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How To's

  • Ask ACE

    Get over 'silo mentality' in your organization

    John Shorb, the Delphi Group Inc. Updated: May 13, 2019

    Silo mentality continues to be one of the most frequent characteristics of many businesses and organizations. Here are some ways to overcome it.

    John Shorb, the Delphi Group Inc. Updated: May 13, 2019
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    What it means to be trustee of a family trust

    Felicia Garant of Garant Consulting Updated: April 29, 2019

    Q: I agreed to be named as trustee of a family member’s trust. Practically speaking, what does that mean for me?

    Felicia Garant of Garant Consulting Updated: April 29, 2019
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    How to: Assimilate veterans into your workforce

    Holly Smevog April 1, 2019

    Tapping into the talent pool of returning military veterans offers one solution to Maine's workforce shortage. Each year close to 1,000 military service men and women re-enter Maine civilian life seeking employment.

    Holly Smevog April 1, 2019
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    How to: Find talent in a tight labor market

    Ray Quattrucci April 1, 2019

    Over the past year, small business owners have expressed record confidence in their local economies and as a result, many are attempting to expand their business or increase hiring.

    Ray Quattrucci April 1, 2019
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    Adding value for your customers, clients, and community

    Arthur Fink of Arthur Fink Consulting Updated: March 18, 2019

    Q: How do we add value for our customers (or clients, or communities)?

    Arthur Fink of Arthur Fink Consulting Updated: March 18, 2019
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    How to: Build a culture of cyber-defenders

    Andrew Rinaldi February 18, 2019

    In today's world, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue that effects organizations large and small. Here are some tips on how to build a culture of cyber-defenders within your company.

    Andrew Rinaldi February 18, 2019
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    How to: Prepare for a business loan

    Kim Donnelly February 18, 2019

    If you own a business, you know what it's like to see — and want to seize — an opportunity. And often, such opportunities require an infusion of capital.

    Kim Donnelly February 18, 2019
  • How to: Three tips for improving your leadership performance

    Rob Neal February 4, 2019

    A senior vice president for a mid-size logistics company I was coaching last year asked me, “What's this executive leadership coaching really about?

    Rob Neal February 4, 2019
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    How to: Maximize your greatest asset — your employees

    Deb White-rideout August 6, 2018

    Most executives and HR managers would say their employees are their greatest asset. Here are some tips on how communicate that in meaningful ways.

    Deb White-rideout August 6, 2018
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    How to: Make the most of networking in Maine

    Nancy Marshall July 23, 2018

    Maine is a surprisingly small community; there's a good chance you're only a degree or two separated from most of your business contacts. Here are 10 tips to help you make the most of networking in our wonderful state.

    Nancy Marshall July 23, 2018
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    How to: Plan for succession in a family-owned business

    Sterling Kozlowski June 11, 2018

    Eighty percent of Maine's businesses are family-owned. When asked who will take over the family business when the current owner retires, 88% of owners believe their children or family members will succeed them.

    Sterling Kozlowski June 11, 2018
  • How To

    How to: Create the perfect brand message in 5 simple steps

    Alexandra Heseltine May 28, 2018

    We all know a logo design is only a small part of branding. What's critical to a successful branding strategy is defining the brand message.

    Alexandra Heseltine May 28, 2018
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    How to: Evaluate an Employee Stock Ownership Plan

    Bill Haskell April 30, 2018

    As business owners consider transition and liquidity options, there are typically three choices: sell to a strategic buyer, a financial buyer or an employee-management group.

    Bill Haskell April 30, 2018
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    How to: Comply with Department of Labor's 7 rules for internships

    Dawn Harmon April 16, 2018

    Internships: To pay or not to pay? As summer approaches, employers across the state will begin to receive resumes from students seeking practical work experience through internships.

    Dawn Harmon April 16, 2018
  • How To

    How To: Stop the exodus of promising young leaders from Maine?

    Jim Bouchard April 2, 2018

    The most honest answer I can give you on how to stop the flow of young people out of Maine is you can't. Young people by nature have more of a yearning for adventure.

    Jim Bouchard April 2, 2018
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    How To: Broach the tough topic of 'money' with your life partner

    Andrew Silsby March 19, 2018

    As a banker, I believe there's no bad time to chat about your family finances with your significant other.

    Andrew Silsby March 19, 2018