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Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #2

Meet Bob, Michele, David, and Isabella Meet Bob (and  Michele, David, and Isabella) Bob lives in Middle America, where he owns a nice house in a middle-class neighborhood and drives a practical car, which he bought, used, several years ago. Bob isn’t fancy, however. In fact, if you asked him, Bob would tell you that […]

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board member

An Experienced Executive May Make an Effective Board Member

What Makes a Successful Board Member? [Editor’s Note: if you are an experienced CEO, CFO or another executive, you may be thinking about putting your hat in the ring to be a director of another company. Or, perhaps you are the owner or a board member of a company looking for an outside director. Either […]

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alternative assets

Alternative Assets and the “Average” Accredited Investor Installment #1

Who Is This Series For? This series of articles is written for the average “accredited investor.” An “accredited investor” is a legal term that refers to anyone (a) whose net worth, either alone or with a spouse, exceeds $1 million (not including the positive equity in her or his primary residence); or (b) who has […]

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cost of clutter

The Cost of Clutter: Physical, Emotional and Digital

How Much is Clutter Actually Costing You? What if I told you that digital and physical clutter negatively impact your productivity and performance? Similar to multitasking, clutter of all types overloads your senses causing your brain and body to feel stressed and reduces your creativity. Maybe that’s why Pinterest is loaded with storage solutions that would […]

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trump 1984

So. Much. Winning. Let’s Party Like It’s 1984

The S&P 500 fell 2.3% and the Dow fell 2.2% on Friday. Is the sky falling? Look, short-term market swings do not define an economy. On the other hand, a market that constantly swings based on what a single man tweets is not exactly the sine qua non for sound financial markets. Be that as […]

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family governance

Family Governance is Not Business Governance

Family Businesses Need Strategies to Govern Both the Family and the Business Family businesses are unique and the way they are run differs from family to family. Each business has varying degrees of corporate governance. Formal governance structures grow as the business grows and becomes more complex. Governance processes trail business needs in most situations. When […]

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best food documentaries

Ten Best Food Documentaries: Sustainable and Beyond

Get Smart with the Ten Best Food Documentaries I am a sucker for a good food documentary. I love to learn more about how our food is made, how it affects our world, and how it affects our bodies. Many of these documentaries also expose the problems in the current food and agricultural system that […]

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weekly meal planning

Being Fit and Healthy Starts with Weekly Meal Planning

Weekly Meal Planning for a Healthier You and a Happier Bank Account Being fit and healthy impacts more than just clothing size. Research has shown that employees with a healthy BMI earn more money over the course of their career than those with an unhealthy BMI. Employees who are fit tend to have better immune […]

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dress professionally with style

How to Dress Professionally with Style (Without Breaking the Bank)

Your Closet and Your Career Will Thank You You have finally decided that it is time to amp up your wardrobe! Boring black pants and a button-down shirt are not cutting it anymore. You want to get noticed by your boss, garner respect from your coworkers, and command attention in a room full of your […]

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consumer sales and marketing challenges

Overcoming the Biggest Consumer Sales and Marketing Challenges

Consumer Sales and Marketing Challenges That May Challenge You Too Consumer-focused businesses have three key challenges: Understanding what the customer/market wants Targeting the right segments Differentiating what they offer from what their competitors offer In all my years creating marketing plans, these challenges continue to pop up the most frequently. And the product, service, size […]

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