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What To Say About Pay?

Over the years that The Centre Group has conducted employee opinion surveys, pay is rarely one of the most favorable categories. In fact, if it is, it probably means a company is paying too much.
On the other hand, pay can be a source of discontent. Usually, though, it is not the amount of pay that is the problem as much as a lack of understanding about or lack of confidence in the pay system. Why?
Posted: 3/28/2012 10:00:00 AM | with 0 comments


Get Involved for Change Processes to Succeed

Since the average success rate is only 41%, then 59% are failing in some way. How are you doing with your Change Projects? If you are part of the majority, then you may need to improve your performance. Yet, when researching the highly successful change masters of the business world, their success rate was a stunning 80%. Sounds like a high return on investment for these people. Are they your competitors? If you want to move into the ranks of successful change masters and win more often, then the first step is simple…
Posted: 3/21/2012 10:00:00 AM | with 0 comments


Your Email Signature Could Be Costing You Business

Your email signature may not have been something you have thought about much. However, that doesn't mean it doesn't matter. It does matter. It can matter a lot, actually.
Posted: 3/21/2012 10:00:00 AM | with 1 comments


Why is this technology trend important for the small business community?

Recently, you may have heard the term “cloud computing” tossed around. The “cloud” refers to the internet as a whole. You will see many definitions of the term “cloud computing”, but they will all refer to this general idea: a technology that uses the internet and central remote servers to maintain data and applications and provide services. The next question is: Why is this technology trend important for the small business community?
Posted: 3/15/2012 2:00:00 PM | with 0 comments



SMALL BUSINESS
Your business may be small, but that doesn't mean that your impact can't be huge! The Greater Memphis Chamber's Small Business Council serves to encourage, support, recognize and be a resource to small- and medium-sized businesses in the Memphis area. Here, our talented panel of contributors will present big ideas that could make a huge difference to your small business. And don't be afraid to ask questions ... no matter how small.

CONTRIBUTORS
VOSS GRAHAM
Sales & Small Business Ownership
Voss W. Graham is CEO and Senior Business Advisor for InnerActive Consulting Group Inc. He is known by his clients as "a knowledgeable partner who helps our team achieve business growth." He provides practical experience as a small business owner for over 29 years, yet is often engaged with Fortune 500 companies in the development of their people and business strategies.

OBSIDIAN PUBLIC RELATIONS
Public Relations
Several professionals and strategists from the local Obsidian Public Relations firm provide excellent advice on everything from research to media relations to event planning. They believe that all companies, no matter how big or small the company or its budget, should have a public relations plan driving how they manage their relationships with key stakeholders. Public relations is an integral part of doing business the right way.

JOEL MYERS
Human Resources
Joel Myers is a career Human Resources professional, with over 40 years in the field including 26 years in consulting.

TOM PEASE
Small Business Advice
Tom Pease is a small business owner of an office equipment dealership called e/Doc Systems, Inc. He has also owned a full-line Kawasaki dealership as well as a document shop. He used 30+ years of experience in owning a business to author two books, including: Going Out of Business by Design: Why 70% of Small Businesses Fail and Small Business Survival 101. He also has published 85 columns in The Memphis Daily News as the Small Business Advisor.

LORI TURNER-WILSON
Marketing & Public Relations
Lori Turner-Wilson is CEO and Founder of RedRover Company, a sales development, marketing and PR consulting firm. Lori works with companies large and small, from start-ups to mature organizations, to help them improve the productivity of their sales force and the return on their marketing investment. Lori writes a weekly syndicated column for the Daily News, Memphis News, Nashville Ledger, and Desoto Times, among others, titled “Guerrilla Sales & Marketing,” for which she won a 2011 Summit International Award and 2012 International Communicator Award.

INFERNO
Design and Digital Strategy
Founded in 1999, inferno provides brand development, advertising, public relations, design and digital marketing services to clients across a broad spectrum of industries. Headquartered in Memphis with a satellite office in Kalamazoo, Michigan, the award-winning firm produces results-driven work by passionately combining strategic thinking, creativity and culture to ensure the success of its clients. For more information, visit www.creativeinferno.com.

FISHER PHILLIPS LLP
Labor & Employment Law
Fisher Phillips attorneys are ready to help you take a stand: in court, with employees and unions, or with competitors. Fisher Phillips has the experience and resolve to back you up. That's why some of the savviest employers come to the firm to handle their toughest labor and employment cases. The firm has 350 attorneys in 32 offices, including Memphis. For more information, visit www.fisherphillips.com.

PARAGON BANK
Finance
Since its founding in 2005, Paragon Bank has maintained a solid focus on the community and customer service. For more than 10 years, Paragon has delivered innovative products and financial expertise, convenience, and a deep understanding of what both businesses and individuals need from a ban, in order to provide solutions that make a difference. In the areas of business or personal banking, lending options or wealth management, Paragon delivers cutting edge technology, an experienced team and the most service-oriented staff of any community bank.



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