Reducing Employee Attrition

The cost attributed to employee attrition can set a company back thousands of dollars annually. The frustration that accompanies employee turnover and its effect on the management team cannot be monetarily measured, but manifests itself in ineffective leadership and a decrease in productivity. (more…)

July 27th, 2012 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Cash cow

How does BizBuyer.com make money? That’s not exactly clear. Louvat cryptically states that the model is “evolving.” For the first several months of beta-testing, BizBuyer.com charged no transaction fees. In October, it began to levy a $3 flat fee on ISP vendor bids and $10 for patent and trademark attorneys. The plan is to roll out other fees gradually over the coming weeks. (more…)

February 17th, 2012 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Getting the Word Out

The traditional way to get your newsletter to your members is through the mail, and this option can still be the best. There are, however, less costly ways to send out a newsletter. (more…)

January 24th, 2012 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

The Weekly News In Review

Despite its failure to attract any contestants at all, a government-backed Argentinian television network is going ahead with its proposed new game show: “Who Wants To Be President?”

“We believe we have a unique concept here,” a spokesman claimed. “Instead of the winner taking all, the loser will be forced to become president.”

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January 13th, 2012 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Staff Gratuities

In November of 1995, Pierpoint decided to give its members a chance to show its holiday gratitude to the staff. A letter was sent to all members informing them of the creation of an “Employee Holiday Fund.” The members were invited to contribute to the fund, if they wished. (more…)

January 9th, 2012 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Flooding rinks and rebuilding kernels — for fun and the common good? Part 2

Just as I help out with the ice.

Does this make them un-American commie-pinko-revolutionaries, folks who would make Archie Bunker bite off the end of his cigar? Not at all.

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October 28th, 2011 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Flooding rinks and rebuilding kernels — for fun and the common good? Part 1

This winter I volunteered to join the neighbourhood rink duty. We got a great deal — the city set up an outdoor rink, put in place a shed with a firehose, and left the issue of ice quality up to us.

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October 28th, 2011 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Business Building. Part 2

The upside: It has allowed his five-person company to expand its customer base outside the highly-competitive Fargo market. The downside: It is becoming more difficult to maintain ongoing customer relations. In the phone service industry, that is particularly important because revenues depend not so much on the initial sale of equipment as on higher-profit-margin components such as installation fees, ongoing technical and service support, and future system upgrades. (more…)

June 28th, 2011 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off

Business Building. Part 1

Instant gratification Louvat and Consiglio are no strangers to the rough-and-tumble world of building a new business. Both bring a wealth of startup experience. Prior to BizBuyer.com, Louvat oversaw the launch of Disney stores in Europe in addition to his work there for Office Depot. Consiglio co-founded Benelli, a small Italian motorcycle company. Recognizing the potential of the Web in 1996, Louvat returned to the United States to work as franchise general manager for city guide CitySearch for a year in order to get his feet wet in the Internet sector. (more…)

June 28th, 2011 - Posted in Communication | | Comments Off