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Take charge of your own marine industry career

Brianna-Liestman

I have the privilege of taking charge of an upcoming special supplement – Women Making Waves – for Boating Industry, which will run as a part of our October issue and independently at the Marine Dealer Conference & Expo. It has been a joy to dive deep into a pool of candidates who have all done such wonderful work in ...

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How of Business podcast offers useful tips, advice for owners

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A relatively new podcast for small business owners and entrepreneurs is worth checking out if you're struggling with the challenges of running your business. The How of Business launched in April and now boasts more than 30 episodes in its archives, with topics ranging from customer service to blogging to hiring and more. I discovered it in June and have ...

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Same content, new format

Brianna-Liestman

While filling my morning mug and scrolling through my Instagram feed recently, I happened to see a sponsored post from The New York Times advertising its new Crossword Puzzle app. Subscribers can access daily crossword puzzles on their mobile phone, tablet or desktop computer, as well as The Daily Mini and other bonus free puzzles. I was instantly struck by ...

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Are you delegating enough of your work?

Brianna-Liestman

Are you a manager who feels swamped by all of the work you need to get done? Are you looking for ways to become more productive? You may need to start delegating more of your work. A recent study from the Harvard Business Review aimed to quantify the returns of delegation by reviewing legal partners that delegated work to associates. ...

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Digital gap among Latino adults narrows

Brianna-Liestman

According to a recent study by the Pew Research Center, a long-standing digital divide in internet use between Latino and white adults is now at its narrowest point since 2009. The share of Latino adults who report using the internet increased 20 percentage points, up from 64 percent to 84 percent in 2015. Over the same period, internet use grew ...

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2016 Top 100 shaping up to be best in years

Jay_Sweet_blog

You know what I wish? I wish I could read one Top 100 application where someone had a lousy year. (Not really, of course. I'm not wishing that on anyone.) But I've said a variation of those words to several members of our team and not a few dealers since we started reviewing applications in June. We're deep into the ...

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Home ownership is at its lowest rate since 1965

Brianna-Liestman

The U.S. Census Bureau announced last week that the home ownership rate is currently at 62.9 percent, a non-seasonally-adjusted figure. According to the Federal Reserve Economic Data from the Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis, this is the lowest the home ownership rate has been in 51 years. In addition, the National Association of Realtors released its annual survey on ...

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Have some fun (?) with the election

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I've had plenty of discussions with business leaders in our industry over the last few months about the election. Not surprisingly, many are concerned about either Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump (or both) winning and the impact it will have on their business. That's fairly typical -- this is the fifth presidential election cycle where I've been covering businesses and ...

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Have you updated your employee handbook?

Jay_Sweet_blog

In case you haven't noticed, employee handbooks have been getting plenty of attention from regulators, such as the National Labor Relations Board and others. So if you haven't looked at yours lately, it's probably a good time to consult with an attorney and make sure it's up to snuff. Here's just a few areas you need to worry about: Social ...

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