07 April 2017
In our digital-oriented world, whether it be for work or leisure- we’re sending countless emails a day to friends, colleagues, clients, and more! Most of our business’ public-face is made up of social media, online ads, and e-newsletters- so don’t neglect your ability to tune up your one-on-one email. BEcourteous. BEeffective. A few common rules: NO SHOUTING No emojis in formal messages Try to write short paragraphs that are broken up with space in-between Create an impressive email “signature” at the bottom of your emails with your name, links, social media presences, phone number, and tagline/quote Do’s Include a title- if you don’t it’s a BIG mistake. Blank subjnect lines often get missed BEspecific- include exactly what you’re referring to, such as a meeting so recipients can prioritize your message easily BEbrief- Keep it under 30 characters so the full line will show up on smart phones Use a courteous greeting Make it personal Read your email before you press send Don’ts Use the words IMPORTANT or URGENT- unless it’s a truly pressing matter Shorten the recipient’s name Use too many acronyms- not everyone recognizes or understands them Overdo punctuation- too many !!! and ??? can seem unprofessional and rude
14 February 2017
14 February 2017
When you’re running a business, it’s tough to remember all of the little things to stay in compliance, or just stay organized. Call Business BEactive to help get your files in order for 2016. Regardless of the business type, you’re bound to have at least one employee, so let’s get the file/s right. Here’s an example of what an audit form should look like: Audit form needs to be modified based on the specific documents you want to verify are in employee personnel files.] Employee Name ______________________________ Date of Hire _________________ Employment/Orientation Records Application or resume (keep in medical/confidential file if it has protected information on it) Offer letter Confidentiality/ noncompete agreement Handbook acknowledgment (latest revision date_____________) Drug testing policy acknowledgment Drug testing consent form Background check consent form ______________________ Performance Records Performance evaluation forms Self-evaluations Relevant disciplinary warnings and performance improvement plans ____________________________ Training Records _________________ Required training/certification _________________ Required training/certification General new-hire safety training checklist or acknowledgment ________ safety training Sexual harassment training acknowledgement Remove the following types of documents from employee personnel files: I-9s and any copies of identification Investigation notes and reports Any drug test or background check results Payroll records containing SSNs or other protected information, including W-4s and garnishments Medical or confidential records, including anything that has protected information such as a date of birth, medical information, marital status, religious beliefs, etc. including: Benefit enrollment forms for current year, beneficiary forms, benefit claims Leave of absence documentation (FMLA and non-FMLA), disability or WC documentation Notes: Audit Completed by _________________________________ Date ______________ – See more at: http://www.shrm.org/templatestools/samples/hrforms/articles/pages/auditfilesample.aspx#sthash.yRMreT9r.dpuf Auditing can be a difficult process if you don’t have the knowledge or time. See more here and call Marie, today!
09 January 2017
What are your business’ colors? Green and purple? Yellow? Black? What does that say about your company, and more importantly -what does it make your employees and clients, FEEL. Green- sparks creativity Red- reduces analytical thinking Blue is most accepted Orange- associated with good value Pink- calms people White- boring (surprised?)
31 December 2016
09 October 2016
I am writing this email to share that my (our) friend, colleague, artist, and musician, Christopher Wurzburg, has passed away. Chris was another designer that Business BEactive worked with to exceed our clients expectations. He’s sadly, no longer with us and that means that another is gone too young. At only 23, he had built such an amazing life for himself. He started off as a singer/guitarist in Catch Me If You Can in Rochester, NY, then went on to form Forget Me In Vegas. Then, picking up everything he had, he drove to LA to make a change for himself. After working for Apple, he decided to freelance in graphic and web design -that’s when we decided to work together. And here we are.. without Chris, but remembering that every day must be lived as it were our last because even though we’re young and it seems we have a whole life ahead of us, you just never know. I remember when he drove 4 hours just to donate his time to a fashion show event that I put together for my college internship. That meant so much to me! Then, afterwards sitting at the bonfire with friends, just listening to him and his brother play guitar. Priceless moments. We will keep this focused on thoughts for Chris and his close family and friends, but know that there are some changes to come for Business BEactive -both in his absence and for reasons of our own. We will no longer offer app development or custom-coded websites at this time. We will continue to focus on building our client’s brand, location, and social media presence. We WILL be expanding business and making 2017 our best year yet. I’d like to thank Chris for his contributions to music, our team, and the many lives he’s touched. Again, please keep Chris (even though you may not have known him) and his friends and family, in your thoughts today. It’s appreciated. Thank you.
06 October 2016
When people are looking to sell their homes, typically a lot of thought and research goes into just the right timing and pricing before the “For Sale” sign goes up. Signal is here to put a few numbers up and a lot of perspective into place. For the past three years Southwest Florida housing market has been consistently increasing. There has been a demand of people who are looking to live in Naples full-time instead of just visiting. Currently the Naples market trends indicate a 2% increase ($5,750) in median home sales over just this past year. The average price per square foot has risen to $191 from $188. If you’re thinking about selling your home, now seems like the perfect time to do so. Job growth has gone up 2.3% this year and it only looks like it’s going up from here.More and more families are wanting to live in the Naples area giving home sellers a bigger pond to sell to. Although we live in Naples where the standard of living is more than decent, with the housing( and job) market bettering, along comes an even higher standard of living. The median listing price for a home is currently just under $400,000. With such a high median, there is potential for a better return on your investment when selling your home with Signal.
27 August 2016
25 June 2016
Many not-for-profits are always looking for ways to publicize their organization and bring in monetary donations. Work with Marie at Business BEactive to plan your event, today! Don’t think that you cannot afford to hire a consultant. Business BEactive is a huge supporter of not-for-profit organization and will often provide services at little or no cost to your organization. Here are some ideas to get the brain-juices, flowing: Involve the children- Do not ignore children, because they have power to influence parents and donors. Children have a way of hyping up peer influence which is good for business. Let children participate in a show or other event, and parents will turn out in waves to help the cause and support their children.. Host a street carnival- Get a bouncing castle onto the street complete rented with music or band. Allow people to play games for small amounts of money and charge an entry fee. This is a great joint event idea where many charities in your community can come together to all have different booths and raise money. Text in dollars- Have people text to donate a small amount, which will simply be added onto their phone bill. Fashion show- Coordinate a fashion show to feature local merchants, ask for donations at the door. This is a great, fun, and fashionable way to raise funds for your organization. Organize a competition- Have a competition say eating, dressing or fashion. Members of public will pay to participate in voting or tasting foods or sampling fashion as they donate to the cause. Just be aware of local laws regarding competitions before you start, so you can make sure that your competition is legal! Wrap events around the holidays- Get people to donate a certain amount of money on their special events. Target occasions such as birthdays and public holidays where it is easy to net many people simultaneously. Valentine and Christmas would be a great choice. For example, you could partner with a local winery for Valentine’s Day to have people purchase a certain type of premium wine where a percentage of the proceeds go to your charity. Date auction- Line up volunteers in turns for auction and the highest bidder get a chance to go for a date with a volunteer. This is always a fun (and usually funny) event, especially if you include dates with local celebrities!