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March 19, 2013
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How Much Do You Really Need to Make? The Answer May Shock You
Rather than focus on what you can afford to pull out of the business to cover your living expenses, you need to focus on how much you need to earn at your business in order to afford the lifestyle you want to have. This is where the Personal Earnings Goal, or PEG, comes into play. Learn how to calculate your PEG and find out how much you really need to make.

  Retail Rundown 
 
  • Survey finds more confidence in animal-safe products
    Consumers across the globe trust the safety of cosmetics that are not tested on animals more than they do conventionally tested cosmetics, according to a series of public opinion polls conducted by Humane Society International. The poll results were released in conjunction with the European Union's ban on products tested on animals. "Consumers are clearly concerned about animal welfare but our poll also reveals that they often have greater confidence in a product's safety if it has been tested using modern methods rather than outdated animal tests," said Troy Seidle, a campaign director with HSI. CosmeticsDesign-Europe.com (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
The ROI of Privacy with TRUSTe Solutions
Investment in a Data Privacy Management Platform can deliver significant, positive financial returns for corporate bottom lines. The "Total Economic Impact (TEI) of TRUSTe" Study explains how Forrester Analysts calculated a 151% ROI for TRUSTe customers. Download the study now.

  Hospitality Trends 
  • High-end lodging with an eco-friendly touch
    Luxury has met sustainability in the hotel sector, but a few trends are taking it to the next level. Last year, the Cottage Lodge bed and breakfast in the U.K. required guests to pedal in order to generate electricity to watch television, marking a trend in which environmental responsibility is embedded into the guest experience. Other hotels have incorporated living walls into their designs. The Telegraph (London) (tiered subscription model) (3/15) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  Business Best Practices 
  • Dealing with employee negativity
    Negative employees can take a serious toll on your company's culture, writes Tim Parker. Don't let employees make excuses for their poor behavior, and give them a time frame in which to improve their attitudes, he recommends. If nothing else works, you may have to remove negative employees from your organization. Intuit Small Business Blog (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  Customer Service 
  • Tips for keeping customers loyal
    In addition to searching for new customers for your business, it's important to show your current customers that you appreciate their business. Stay in touch by sharing valuable information with them, sending handwritten notes and letting them know about everything you're doing to meet their needs. Entrepreneur online (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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  • Take control by getting rid of the word "balance"
    The word "balance" should never come up when discussing the best way to meet the demands of work and family, Laura Vanderkam writes. "No one says they're unbalanced because they're not working enough, which means that achieving 'balance' must mean working less. Holding that out as desirable is problematic," she writes. USA Today (3/18) LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
  ISPA Info 
  • 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship Opportunity
    Applications are being accepted for the 2013 Mary Tabacchi Scholarship through April 30, 2013. Juniors, seniors or grad students who are enrolled full time in the upcoming school year and pursuing a bachelor's or master's degree of a related discipline, i.e. business, health science, hospitality or spa management, are encouraged to apply. This year’s scholarship amount has been increased to $5,000. For more information, e-mail ispafoundation@ispastaff.com or visit experienceispa.com. LinkedInFacebookTwitterEmail this Story
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