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  • WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL STATE/REGION NEWS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 2013
    [Charlotte] Shoppers gear up for final sales tax holiday
    'CHARLOTTE — It wasn''t long ago that North Carolina residents hoping to strike it rich through a lottery would hop in their cars and drive to Virginia or South Carolina
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 24, 2013
    [Charlotte] Your reputation precedes you
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Want to come work with me? Entrepreneurs work hard to create businesses and make money in the process. Their personal traits are part of the business evaluated by others. Being stingy or ugly to employees is something that eventually gets around.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] Have A Great Idea? Hold that Though!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Interactingwith many entrepreneurs and inventors is rather interesting. You learn a lot, but you also have to cleanup many missteps. One of the more commonissues occurs with inventors. few ideashow to protect information: · Do not talk !
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, NOVEMBER 7, 2011
    [Charlotte] Do You Have A Closed Mind or Are You Really Interested?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Being anentrepreneur requires changing direction and activities regularly with the solepurpose of making things work. Thismeans trying to keep an open mind about how to get tasks accomplished. Each of them has ideas on how to achieve the assigned tasks.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, JUNE 14, 2013
    [Charlotte] 3 Universal Leadership Lessons From Fatherhood
    But most importantly, I''m a husband and father to two amazing daughters, Charlotte and Kate. 'As I celebrate my younger daughter''s graduation from kindergarten, I can''t help but recognize how she''s made me a better boss. I''m an entrepreneur, CEO, leader, teacher, and writer. Always Be Curious Children are always curious.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 30, 2013
    [Charlotte] 7 short hints for startups and entrepreneurs
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'If you are not following our Facebook page, you may be missing the short topic advice segments along with photos. The following are a few of the ones that attracted the most attention. hope you like them. Business can be like being a dog in a dog sled race!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2012
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurs are Different from the Crowd
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs are often willing to stand out from the crowd. Most do it with honor and dignity. It is part of the startup culture to be innovative and creative. To make things that may improve the lives of people all over the world.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SATURDAY, OCTOBER 5, 2013
    [Charlotte] Relationships can make a difference in your startup
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Great relationships can be a great neutralizer in getting deals done! few years ago, a corporate real-estate executive learned that a Fortune 50 company planned to create a new facility. Discussions eventually led to the topic of the Fortune 50 needs.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16, 2013
    [Charlotte] Negotiating tips summary and links
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. There is not magic wand in negotiating, only hard work! They must want what you have to offer. Taffy Williams is on Twitter by @twilli2861. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com. You can also find him in the group Startup Group on Linkedin.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 16, 2012
    [Charlotte] Lessons learned by local entrepreneurs
    For some, small communities are more beautiful Big Council hosted a technology conference for entrepreneurs yesterday in Charlotte NC. Unlike Boston or Silicon Valley, the Charlotte NC area has fewer companies and less VC groups with local funding. Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 28, 2013
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurship can live forever
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'I can''t wave a magic wand, but I can provide advice and inspiration! Entrepreneurs have learned to dream big and they often never stop. They learn to live with adversity and failure. You may have read much of the press on attempts to change immigration laws.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 6, 2013
    [Charlotte] Develop better filters and your sales efforts will improve
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Go away! We do not care what you want, we are busy playing. Cold calls can range from going well to horribly. At my office, they tend to go horribly, especially when the call is to ME! The caller said “it is business.” That happened in the above case.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 2, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Ideas that may facilitate creating a startup business
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Every company was created by someone. You can make one too! Successful businesses deliver goods and services that people want or need. People or businesses interested in the goods and services are the market. Finding a business idea is another matter. years.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, MAY 20, 2013
    [Charlotte] 3 Words that can prevent feelings of guilt
