Veterans Day

This Veterans Day, saying “thank you for your service” is not enough. Veterans Day honors living veterans – a day to understand what so many brave men and women have done for our country. Ask a Veteran what they did in the military – where and when they served, and listen to their personal stories. Your questions are a more...
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A Season of Woes

It took the Baltimore Orioles 65 seasons to earn the worst record in club history – a heart-breaking 115 loses – 61 games behind the Boston Red Sox. Attendance slumped 23% – dipping below 2 million. For O’s fans, 2018 eclipsed the 1988 season – though that 21-game season-opening losing streak will remain conspicuous in the team’s...
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Back To School

That foreboding day has returned – along with the rush for new shoes, haircuts, backpacks, and supplies. Over 78 million students are headed to the classroom, with a reported 2.5% suffering from Didaskaleinophobia, the fear of going back to school. Yes, it’s real. Remember the feeling the night before the first day of school? Excitement mixed...
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Marketing With Substance

In 1952, advertising sage Leo Burnett proclaimed “what helps people, helps business.” This credo is at the core of socially-conscious companies that wisely include customers in promotions and marketing. Recently, I saw a commercial for Firehouse Subs, a national chain that wears its corporate culture on its sleeve. Their mission: a commitment to flavorful food, heartfelt service, and...
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Vacation Aversion

Summer has arrived and July 4th falls on a Wednesday. This week I’ve heard business owners say, almost apologetically, “I’m taking vacation the week of July 4th  – it’s just four days off that way.” American entrepreneurs and business-owners use just 25% of their vacation days, and worse yet, 42% don’t take any vacation at all. Sadly, of those who take a...
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Facing Mortality

If you missed HBO’s documentary, John McCain – For Whom The Bell Tolls, on Memorial Day – demand it or stream it. Like most Americans, I was aware of McCain’s heroic past and his maverick style of politics. HBO opens the door to his battle with brain cancer and his resilience as he continues to...
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