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How conscious is your business?

In November 2013 the National Labor Relations Board announced it would prosecute Wal-Mart, the country’s largest employer, for widespread violations of workers’ rights, including pressuring its workers not to engage in legally protected strikes for better working conditions.

In recent years the behemoth corporation has faced a torrent of lawsuits connected with workers’ rights, including issues of low wages and inadequate health care. Anecdotes are rampant of workers kept at part time status to deny them the benefits of full time workers and applying for local government assistance such as food stamps and health care since their low wages cannot provide for these basic necessities. Should the world’s largest retailer provide its workers with a living wage?

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The Retailer’s Perspective: Every... Single... Year!

You know, it never fails to happen every year, but it still amazes me just the same. What I’m talking about is the audacity of some of the people that show up and expec...

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Perseverance - The Key to a Jeweler’s Success

Twenty years ago my wife and I opened our jewelry store in downtown Hudson, NC.   Like many of you, we got started on a “wing and a prayer.”   I had been runnin...

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The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

The Story Behind the Stone: Hi-Yo Silver!

Women are doing more than adorning themselves with jewelry these days; they make choices that hint to their jewelry-savvy. Lately, their alluring baubles can tell much ab...

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24 Karat Corner: We have a winner!

24 Karat Corner: We have a winner!

If your place of work is anything like mine, right now somebody is organizing the Super Bowl pool.   And, again, if your place is like mine, all the guys who can expla...

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The Modern Day Sales Presentation: Creating your selling style

Along our journey to discovering the modern day sales presentation, I have shared with you insights that have revolutionized my sales career. I hope the importance of see...

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Make 2014 your best year ever!

Last year is gone. Some of you are glad to see it go, others may have had their best year ever, or maybe you broke even. It really doesn’t matter. The past is behind us...

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Do you remind yourself daily of your purpose for being in business?

It’s very easy as a business owner to get caught up in the daily problems and hassles of running a business. Sometimes you need to step back and take a look at what it ...

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Internet Marketing Strategies: Social Media Marketing

Social Media is one of the most powerful online tools for small businesses today. From a business perspective, there has never been a better way to reach millions of peop...

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