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'What will your tomorrow look like? Have you ever decided to wait until tomorrow to do something important? Perhaps it was completing a task at work or having a difficult discussion with an employee. The sudden loss of those we love and hold so dear makes us sad.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 27, 2013
    [Charlotte] Great ideas live or die based on your planning and execution
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Dinner anyone? Great ideas come and go. Some people have several new ideas a day while other people have them infrequently. Converting a great idea to reality requires planning and excellent execution. Some people consider a few of the steps to be undesirable.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 2, 2013
    [Charlotte] The beast can kill your startup if you are not persistent
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Get back up and try again! Large organizations have rules and regulations that can be infuriating at times. Trying to find someone to help you when you have a problem only makes things seem worse. The starting activities were simple ,” Right ?: not so fast!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JUNE 11, 2013
    [Charlotte] 4 OOPS factors to avoid
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Avoiding problems are much easier than correcting them! ??? Bad things happen to good people for many reasons. Individuals are different and some are great to interact with while others should be avoided. Association with others can affect your reputation.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] You Just Made the Sale, Now SHUT UP!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Pardon thelanguage, but the title says a lot. Itsometimes takes a very long time to convince a buyer to buy. It is soeasy to continue to press the point without paying attention to what is takingplace. This was the FALLBACK, not the primarydesire.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2011
    [Charlotte] The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say
    Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Sometimeswords have multiple meanings depending on the spelling. They may sound the same, but are spelleddifferently. The word spoken of in thisarticle is not any of these. In fact lookit up, the meaning is not ambiguous and it is short.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 2013
    [Charlotte] 2 Words of advice for new and serial entrepreneurs
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Make your dreams a reality ! do not know anyone that ever dreamed of going to work to make minimum wage. Perhaps there are people that dram of minimum wage jobs and I hope they achieve it. On the other hand, entrepreneurs tend to have significantly larger dreams.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MARCH 21, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Ways to leave people with the WRONG impression
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. ? You messed up. Yes, I mean you! ? Investor presentations given at venture conferences, competitions, and investor meetings are times where you should stand out, but NOT for negative activity! Simple actions and considerations make a large difference.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 17, 2013
    [Charlotte] Multiple paths lead to solutions of business and research problems
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'More than one path usually exists. Find the one that best fits your business needs! Business and research are places where products discoveries occur during attempts to solve problems and make improvements. Why is this important?
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 12, 2011
    [Charlotte] What You Can Learn from The Ritz-Carlton
    My wife and I had arranged to get away for a weekend to Charlotte, North Carolina to see one of Cirque du Solei’s latest shows. Given our limited choices of hotels we decided to splurge and stay at The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte. few months ago we were reminded of what great customer service can do for a business. Probably not.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons real leaders must listen and understand
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Make sure you did not turn off your hearing or tuneout your team! Many years ago, a one of my relatives wore an older version of hearing aids. The device reminds one of the pocket radios with wired earphones. This person had been married for more than 60 years.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2012
    [Charlotte] Are You Over Your Capabilities?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I wrote anarticle titled “ The One Word Entrepreneurs Do Not Say.” The word is Can’t just in case you have not read it. The never give up attitude is critical tosuccess. In fact, it may be beyondyour skills or those of anyone.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2013
    [Charlotte] A Bridge Too Far
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. “ A Bridge Too Far ” is the title of a book and a movie filmed in 1977. The film and book provide a 1944 account of the unsuccessful attempt of the Allied forces during WWII to out-flank the German troops during Operation Market Garden.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 23, 2013
    [Charlotte] Lack of social networking may hinder investment in your company
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Originally, I would have thought this title was insane. How can such a statement be true? The answer resides in that type of company you have and how investors view you as the CEO and leader of the business. Remember this is hypothetical!
