DEVOTIONAL: Give Me The Bible

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Each Sunday afternoon on this site, we share a short devotional message.  If this kind of post is of no interest to you, feel free to skip it and return on Monday. As we pointed out earlier, our post will close with a hymn or spiritual. Give Me The Bible I heard the story once of a young man taking a long trip. His suitcase was already pretty full when a friend asked what … [Read more...]

WATCH: Creating and Capturing Creativity in LIFT Clips 05/16/15

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We are always looking for ways to give small business owners a boost using the LIFT acronym. Here are a few videos that might help you in building a better business presence and a smoother work flow. LEARN - Recording Your Screen https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OC-L11bmuyE IMPROVE - YouTube Creativity Tips https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SITyuDI6UFg FIND FLOW - Track All … [Read more...]

GUEST: Benefits of Crowdfunding Campaigns – Even if they Fail

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Written by Neil Adams The concept of crowdfunding is gaining more and more popularity these days. Although it has been around for a while, it is relatively new industry for many consumers, especially outside of the United States. It can be defined as the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, usually … [Read more...]

GUEST: Does Your Business Have a Disaster Preparedness Plan?

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Written by Brittni Brown A growing small business is a time consuming, yet rewarding, endeavor that is often the result of the owner’s hard work and sacrifice. With a plethora of daily and weekly tasks at hand - such as approving timecards, managing employees, maintaining a social media presence, and balancing budgets - it can be hard to find time to prepare for the future, … [Read more...]

PERSEVERE: Climbing To the Top

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“The man on top of the mountain didn't fall there.” ~ Vince Lombardi Climbing to the Top It's not about the rat race or maddening crowd. It's not about looking behind you to see who's catching up. It really has little to do with others. It's about becoming the best you possible. Growth. Perseverance. The climb, at times, is hard and grueling. The view from the top, … [Read more...]

WHY: Providing Signal by Prefixing Headlines

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Over the past few months, I've been experimenting with headlines. In blog post titles and sharing resources on Twitter, I'm using a one- or two-word phrase, in caps, to signal what the piece is about or what can be expected. Three-fold reasoning: Putting context at the beginning; Saving character space; Battling potential sensationalism. For example, a recent blog post … [Read more...]

METHOD: 75% About the Customer

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"I'm tired of posting the same stuff all the time," he said. "I'm sure folks are tired of looking at them, too." That's what a small-town business owner recently told me as our conversation turned to social media updates. When asked what was being posted, it was easy to see why both company and customer found the updates stale. Updates filled with hours of operation, … [Read more...]

Devotional: Prayer Block?

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Such great faith is present as birds sing before sunrise. Do birds get chirper's block? How do they know what to sing? In the midst of a spiritual journey, I'm taking part in The 100 Day Project, inspired by Elle Luna and The Great Discontent. At the outset, I knew the project would take a great commitment, a great discomfort. My project: Write a love note to God each … [Read more...]

Week in Review: Posts and LIFT Shares, May 3 – 9, 2015

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Week in Review May 3 - 9, 2015: Posts and Podcasts from ConverStations, Armchair Articulations, and LIFT resources shared on Twitter (@mikesansone): This Week on ConverStations METHOD: Before Following on Twitter Why Repetition Works: 10 Reasons to Repeat Good Content Small Forward Movements 5 Businesses You Should Be Following on Facebook How Small Businesses Can … [Read more...]