Small Business Success Q&A #4: The O-Tones

Many people might not think of a band as a business, but to stay around this long, the O-Tones definitely have to be thinking of themselves as business people. I hope you enjoy learning about their keys to success.
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Networking 101: Anyone can do it. Seriously. Even you.

Many people don’t realize that networking is a learnable skill, just like any other business ability. They mistakenly believe that some people are natural-born networkers and others (usually themselves) are not.
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Small Business Success Q&A #3: Rob Condon of Longley Associates

I met Rob Condon about six or seven years ago through the Northampton Chamber of Commerce. He was new to the Chamber but jumped right in, serving on committees and eventually becoming treasurer. Rob and I live in neighboring towns so we started having breakfast together once in a while at the popular Roadhouse Café, where the pancakes are terrific. It’s been a while since we had pancakes together, but I hope we renew the tradition soon because I always found Rob had something interesting to say. Here’s his profile.
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Business cards: Don’t leave home without ‘em

We all know what they about first impressions…you only get one chance to make a good one. Make sure yours is a positive impression by having your business cards at the ready at all times.
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Small Business Success Q&A #2: Al Canali

This week in my second Small Business Q&A, we hear from Al Canali of Canali Designs. Al has 15 years of experience as the head of this small design firm that is dedicated to making a marketing dollar stretch a long way through good design and experienced project management.
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Don’t stop networking, no matter how busy you are

The reasons business goes south in a hurry are legion and as varied as the types of small businesses out there. But your best defense against all of them is the same: networking and more networking.
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Small Business Success Q&A #1: Ann Brauer, Quilter Extraordinaire

Today I’m starting a weekly series of Q&As with small business owners. Since most small businesses do not survive five years, I consider anyone who has made it past the five year point to be a success. That’s the only criterion I have set for being profiled. I hope you will find these profiles interesting […]
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Good reads: Issue #1

Here are three articles I came across last week that talk about important topics for small business owners.
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When e-mail has to say it all

While at times it can seem more like a curse than a blessing, e-mail is an essential business communications tool. Lacking the body language, facial expressions, and voice tone that typically help us figure each other out, e-mail, while useful, is not without hazards.
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Good advice from BusinessWire on effective press releases

So get smart with your press releases. Read the BusinessWire post and put its learnings to work for you.
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