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10 Ways to Prepare Your Company for Explosive Growth
January 22, 2015

By now, your New Year's resolutions have worn off. The everyday pressures of running a business have taken you back to business as usual.

And that means all those plans for growing your business have fallen by the wayside, too. Instead of having a plan, all you have is hope.

And we all know what simply hoping gets us.

Here's a better approach from Kevin Allen, the founder of re:kap, a business transformation company, and the author of "The Hidden Agenda" (a book that made my list of "Six Books for the Well-Rounded Entrepreneur.")

Proforma Opens Five New Offices in August
September 13, 2012

Proforma, a leading North American provider of graphic communications solutions located in Cleveland, Ohio, added five new offices to its network in August.

Crimes and Misdemeanors
April 8, 2008

So, Woody Allen is suing American Apparel. Huh.

It’s funny … give our industry one celeb and people go crazy. (And by crazy, I mean that in the entire history of our e-newsletter, that item had pretty much the highest click-through rate, well, ever).
I’m finding it increasingly hilarious that no one can seem to decide which of the involved parties is more distasteful: Woody Allen, for well-publicized reasons, or a company founded by a guy with, shall we say, a less-than-savory reputation.
My coworkers make fun of me because I have “views” about American Apparel. Yes, I cover the

February 26, 2007

Joseph Allen Pitner, Sr., longtime owner of Economy Pen & Pencil, Shelbyville, Tenn., passed away on Jan. 18, at age 74. He and his wife, Gaynelle, have owned the company for 40 years, which was founded by her father, Joe Brown, in 1946. Pitner remained active in the company, although he had turned over the day-to-day operations to his two sons, Allen and David. “[Joseph] was loyal to his beliefs, his family and friends,” said Mark Farrar, executive director of the Promotional Products Association of the Mid-South. “The way in which he lived his life is a testament to his integrity and an example for

Tips of the Trade: ‘Tis the Season to Work the Room Quickly
November 14, 2006

By Ilise Benun, Like it or not, with Halloween behind us, the Thanks-chris-new-kwanz-ukkuh season has officially begun. For many of us, that means attending a lot more events, networking and otherwise, than we do during the rest of the year. Bruce Allen over at Marketing Catalyst has some interesting ideas about how to maximize your time at an event when you absolutely, positively can’t stay for the duration. (He’s an attorney, and a gracious one at that, so his disclaimer states that he does not advocate early departure; he just gets that sometimes it’s necessary.) What’s interesting is that a few of the