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How to Compensate Sales People and Improve the Bottom Line

Salespeople usually receive some combination of salary and/or commission. However, the amounts and percentages can differ based on customer traffic, pricing of the products or services, and the time involved in making the sale.

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Ahead Of DNC, Charlotte Celebrates Labor Day with CarolinaFest
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Labor Day 2012

To me, labor means freedom. Thanks to the constitution of the United States I can pursue any legal endeavor I choose. I have the freedom to succeed as well as the freedom to fail. There is more help to succeed in the United States of America than any other place on earth.

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T.O.M.A. – Have You Got It??

As customers adapt to economic conditions they may move from one business to another. So how can you retain the ones you have as well as bringing in new ones? TOMA is the answer.

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Marketing vs. Advertising: Which do you really need?

You're not trying to sell them; you're helping them buy. You're informing them of the best options for them. You don’t slam the competition, but rather, point out differences that are beneficial to your customer.

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TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: Scott Romney (brother of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) dances during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FL - AUGUST 28: Scott Romney (brother of Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney) dances during the Republican National Convention at the Tampa Bay Times Forum on August 28, 2012 in Tampa, Florida. Today is the first full session of the RNC after the start was delayed due to Tropical Storm Isaac. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
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Are Political Conventions Passé?

But what should the republicans do? Sit in stoned silence and render polite applause to electrifying speakers who’ve been told to “tone it down?” Is there any day of the year that someone in the United States is NOT being dealt a “bad hand?”

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HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
HOLLYWOOD, CA - JANUARY 12: Musician Bob Dylan onstage during the 17th Annual Critics' Choice Movie Awards held at The Hollywood Palladium on January 12, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Christopher Polk/Getty Images for VH1)
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Industry Winners and Losers In The Coming Years

The news outlets are constantly reporting on the number of jobs that have moved overseas for cheaper labor, less regulation, lower taxes and to open new markets. Have we really lost those jobs, or is this just another evolutionary process in the economic cycle?

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Where In The World Are We Headed?

What happens in these countries in the future, is going to affect every aspect of your daily life. The US produces more goods and services than it’s possible for us to consume. In order for you to maintain your comfortable lifestyle, new markets for our goods and services must be opened across the globe.

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Mike McCormick and Ed Blackman on Open for Business Saturday Aug. 25th

Can you retire as an entrepreneur. Mike McCormick and Tom will discuss that topic. Plus, Ed Blackman of Gallatin County joins Mike and Tom to talk about Gallatin County Finances.

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“Who Are The Real Job Creators?” Dr. Tim Kane – Friday Aug 24th with Mark and Tom

Dr. Tim Kane's research on entrepreneurship and job creation has been widely cited, notably in the 2011 Economic Report of the President.

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Dress Codes: How Do They Affect Your Business?

Most places I’ve worked, in the past 40 years or so, had some guidelines regarding what was, and was not, acceptable workplace attire.

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