Square Expands Its Reach Into Small-Business Services: Office Round-Up

Square Expands Its Reach Into Small-Business Services. What is Square? The six-year-old payments start-up began by offering small, square-shaped credit card readers that plug into smartphones or tablets. The device helps small businesses easily accept credit card payments. Read more at www.nytimes.com How Do You Create a Culture of Service? In December, Points of Light […]

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Three Manufacturing Trends That Will Shape 2015

We may be three months into the year, but that doesn’t mean we’ve seen it all. This year brings a few new trends to the manufacturing industry that’ll have us working smarter not harder—and many of them involve the emergence of new technologies and big data. According to IndustryWeek, the entire supply chain is undergoing […]

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As Demand for Welders Resurges, Community Colleges Offer Classes: Industrial Round-Up

As Demand for Welders Resurges, Community Colleges Offer Classes. HOUSTON — Ryan Gassett had already put in a full day, moving heavy boxes and furniture for $15 an hour, when his introductory welding class began at 10 p.m. By the time he arrived at Lone Star College north of Houston, the highway toll collectors at […]

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Is That an Office In Your Pocket? Office Round-Up

Is That an Office In Your Pocket? Earlier this month, IBM launched their first batch of enterprise apps, designed in partnership with Apple. The apps bring IBM’s big data and analytics software to Apple devices, so employees can tackle complex projects on their phones and tablets. If a storied company like IBM is embracing mobile […]

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Should You Convert To Natural Gas Now That Oil Is Cheap? Industrial Round-Up

Should You Convert To Natural Gas Now That Oil Is Cheap? The top energy play for the last few years has been converting gasoline and diesel-burning motors to run on natural gas. I wrote about that in Energy Forecast 2013-2014: Convert to Natural Gas. Local delivery vans, over-the-road trucks and even farm tractors have been […]

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Mobile Apps Improving Guest Services in the Hospitality Industry

The travel industry has been on the forefront of using mobile technology to enhance the customer experience – impacting how consumers plan and book vacations, track flight itineraries, navigate tourist destinations, and more. In turn, the neighboring hospitality industry is also making changes. Hotels in particular are now offering apps to reach a new level […]

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How to Market Your Restaurant for Seasonal Events

The “Big Game” in February is one of the most widely-watched sporting events in the United States. The game brings people together to watch football, but also centers around food and socializing. For restaurants, this is arguably one of the biggest profit-earning days of the year, especially if your restaurant has big screen TVs, sells […]

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3 Tips to Help Empower Employees to be Health-wise Consumers

With many businesses overhauling their health programs as the Affordable Care Act rolls out, it’s more important than ever for employers to help employees navigate an increasingly complex healthcare landscape. According to the Altarum Institute, Americans spend more time researching car purchases and new appliances than they do choosing doctors and health plans. Employers can […]

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Elements of Office Design: Report Reveals Impacts on Staff Health and Productivity

How do you keep your employees happy, healthy and hard at work? While benefits and perks may be a step in the right direction, your office environment might actually play a bigger role than you think. Research from the World Green Building Council (WorldGBC) reveals that office design not only has a positive impact on […]

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12 Small Business Tools for Smooth Sailing in 2015: Office Round-Up

12 Small Business Tools for Smooth Sailing in 2015. The past year was big for any small business that works online, and while many businesses focused on getting their finances in check to prepare for the following year, the big influence for majority of small business owners was customer care and understanding — one of […]

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