Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Stephen King serves as President & CEO of GrowthForce , the leading outsourced accounting and bookkeeping service provider for businesses. I'll cut to the chase: The business strategy you outline as a startup should not be the business strategy you continue using as a growing business. And neither should well-established companies allow their business plans to become static. As your small business grows and other forces of change—such as the economy, market and your industry—impact your operations, supply chain and market demand, you need to regularly revisit your business plan to ensure you're continually aligning your strategy with your current goals. This way, your plan remains relevant and keeps your company and all of its leaders on track. Knowing When To Reassess Your Business Plan When you reassess your business strategy, you'll reconsider your goals, operations, target audience, core … [Read more...] about Is It Time To Reassess Your Business Strategy?
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Bruno Gralpois, Co-Founder & Principal, Agency Mania Solutions , Author/Speaker, Thought-provocateur, Client/Agency Guru. There’s no place like Las Vegas to help you understand the inner workings of gambling. If you visit Sin City and don’t hold some cards, play at a slot machine or toss some dice, you are missing out on what the gambling experience is all about. According to the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, over 32 million people visited the city last year, and gambling activities in Las Vegas reached a record $13.4 billion in revenue in 2021 alone. It seems impressive, but it’s quite small in comparison to the level of spending in advertising and marketing—with an estimated $250 billion spent in advertising alone in 2020 in the U.S. The partnership between agencies and clients is essential to success, yet too often, I see clients taking chances with their agencies and risking losing it … [Read more...] about Are You Gambling With Your Agency Partners? Four Lessons To Build Strong Partnerships
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Left a warzone to build a successful life. Global Headhunter & Coach. Director of Forte ICT . Entrepreneur who finds great talent & coaches. Around the world, startups are facing challenges in attracting and retaining talent. There is a skills shortage, and those workers with technology skills, specific product knowledge and experience in sales and marketing are in increasingly high demand. According to internal polling by my company of 125 senior decision makers, nearly two-thirds of startup and scaleup employers say sales and business development are the most important skills for achieving business objectives. Development (including front-end, back-end and mobile) is the next most common skill (53%), followed by marketing, branding and public relations (47%). The United Kingdom, for example, has an estimated 1,600 fintech firms , and this industry is expected to grow exponentially despite … [Read more...] about Overcoming The Biggest Challenges To Hiring Staff For Startups And Scaleups
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin President at CRG , A Real Estate Development and Investment Firm. A variety of unprecedented events over the last few years have impacted markets around the world. There have been growing concerns about inflation across the commercial real estate sector, but the overall economic outlook is positive. However, one element that still worries industry participants is the rise and uncertainty of interest rates. It should be no surprise that inflation has increased as a result of supply chain disruption, manufacturing slowdowns, unanticipated spikes in demand and the U.S. Federal Reserve pumping money into the economy in an attempt to alleviate these market issues that arose from events like the global pandemic. Overall, rising interest rates have been used as a tool to stifle demand, in the hopes that slowing it down will also slow price escalation. Manufacturing And Real Estate Amid Economic Uncertainty At the … [Read more...] about A CRE Executive’s Outlook On Market Optimism
Share to Twitter Share to Linkedin Stefan Schwab is CEO of Building Robotics, a Siemens company that combines the brands of Comfy and Enlighted . The pandemic has highlighted the need to rethink traditional working and operating models for a multitude of industries and presented opportunities for organizations in the public and private sectors to reconsider how they evolve their environments. State and local reopening requirements, Covid-safety protocols and the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals have changed considerations from an energy-efficiency standpoint for buildings and operations. Now, they have a focus on energy efficiency, student and employee experiences, and additional environment, social and governance (ESG) related concerns. We can learn a few things from the U.S. education sector. Funding The Future Of Education The education sector is taking this sea change seriously, with the pandemic prompting them to … [Read more...] about The U.S. Education Sector: Building Healthier, Safer And Sustainable Environments For The Future
The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) encourages the transition to renewable energy sources in rural and agricultural areas. Created by the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, REAP offers grants and guaranteed loans for developing clean energy systems and installing energy-efficient infrastructure such as lighting, insulation, cooling, and more. Key Takeways The Rural Energy for America Program (REAP) offers grants and guaranteed loans to agricultural producers and small businesses in rural areas. REAP funds can be used for renewable energy systems or energy-efficient infrastructure upgrades. Grants are available for up to 25% of the total project costs. Loans are available for up to 75% of the total project costs. How REAP Works REAP is a combination of grants and loans available to agricultural producers that earn at least 50% of their income from agricultural operations or small businesses in rural areas that have 50,000 residents or fewer. … [Read more...] about What Is the Rural Energy for America Program?
