August 2011 Features

  • Balancing Personal and Professional on Facebook

    August 31, 2011

    By now, you probably have a Facebook account. According to some recent reports, there are nearly 750 million other people on Facebook as well. But no matter how long you’ve had an account, you may still be struggling with this question: how do I balance my personal and professional lives on my Facebook profile?

  • Vic Sullivan on How Difficult Market Creates Investment Opportunities

    August 29, 2011

    Vic Sullivan of Wells Fargo Advisors in Albany shares how todays difficult markets are creating investment opportunities, and how South Georgia has many strengths to attract businesses.

  • Pace Burt Believes Economic Recovery Will Be Years in the Making

    August 24, 2011

    Albany Developer Pace Burt shares his thoughts on the real estate market, and how the economy has shifted focus within his business.

  • World Camp CrossFit Scales Elite Training to All Levels of Ability

    August 22, 2011

    World Camp CrossFit's Kris Morrill shares their training approach, placing 18th at the CrossFit World Games, and what sets World Camp in Albany apart from other gyms.

  • The Zen Way To Build A Successful Business

    August 19, 2011

    Zen philosophers knew nothing about social media. But, Guy Kawasaki recently wrote about how Zen can help with Powerpoint, Facebook and Twitter. Similarly, studying the ancient wisdom of these masters can also provide a path to build a successful business. According to Zen philosophy, there are "five fingers" of success that have worked for thousands of years.

  • Daniel Titus Talks About the Long Tail of SEO

    August 17, 2011

    Daniel Titus of in Albany talks about the long tail of Search Engine Optimization (SEO).

  • Are You Using the Right Economic Benchmarks for Your Business?

    August 16, 2011

    Is it real? Is it current? No, we're not talking about philosophy or the timeliness of something, we're talking about financial data. Dr. Joe explains how to use national economic data when comparing your business performance to the economy. Be sure to use the right tool at the right time and in the right way.

  • Bush Animal Clinic's Dr. Chupp Shares About Advanced Medical Care for Pets

    August 15, 2011

    Many pet-owners treat their dog or cat more like a child than an animal. That’s good news for Bush Animal Clinic, where business has remained steady throughout the tough economic times.

  • Unemployment, the Downgrade, the Stock Rout, and Productivity

    August 11, 2011

    It was an interesting weekend, with Standard and Poors downgrading U.S. long-term debt (but not changing short-term debt ratings) to just a small notch under AAA. Why was everyone surprised? It was telegraphed for weeks, and everyone had access to the same Congressional Budget Office baseline data they were using in their forecasts. No matter which baseline you selected, which was a bone of contention with the Treasury Department, it showed the same thing.

  • Tim Thomas Sees Regional Cooperation as Key to Growth

    August 10, 2011

    With unemployment stubbornly high, attracting industry to the area is a top priority. State Farm agent Tim Thomas believes city and county leaders in Dougherty and Lee Counties need to work together to promote the region and attract large employers.

  • Using LinkedIn to Find a Job

    August 10, 2011

    LinkedIn allows you to upload your resume right to your profile, which is a fantastic feature. Potential employers have the most important document that you can produce. The time you spend crafting a solid resume is validated when you open it up to the LinkedIn audience.

  • How To Land Rockstar Employees By Buying Companies For Free

    August 09, 2011

    The best kind of people to hire for a small business are self-starters. The type who are curious, motivated, don’t do anything halfway. These are the people who give everything to their work because they know their work will give a lot back in return.

  • Repair Services Set Allen’s Jewelers Apart

    August 08, 2011

    According to Allen, people seem a little more willing to spend this year than in the past two or three years. For example, wedding engagements this summer have led to solid retail sales. However, 2012 may be a different story.

  • Getting Noticed: Small and Medium-Sized Businesses Need A Cross Media Strategy

    August 08, 2011

  • Building a Professional Sales Team Selecting the Right People

    August 04, 2011

    In the first article in our series we discussed the importance of defining the role of Professional Sales Person in your organization. This analysis must consider what your clients are looking for in a sales representative

  • GDP Data Revisions Show Steeper Recession and Unrecovered Economy

    August 02, 2011

    The economy is still faltering. While there was great hope that successful completion of the debt ceiling negotiations would be met with economic enthusiasm, from what we know of the agreements as proposed is that, as usual, the debt ceiling is just raised, and there is a lot of kicking the can down the road, so each side can blame the other for lack or restraint or lack of cooperation, and spending can continue.

  • Sylvia Phillips of Remax Albany Sees Signs of Stability

    August 01, 2011

    In Dougherty and Lee counties, sales of single-family detached homes in 2011 are holding relatively steady with 2010 sales, according to Sylvia Phillips of Remax of Albany. Through July, 464 homes had sold and another 125 sales were pending within the next 30 to 60 days. That’s on pace with the full-year total sales in 2010 of 816 homes.

  • 9 Business Trends That Aren't Going Away

    August 01, 2011

    Last time I was in Florida, I passed a woman on the beach wearing a shirt that read: “Pregnant is the new skinny.” While the shirt itself was pretty ridiculous, it inspired me to look around for other new trends and how they relate to business. Today we’re going to explore a collection of trends that are here to stay.