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, JULY 8, 2013
    [Charlotte] The 2 Most Important Days In Your Life
    My daughter Charlotte asked me who my favorite baseball player in the Hall of Fame was--and, after explaining that none of the current or recent New York Mets were in the Hall--I told her my favorite was Jackie Robinson. 'One is obvious. The other? It will help you enormously as you lead your company. Why were you born? love you, Carrie.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 29, 2010
    [Charlotte] NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing
    I had an amazing day on Saturday in Charlotte, North Carolina. got to Charlotte midday on Friday. went for a three hour run in Charlotte – basically heading south for 90 minutes and then turning around. It was a perfect day (60 degrees and sunny) and I got a good feel for a bunch of Charlotte’s neighborhoods.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurs are like artists
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The start of a new company by an entrepreneur is like an artist creating a painting. The easel is blank and the artist creates a masterpiece from a vision. First, the sketch is drawn and then the colored. The artist sees the painting taking shape.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 5, 2012
    [Charlotte] Do not create frustration by looking in the past
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of the hardest lessons to learn is that the past is GONE! What happened yesterday you may learn from but you will never change it. Dwelling on the past is a very common issue that nearly everyone does. You can only alter your future.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] Business Booms for Entrepreneurs at DNC
    For small business owners vending outside the Charlotte Convention Center, there are big paydays--and bigger opportunities. Huntley told the AP that it took him 75 emails, phone calls, and meetings to earn his spot, in a coveted vendor lot set just outside of the Charlotte Convention Center. That distinction might fall on Dan Huntley.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 2, 2013
    [Charlotte] 4 Comparisons to consider before making expenditures
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. ? ? Evaluate spending to ensure you do not throw money away! ? Some people are great with money and are able to save and spend in a manner that does not create financial problems. Many times those that are not good with finances run businesses in a similar manner.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2012
    [Charlotte] $1 Million Prize for Job Creators
    98 on the Forbes list of the World's Most Powerful Women, spoke Wednesday at a panel on America's job crisis in Charlotte during the Democratic National Convention. Got a great idea for a business that will create jobs? Good news: Rockefeller Foundation president Judith Rodin just announced $1 million incentive. after the panel.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 14, 2012
    [Charlotte] Inform the NEW HIRE
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Personnel turnover is inevitable. There is no way to eliminate it and you must learn to work with the changes that take place. Hiring new people takes time. The reporting day for the new hire is one of confusion. That is very awkward!
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 2011
    [Charlotte] A life lesson from Coach
    I’d guess it was 35 degrees outside on the campus of UNC-Charlotte and the windchill must have been around 25. was able to spend my final year of college as his assistant coach (year five due to a transfer from a small school to UNC-Charlotte and all my credits didn’t transfer over). It was freezing. It was miserable.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons entrepreneurs never get their big exit
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Try to avoid going down the wrong roads! would ever suggest an entrepreneur not pursue a dream, but informing you of hazards, could help reduce future disasters. Startups fail for many reasons. Our ability to learn and adjust is critical to survival.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 24, 2012
    [Charlotte] Answer the Question
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of thefirst things you are likely to encounter when interacting with others is thequestion and answer interactions. Listen to candidates indebates. They get questions and have toanswer. You willfind many different approaches to answering questions.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 8, 2011
    [Charlotte] Get Over It and Move On!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you evermade a mistake? If your answer is no, maybeyou are not human. Everyone has mademistakes and that they range in degrees of complexity. Mistakes occur even when following the bestadvice from the best people. entrepreneur Startup management
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, JANUARY 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] What Are You Talking About?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Have you ever spent 20 – 30 minuteslistening to someone and really have no idea what the person was talking about?You You heard them, but the presentation was not clear to you! The problem is a trap that plagues early stageentrepreneurs.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 19, 2013
    [Charlotte] 4 Tips for better negotiations
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. 'Let''s look cute to this stranger and see if we can negotiate several treats! negotiation is a process that allows parties to engage in a relationship to obtain something they need or want in exchange for something they are willing to give in return.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2013
    [Charlotte] Why Banks Still Aren't Lending to You
    New data says commercial lending is booming, and interest rates are at record lows. So why aren't small businesses getting loans? It's official: Banks are lending to businesses again in a big way--unless you're a small business. According to FDIC data released today, U.S. commercial & industrial loans totaled $1.5
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 17, 2013
    [Charlotte] Organization and consideration help in the tough spots
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. wonder where that Contract with Big Co is located? Trash is trash unless you decide the items are antiques. Coins have a face value unless they are collectors’ items. The filing system was a mess and prior record keeping was not effective.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2011
    [Charlotte] Need Money? A Few Links to Possible Investors
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It is clear that if you have a new startup, getting investors is essential. Some startups take smaller amounts of cash than others. There are a wide range of possible resources to explore. They want it invested in the technology. Startup Incubators.
  • YOUNGUPSTARTS  |  FRIDAY, JULY 12, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Reasons Business Owners Are Hiring Online Grads
    'by Charlotte Benedict. After nearly a decade working in public relations, Charlotte Benedict enrolled in an online university to earn her MBA with a concentration in marketing. However, with the growth of online schools, more and more employers are accepting of — and actually seek out —online grads.
