The Pros and Cons of Using a Virtual Assistant

Regardless of the size and scale of your business, you can find great value in hiring a Virtual Assistant. In the 1970’s, long before the Internet became a major force in business development, virtual assistants were identified with company executives who were always on the move. They were tasked to manage mundane tasks such as…

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8 Valuable Lessons You Can Learn From Your Competition

“Competition” is an aggressive word we usually associate with the idea of battling it out against other people in order to win the prize. In the business world, those other people are business in your industry with similar products or services, and the prize is ultimately winning the customer or client’s business. Finding ways to learn from…

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Making the Most of Holiday Marketing

For most of us, holidays are something to look forward to. They represent a few extra days off work, extra time to spend with friends and family, and an excuse to eat delicious food. Holidays are also an excellent time to breathe fresh life into your marketing strategy by adding some festive cheer to your…

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Jared Walker & Dollar For Portland

After a year of development, Jared Walker has made his mission a reality. Dollar For Portland launched in August of 2015 and has already helped three families with their medical expenses. With roots firmly planted in Portland and with a brand Portlanders can rally behind, this non-profit is worthy of a shout out! We recently had…

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Life Lessons for the Business Owner

Being a business owner is a constant learning curve. There are always new opportunities, new challenges, and new situations forcing us to learn and grow. For me, there’s never a shortage of “lessons” I’m being taught. Here are a few business life lessons I’ve been learning the last several months: Make time to invest in your…

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LinkedIn: Networking for Business

Chances are, if you are a business or a business professional you already have a LinkedIn profile. If you don’t, you want to! Today, there are more than 300 million people on the platform, building their network and engaging with their audience. It may be “just another social platform” to you, but we highly recommend…

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Instagram Refresh: How to Drive Website Traffic

With 75 million active daily users, Instagram continues to be one of the most popular social media platforms used. Over a quarter of the US population used Instagram last year, and this number is expected to climb. After introducing ads in 2013, the platform has been growing in popularity with businesses ranging from industry leaders…

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Why Insurance is an Important Decision for Business Owners

When it comes to owning a small business, there are many details to consider in order to keep your business running effectively. One of the most important choices a small business owner can do for their business is purchase insurance. Eric Lindberg is our go-to insurance professional here in Portland. Eric has been with Country Financial for over…

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6 Vital Lessons I Learned By Taking A Vacation

There are some life lessons we only have to learn once. And then there are others. Like, how sometimes life gets so busy that we forget to take a break. Or, we just choose to stay in the wheel, grinding out the day-to-day routine until we are forced to quit. Whether it is our body…

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When the Going Gets Tough…

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Being an entrepreneur is no joke! It often calls for long days, sleepless nights, and nonexistent weekends. The flipside, however, is what makes it worth it: doing what you love to make a difference in your sphere of influence. Some days, the rewards clearly outweigh the challenges. But other days, the obstacles seem insurmountable and…

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