Month in Review: November 2018

From putting the building blocks of a content marketing strategy in place to dealing with workplace threats, we are recapping some of our favorite stories on the blog in November.

We are always thankful for our Mind Your Business contributors, but this month we are especially grateful for their commitment. Here are some of our favorite stories that hit the blog in November.

Business Growth Boot Camp recap

During a recent COSE Business Growth Boot Camp, BoxCast VP of Marketing Sam Brenner laid out the blueprint of how his company leveraged its content marketing strategy to grow its business.

New cyberthreat facing businesses

Hackers are changing their tactics these days to invade companies. Cybersecurity expert John Carlin cast a spotlight on these new and more sophisticated approaches during the recent BusinessTECH 2018 conference. Check out the recap of this keynote address.

Are your one-on-ones working?

Management-staff one-on-one meetings are probably a regular occurrence at your company. But how effective are they and does anyone actually enjoy them? Learn how to make one-on-ones work for you.

Dealing with workplace threats

Last month we took a look at 36 warning signs of potential workplace violence. This month we took a deep dive into how to go about handling those situations and next steps to take if you do see a warning sign with one of your employees. Help keep your company safe by following these tips.

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • 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.

    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.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: February 2019

    Month in Review: February 2019

    From legal issues concerning discrimination to effective employee discipline, we explored many topics in February crucial to your business’ success.

    Just because it was a short month, it doesn’t mean that the blog was short on critical content. Here are four of the most important articles from Mind Your Business in February.

    Boxed: A blueprint for success

    Ecommerce disruptor Boxed has seen a rapid rise to success since its founding just a few short years ago. The company’s CEO and co-founder shares three things you can take from the Boxed growth blueprint and put to use for your own small business.

    Secrets to effective employee discipline

    If you have even one employee then you need to know how to handle HR issues. Before you lose sleep at night worrying about poor employee performance, employee retaliation or other negative behaviors, check out these tools and tips for creating employee discipline policies.

    Deferred compensation: Understanding the options

    Deferred Compensation plans might be just what your business needs to attract, retain and motivate key employees. Get caught up on how these plans work and which type might work best for your company.

    Avoid ADA employment discrimination violations

    It can be difficult for companies to identify and protect disabled workers, which can lead to inadvertent ADA violations. Learn what qualifies as a disability and how your business can remain ADA compliant.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: January 2019

    Month in Review: January 2019

    While you continue to thaw out from what was a really long month in Northeast Ohio, take a look at some of our favorite January articles from Mind Your Business.

    Whether it was our captivating topics or the polar vortex keeping everyone inside—readership of the blog was at an all-time high for the first month of 2019. Get caught up on some of the standout articles that had everyone so excited.

    Does your business team have what it takes to be successful?

    In the last of this three-part series, we take a close look at what defines high-performing business teams. Find out how the scanning of your internal and external environment plays a role in successful teams.

    Do you know what your business is worth?

    It seems straightforward enough but most business owners don’t know the answer to that question. Find out why knowing the true value of your business is critical to your success and future planning.

    Are any of these toxic behaviors happening at your workplace?

    From aggressiveness to intimidation, we’ve identified nine behaviors that can lead to a toxic workplace. Find out what they are, if your business may become a toxic environment and what to do about it.

    How secure are you in your business’ record retention policies?

    You know that the accurate creation and maintenance of business records is essential. But are you sure you’re doing it right? When it comes to the format, policies involved and identifiability, here are some things you should keep in mind regarding records.

    Do you check these three KPIs every day?

    Google Analytics can be overwhelming but there are three key performance indicators (KPIs) that are important to the success of your business. Here is a breakdown of those three KPIs and why you need to take a close look at them regularly.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: March 2019

    Month in Review: March 2019

    From conducting HR audits to reducing your networking slug behavior, we’ve got some questions for you to consider as you work on growing your business. Here is a recap of some of what was new on the blog in March.

    We are taking a look back at some of the standout articles from March before we fully “spring” into April. See what we did there?

    How agile is your business?

    It’s no secret that we’re in a fast-changing world, but is your business designed to keep up? Here are five easy steps to get comfortable with change and keep your company relevant and agile as the business world evolves.

    Do you conduct HR audits?

    Owning a business requires wearing many different hats. And if you have even one employee, one of those hats must be managing the plethora of human resources demands. That’s why it's essential businesses take time during the year to audit HR practices. Here's when you should perform these audits and what you should be looking for.

    Are you a networking slug?

    You know the type—they are pushy and annoying, and they make a bad first impression while pitching themselves or their company. These kinds of business owners are likely to drive away customers. Don’t be a networking slug—follow these tips instead.

    And, put your new networking skills to work for you at some of GCP/COSE’s upcoming networking opportunities and member events.

    How can you prevent being personally sued for an FLSA violation?

    If you thought having a business entity would mean you couldn’t be sued on a personal level, think again. So how can you protect yourself? For starters, you might want to go back and read up on the definitions and policies under the Fair Labor Standards Act. And also be sure to consider these five ways to reduce your personal liability.

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