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March 27, 2017

Every customer or donor wants to feel valued and have their unique wants, needs and concerns addressed. One way to strengthen your customer relationships is to help them feel like you’re talking specifically to them.

After all, we all pay more attention to something that “speaks”…


March 20, 2017

If you’re in or nearing retirement, you’re likely thinking about it as a time to relax, check items off your bucket list and enjoy what you’ve earned.

But from a financial standpoint, it’s important not to get too comfortable. It is important to stay diligent and be aware of…

March 13, 2017

Leadership isn’t easy. People and employees who think being a leader means sitting in the corner office, taking three-hour lunches and spending afternoons on the golf course are sadly mistaken.

Leadership is difficult — and leadership should be difficult. Why? Because at its heart,…


March 06, 2017

A question I often get during tax season is, “Do I have to file?” This answer changes each year depending upon the current tax laws at the time, your filing status, the type and amount of income. Some general guidelines, depending on filing status for federal and North Carolina amounts.…


February 27, 2017

When it comes to Social Security, many people know the basics. They understand that they can collect early or wait until full retirement age (FRA), but they may not know the intricacies of Social Security — and may make a decision prematurely without all the details.

The truth is, Social…


February 20, 2017

Starting your own business can be exciting and rewarding.

But it requires planning, creativity and hard work. Consider whether you have the following characteristics commonly associated with successful entrepreneurs:

■ Comfortable taking risks: Being your own boss also means you’re the…


February 06, 2017

In your life, you will want to take many journeys. But of all the destinations you can identify, few will be as important as retirement – specifically, a comfortable retirement.

And that’s why it’s so important to consider the “roadblocks” you might encounter on your…


January 30, 2017

Having a strong online presence is a critical component of a marketing strategy for most organizations, regardless of business size or industry.

It is particularly important for those that rely on local customers. In fact, Google recently revealed that 97 percent of consumers use the web as their…


January 23, 2017

As the new year begins, many people will reassess their goals for success. To do that, most will lean toward using their influence to achieve success and realize their dreams and goals.

One powerful way to build success in life, both professionally and personally, is through influence. Influence is…

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