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January 31, 2013
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5 positive ways to respond to negative comments.
Social media is a great way to connect with your customers, but what do you do when the conversation takes a negative turn? With 5 tips, you can learn how to positively respond and help direct the conversation. Read the article and learn the 5 ways to respond positively.

  Government Affairs 
  • The IRS is on the lookout for unreasonable compensation
    Some business owners may try to manipulate their salaries to reduce their tax liabilities, but this tactic can attract scrutiny from the IRS, writes Bonnie Lee. The IRS expects business owners to take reasonable compensation for their work. "[P]art of the reasonableness test is to compare your W2 take with that of industry standards in your area," she writes. Fox Business Small Business Center (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • How Wildfire's CEO learned to be a more forceful leader
    Victoria Ransom, CEO of Wildfire, says she doesn't believe in creating hierarchies and that authority should come from gaining respect, not from mere seniority. Still, she says, a pragmatic approach to leadership is often necessary. "People do want you to be a leader and they want someone to tell them that things are OK. One of the things I've learned is to just step up a bit more," she says. The New York Times (tiered subscription model) (1/26) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • 4 ways to ensure your firm survives flu season
    It's a particularly rough flu season, and smart companies are taking steps to protect their workers. Among the best strategies: Be generous with sick days to keep the contagious away from the healthy; let employees work from home when they feel up to it; and put a bottle of hand sanitizer on every worker's desk. CBS MoneyWatch (1/25) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Ken Rothmel, Sunbelt Rentals, discusses equipment efficiencies
      
    Ken Rothmel, director of strategic accounts at Sunbelt Rentals, said BSCs should consider all avenues before deciding to rent or buy a piece of equipment. This edition of Executive Insights touches on the BSCAI and Sunbelt partnership, as well as the options involved in renting equipment and the best career advice he’s ever received. Read this and former Executive Insight Q&As online. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

  • Classroom-based education without sitting in the classroom
      
    Minimize travel time and expenses by taking advantage of the 2013 BSCAI Webinar Series. These 60-minute live seminars offer the same high-quality, classroom-based education available at BSCAI educational events. Register for our next webinar, Implementing Healthcare Reform, on Wednesday, Feb. 20, from 1 to 2 PM CST. Visit the BSCAI webinar page for upcoming webinars and registration. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story

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