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Empowering Leaders to Combat Burnout: A Guide for Business Owners, Leaders, and the Self-Employed

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In today’s fast-paced business environment, the health and well-being of employees have become paramount. A recent study by AFLAC found that about half (48%) of all employees believe their employers care about them. This perception of care significantly impacts job satisfaction, with over 84% of employees who feel cared for reporting high job satisfaction, compared to just 32% among those who do not feel cared for. However, a concerning 57% of those surveyed reported experiencing moderate to very high levels of burnout. This data underscores a critical need for business owners, leaders, and self-employed individuals to prioritize employee well-being and address burnout proactively.

The Importance of Empathy in Leadership

Empathy in leadership is not just a nice-to-have quality; it is essential for the health and productivity of the workforce.… Read the rest

Embracing the Summer Season for Business Growth

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The unofficial start of summer is upon us, and with it comes a season of change for many small businesses. School is out, vacations are in, and customer behavior shifts as people embrace the warmer weather and longer days.

For some businesses, summer is a time of enormous revenue; for others, it can herald a long dry spell. However, with a bit of planning and creativity, summer can also be a season of growth and opportunity, regardless of your industry (except maybe snow plowing).

Capitalizing on Summer Opportunities

Summer offers unique opportunities to refresh your branding, engage customers, and capture the carefree spirit of the season. People are looking for ways to have fun and are in a vacation mindset even if they’re at home.… Read the rest

Celebrating Small Business Week

A typical American Main Street scene, bustling with activity. The street is lined with a variety of small businesses including a bakery, and a bookstore

Small Business Week is an annual event in the United States that highlights the critical role small businesses play in local and national economies. These enterprises are pivotal in creating jobs, diversifying the economy, and contributing to local tax bases.

The Role of Small Businesses

Small businesses are major employers, especially at the local level, providing a variety of job opportunities. They contribute to economic resilience, helping communities withstand economic downturns by diversifying the local economy. Their contribution to local and state revenues also supports essential public services.

Challenges and Benefits

Challenges: Small businesses often face hurdles like limited access to capital, intense competition from larger corporations, and the heavy burden of regulatory compliance.

Benefits: Supporting local small businesses keeps money within the community, enhances its unique character, and strengthens local networks.… Read the rest

Keep Your Business in Check: Update Your Mailing Address Today!

Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade Reminds Business Owners to “Keep it Current” By Updating Their Mailing Address

Attention Oregon business owners and nonprofit leaders! The Oregon Secretary of State LaVonne Griffin-Valade, along with the Corporation Division, is spearheading an essential outreach campaign. The focus? To remind you to verify that your organization’s mailing address on file is accurate and current.

Why is This Important?

The Corporation Division holds the critical task of maintaining Oregon’s state business and nonprofit registry. A primary channel through which the division communicates vital information such as renewal notices is through mail. This means that the accuracy of the mailing addresses in their system is paramount.

A Call to Action from Secretary Griffin-Valade

Secretary Griffin-Valade emphasizes the significance of keeping your mailing address up-to-date. “Your business’s mailing address is the primary way we can get in touch with important information about your business, like when it’s time to renew,” she states.… Read the rest

Mastering Focus in a World of Distractions

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As small business owners and solopreneurs, you’re often expected to juggle multiple roles simultaneously. Initially, this multitasking might seem cost-effective, but it quickly becomes apparent that a scattered focus can significantly hinder your business efficiency. When your attention is split across numerous tasks and objectives, you might find yourself merely dabbling in everything without ever achieving a sense of completion. You end up firefighting throughout the day, starting various projects but ending the day dissatisfied with your progress.

This is why maintaining sharp focus is essential—it’s not just beneficial for you but also sets a positive example for your team and primes your business for success. In a world that seems to celebrate constant busyness over actual productivity, here are some strategies to help you stay focused and achieve your business goals:

Strategies for Staying Focused in a Bustling Environment

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