Month in Review: August 2020

August was a hot month on the blog. Take a look at some of the standout articles and let us know your favorites from last month.

The Importance of Training Employees During the Pandemic 
It might be tempting to cut corners at a time like this to save your business money. But one area where you should not skimp is on employee training. Read on about the importance of keeping your employees properly trained to handle the specific circumstances surrounding the pandemic.

6 Steps to Establishing Yourself as a Thought Leader in Your Industry
Thought leaders are on the cutting-edge of their area of expertise. Take these six steps to establish yourself as an authority in your space and begin leveraging the benefits of becoming a thought leader in your industry.

GCP Releases New Online Tool to Connect Business Owners with Assistance
Greater Cleveland Partnership (GCP) announces the release of the Northeast Ohio Business Growth Compass, an online tool to connect business owners and entrepreneurs with technical assistance and economic development resources. 
 
Recognizing the dire need for guidance on emergency relief funds, difficult balance sheet pivots, and countless other concerns of businesses, the Compass automatically assesses needs and makes connections to resource providers in the entrepreneurial ecosystem to aid Northeast Ohio’s businesses. 
 
The tool is available to all businesses in our region, including COSE and GCP members.

Join a COSE Peer-to-Peer Group
Earlier this year, a small group of COSE board members launched what we call “Peer-to-Peer” groups, offering a forum through which group members can share their highs and lows as small business owners as well as bounce ideas and strategies off fellow entrepreneurs.
 
Little did we know in January how impactful and welcomed an opportunity like this would be for the small business owners of our region. COSE Peer-to-Peer groups have been meeting virtually since March and the value of these conversations has been immeasurable during this challenging time for all.
 
If you are interested in learning more about joining a COSE Peer-to-Peer group, please email Jason Guyer for an introduction to appropriate group leader and please review these FAQs for more information.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: February 2020

    Month in Review: February 2020

    We have highlighted some of the stand-out articles from the blog in February. What were your favorites?

     

    Love was in the air in February—love of running small businesses and love of giving small-business related advice. Check out what information our experts shared on the blog last month and what they love about running a small business.

     

    Make Meetings Work

    A bad meeting is unbearable, and unfortunately we've all had to suffer through them. Here are topics to consider and questions to ask yourself when planning meetings so that they are effective, intentional, productive and…well, bearable.

     

    Build a Positive Work Culture

    Some larger companies work hard to ensure theirs is a company employees enjoy working for. But it's just as important that small businesses focus on attracting good candidates and keeping them happy. Here's how you can build a positive work culture at your small business.

     

    Single-Page vs. Multi-Page Websites

    A single-page website can be preferable when it comes to scrolling on your mobile device. But a multi-page website can really help boost your SEO. Find out the advantages and disadvantages of both types of websites, and which one is best for your business.

     

    Netflix and Learn: Demystifying Recommender Systems

    Between Amazon, Netflix, Pandora and just about every other site and app, you're constantly encountering suggestions on what to watch, listen to or purchase. Find out about the science behind these recommendations.

     

    What Our Members Love About Running a Small Business

    Valentine's Day might be over, but love is always in the air for our COSE members who get to wake up everyday and go to a job that they are passionate about. Check out what they love about running a small business.

     

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  • Next up: Month in Review: July 2019

    Month in Review: July 2019

    If you have been on summer break from the blog, check out this recap of some of the stand-out articles from July.

    You may have been in vacation-mode this summer, but we are business as usual on the blog. Check out some of our favorite Mind Your Business articles from July.

    Building the Matrix: Who’s Responsible for Your Company’s Decisions?

    You can follow the law, carefully think through your options and consult with others. But even proceeding with extreme caution won't guarantee the outcome you're hoping for with every decision that's made for your company. Learn how the matrix of authority can help

    The Importance of GCP’s PAC

    From the state budget to infrastructure to the environment, there are many crucial public policy issues in Ohio today. As the political landscape continually evolves it is more important than ever for our business members to have a seat at the table. Learn more about GCP's political action committee.

    Can Businesses Avoid Minimum Wage Requirements by Bartering Services?

    In an effort to boost their bottom line, small businesses often barter services with independent contractors. If you're considering bartering as an option, follow these legal guidelines and tips to ensuring your business is protected.

