4 Keys to “Lights Out” manufacturing operations

In honor of Manufacturing Month, I thought I’d mention one of the manufacturing ideas that I heard a bit about at a summit early in the month. First, as more of a techie, I needed a quick definition of “lights out” manufacturing.  My concept includes servers in racks, serving up computer resources to companies at …

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September is National Emergency Preparedness Month

It’s National Emergency Preparedness Month Are You Prepared? By now you’ve probably held your fire drill or tornado drill or other safety preparedness drills to keep your staff safe – and if you haven’t, you should!  But in addition to that, have you considered making sure your business is kept safe and can resume operations …

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Meltdown

Yikes, it’s HOT!! Heat waves, heat warnings, power outages, lethargy.  What’s a small business owner to do? Around here we’re used to going almost straight from winter to summer and then back again – spring and fall are short seasons.  This past spring was all rain until we hit the heat warning days, with precious …

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Is thunderstorm season over yet???

Many of us have had excess rain this year, accompanied by lightning!  As I’m talking with customers this summer, it seems that this rain may never end.  You may have had several opportunities so far to practice your bad-weather emergency plans with your staff.  Hopefully you’ve noted down some of the following from those experiences: …

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3 steps to taking a real vacation!

Be honest – how many years has it been since you actually took a vacation and checked out of all work responsibilities?  How long has it been since you could be gone more than two days without paying dearly for it when you got back? We’ve been doing more with less people for decades now, …

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5 Advantages of having a Business Continuity Plan

You may have seen the statistics – only 2 out of 3 businesses have a business continuity plan, and 90% of businesses without a plan will fail following a disaster.  That’s a virtual guarantee of failure. You don’t want to be one of those businesses that failed simply because they didn’t give a little time …

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6 Signs You Might be Lucky

You might be lucky if: Despite a lack of a business continuity plan, you stay in business following a disaster – that would put you in a small group of 10%! You never have an electrical storm that affects the power in your area. You have never experienced even a mild electrical surge. The only …

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The 3-step “Quick and Dirty” Business Continuity Plan

If you just can’t spare the time to put together a full continuity plan, there are a few things you can do to pull together some basic pieces to tide you over until you can carve out some time to give it the proper attention. The following is a short outline to get your “quick and …

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Can you stay in business in the face of the unexpected?  According to a study by Touche Ross, you only have a 10% chance of staying in business if you don’t have a business continuity plan.  And at least half of small businesses don’t have one. Please use the tools on this site to help …

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