A lot of people consider volunteering an activity done mainly by students and retirees. However, what people don’t often consider is that volunteering within your community helps make your business stronger.

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“These are establishments that are often the character of a neighborhood, a community. The relationships created between customers and those that work in independent business frequently go beyond just purchases — it becomes familial”

– Rembert Browne, culture critic at large, New York Magazine, via Forbes

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Will Work for Food

Will Work for Food

We’ve all been there, speed walking to the point of running when we find out there is free food in the break room. You would think our burst of energy to the box of donuts would prove that food is a great motivator, but many employers overlook such a simple office perk.

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When we think warehouses we often think of a large, open cement and brick space full of skids and boxes. However, warehouses can be used for more than storing overstock or your old baseball cards.

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When you search “tips for growing your small business,” you will often come across lists that include containing costs, franchising, or income streams. What is often left out, however, are social tips, like networking and workshops.

That isn’t to say things like customers, employees, and revenue aren’t important (you are a business, after all), but it is only part of a much larger picture. However, forming strategic partnerships won’t happen sitting in an office or stock room all day.

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Green is the New Black

Green is the New Black

Continually motivating your team to perform can be tricky and exhausting.
For instance, what moves one staff or independent contractor might fall flat with another.
Age, time in life, and personal interests are only part of the puzzle.

One factor that is appreciated by any worker regardless of age, sex or function is an aesthetically pleasing work environment. Although we all have our own personal tastes, not many would say no to a little more nature inside their work space – especially after a long winter or wet spring.

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You may have heard this real-estate mantra before, but do you know why “location” is so important? In the home buying world, it’s possible to buy the right home in the wrong location. In the commercial leasing world, the same can be applied for office space.

But what does the “wrong” location look like? It depends on your taste and your employees’, and it affects every party involved.

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Welcome back to Part 4 of our “Lease Space Like an Expert” series. We’re here to take a look at some of the common mistakes people can make when renting a space, and to say that it doesn’t have to be that way. In this series, we take complicated terms and make them relatable to the everyday leaser. Most mistakes come from miscommunications and avoiding the fine print. We’re coming in to save you from that confusion, and to make YOU look like the expert.
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