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The Best Business Hack? Good Manners.
August 15, 2014

Manners may seem like an antiquated art form, but politeness can have a positive effect on productivity and business success. Here are some tips to wooing co-workers and potential business partners in good form:

Direct the conversation to the other person
Getting someone to talk about themselves can bring them the same kind of pleasure as food or money. Asking about someone else's interests and work during a conversation may open the person up and endear them to you. Writer Paul Ford suggested employing the line, "Wow. That sounds hard," in social settings, but it works in business as well.

How to Create a Logo for a Space Engine That Physicists Can't Explain
August 15, 2014

"It's kind of a wacky intro, but stick with me, it gets good." Thus Andy Cruz begins the tale of how his design studio and type foundry, House Industries, ended up creating a brand identity for a futuristic space engine called the Cannae Drive-technology that could potentially cut travel time to Mars from months to mere weeks, overturning the law of conservation of momentum along the way.

The unlikely project came by way of an even less likely referral. It was holiday season 2010, and Cruz and House Industries co-founder Rich Roat were at an event in New York.

Gill Hires Regional Sales Associate
August 14, 2014

Gill Studios Inc., Lenexa, Kan., has promoted Kerry George to the role of regional sales associate for the northeast region.

Since You Can't Manipulate Time, Try These 13 Time-Saving Tips
August 14, 2014

As an entrepreneur you have no limits or restrictions. There is nothing that you can’t achieve. Well, except for freezing time.

Time is the most valuable commodity to an entrepreneur. Most of us would do anything to have another hour in the day. But until someone creates an app to manipulate time, we are forced to manage our time extremely efficiently. Here are 13 tips to help make your days more productive.

1. Schedule “You” time. Set aside a block of time to get your personal stuff out of the way.

How to Wake Up a Sluggish Sales Team
August 14, 2014

Question: My sales team is struggling to meet their quotas month-to-month. Any suggestions on how I can motivate them or help them be more successful?

Answer: Start by diagnosing what’s at the core of their struggles. You can’t motivate away a fundamental flaw in your product or service. Perhaps your price point is too high, your reputation needs a makeover, or your competitors are simply putting out a better-value product or service than you are.

The Vernon Company Adds Account Executive
August 13, 2014

The Vernon Company, Newton, Iowa, recently announced the addition of Shyla McFrederick as account executive to its Central Region. McFrederick is a promotional products industry veteran, specializing in sales to the industrial and restaurant markets.

Vantage Apparel Names West Coast Facility Manager
August 13, 2014

Vantage Apparel, Avenel, N.J., the apparel manufacturer and decorator, announced that it has named Jeff Jennings facility manager for its West Coast sales and embroidery facility in Santa Ana, Calif. Jennings has been working for Vantage for the past 11 years in a customer service role at the company's St. Louis embroidery location.