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How To's

  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: How do I achieve work-life balance while working in a family business?

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching Updated: June 10, 2024

    Living and working with your partner comes with challenges. But a guest contributor from ACE explains how setting boundaries between work and home can help keep the peace.

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching Updated: June 10, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: Do all agreements need to be in writing now?

    Carrie Green Yardley, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: May 27, 2024

    The handshake agreement sustained its first defeat in 1677, in an English court. Today, erring on the side of a written agreement is still a good idea, ACE advises.

    Carrie Green Yardley, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: May 27, 2024
  • How To

    Hug or handshake: How to navigate the post-pandemic business greeting

    Nancy Marshall, Marshall Communications Updated: May 13, 2024

    Greetings in the business world can be tricky, as employees deal with post-pandemic questions over whether to offer a hug, a handshake or a fist bump, writes guest columnist Nancy Marshall, a PR pro.

    Nancy Marshall, Marshall Communications Updated: May 13, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: How can my company make a real commitment to ESG goals?

    Carrie Green Yardley, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: May 13, 2024

    Investors are taking a closer look at environmental, social and governance factors to assess a company's viability. ACE columnist Carrie Green Yardley outlines how to address ESG.

    Carrie Green Yardley, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: May 13, 2024
  • How To

    How to recruit with DEI in mind

    Moses Davis, The Jackson Laboratory May 5, 2024

    The director of diversity, equity and inclusion at the Jackson Laboratory provides tips for hiring managers and entire businesses. Just because you don’t understand someone’s preferences or lifestyle, he says, doesn’t mean those things don’t matter.

    Moses Davis, The Jackson Laboratory May 5, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What energy-efficiency strategies can I incorporate into my new building?

    Sam Milton, Climate Resources Group Updated: April 15, 2024

    Energy consultant Sam Milton of Climate Resources Group offers advice about how to get the most efficient energy performance from a commercial space.

    Sam Milton, Climate Resources Group Updated: April 15, 2024
  • How to avoid having a board that's a weak link

    Ward Graffam Updated: April 5, 2024

    Guest columnist Ward Graffam, former chairman and CEO of Unum UK, offers advice about how to create a strong board.

    Ward Graffam Updated: April 5, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What do funders want?

    Michael G. Stair, Practical Decisions Updated: April 1, 2024

    Funders look for a capable and experienced management team, for starters. But this edition of Ask ACE looks at other things investors want to see.

    Michael G. Stair, Practical Decisions Updated: April 1, 2024
  • How To's

    How to benefit your business with employee benefits

    Chris Pyne, Unum Updated: April 1, 2024

    Employees are increasingly seeking more than just a standard compensation package, writes guest columnist Chris Pyne of Unum. They want better, more creative offerings that encourage personal well-being and enhanced work-life balance.

    Chris Pyne, Unum Updated: April 1, 2024
  • Want to drive better results? Update your incentives for the era we're in

    Amy Wood and Mary Axelsen, Human-Centered Leadership Updated: March 28, 2024

    According to Gallup, more than half of exiting employees say that in the three months before they left, neither their manager nor any other leader spoke with them about their job satisfaction or future with the organization.

    Amy Wood and Mary Axelsen, Human-Centered Leadership Updated: March 28, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: How do we increase company value so ESOP shareholders benefit?

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching Updated: March 18, 2024

    Employee Stock Ownership Plans have become increasingly popular among Maine businesses. Now ACE columnist Priscilla Hansen Mahoney offers some suggestions about how ESOPs can maximize returns for shareholders.

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching Updated: March 18, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What do you recommend to increase market share and avoid missteps?

    Donna Brassard, Strategies+ Updated: April 23, 2024

    Motivating a sales team may test any manager's leadership skills, but consultant and former Mainebiz Publisher Donna Brassard offers some advice on how to avoid three common mistakes.

    Donna Brassard, Strategies+ Updated: April 23, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What are some environmentally responsible energy strategies?

    Sam Milton, Climate Resources Group Updated: April 22, 2024

    Association of Consulting Expertise member Sam Milton offers four tips to help businesses save on their energy bills.

    Sam Milton, Climate Resources Group Updated: April 22, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What is a Beneficial Ownership Information Report?

    Carrie Green, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: April 19, 2024

    A contributor from the Association for Consulting Expertise explains what the report is and why it's important. If it applies to you, you'll need to file one with the Financial Crimes Enforcement Network.

    Carrie Green, Yardley Esq. PLLC Updated: April 19, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: Should I raise my rates?

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching LLC Updated: April 5, 2024

    Everything costs more these days. So however uncomfortable it may be to raise your consulting fees for longstanding clients, it may be time to take the leap.

    Priscilla Hansen Mahoney, Blazing Trails Coaching LLC Updated: April 5, 2024
  • Ask ACE

    Ask ACE: What do you recommend as a customer retention strategy?

    Donna Brassard, Strategies+ Updated: April 8, 2024

    The personal approach never goes out of style, particularly when it comes to retaining clients, writes ACE columnist Donna Brassard of Strategies+.

    Donna Brassard, Strategies+ Updated: April 8, 2024