On Wednesday, September 1st, the members of the Executive Forum met to trade business tips with one another. Read below to see what members had to say.

  • Kris Rooney
    • Price increases
  • Be honest and call it a “price increase”
  • Clearly explain why
  • Relate the value back to your client
  • Increase your prices more than once a year – revisit those conversations with your clients
  • Chad Clauser
    • Do videos and place them on your website
  • Kevin McElwain
    • Keep your household in relationship to your business
      • Credit – review your credit ratings and how much credit you have
      • Debt – there are low interest rated currently see where you can take advantage
      • Auto payment system – set this up in your computer to make sure your bills are paid in a timely manner
  • Dave Pike
    • Postage rates have just gone up to $.58 and post cards $.40 (4x6 and 6x9)
    • Consider refreshing and perhaps re-designing your logo
  • Victor Scalicetti
    • Review the APP “Blinkest” – this is a professional book summary service that allows you to understand key insights from the world’s best non-fiction books in 15 minutes or less
  • Donna Braden
    • An easy way to get good help for your office is SLIP (state and local internship programs)
    • Get liability insurance
    • Our company, Jack’s Glass is covered by many car insurers for replacing windshields
  • Bryan Lobach
    • Fraud issues:
      • Regarding the Rental Assistance Program
      • ACH
      • Use of corporate credit cards
      • Make sure you have some system to keep an eye out for issues
  • InterCounty – Guest
    • Make sure that you do pre-employment screenings; education, credit, criminal, etc.
    • Most importantly use an accredited service
  • Todd Lindsey
    • Stop focusing results and look at the process
    • Respond to safety and avoid near misses
    • Focus on processes that generate sales
  • Ken MacKenzie
    • Keep your eye on interest rates – investment rates are going up and bonds are going down
    • We will be starting to see inflation across all areas
    • Take a look at the length of maturity - short term government and cap bonds – look for potential impact
  • John Gilboy
    • Read your owner’s manual for your vehicles– you could avoid problems
    • Be vigilant regarding the service and maintenance for your vehicles
  • Gary Gower Jr.
    • Keep an eye on social media regarding what your competitors are doing in their business
  • John Filipos
    • Review your financial information monthly
  • Kathy Keich
    • Review your clients – if they do not pay on time review the cost of collections
  • Sue McCann
    • Review lines of credit that you can apply for
    • Equipment line of credit can be approved and put together in 24-48 hours
  • Dawn Davis
    • As a business owner are you prepared for any disasters?
    • Know where your sprinkler system turn offs are
    • Know a good and reliable plumber
  • Dave Kopew
    • Review your website on your PC, tablet, and mobile devices to make sure that they are all in sync
    • Review all of your links, phone numbers, etc.
  • Sandy Kuhns
    • For your clients provide 3 important offers to provide:
      • Best appearance
      • Best value
      • Best product
  • Rob Baker
    • Keep an eye on your security
  • Mike Sterner-Service Electric
    • Preparation is the key
    • Know who your customers are
  • Amy Keats
    • Be prepared to adapt and pivot
    • Listen very carefully to your clients to hear their needs and concerns
  • Samantha Falcone
    • Be a connector so that you can help people
    • Know what an architect does and could provide for your company
  • John Eltringham
    • Buy flood insurance
    • Collaboration drives success – recommended reading the book “The Collaborative Way”
  • Dan Schafer
    • Regarding hiring – hire smart and hire fast
    • Identify your employees’ skillset
    • Develop and train your employees
  • Jenn Shimmel
    • Be “in the moment” with your client
    • When you are with your client block our other distractions
    • Pause and think
    • Recommended the book “Atomic Habits” –(an easy and proven way to Build good habits and break bad ones)
  • Bob Mateff – Cetronia Ambulance
    • Read the book “First 90 Days” – critical success strategies for new leaders
    • Reflect on that as you go forward in your business
    • Adapt and change
  • Jon Black
    • Respond to your messages and emails daily
    • Let people know that you will get back to them within 24-48 hours
    • Review your investment and insurance
    • Review to see that you are not over spending
  • Denise Grothouse
    • Make sure that you have passwords and administrative passwords for all social networks
    • Trust your intuition and instincts regarding your website
  • Scott Gingold
    • Many companies have been hacked and do not realize this – make sure that you have your systems reviewed for any and all security issues that you may not be aware of
    • There are many talents and resources in “this room” regarding the Executive Forum members
  • Justin – Fire Media
    • Have your portrait updated on your social media sites – people want to “see” who they are meeting
  • Lucille Arslanian
    • When creating a project make sure that part of the strategy includes any and all problems that could possibly happen from all departments, vendors, partners, etc.
    • Make sure you address these possible problems with real time solutions.
    • This way you will be ready way ahead of time if and when the problem occurs.
    • This is a critical element for having a project to be on time, be of the highest quality and creates “buy in” from everyone on the team.