Networking Without Ever Leaving Your Desk

Networking. Synergy. Big Data. The Cloud.

Networking is more than a meaningless buzz word— it’s a vital aspect of running a successful business. Networking has the potential to be extra valuable in tight-knit communities like Upstate, S.C., where everyone is bound to know someone who knows someone who can be of value to your business. Continue reading…


Why Emailing Kills Productivity for Small Business Owners

Emailing is, in theory, a quick and easy way to communicate. But in practice, emailing can bog down your mental clarity and time. We constantly click the refresh button and nitpick over the do’s and don’ts of signatures, punctuation and “carbon copies.” The channel is a distraction in itself. As you read this blog post, your email window is probably up on your screen, remaining a looming thought in your mind. As a small business owner, you can’t afford this much distraction. Continue reading…


How To Recognize Your Best Employees

December is typically the month when small companies throughout Upstate South Carolina look back over the year and do something to recognize their top performing employees.

Here are some best practices to consider in making employee recognition appreciated by your associates, as well as meaningful for your teams. Continue reading…


Five Must-Read Business Books for 2016

We look forward to December, when respected publications announce their top business books of the year.  Whether you’re contemplating a start-up in 2017 or running a successful business here in the Upstate, it’s good to unplug from the day-to-day grind and contemplate the insights of those who’ve spent years researching and exploring an idea that can have a lasting impact on your own business. Continue reading…