Month in Review: June 2018

From saving your company money on energy to learning tips from the pros on video production, we are highlighting some of the great pieces on the blog from June.

Summer is in full swing and Mind Your Business was hot in June. Check out some of our favorite articles from this month.

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    How to hire Gen Z

    The tricks and tactics you’ve implemented to attract and keep other generations on your team might not be as effective when it comes to Generation Z. Find out what you need to know in order to hire this new generation of workers.

    COSE’s Energy Team can save you money

    The administration at Christian Community School in Grafton recently engaged COSE/GCP’s Energy Team to perform an audit of the organization’s facility (a $5,400 value, paid for by FirstEnergy and an exclusive benefit to COSE/GCP members). You won’t believe the results (and the savings!).

    Strategies for handling suspected workplace misconduct

    In one of our hottest articles this month, we laid out specific guidelines for handling workplace misconduct. Be prepared and know how to keep the peace if this type of situation presents itself in your business.

    Video production tips from the pros

    COSE’s recent WebEd Series Webinar featured tips on creating professional-looking videos. In case you missed it, we’re recapping the webinar and you can even catch the full presentation. It’s more than just sound bites—check out these great tips from a local pro!

    Keeping your social professional

    Facebook, Twitter and other social platforms may be immediate and informal ways to communicate with constituents, but you should still be professional when representing your business. Learn how respect, patience and curiosity are all elements of ensuring your ‘social’ is still professional.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from June? Let us know on Twitter!

    Next up: Month in Review: March 2018

    Month in Review: March 2018

    From perfecting your sales pitch to protecting against data disasters, we’re bringing you some of our favorite Mind Your Business stories from March.

    Mind Your Business was stacked with stories in March. Here are some of the articles that stood out to us this month.

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    A minute to win it

    Here's how to make a 60-second sales pitch that will catch the interest of everyone walking by your next trade show booth. And after you read up on these tips, mark your calendar for Nov. 1 when you can put them in action at our very own BizConCLE.

    Don't get hooked by a phishing scam

    As part of a special series with the Federal Trade Commission highlighting small business scams, here are 13 ways to keep hackers at bay and your network safe. Did you miss Part 1 of the series? Get caught up here on what you need to know about office supply scams.

    Employment contract provisions in detail

    From descriptive provisions such as scope of employment and probationary period, to protective provisions such as non-competition and work for hire, we are laying out the 13 essential employment contract provisions that you need to familiarize yourself with before making your next hiring move.

    ‘Alexa, make people click on this article.’

    Are you leveraging voice search for your small business yet? Consumer research isn’t just about typing into Google anymore. Find out more about voice search devices and how you can take advantage of this new area of the marketing world.

    Is your site HTTPS secure?

    Customers want to make sure they are visiting, buying from and entering information into a site that is as secure as possible. Enter HTTPS security. Learn the importance of HTTPS and how you can implement it on your small business website today.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from March? Let us know on Twitter!

    Next up: Month in Review: May 2018

    Month in Review: May 2018

    From what you need to know about medical marijuana in Ohio to how to go about balancing leisure and liability when it comes to company social events, we are recapping four of our favorite Mind Your Business stories from May.

    May was an informative month on Mind Your Business, with tips provided on several issues related to running a small business. Check out the highlights from this month.

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    BWC’s new workplace wellness program

    The Ohio Bureau of Workers’ Compensation has a new workplace wellness program, Better You Better Ohio. If you missed the COSE webinar on this innovative approach to a healthier work environment, we have you covered. Check out the highlights and scroll to the bottom of the article for access to the full presentation.

    •          RELATED: Check out our calendar of upcoming COSE events.

    Medical marijuana timeline update

    By Sept. 8, 2018, a functional medical marijuana program will be implemented in Ohio. Will you be prepared for the impact that might have on your business? Here are eight things small business owners should keep in mind.

    What to do after you’re hacked

    You might think it will never happen to you, but you should know what to do in case it does. We are highlighting the three steps you should take immediately if your business finds itself the target of a data hack.

    •          RELATED: Wondering if an email is OK to open? Here are nine warning signs.

