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The Business Alliance provides the structure, resources and support to start and GROW a sustainable business!

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Wired, Twisted & Stoned

wire and bead artist, and a metalsmith extraordinaire
designing and making wearable art for over ten years
inspired by all things natural, including wire, metal, natural stones, vintage materials, found objects, hardware, and even aluminum can lids!

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2703, 2016

What is the Business Alliance?

By |March 27th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Growth|0 Comments

Business SuccessI have worked over the past decade as an Accountant and CFO, diving into the numbers of different companies and non-profits and using these numbers to help the business move forward and grow. I was brought into work with businesses who were generating close to 1 million […]

2303, 2016

Are You Paid What You’re Worth?

By |March 23rd, 2016|Categories: Blog, Business Growth, Business Productivity, Member Spotlight|0 Comments

Get Paid What You Are Worth

I’m looking forward to attending Leslie Flowers workshop on Friday, Ask for What You Deserve and Get Paid!  This is an area that I struggled with when I opened up my first […]

2601, 2016

How to Put More Time Back in Your Day!

By |January 26th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Events|0 Comments

Brian Hilliard

If you have not experienced one of Brian Hilliard’s events, he will be back in town Thursday, February 11th from 9:30 – 11 am at the Executive Office Suites of Lafayette Village (N. Raleigh) for his Raleigh Live Event “How to Put […]

2501, 2016

Items Needed for Veteran’s Entering Transitions Silent Auction!

By |January 25th, 2016|Categories: Blog, Member Spotlight|0 Comments

VET Gala

I am grateful for Anne Showalter and her passion, Veterans Entering Transition (VET), an organization “providing exiting military, veterans and their families with community, resources and education.”  VET is holding it’s annual Gala on May 13, 2016 at the Museum of Natural Science […]

Member Articles

  • Feeling Stuck? Crank it Up! May 4, 2016
    Ever feel totally frustrated or stuck in your business, career, or life? It’s easy to be tooling along and then “Wham!” You hit a brick wall. Last month I experienced an unusual phenomenon which I will call the “disappearing gig syndrome.” I had tons of drumming events booked for April and then – poof! They […]
    Dori Staehle
  • Being a Great School Leader is a Choice January 25, 2016
    When I was a public charter school principal my team will tell you I had some horrific habits and very little discipline. Whatever article I happened to read the week before, that’s what the faculty meeting focused on. I would arrive at school each day prepared to observe, coach, lead and implement strategic initiatives. Then, […]
  • Handout for Lisa’s Legal Webinar 10/19/15 October 19, 2015
    FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY; THIS IS NOT LEGAL ADVICE CONSULT WITH COMPETENT LOCAL COUNSEL ON ISSUES DISCUSSED HEREIN. APPENDIX D   INDEPENDENT CONTRACTOR TEST INTERNAL REVENUE SERVICE IRS Independent Contractor Test   The IRS formerly used what has become known as the “Twenty Factor” test. It has attempted to simplify and refine the test, consolidating […]
  • Multiply Your Leadership April 25, 2015
    On April 9, 2015 I was fortunate enough to host a Leadership Seminar with partners Brian Boone and Lake Norman Charter School Superintendent, Shannon Stein. Twenty public charter school leaders attended our six hour session hosted by Maureen Joy Charter in Durham. Our theme was, Plan Your Work and Work Your Plan. Since a school […]
  • 27 Things Extraordinary Public Charter School Boards Do March 13, 2015
    Adopt long term goals: If you do not have a destination, you will never get lost. Focus on the critical data: If it does not inform the board on the long term goals, it doesn’t belong on a board meeting agenda. Develop a strategic calendar: Your board calendar is your best tool for oversight. Prepare […]
  • Website Development Experts Reveal Design Trends to Incorporate Now May 2, 2016
    Each year, the look of business websites undergoes dramatic changes. Since website development is the art and science of adapting to change while keeping stringent search engine optimization (SEO) techniques in mind, professionals tend to look for trends that prove successful before encouraging clients to follow suit. Top Trends Emerging Now Customization is a huge […]
    Steve Hamm
  • What Every Business Should Know About Automated Marketing and CRM April 25, 2016
    Customer relationship management (CRM) is the art and science of getting the most out of the interactions your business has with clients, customers and prospective leads. However, when your follow-up system still consists of a drawer filled with business cards, notes jotted down on scraps of paper and reminders doodled on invoices, it is time […]
    Steve Hamm
  • 5 Things to Keep in Mind during Content Development April 18, 2016
    Content development is an important phase within the context of your online marketing campaign. Although you won’t see any results for a few months, when you finally do, they’ll reflect the effectiveness of your content development. Here are a few things to keep in mind so your content plan is thorough and complete: Write for your […]
    Steve Hamm
  • Email is Among the Most Effective Affordable Marketing Services April 11, 2016
    Entrepreneurs and new start-ups rely on affordable marketing services to grow their businesses without dedicating too much of the advertising budget to promotions. Did you know that email marketing excels at attracting new customers, keeping current ones loyal and saving you money in the process?   Email Marketing by the Numbers If you have been […]
    Steve Hamm