    How to Handle HR Situations Without Having an HR Department

    You wear many hats as a small business owner. And, if you don't have a formal human resources department, HR director might be one of them. Follow these three steps to help address HR issues on your own.

    3 Things to Know: Vacationing as a Small Business Owner

    Whether you hit the beach, climb mountains or simply enjoy a stay-cation, it's important to give yourself a break--even if you run your own business. But before you put up your 'gone fishing' sign, read these three things to know about vacationing as a small business owner.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: July 2020

    Month in Review: July 2020

    In July, we shared articles and hosted webinars on everything from how to deal with stress in our “new normal” to the best practices on how businesses should go about reopening due to COVID-19. In case you missed anything, here is a rundown of what was covered over the past month:

    Experts Weigh in on Reopening Safely
    Explore reopening strategies that will ensure the health and safety of your employees, customers, and their families. Some of Northeast Ohio’s top medical professionals give their expert opinions on how businesses should safely reopen in this webinar.

    How to Handle a Positive COVID-19 Test
    As a small business owner, it’s important that you know how to manage your sick leave, create, and manage support policies and institute practices to keep everyone safe. With COVID-19 continuing to spread, it’s best to have a plan in place in case an employee does contract the virus.

    Connecting in a Digital World
    From sharing new safety protocol beyond traditional high-risk areas with employees, to communicating your commitment to safety with external audiences, it’s time to connect on a different level—visually. This article shares how to virtually stay connected with both your employees and customers.

    De-stress and Recharge
    Our daily routine is changing rapidly. Do you feel like you have more stress than ever? Are you frustrated with having low energy? Are you tired of being tired all of the time? This webinar discusses how to naturally deal with some of that extra COVID-19 related stress.

    HR in Unprecedented Times
    Watch a webinar presented by the experts at MinuteMen about what companies should do in the COVID-19 era. This webinar talks about how businesses should behave in these unprecedented times and the best ways to operate. 

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  • Next up: Month in Review: June 2019

    Month in Review: June 2019

    From how to improve where your business appears in Google search results, to whether or not your emails are missing their mark, June was a hot month on the blog.


    It’s finally summer in Cleveland and we’re heating things up on Mind Your Business. Check out some of our favorite articles from June.

    Making Relationships Work

    Before you enter into a new business relationship, it's imperative you really know your new partner. Here is the basic information you need to know, and the proof you need to see, in order to ensure your partnerships work for you.

    Online Marketing: Lessons From a Google Leader

    From recipes that call for apples to a place to go ziplining, you can find it all on Google. But, how easy is it to find your business? Follow these tips to help improve where you appear in search results.

    Do Your Emails Suck?

    Yeah, we said it—your emails just might suck. If you’re sending long attachments, using all caps, sounding too formal, or committing any of these 15 worst email practices, you’re probably missing the mark with your emails.

    Will Changes to Canadian Trademark Laws Impact Your Business?

    If you conduct business or are a trademark owner in Canada, it's imperative that you are familiar with changes on the horizon for Canadian trademark laws, specifically with registration and fees.

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  • Next up: Month in Review: March 2020

    Month in Review: March 2020

     

    March 2020 was quite an unprecedented month—in COSE world and all around the whole world. But it’s even more important—in the time of a global pandemic—that we bring valuable information to you through the COSE blog. Here is a rundown of some of the informative pieces we featured in March.

    #MeToo Movement Moves to the Workplace
    Sexual harassment and retaliation are serious topics and should be treated as serious concerns for all employers. Make sure you have a full understanding of how these behaviors can have a significant impact on your business.

    Understanding and Complying with Basic Employee Privacy Issues in the Workplace
    Whether it's in regard to personal items, phone calls or private information, employees have certain rights to privacy in the workplace. It’s the job of business owners to understand these rights and be compliant. Check out this first part in a series on privacy issues.

    5 Tips to Make Working from Home Work for You
    You’re taking on a lot of roles these days in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, and one of them probably involves working from home. Here are some guidelines to navigating your new work arrangements.

    Navigating the New HR Rules
    We asked Cheryl Perez, founder and president of BIG-HR, about the latest HR rules that are impacting small businesses during the Coronavirus outbreak. Here's what she had to say.

    Also, COSE collaborated with Cheryl to bring our members a free one-hour webinar on even more about this topic. Watch the webinar here.

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