Categories: VanderWall News 10May Rep. VanderWall announces May coffee hours State Rep. Curt VanderWall of Ludington invites residents to join him for May coffee hours.“I have held coffee hours every month since being elected so I can keep the community informed and answer any questions they may have regarding state government,” VanderWall said. “I encourage all residents to attend my coffee hours.”Rep. VanderWall will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, May 149 to 10 a.m. at Scottville City Hall, 105 Main St. in Scottville;11 a.m. to noon in the Manistee County Board of Commissioners Room, 415 Third St. in Manistee;2 to 3 p.m. at Suttons Bay Bingham District Library, 416 Front St. in Suttons Bay; and6 to 7 p.m. at Frankfort City Hall, 412 Main St. in Frankfort. No appointment is necessary to attend coffee hours. Anyone unable to attend during the scheduled times may contact Rep. VanderWall at his office at (517) 373-0825 or [email protected]
5 Strategies For Business Growth Many People ForgetJanuary 2, 2019 by Martin Zwilling 252SHARESFacebookTwitterLinkedin Filed Under: Advice, Management, Resources, Strategic In this age of constant market evolution and new technology, there is no such thing as a static business that is self-sustaining. The traditional approach of implementing stable and repeatable processes, so that your business can run itself, no longer works. Just ask former big brand companies, like Blockbuster, Kodak, Lehman Brothers, and Sears, what happened to them.As a small business advisor, I always recommend that being “self-sustaining” requires taking frequent and aggressive measures to step out ahead of the pack, including yourself before you start feeling the pain of change and new competitors around you. Specific measures that go beyond the traditional linear thinking include the following:Develop new products for your existing segment. Rather than enhancing the offering you have, develop and offer new products that capitalize on the customers that you already know well. Competitors tend to focus on price and other variations to existing offerings. Too many businesses only think of new products when in crisis mode.For example, Facebook added WhatsApp as a cross-platform messaging and Voice over IP (VoIP) service to enhance the self-sustaining growth of their social media platform before any downturn. WhatsApp alone now has a user base of over one and a half billion users.Introduce disruptive technologies to this domain. Rather than rely only on linear thinking, the best entrepreneurs are always looking to offer in parallel a more dramatic new alternative. Since these usually require a large investment, and more time, including customer education, they need to be started while your current business is still healthy.Apple did this with the introduction of the smartphone, which altered the value chain for computers, video, and software, which were already staples that they knew well. Richard Branson is doing it with Virgin Galactic space rides, without impacting his Virgin Airlines.Populating new domains to sustain your market. If your product is already unique, then new domains would include adding online to enhance storefronts, and alternatives for business to complement consumer offerings. These allow you to get new growth without fighting existing competitors. Defining new domains is even more powerful.Elon Musk is doing both of these, first by expanding his Tesla electric vehicle initiatives beyond cars, into self-driving taxis and trucks, and secondly by entering new domains of transportation with SpaceX and Hyperloop. He entertains no sense of a static business.Redefine your product to reach a new category. This strategy, often called breakaway positioning, has the intent of expanding your product opportunity into a previously unreachable category. It also has the advantage over competitors of retaining existing customers, while at the same time attracting new customers from another category.For example, Swatch was able through marketing to define their watches as fashion accessories, as well as timepieces, greatly expanding their segment. Uber added UberLUX, with stylish high-end cars, to declare access to the limousine category.Implement a plan for regular strategic acquisitions. Unlike a total reliance on internal innovation and organic growth, growth through acquisition or merger is generally faster and can be self-sustaining as a process. Further, acquisition offers other advantages such as easier financing, instant economies of scale, and new market penetration.For example, even the giant Amazon acquired Whole Foods as a growth entryway into the competitive grocery and food industry. Apple acquired Shazam to quickly boost Apple Music by letting users identify songs, movies, and commercials from short audio clips.The reality is that you can never stop changing your business, and still be self-sustaining. The strategies outlined here may seem intuitively obvious, but they require real effort and discipline to implement, perhaps why so few companies consistently outperform the market. Change is the only constant in business, so now is the time for making your plan for regular change a priority.Reprinted by permission.PREVIOUS POSTNEXT POST
for a long time did not write the soft, because of work reasons, only bubble forum. Found in the A5 and CHINAZ recently mentioned a lot of the construction of the chain posts. Read a lot, as if this forum is still the main force. But many people will find that the number of the chain is now very easy to saturation. The number of chain growth to a certain number, and then to send the number or remain unchanged. Some peers is not a day to send the chain disappeared a lot. What is the reason?
