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Should you send business holiday cards?

Should you send business holiday cards?

Susan Julien Larimore
11/14/18
Local Business, Holiday

If you’re a business owner, you may be considering whether to send holiday cards. Many businesses have given up the tradition. Some regard it as a waste of time and money. Others believe it is an essential component of building and strengthening important relationships

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Localize your Thanksgiving

Localize your Thanksgiving

Local First
11/12/18
Local Business

Whether you're planning a big meal for family and friends or a small gathering for one or two, here are some great ways to shift your Thanksgiving dollars to local and small businesses

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If you book it, they will come

If you book it, they will come

Guest Blogger
11/6/18
Local Business, Holiday

Tired of the same meeting locations around Grand Rapids? Are you thinking there has to be a different space? This is venue fatigue and if you have it, we’re here to help.

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5 ways to enjoy fall in West Michigan

5 ways to enjoy fall in West Michigan

Local First
10/29/18
Food, Local Business, Eat Local

Fall is a beautiful season in West Michigan as the air becomes cooler and leaves on the trees transform from green to orange, red and yellow. With West Michigan being home to the Fruit Ridge – one of the best fruit-growing regions in the world – there is an abundance of orchards and farms to explore and plenty of apples and fresh cider to enjoy during the fall season.

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Building healthy relationships from the database up

Building healthy relationships from the database up

Mieke Stoub
10/22/18
Local Business

We talk a lot about a human-scale, people first economy, which is based on relationships between a business, its employees, and its community. It takes a long time to build relationships with the many people who make this community function. And when it comes to maintaining relationships that are company and organization-wide, keeping track of how they evolve over time can be a tall order.

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WMCAT sets the record straight

WMCAT sets the record straight

Mieke Stoub
10/11/18
Local Business

Businesses and nonprofits need to keep a lot of records: Sales, donations, addresses, historical data, and engagement benchmarks. When these records are off or unorganized, it can create a lot of extra work and soak up hours of time. In some cases, it can even put institutions in jeopardy.

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