Loose ends to tie up before 2012
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We've reached the home stretch of 2011. All too soon, fall will give way to winter, and holiday music and merchandise will be all around us. For the small business owner, this is the time of year to make sure you have everything squared away for 2012 because when it comes to some of these decisions, waiting until you write your 2012 New Year's resolutions will be too late. Here are five things to consider for your small business while it's still 2011. More
Promoting employees without increasing pay
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What risks do small business owners run when promoting employees but not giving them raises? Such a practice likely lowers morale and engenders resentment among employees who are asked to do more, or to take on more responsibility, for the same pay. More
How to master the Ansoff Matrix
The price of doing a great job carving out a unique niche is that the specialty that made you successful can start to hold you back. If you make the world's greatest $5,000 wine fridge, you may have a nice, fat-margin business until you run out of people willing to spend $5,000 to keep their wine cool. To brainstorm how to grow beyond the niche that got you started, consider the Ansoff Matrix. It was first published in the Harvard Business Review in 1957 but remains a helpful framework for business owners today. More
Rolf C. Hagen passes
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Rolf C. Hagen, Founder and Chairman of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., passed away suddenly yet peacefully at his home in Montreal surrounded by his loving wife Marianne and grandson Justin on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2011.
Rolf C. Hagen was born in 1932, the third of 10 children, in a small seaside town in northern Germany.
In 1955, inspired by a simple idea, he came to Canada and sowed the seeds of Rolf C. Hagen Inc., which blossomed to become one of the world's largest family-owned manufacturers and distributors of pet care products.
He started by acquiring bird seeds from the Canadian prairies and exporting them back to Germany. His small export business eventually flourished and branched out into a solid, well-respected pet supplies business that today spans many continents. More
Ohio governor implements executive order on 'dangerous wild animals'
In response to recent events in Ohio, Governor Kasich has issued an Executive Order and the General Assembly has proposed legislation pertaining to the ownership of dangerous wild animals. The Executive Order (EO) calls for review of all existing native wild animal permits, restricts wild animal auctions and states that new legal powers will be proposed by Nov. 30. House Bill 352 was also introduced banning the possession of dangerous exotic animals and requiring any person that currently owns such animal(s) to register them with the Division of Wildlife. More
Food truck for dogs offers gourmet snacks and 'mutt-balls'
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Lauren Hicks leaned out of her food-truck window, took an order for something called "Poochi Sushi" and soon produced a plastic container of snacks that looked like sushi, maybe even tasted like sushi, but were definitely not sushi. Her customer, Jay Malone of Altamonte Springs, Fla., knelt and offered them to his Boston terrier, Tessie. Seconds later, the bite-sized treats were half-gone. "She seems to enjoy it, since she's had five of them," Malone said of the Poochi Sushi, made of jerky twists wrapped in flour, then coated with honey and rolled in black sesame seeds. More
Pets in the Classroom Program awarded $10,000 grant by William H. Donner Foundation
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The Pet Care Trust was selected by the William H. Donner Foundation to receive a grant of $10,000 for its Pets in the Classroom Program. The William H. Donner Foundation makes grants to qualified non-profit organizations for the purpose of advancing thoughtful, creative projects. The $10,000 grant from the William H. Donner Foundation will help the Pet Care Trust reach its goal of reaching 30,000 classrooms and impacting one million children by providing teachers with direct, no-hassle grants for the purchase of classroom pets and pet supplies. More