for this particular day I pay attention to my own in the BBS hair of the chain, you will find that most of the BBS hair posts, survival is almost a week. Before you can live a few months of the forum has gradually gone. Reduce the number of the chain, greatly and suck on the forum. Some time ago it was said that the degree of weakening the weight of the forum signature, followed by the introduction of a new signature SEOWHY policy. This will undoubtedly make the forum posted on weekdays, the number of signatures outside the chain of the owners are worse. Then how should we do website promotion next? Here and put forward some of my own, also hope to master a lot of advice.
first, the forum can not completely give up, and that we should not defend, but does not mean to give up directly. After all, the forum is cited spider, do the best place outside the chain. And easy to use, increase the number of simple. In addition to the daily forum outside the chain need to pay attention to the amount of bbs. In fact, there are some ways to increase the site’s UV. For example, through the station letter, message boards, and even their own station blog, etc.. These techniques with a good, still allows the forum to promote the top half of the sky.
highly recommended blog promotion. Although the blog promotion need to blog, but also repeatedly said that the weight of the blog in the lower. But is always the most stable of the chain. So let’s spend some time on it. Here I would like to share with you a Baidu space seconds to receive tips. That is, through the forwarding to achieve the Baidu space was included in the article. This method is tested. At least here and will do every day for 2 to 3 seconds, sylvia.
talk again and again, know this, bold and unrestrained has been trying and improving. Found in the application of Baidu ID now in English, numbers, Chinese combination of methods to start the account of the chain effect is good. Of course, every day will be replaced by the new ID, IP. Recommend you try it, the effect is very good.
due to the limited space, bold and unrestrained (http://s.wemec.com) here is not a list of various promotion methods. To write this article, I hope that we do not blindly eat the death of the forum and the signature of the chain. In fact, we have a lot of places to do, you can try. I remember when I first entered a senior said, as long as you adhere to and strive to do every day outside the chain, one day you will find a qualitative leap. I believe that the most practical and simple website promotion skills is constantly trying to insist on.
Though USC is the most internationally diverse university in the country, diversity might not translate to friend groups, according to a recent study by the Group Process & Intergroup Relations.The study concluded that as large universities become more diverse, students tend to only make friends with those who share their own interests and backgrounds.The study refers to the term “social selection” — the idea that students will actively select friends who are ethnically similar and have like interests.USC, with its large international population, seems to follow this trend. The Freshman Profile and Admisson Information 2011-2012 revealed an increase in the international student population.“Greater human diversity within an environment leads to less personal diversity within dyads,” the study said.One reason for this might be that students’ unfamiliarity with college leads them to form friends with those similar to themselves, said Linda Wong, executive director of the Center for Urban Education at the USC Rossier School of Education.“For a lot of freshman students, attending college may be their first experience away from home and with such unfamiliar surroundings,” Wong said. “I am not surprised by the study, but I do believe it is the job of the university to create an environment that enables students to establish diverse relationships.”In comparison with last year’s Freshman Profile, the number of international students increased 4 percent. Among freshmen, 15 percent tends to come from areas such as China, South Korea, Canada and India.Of enrolled freshmen at USC, 7 percent identifies as African-American, 12 percent as Latino/Hispanic, 2 percent as Native American/Pacific Islander and 25 percent as Asian. Of freshmen, 39 percent are Caucasian, compared with 42 percent in 2010 statistics.Mayur Shah, an undeclared freshman, said the study accurately depicts the social environment at USC.“Walking around campus, I see people of the same ethnicity hanging out together a lot more than I see a mix,” Shah said. “This is understandable, though, because a lot of us are looking for familiarity in a new environment, and especially for internationals, I think it is a difficult transition.”Wong said the university needs to proactively integrate diversity into all aspects of school life in order to create a diverse environment on campus.“The study shows that simply creating a diverse campus won’t necessarily create a diverse individual,” Wong said. “Students must be willing to go beyond comfort zones while the university must create an environment that gives them that opportunity.”Ryan Choi, a freshman majoring in chemical engineering, said he attempts to find friends who match his interests, not necessarily his ethnicity.“Just because I’m Asian doesn’t mean I only want Asian friends,” Choi said. “For me, social selection just means finding nice people who are accepting of my interests and ideas.”A diverse community is crucial for a university and prepares students for life after college, Wong said.“Exposure to diversity is critical because that’s the nature of the world we live in,” Wong said. “At some point, we all experience it. To have an opportunity in a university environment will better prepare students for the real world.”