  • THE NEXT WEB  |  THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013
    [Charlotte] Growing your mailing list: 10 ethical ways to boost your subscriber numbers
    So, here are some easy to follow, ethical tips from email experts namely Charlotte Sumner (Head of Email, Pancentric Digital ), Amy Birch (Marketing Assitant, Wired Marketing ) and Jason Almolla (Marketing Executive,  Digital Round ). 1: Alert your prospective subscribers with a time sensitive notification. 2: Have a blog?
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 29, 2012
    [Charlotte] Photo tour of the life of an entrepreneur
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Every entrepreneur has dreams of great and wonderful things. This is normal and expected. They are highly motivated and dedicated to their technology and can find no flaws at all. They form a team ready to fight for success. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2012
    [Charlotte] Advantis Global: Fast Growth, Come Boom or Bust
    Advantis now has offices in Minneapolis and Charlotte, North Carolina in addition to San Francisco, and plans to open branches in Austin and Chicago this year. In its fifth year, Advantis Global Services expects to hit $50 million in revenue. The next milestone? 500 million. but for different companies. million from $265,935.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2013
    [Charlotte] 5 Ways to avoid involvement with a technology in search of a use
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. '? No clear direction is like going fishing. You never know what you will get! Technology is exciting to many people, especially me. It is easy to become involved and imagine great things arising from a novel technology. You never know where you will end up.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  TUESDAY, APRIL 20, 2010
    [Charlotte] Thinking about getting an iPad? Read this first…
    So on Tuesday morning I embarked on a 4 day trip that would take me from Atlanta to Chicago, Chicago to San Francisco, from San Francisco to Charlotte, and from Charlotte to Atlanta. Having the iPad for a few weeks has been fun.  But I needed to know if this was a device I could travel with and leave my laptop at home.  KINDA_FAIL.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 7, 2012
    [Charlotte] Small Business at the DNC: Where Was the Love?
    Entrepreneurship had a much quieter role in Charlotte, N.C., At the DNC in Charlotte, North Carolina, by contrast, such messaging was both less overt and less frequent. this week than at the RNC in Tampa. It seemed at times that almost every GOP speaker in Tampa, Florida, had an immigrant ancestor who arrived in the U.S.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 15, 2012
    [Charlotte] Mergers and acquisitions take thought and planning
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In a recent discussion with the CEO of a private company, an acquisition became the dominate topic. Starting a company and spending years building a business means the founders put their lives into the business. Will a workout be part of the acquisition strategy?
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 25, 2012
    [Charlotte] Now You See it, Now you Do Not!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of themost difficult of topics to discuss is the demise of your startup. There is nothing tosay in advance or after it happens to make you feel any better. Many serial entrepreneurs havelived through at least one failure and some, more than one.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, OCTOBER 13, 2011
    [Charlotte] Go Back and Make It Work
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I recentlysigned up for Quora and saw a question in the entrepreneur section asking whatthe single piece of advice I received that was the most important. My response was “ Go Back and Make It Work.” I will explain below. There is amoral of this story.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, AUGUST 2, 2011
    [Charlotte] Are You Involved or Committed in a Startup?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs in startup companies may spend years working before the company becomes financially stable or a reasonable exit turns up. Each of these company participants will have their own attractions and interests in the company.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2011
    [Charlotte] Who Is That?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Networkingis an essential part of building any startup. The need for developing the skills to networkand develop a great list of contacts requires practice for most people. He loves tomake introductions and sometimes calls himself a matchmaker.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  SUNDAY, AUGUST 28, 2011
    [Charlotte] Is the Financing Really Done?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. The term-sheet was completed weeks ago. You and the new investors have just executed the final deal documents and a syndicate will be making an investment in your company. closing date has been selected. Life could not be better, right. Not so fast!
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  MONDAY, MAY 23, 2011
    [Charlotte] Startup Lessons Learned 2011 streaming live
    I have been getting emails and tweets all day from people upset that they cannot get into Startup Lessones Learned 2011 - either here in SF, where we're sold out, or in one of the more than 100 simulcast locations around the world, many of which are sold out, too. Strengthening ties between entrepreneurs is one of our most important values. sllcon
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MARCH 13, 2012
    [Charlotte] Presentation Dynamics
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. During yourtenure as the CEO, you will give presentations extensively. Presentations are given to potentialpartners, funding sources, investors, conferences, and most anyone that willlisten. The objective is always toincrease value.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] THINK!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I justreturned from a full day of discussions and a seminar at a prominent universityin Philadelphia, PA. The day consistedof meeting faculty with inventions and entrepreneurial leanings. Then I gave a seminar on how to create astartup company.
