old Mark Twain quote “There are lies, damn lies, and statistics,” (thanks to : Mark Twain. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved May 25, […]

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Our friend from the government is here to help us-now we’re in trouble!

Our friend from the government is here to help us-now we’re in trouble! Washington weighs in on consumer protection-but missed the real boat Yep, it’s an overly long title, and an extremely serious topic. The president and congress are now taking steps to protect us (God help us) from the “Big Banks.” Well it was […]

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Under the Gun: You’ve been written up twice or been told-you’re next-what do you do?

It is truly something that most of us do not want to think about; “you’re not cutting it here and we are giving you fair warning.” I know three people that were in this situation in the last few years, and I was in this situation early in my career. What do you do? Case […]

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Time to get involved

If you are like me, the prospect of more election commercials elicits only one thing from me: An oncoming migraine! There was one fact that did catch my eye in the Cincinnati Enquirer: Since Ted Strickland took over being Governor, Ohio has lost 430,000 jobs, ouch! But is this all Strickland’s fault, probably not? According […]

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What to look for in hiring a recent college graduate

At some point, a small to medium businesses may want to hire a recent college graduate, a person that they might be able to fast track into management. This is also a person that you can “mold” and may not have to break any previous habits that they may have acquired from working at other […]

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If you live in Cincinnati Vote no on Issue ONE!

Yes, yes, it all sounds so good and it cites the old and really true principle that in order to make money you have to spend money-all correct! But one interesting and disturbing fact remains-south west Ohio particularly the Cincinnati area lags very far behind in awards for this program. Don’t believe me? Take a […]

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