Children form financial habits as early as ages 7 to 9, according to the National Financial Educators Council. However, their curiosity about money and how the economy works often starts even before that. Questions about the role of money in our lives can bring a panicked expression to the faces of some parents. They’re concepts that seem too complicated to explain or that you may not be entirely sure of yourself. Here are 10 common questions children are likely to ask you about finances—and some ideas on how to answer them like a pro. Key Takeaways Younger children, still learning the idea of money as a limited resource, are more likely to ask questions about why you can’t always just get more at the bank. As kids get older and ask about the price of various items, parents can introduce the basic concept of supply and demand. Teenagers are typically ready for more advanced financial concepts, such as how stocks work and the ways that people invest. Young Kids … [Read more...] about 10 Questions That Kids Ask About Money
- A + A KUALA LUMPUR (Sept 30): Bank Negara Malaysia (BNM) said on Friday (Sept 30) that the moderation in global economic growth and lower commodity prices are expected to weigh on Malaysia’s export growth. “Malaysia’s diversified exports across products and markets should help cushion this impact,” BNM said in its August monthly highlights report. The central bank, citing data from the Department of Statistics and the Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade), reiterated that the country’s exports had registered a robust growth of 48.2% year-on-year (y-o-y) in August 2022, to a value of RM141.3 billion. In comparison, exports grew 38% in y-o-y in July 2022 (RM134.1 billion) and 38.7% in June 2022 (RM146 billion). “Manufactured export growth was driven by the electrical and electronics (E&E) and petroleum products. Meanwhile, exports of commodities continued to be supported mainly by crude palm oil (CPO), liquefied natural gas (LNG) and crude … [Read more...] about BNM: Global economic growth moderation, lower commodity prices to weigh on Malaysia’s export growth
TOKYO – Sterling and the euro rose to fresh one-week highs on Friday, buoyed by the Bank of England’s moves to calm markets and hawkish signals from the European Central Bank. The British currency was headed for its best week against the U.S. dollar in 2 1/2 years as the BoE waded into the debt market to buy gilts for a second day on Thursday, buoying UK yields. Heated German and Dutch consumer inflation data also served as a reminder that the job of the ECB, BoE and other central banks is not done, with the figure for the wider 19-country euro zone due later on Friday. The pound touched $1.1222 early in the Asian session, taking it very close to erasing all of the precipitous losses in the aftermath of the new government’s so-called mini budget last Friday. It gave back some of those gains later in the session but was still up 0.12 percent at $1.11325 at of 0522 GMT, on track for a 2.61 percent advance this week, the most since March 2020. That’s despite plumbing a record low … [Read more...] about Sterling recovers with euro as UK fiscal angst recedes, European inflation accelerates
THE FAUCI FILES… NEWSWEEK: Fauci Emails Show Experts Had Concern COVID Virus Could ‘Look Engineered’ Experts believed COVID-19 could have been engineered and leaked from a lab in the early days of the pandemic, but later concluded that the origin theory was not plausible, newly released emails to Dr. Anthony Fauci show. In an email to Dr. Fauci sent on January 31 last year, Kristian G. Andersen of the Scripps Research Institute told the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases director that some of SARS-CoV-2’s features “(potentially) look engineered.” But he also noted that “unusual features of the virus” made up a “really small part” of the genome, quantifying the features as less than 0.1 percent of the genome. “We have a good team lined up to look very critically at this, so we should know much more at the end of the weekend,” Andersen told Fauci in an chain of emails obtained by BuzzFeed News through a Freedom of Information Act request. US … [Read more...] about Editor Daily Rundown: Emails To Fauci Show That Experts Believed COVID Could Have Been Engineered