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October 19, 2012
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  Spa Spotlight 
  • Pa. spa offers specialized menu for cancer patients
    The new Lavender Loft spa of Windsor Township, Pa., provides a caring and knowledgeable experience for cancer patients looking for treatments to improve skin damaged by chemotherapy, for example, or to help enhance eyebrows that are thin from radiation. Owner Teri Shaffer became the second person in the state to receive certification in treating the skin care needs of cancer patients. "I want to help them wake up every morning, feeling more normal and more like themselves," Shaffer said. The York Dispatch (Pa.) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Kohler Waters Spa wows with exotic treatments
    Kohler Waters Spa in Wisconsin offers both an exotic Turkish-style Hamman Ritual treatment as well as a hard-to-find WaveMotion Body Table for massage treatments that make it well worth the hour drive outside of Milwaukee, writes reviewer Anne Siegel. The Hamman Ritual involves a scrub and bathing based on ancient Turkish bath house rituals, while the WaveMotion table provides a futuristic experience with its surface that can move in all directions. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Retail Rundown 
  • German men increasingly opting for cosmetic surgery
    German men represented one out of every five cosmetic surgery patients in the country in 2011, according to the German association for aesthetic surgery. The most popular procedures among men were nose jobs, eye lifts and laser tattoo removal. Men made up only 10% of cosmetic surgery patients in 2007. (Germany) (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Hospitality Trends 
  • Hip tourist lifestyle in Tel Aviv, Israel, prompts boutique-hotel boom
    Trendy boutique hotels are popping up around Tel Aviv, Israel, to accommodate the city's thriving nightlife culture, this feature says. Occupancy rates in the city have reached an average of 85%, says tourism official Haim Gutin. "The boutique hotels are booming, and they are very much the trend right now. The ministry [of tourism] is investing lots of money to encourage investors to come and build hotels," Gutin said. Travel Weekly (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Business Best Practices 
  • Local companies can bring in customers with location-based ads
    Targeting specific areas where your customers live with location-based ads can boost business, Tara Hornor writes. It can be especially effective for local restaurants and businesses with few locations and no online buying options. But do your homework. "For small businesses with a tight budget, careful analysis of the regions in which you want to advertise can significantly improve your return on investment of marketing dollars spent," Hornor advises. and Running Blog (10/16) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  • Good storytelling key to social marketing
    Marketing is easier than ever for small businesses with the advent of social media, says marketing guru Jonah Sachs, because it works like an ancient society where stories are passed on through oral traditions. The key, he says, is writing a story that customers will want to repeat and evangelize. Good stories offer a truth about how the world works and cater to people's highest aspirations. "You can be the one to call them to a higher purpose. The brands that are really breaking through are the ones doing that," Sachs said. Inc. online/Start Me Up blog (free registration) (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Good feedback saves time, headaches in the office
    Building an open culture that supports feedback from and for employees can help avoid wasted meeting time and disgruntled office workers, writes business blogger Nadia Goodman. Leaders can promote that culture by modeling good feedback for employees and offering constructive suggestions. Asking for feedback in advance of taking action is also helpful, as well as soliciting anonymous feedback. Entrepreneur online/The Daily Dose blog (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Finance and Economics 
  • Rise in small-business wages signals economic growth, game change
    Employees at small businesses are seeing their wages grow faster than those who work for medium or large-sized businesses. The PayScale Index shows small business wages growing by 1.5% in the third quarter of this year compared to wage growth of 1.1% in large companies. That's good news for the economy. It's also important news for business owners for whom "it's going to be crucial to get pay right in order to get and keep key people," Laleh Hassibi writes. (10/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Water Cooler 
  • Would you hire someone to slap you out of slacking?
    Maneesh Sethi increased his work productivity by 98% when he hired someone to actually slap him whenever he logged into Facebook. He hired the "slapper" for $8 an hour after the application RescueTime revealed he spent 29 hours a week on sites like Facebook and Reddit. It wasn't the fear of being slapped that kept him on task, though. "I found that speaking out loud and trying to explain your work to someone else actually helped me to understand what I was trying to say, what I was trying to do," Sethi said. Business Insider (10/17) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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