  • ALLTHINGSD.COM  |  MONDAY, JULY 16, 2012
    [Charlotte] U.S. Venture Capital Has Its Biggest Quarter Since Dot-Com Days
    Robert Half Technology - Charlotte, NC. Skip to main content. -->. MarketWatch. MarketWatch. Barrons. Barrons. SmartMoney. SmartMoney. AllThingsDigital. AllThingsDigital. Facebook. Twitter. WSJ Live. WSJ Live. Factiva. BigCharts. Financial News. Virtual Stock Exchange. WSJ Classifieds. WSJ Classroom. WSJ Radio. WSJ Wine. AllThingsD. Reviews.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2012
    [Charlotte] Working hard is not enough
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This swan worked hard but never moved forward! It is easy to work hard and accomplish little. The objective is to work hard and accomplish great things. All assignments should fit a project or program plan along with identified timelines.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 3, 2012
    [Charlotte] Are You Looking for Things the Correct Way?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurswant money, intellectual property, staff, space, business intelligence and muchmore. Oddly enough, entrepreneursusually start by asking for the MONEY even if they have not done the backgroundwork to get it. You have to earn it.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, DECEMBER 22, 2011
    [Charlotte] Buy a Ticket
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This isnot an article about funding your startup using such risky capital as a lotteryticket. However, there are lessons onecan learn about winning the lottery. Thelottery is nothing more than legal state sponsored gambling. There is afinal point.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 29, 2012
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurship Front & Center at Republican National Convention
    Startup America will also present at the Democratic National Convention next week in Charlotte. Small business owners note a super-charged environment for them during this election year. Small business owners are already taking center stage this election season, as was evident at the Republican National Convention on Tuesday night in Tampa.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, AUGUST 9, 2012
    [Charlotte] Indecision can kill your business
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. UP OR DOWN ? One of the most difficult problems to tackle is deciding between multiple options. Complicating the decision may be playing one option against others in an attempt to optimize the outcome. This is the law of “ Unintended Consequences.”
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 19, 2012
    [Charlotte] 3 Main startup traits attract money and talent
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Everyone has their own set of biases and requirements when it comes to evaluating business opportunities. have mine and often state them publically when meeting with companies I am considering a future interaction. believe that everyone uses the same criteria.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 21, 2011
    [Charlotte] Are You Drinking Your Own Cool Aide
    Other articles can befound in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One of theactivities of any entrepreneur is to make investor and partnering pitches. Quite often these are learning events as wellas sales activities. Theprocess is iterative and likely takes place numerous times. It was great because youmade it.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2011
    [Charlotte] What Kind of Person Are You?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Starting acompany is tough enough without having your personality get in the way. Interactions and first impressions areessential. You never get a chance to make a first impression.” The amount of timefor the presentation was 30 min.
  • STARTUP LESSONS LEARNED  |  SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1, 2012
    [Charlotte] Join a conference simulcast near you
    New Hampshire: Portsmouth New Mexico: Albuquerque New York: Brooklyn Ithaca Manhattan North Carolina: Asheville Charlotte Durham Ohio: Athens Cincinnati, The Brandery, 1141 Vine St. The number of hosts has grown annually, and this year, we have 200+ groups joining us on Monday, December 3. They represent more than 10,000 people total.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JULY 27, 2011
    [Charlotte] Clash of the Titans
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. No, this not a story of ancient times, but a desire to create an awareness of how EGO can affect a wide array of events in your business. People will naturally develop affinities or avoidance to others based on personalities.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, MARCH 5, 2012
    [Charlotte] Try With All Your Might. You Will Never Get It Right!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Agreementsare an essential part of business. In myarticle, “ IfIt Walks and Quacks Like a Duck, IT MUST BE A DUCK! ”, I highlighted the needfor mechanisms for resolutions of conflicts stemming from agreement disputes.