    The legalities of hosting company social events

    Work parties can help foster relationships, boost morale and increase retention. But there’s also the concern of liability in these less-formal functions. Before you start planning, read these tips on how to stay on the right side of the law when it comes to mixing business with pleasure.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from May? Let us know on Twitter!

    Next up: Month in Review: October 2018

    Month in Review: October 2018

    From cashing in your rebate checks to an easy way to improve your professional appearance, a variety of topics were covered on Mind Your Business in October.

    Falling leaves, pumpkin spice and Mind Your Business. Take a look at the following selection of subjects discussed on the blog so far this fall.

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    Megan Kim to lead COSE

    The Greater Cleveland Partnership has named Megan Kim as the executive director of its small business program, the Council of Smaller Enterprises. Click here to learn more about Megan.

    Cash in your BWC rebate checks

    More than 5,500 Ohio employers are sitting on $10.8 million in uncashed checks, according to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation. These checks were distributed this summer as part of a $1.5-billion rebate. If you received one of these rebate checks but haven’t gotten around to cashing it, you better hurry—they have a 90-day life and began expiring Oct. 3.

    Mediate, arbitrate, litigate?

    Should you negotiate means for Alternative Dispute Resolution into your next business contract? Take a deeper look into ADR clauses, including the objectives and benefits to mediation, and when to avoid it.

    Are you listening?

    Our collective listening skills have taken a hit lately, thanks to all the modern, technological distractions that surround us. Turn on your listening ears (and easily improve your professional appearance) by following these steps.

    Chairman’s Forum recap

    There are nine critical issues impacting Northeast Ohio businesses today. Check out a recap of these big issues as discussed at the latest edition of the GCP Chairman’s Forum, featuring GCP Chairman Scott Chaikin and GCP CEO Joe Roman.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from October? Let us know on Twitter!

    Next up: Month in Review: September 2018

    Month in Review: September 2018

    From new audit rules to effective social media for small businesses, there were many noteworthy posts on the blog this month. Check out these five articles to know from September.

    We shared a lot of important information on Mind Your Business in September. Be in the know: Read on for a recap of our favorite stories.

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    Know the warning signs: 36 signs your workplace could turn violent

    Nothing is more important than keeping yourself and your staff, customers and business safe. In the first of this two-part series we have identified 36 warning signs that a future violent incident could be possible at your workplace. Check back next month when we discuss specific next steps.

    Know the rules: Understanding the new audit rules

    Do you have a partnership or an LLC that is taxed like a partnership? If the answer is yes, don’t wait until tax time—read on now to ensure you have a solid understanding of the new rules governing the auditing of these types of businesses.

    Know the chairman: Notes from “The John Young Coffee Tour”

    Since becoming COSE Board Chair, John Young has made it a priority to sit down with fellow Board members to get their perspective on what COSE's priorities should be and how the organization can continue to be a powerful resource for small businesses. Here's what he's learned from his "John Young Coffee Tour" and how you can lend your insight, too.

    Know where Ohio Stands: What Caused the medical marijuana implementation delay?

    Have you been wondering where we stand with the implementation of Ohio’s medical marijuana program? It’s been over three weeks since the implementation deadline, yet there aren’t any open dispensaries or registered patients. Find out more about the delay and what happens next.

    Know social media: Best practices for small businesses

    Whether it's matching your voice to the channel or crafting an effective call to action, there's a lot to know about building a top-notch social media strategy perfect for your small business. Check out this recap of a recent COSE WebEd Series webinar for tips and tricks to maximizing engagement on your social channels, and scroll to the bottom for the full presentation. Also, be sure to register for next month’s webinar: Cybersecurity - Recent FTC Cases and Guidance on Data Security and Data Breach.

    What was your favorite Mind Your Business article from September? Let us know on Twitter!

    Next up: NEOSA Sales and Marketing Seminar - Selling to the CFO

    NEOSA Sales and Marketing Seminar - Selling to the CFO

    NEOSA hosted executives from Cisco, Stratavant and Shark Finesse who shared their expertise in how to best position a technology company and its solutions to CFOs.

    NEOSA hosted executives from Cisco, Stratavant and Shark Finesse who shared their expertise in how to best position a technology company and its solutions to CFOs.

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