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BUSINESS LESSONS OF 2017

11

Jan
2018
Categories :Latest News

The new year is here. It’s time for the national pastime: reviewing the lessons of the past year. What did we learn in 2017? Be Ethical, Show Respect Professional environments demand professional behavior. Women have started speaking up about workplace harassment, and rightly so....

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Buying or Leasing Expensive Machinery

26

Dec
2017

For a small business, deciding whether to purchase new, expensive machinery is a challenge. As equipment ages, it increasingly becomes a liability rather than an asset. Data from the accounting department can alert you that it’s time to replace equipment. Evaluating: Is it Time...

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ADJUSTING MARKETING FOR MILLENNIAL APPEAL

20

Dec
2017
Categories :Latest News, Marketing

Who Are Millennials? The millennial generation is now the largest living generation. Think about it: this group basically consists of everyone under about 35 who is old enough to consume. They have a lot of power. As I mentioned last week, they’ll compose 50%...

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MANUFACTURING PREDICTIONS FOR 2018

20

Dec
2017

The end of 2017 is fast approaching. As predictably as mall Santas and Minnesota snow flurries, predictions for the new year are being shared far and wide. It’s a fun diversion for the end of the year, and one that plays out in all...

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STRATEGIES OF THE SUCCESSFUL NETWORKER

15

Dec
2017
Categories :Latest News

We’ve talked about why networking is so important to a small business, and about the crucial attitude a successful networker cultivates — one of generous curiosity and positivity. Today, we’ll talk about your strategies for networking success. Before the Event For the best bang...

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Maximizing Return on Giving Back

14

Nov
2017
Categories :Latest News

While serving as COO at Laser1 keeps me plenty busy with day-to-day responsibilities, I read voraciously about the bigger picture of keeping a company going. Giving back is a hot topic, and it matters on so many levels. Harvard Business Review published a very...

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Positive Outlook for Global Manufacturing

13

Nov
2017
Categories :Latest News

What’s the outlook for the global manufacturing industry? Moody’s says things are looking good. As one of the big three credit rating agencies (along with Standard & Poor’s and Fitch Group), they devote plenty of research and expertise to tools and analysis in financial...

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Tier 3 Manufacturing Capability Soars

30

Oct
2017
Categories :Laser Cutting

Tier 3 manufacturers are playing an increasingly vital role in the manufacturing arena. Over the last 2 decades, thanks to huge strides in technologies and accompanying technological expertise, tier 3 companies like Laser 1have upped their game substantially, becoming increasingly adept at manufacturing high...

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Marketing Trends in Manufacturing

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Oct
2017
Categories :Latest News

Are marketing budgets trending upwards in manufacturing? Evidence suggest the answer is “yes.” According to a 2017 study, the majority of respondents say that their marketing budget is increasing. Research Report: Engineering Marketers’ 2017 Spending Plans–How, Where, and Why Marketers are Allocating Budget is...

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The Impact of Harvey and Irma on American Manufacturing

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Oct
2017
Categories :Latest News

It’s been a big season for natural disasters lately. Hurricane Harvey devastated the coast of Texas August 25-29, and Irma pounded Florida starting September 10 after nailing Puerto Rico on September 7. Both storms were enormous. Harvey set a North American record for rainfall,...

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