  • CROWDSPRING BLOG  |  SUNDAY, JUNE 5, 2011
    [Charlotte] 6 great athlete-entrepreneurs and what they accomplished
    As a brand unto himself, he not only acted as a spokesman, endorsing numerous other brands, but is also the owner of the NBA Charlotte Bobcats, which he bought for around $175 million in 2010. We all have a great deal to learn as entrepreneurs and we look in many directions for inspiration. or “level playing field?&# Michael Jordan.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, DECEMBER 5, 2011
    [Charlotte] Is a Bird in the Hand Worth Two in the Bush?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. In arecent meeting, I asked company founders if they would take $10MM for theirtechnology and just walk away. Thequestion was a bit of a trick question. Any answer provided would be revealing valuable information about theteam. This part isgood.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 2, 2012
    [Charlotte] Starting Off the Year: Healthcare with a Twist
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It shouldnot be a surprise to you to learn that I work heavily in the healthcarespace. assist several types ofbusinesses. Some are startup, some not-for-profit,some make money, and some do not. Thepeople I work with are terrific.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  MONDAY, MARCH 17, 2014
    [Charlotte] Part 1: Why you should run your startup like a sports team
    played in tournaments across Georgia and the Southeast as a teenager and then played for a Division I college on a tennis scholarship (UNC-Charlotte). 'This week I’ll be writing a 4 part series on the similarities of running a startup and a sports team. Part 1: Having a Common Goal. Why is this important? Everyone on the team gets that.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2013
    [Charlotte] Entrepreneurs experience piling on
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Piling on in football implies that the opposing team members have jumped on the pile of bodies of a tackled runner after the end of a play. Great energy and enthusiasm causes the team to over react and incur the penalty. mail questions to twilli2861@aol.com.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2012
    [Charlotte] Did You Forget Something?
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Why is it thatsmart people sometimes forget to do smart things? am always amazed at how stories from othersmatch my experiences and confirm failures of people trying to make contact. person reaches out to another and desiresto discuss obtaining something.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 10, 2012
    [Charlotte] Unintended Consequences
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. One day someone will tell you to watch out for the law of “ UnintendedConsequences.” You willcertainly run into this law as you perform your entrepreneurialactivities. mentioned a few examplesin the last article titled “ If It Ain’tBroke, Don’t Fix It.”
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JULY 3, 2012
    [Charlotte] Freaking Out is Not a Management Style
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Certainty defines the likelihood something major will occur in the life of your startup. How the issues are handled will define you in your role as the CEO of the company. People have different personalities. Reactions to issues run a wide range.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, FEBRUARY 11, 2013
    [Charlotte] Repurpose a business or a product to create success
    Other articles are in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. This cat is not what it seems to be! Repurposing has a long history in business. If something does not work for one area, maybe it will work for a different one. Take our feline friend in the photo. Repurposing takes place in businesses and with business names.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JANUARY 21, 2013
    [Charlotte] All I need is a lead
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Entrepreneurs raise money from a range of sources. Initially, funds may come from family and friends but eventually the funding requirements escalate. Road shows become commonplace and visits to a large number of funding sources becomes a major activity.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, OCTOBER 23, 2012
    [Charlotte] Productivity and creativity can come via different styles of work and relaxation
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Quiet times can enhance creativity Have you ever spent the day at work wondering how a fellow employee gets away with what looks like goofing off? There is no great answer to motivating those poor performers. Your company is likely to experience many problems.
  • FRESH INC.: THE STAFF BLOG  |  MONDAY, AUGUST 27, 2012
    [Charlotte] What Could the Republican National Convention Mean for Tampa Small Business?
