This Bud’s for Who?

Living your brand

I don’t always drink beer, but when I do, I prefer local craft brews. OK, I’m far from “The most interesting man in the world” but a friend caught my interest when he…

The Only Constant

If you’ve never heard of the Greek philosopher Heraclitus, you may still know this quote: “The only thing that is constant is change.”

It is revealing that many of the quotes that pop up in a…

Frankenstein’s Business Plan

If your business didn’t exist would anyone start it? Would it look the same if they did?

When we moved into our current office in 2012 we occupied one of three suites. We…

The Junk File

I am one of those odd ducks who enjoys writing for fun (and sometimes just to vent), so I should not have been surprised when my wife encouraged me to…

WHERE MONEY COMES FROM

One of my favorite Dilbert strips starts with the clueless CEO admitting he doesn’t know where the company gets its money. “I think it comes from derivatives or offshore accounts or maybe…

Balancing Act

Some years ago I heard a pastor struggle to express his frustration with countless versions of the apology “I’d like to (help with the food bank/teach Sunday school/attend Bible study…), but I just don’t have…

Fishing Lessons

I have rediscovered my love of fishing over the last few years. It’s a great way to relax and a good time to think thoughts serious and silly, foolish and wise,…

How I Spent My Summer Vacation

Brent, you just got back from a vacation in Disneyland. What are you going to do now?

“I’m going to Chuck E. Cheese!”

Call me a glutton for punishment but this should at least wrap up my…

Niches to Success

One of the first things I learned in my business classes is that there are basically two ways to be successful in business: Do something better than anyone else or…

Cutting to the Chase

I began my career not long before the use of technology in the workplace became common. I was issued my first portable computer five years out of college. This was…

How NOT to get hired

I hired my first person when I was 19, must have been 20 years ago. Or maybe it was 30. Ok, ok, some of you know me, it was 40.…

Value-Added Producer Grant in House Farm Bill

Since 2001, the Value-Added Producer Grant has helped agricultural producers plan and support value-added marketing ventures in an effort to help those producers earn additional returns. Like other Farm Bill…

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