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Saving on Software: Cutting Costs with MS Office Alternatives
Computer software is a critical component of every successful business. From number crunching to word processing to newsletter design, a myriad of support operations require programs that get the job done. Most of your readers likely opt for Microsoft Office with its array of popular support programs. Unfortunately, the licensing fees can really add up when users need to add new computers to handle burgeoning workloads.Read More

Store Makeover: Smart Design Sparks Sales
Great ads and a good rep draw shoppers to your store. Once they’ve arrived, though, customers need inspiration to open their wallets. That’s where smart décor pays off:  Your retail interior can be a “silent salesperson” that turns browsers into buyers.  Read More

Worker's Compensation: Safety Programs Control Costs
The least expensive accident is the one that doesn't happen. In this article, experts offer ideas for reducing the risk of accidents and lessening the financial burden of insurance programs.Read More

Make the Holidays Merry: Boost Profits by De-Stressing Christmas
Retailers can take steps to reduce stress levels and stimulate more sales during the Christmas season. Schedule early, plan strategies for angry customers and monitor your own attitudes, say experts.Read More

New POS Systems Ring Up Retail Profits
Modern POS systems are introducing a host of features that can help fatten the bottom lines of retailers large and small. Gone are the days when check out equipment did little more than capture sales and update inventory.Read More

Rx For a Sick Web Site: Try These Prescriptions for Common Ills
Your web site is a great tool for boosting sales from customers new and old. Over time, though, even the best web site can get sick. Maybe it gets bogged down with too many graphics. Or maybe customers become confused by new pages that make navigation more difficult. What can you do for these and other web site ills?Read More

Passing the Torch: Buy-Sell Agreements Smooth Family Business Transitions
Most family business owners expect their thriving enterprises to transfer to the younger generation with minimal fuss and bother. Reality, though, can be far different. Absent a carefully designed plan, misunderstandings and disputes can turn any business transition into a costly train wreck.Read More

How to Negotiate a Better Lease
If there’s any silver lining to our dark economic cloud, it has to be the attractive leasing deals many business tenants are enjoying around the country. For the first time in many years tenants are in demand. Consultants reveal the best tactics for negotiating a better property lease in this changing market.Read More

Employee Assistance Programs (EAPs): Solving Workplace Performance Problems
Business profits depend to a great extent on a happy, healthy work force. And most of the time employees come through with the enthusiastic performance that gets the job done. What happens, though, when personal problems strike? Even the best workers can get hit with depression, alcoholism, substance abuse, severe marriage or family issues, financial problems or general psychological stress. Such problems often make it hard to concentrate on workplace duties. That can only result in an erosion of the employer's bottom line.Read More

Workplace Wars: How to Take the Bite Out of the Fight
Workplace conflict will increase as personal stress sparks hurt feelings and lower productivity. A new report from consulting outfit CPP outlines the problem and gives advice on how to nip the problem in the bud before it bites the bottom line.Read More

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