    Democrats will hold their convention in Charlotte in early September. Local economic impact for the convention is estimated at $153 million. But will Tampa entrepreneurs benefit? Say your city is hosting a huge event, like a political convention. The event's backers tout the economic opportunity they say it will mean for small businesses.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 8, 2012
    [Charlotte] If It Ain't Broke, Don't Fix It!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Are you the kind of person that likes to tinker with thingsto optimize performance? It is hard for me to see devices withouttrying to improve the performance. Sometimes, this activity overlaps into managing a business.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 22, 2012
    [Charlotte] Investors may be attracted to a startup for one of these
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I do not care what you are selling, let's talk about what I need! Investments come in different forms. Entrepreneurs think mostly in terms of money. Investors see investments as money, time, technology, contacts, and resources. These are real investments.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, JUNE 11, 2012
    [Charlotte] You Cannot Fix STUPID
    Other articles are published in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. As an entrepreneur starting a company, you have a serious obligation to know or at least learn the business. Starting new business has enough risk without adding the risks of managing a team developing a product of which you do not understand.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 4, 2012
    [Charlotte] Your First Action Is Not Raising Capital
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. More timesthan I recall, entrepreneurs make contact and the first topic is how they canget funding. The same goes for someinstitutions. In fact, I even gotsomeone on Twitter send me note indicating that they were seeking an AngelInvestor.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 26, 2011
    [Charlotte] Dilution and Investment - An Answer You May Not Expect
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You may remember the Dot.Com bubble which burst around 2000-2001 timeframe. Prior to the burst, investment and valuations were out of control. It seemed that all anyone had to do was write a business plan to get money and high valuations.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 8, 2011
    [Charlotte] Just Because I Am a Hamster, Does Not Mean You Should Be!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. OK, Iadmit it. I am a Hamster.” I run on a wheel all day long but never seemto get where I want to be. Then one day, things go my way and I achievedeverything I set out to do. Now, POOF, Iam working to be successful but with no real defined goal.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 14, 2012
    [Charlotte] Try to avoid making key decisions under adverse emotional conditions
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. It is hard to make tough decisions when depressed People often have problems that go well beyond the work place. Home life for one is a place where issues arise that can leave one with a heavy heart and feelings of despair. Such stresses are difficult enough.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2012
    [Charlotte] “Popeye Syndrome”
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte,NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Invariablyeveryone has a time in their life when things seem to create too much emotionand they just want to do something about the situation. Actions that take place at this time cancover a wide range of responses. The events may be widely different.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2012
    [Charlotte] Selling Your Soul, It May Be OK
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. I was asked to comment on a Quora question relating to partnering with a large company. The question related to the fact that a single large company wanted to become the sole source sales and marketer of a product of a small company. Just a thought!
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, JULY 28, 2011
    [Charlotte] “Write 3 Letters” You Are Not that Good
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Well you are that good, but let’s come back to that. First a joke: A new CEO was hired to replace an outgoing CEO. The outgoing CEO met with the incoming CEO for an exit interview. Several months passed before a major event came up.
  • JEFF HILIMIRE  |  WEDNESDAY, APRIL 16, 2014
    [Charlotte] I AM GOING TO CRUSH YOU
    We’d been “in business” since late 1998 but we were still kids, having started Spunlogic from our dorm room at UNC-Charlotte. 'It was early 2001 and we were a five person web design company. By 2001, one of our major strategies was to work with other firms to help them produce websites. ” Ok. ” Riiiighhhhtttt.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, MAY 1, 2012
    [Charlotte] Working with Dr. NO
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. You may have seen the James Bond movie with Dr. No. Well, Dr. No is real and you will likely have one affiliated with your company or at least in a prospective partnering company. This is not the first time I have heard this quote.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  TUESDAY, JANUARY 29, 2013
    [Charlotte] Teflon Man as a nickname is not a complement
    Other articles are in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. If these are hanging on your door, consider seeking help! People use a wide range of styles of managing their businesses. The styles often reflect the personality and previous experiences of the individual. They never accept responsibility.
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  MONDAY, APRIL 30, 2012
    [Charlotte] FOUNDER’S DISEASE
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. A friend recently sent me some slides for an upcoming presentation. Included in the presentation was a slide titled, “Founder’s Disease.” He defined Founder’s Disease as the “Lack of Timely Decision Making, in a Thoughtful and Logical Manner.”
  • TAFFY WILLIAMS  |  THURSDAY, APRIL 26, 2012
    [Charlotte] Interpretation Please!
    Other articles can be found in the Charlotte, NC- small business section of Examiner.com. Managers with employees often have relationships that seem strange. This assumes the manager is aware of the fact the staff are acting in a manner that suggest problems. One of the signs might be “passive resistance.” Remember, there is no I in TEAM.
  • FELD THOUGHTS  |  FRIDAY, AUGUST 20, 2010
    [Charlotte] New Life Experience – The MRI
    I had a great three hour run in Charlotte the first week of April and thought I was ready to roll. I had a new experience today. At 7am I had my first MRI at the Boulder Community Hospital. I was a little nervous, although I’m not entirely sure why. I was in and out in 45 minutes – it was fascinating. Louis.
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