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  • BY EILEEN JACKSON
    Wednesday, August 27, 2014 6:00 AM
    Some families like to go to football games together. Others might enjoy the theater or riding bikes. One of my friends’ family are all members of a rock climbing club and spend time every week scaling a tall wall. My family? We’re geeks. Continue reading > 
  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Wednesday, August 20, 2014 6:00 AM
    On a recent weekend, my wife and I were out shopping at one of the big-box home improvement stores in Ankeny and decided we would finally buy three items to take care of projects on our mutual “honey-do” list. Continue reading > 
  • BY ANNE CAROTHERS-KAY
    Wednesday, August 13, 2014 6:00 AM
    I’ve spent most of my career working in newsrooms, big, open rooms with lots of noise: reporters conducting phone interviews, editors talking to reporters, usually while trying to listen to the police scanner or monitor television news shows. Continue reading > 
  • BY KYLE OPPENHUIZEN
    Wednesday, August 06, 2014 6:00 AM
    When I went to my first Young Professionals Connection event nearly four years ago, I was scared. The same thing was true when I went to my first Business Record event... Continue reading > 
  • BY ANNIKA PEICK
    Wednesday, July 30, 2014 6:00 AM
    If you’re anything like me, sitting at a desk for eight hours a day can be pretty taxing on the ol’ joints. I’d wager that at some point or another, all office dwellers suffer from some form of physical discomfort because of their daily 9-to-5 routine. Check out this list of a few of my favorite yoga poses you can use to combat achy hips and legs, lower back pain, eyestrain and everything in between. Continue reading >
     
     
  • BY ADAM FELLER
    Wednesday, July 23, 2014 6:00 AM
    I grew up as a very competitive athlete. I was involved in all kinds of sports. Quite often in sports, you hear inspiring and motivating quotations from coaches and team leaders. (Side note: Why don’t business leaders give more pep talks?) Continue reading > 
  • BY KRIS MAGGARD
    Tuesday, July 15, 2014 6:00 AM
    See, it’s my job and my passion to know the skinny on what’s cool around Greater Des Moines. To appreciate construction and public art and fresh flowers on Fleur Drive. To brag about Broadway shows and public playhouses. To beat a path to the door of any new eatery in town.
    But I think my view was becoming filtered, like an Instagram picture. My elevator speech about life in Greater Des Moines was a little stale... Continue reading > 
  • BY CHRISTINE RICCELLI
    Tuesday, July 08, 2014 6:00 AM
    Realizing I should let it go with an “Atta girl, Ellie, I’m proud of you for knowing the difference,” I instead launch into a lecture about the difference between prescriptive and descriptive ways of viewing word usage and grammar. Being 13, Ellie doesn’t give an inch and we reach an uneasy détente—her insisting that grammar is an infallible set of rules that must be adhered to 100 percent of the time... Continue reading > 
  • BY CHRIS CONETZKEY
    Tuesday, July 01, 2014 12:00 AM
    At the end of the day, everyone ultimately wants to be featured, quoted or have their business profiled - and why not? It’s good for your business. Let’s face it; at one time or another, you’ve probably seen a business featured or somebody quoted and thought, “Why not me?” Trust me, you aren’t alone... Continue reading > 
  • BY JASON SWANSON
    Tuesday, June 24, 2014 6:00 AM
    The San Antonio Spurs have just finished off a dominating run to an NBA championship by dispatching LeBron James and the Miami Heat in the finals and are being heralded across the sports world for playing the game “the right way.” Continue reading > 
  • BY KATHERINE HARRINGTON
    Wednesday, June 18, 2014 6:00 AM
    This is the world of sales. We busily seek out and have the privilege to work with great customers. We develop rapport and diligently serve our customers in meaningful ways. Life marches pretty fast -- especially in the world of sales, where you are juggling a million things at once. Salespeople know it is easier to keep a client than to acquire a new one. However, do you have a customer appreciation and retention program plan in place for your business that is timed, thought through, personal and meaningful? If you don’t have a plan, it won’t happen. Continue reading > 
  • BY EILEEN JACKSON
    Wednesday, June 11, 2014 6:00 AM
    Here at Business Publications Corp. Inc., we pride ourselves on hiring the right people to do the right job. It’s how we provide exceptional service in all that we do. Never has that hit home more for me than when I sat down and tried to write something for this blog. Follow along; you’ll see what I mean. Continue reading > 
  • BY CAROLE CHAMBERS
    Wednesday, June 04, 2014 6:00 AM
    Google the word “brand,” and you’ll find 42 million resources to research.  Under “branding,”you could research brand awareness, brand equity, brand identity, brand management, brand trust. That’s just the beginning! Continue reading > 
  • BY JOE GARDYASZ
    Wednesday, May 28, 2014 6:00 AM
    When my wife and I moved to Greater Des Moines 11 summers ago, our two daughters had just finished first and second grade and were still getting quarters from the tooth fairy. 

    Now, in what seems like just a few months rather than years gone by, we’re getting ready to send our graduating senior off to the University of Northern Iowa this fall, and our younger daughter hopes to visit some colleges this summer. Continue reading > 
  • BY KYLE OPPENHUIZEN
    Wednesday, May 21, 2014 6:00 AM
    As humans, I don’t think most of us really like the thought of disruption. Sure, it kind of sounds fun to disrupt someone else, but it feels a little different when someone is trying to disrupt you. Continue reading > 
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