Category Archives: Articles

Hiring Workers In a Tight Labor Market (NOLN)

Last May, the U.S. unemployment rate dipped below 4 percent, the lowest it had been in 18 years. June’s rate ticked up to just over 4 percent, but the current tight labor market is here to stay. This is posing … Continue reading

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Bucksport: Life After The Mill (Island Journal)

 Maine has endured a litany of paper mill closures in recent years. These have been devastating to the communities that leaned heavily on the jobs and tax base these mills provided. But only one town moving into the state’s post-paper era can leverage its rich coastal assets. Continue reading

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Chatting With the SheCANic, Patrice Banks (NOLN)

Patrice Banks, author of Girls Auto Clinic Glove Box Guide, someone who admits to being a “former auto airhead,” recognizes that while women represent an important demographic in terms of marketing and being potential customers to auto-related business owners. Banks’ own journey is one based on education, which led to empowerment. From there, Banks ended up founding Girls Auto Clinic, a woman-run auto business with female mechanics. Continue reading

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The Nuts and Bolts of Offering Total Car Care to Your Customers (NOLN)

My March 2018 article for National Oil & Lube News on how Fast Lubes can enhance what they offer their customers by embracing the total car care model. PDF article march 2018

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OpEd in Memory of My Son

Dealing with leaders like Donald Trump and Paul LePage who see Earth as merely something to exploit and profit from, it’s all-too-easy to become desensitized and resort to social media-based hang-wringing. But Mark’s example also offers us a model for “resistance,” and I believe a viable way forward. Continue reading

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Increasing Profits By Reducing Waste (NOLN)

Organization and downsizing are topics that frequently show up during morning news features and in polite conversation. Continue reading

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Taking Convenience to the Next Level Co-branding Your Business (NOLN)

People are busy, maybe busier than ever before. Multitasking is the new norm. Forcing them to focus on simply one thing while getting work done on their car—like an oil change or repair—is running the risk of inconveniencing them in a major way. Continue reading

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Lighting Up Your Wash and Shop (NOLN)

The car wash industry generates more than $15 billion in retail sales in North America. Discerning drivers recognize that washing their cars is one aspect in protecting the sizeable investment they’ve made.

A survey conducted by the International Car Wash Association (ICA) indicates a trend that consumers now prefer to have their cars washed for them, rather than dragging out the hose and bucket and doing it themselves. Over the past 20 years, the number of vehicles washed at professional car washes has increased from 47 percent, to 72 percent.
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Fresenius is Open for Collaboration (ABQ)

For decades, corporations in the United States had a stereotypical look and design.

Traditional work spaces were built to house people doing their own tasks. But just as technology, globalization, and shifts in the 21st century culture of work have transformed employment, these same factors are also leading to changes in physical spaces. Continue reading

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Missing Mr. Moxie

Missing Mr. Moxie As another renown Moxie Festival approaches, ‘Mayor of Moxietown’ Frank Anicetti will be remembered fondly By Jim Baumer, Special to the Sun Journal LISBON — Summer’s arrival is sweet, especially when considering the season’s perceived shortness for … Continue reading

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