The SWIM Fund: Supporting Strong Women in Music

By Andrea Pelloquin, West Music Company Last spring the NAMM Foundation created the SWIM Fund, which stands for Strong Women in Music.  The fund was created to support women in the music products industry in the development of their leadership skills and aspirations.  The fund will support women by providing the following: Professional development opportunities …

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Open Enrollment is just around the corner Time for Annual 401(k) Review?

by Jeff Ponte As a MI business owner once you’ve started contributing to your 401(k) plan and funded it with investments that are appropriate for your needs, you might think you’re in good shape and that your 401(k) is now on “autopilot.” But that type of thinking can actually be counterproductive, because to get the …

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Moral of Morale – Part Two: Appreciating Your Employees – Christie Smith, Long & McQuade

Making sure your staff feels appreciated is one of the most important ways to retain and inspire them, but equally important is making sure they are regularly challenged and empowered. Every employee wants to know that they are contributing something important to their company, that they are a genuine part of its success and that there …

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The Moral of Morale: Part One – by Christie Smith, Long & McQuade

People are powerful. There are no limits to what a motivated and inspired and appreciated person can accomplish. Their work ethic, product knowledge, and great relationships with customers are a tremendous asset to your company. So, how do we find and keep the perfect super-worker? Maybe we don’t find them at all. MAYBE they are …

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