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Ready For Christmas Sales?

According to the National Retail Federation survey report conducted by BIGresearch, nearly 20 percent of shoppers start holiday shopping before Halloween, another 40 percent in November and the remainder in December. Are you ready to get your piece of the pie? Although sales aren't expected to reach their all-time high in 2007, an almost 3% rise in sales is predicted over...

Greening your business

It's no secret that the success of a business lays in that area between the cost of business and the amount of sales. That 'margin' has always been subject to free market variables that cap what you can charge for a product or service. Business owners are used to looking at the costs of business to determine where they can make savings. Sometimes it will cost money to...

Our Specialty is your Business!

The word 'INTEGRATED' means to bring together as a whole - the implication is a functional whole, not just parts. Like the lawn mower pictured here, you could have all the separate parts gathered together in one large box. Yes everything is there, integrated into a box, but it doesn't work. A perfect analogy for a computer box! Often, when we talk to business owners, we...

BBB Seminar "Your Chance to Shine"

Earlier this week twenty-two people from local businesses attended an excellent BBB seminar hosted by Windward Software at our Penticton BC training location. We are very proud of our A+ rating and happy to assist the BBB communicate its message. The seminar, "Your Chance to Shine" is well worth attending and we highly recommend you talk to the BBB about presentations in...

Quads 4 Us - POSitive performance 4U

Farmers use them because they are small, fuel efficient 'work horses' with which they can move a bale or a sack, check a property line or crops in the field. Accessories abound for the owners of large urban lots. There are mower & plow attachments, trailers for firewood or whatever needs carrying. You can race on them, use them to explore the world of forestry roads, you...

The RV lifestyle

There seems to be only two ways to deal with winterizing your RV; either head south and forget winterizing or get some good advice and/or service from your local RV expert about how your RV can survive the winter. As with everything, there are dozens of websites where you can find a list of things to do to protect your RV's plumbing, electrical, shell and stop pesky...

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Why join a Chamber of Commerce?

When you go into business it seems like there are suddenly more ways to spend money than to earn it. Sooner or later the local Chamber of Commerce (C of C's) comes to mind and you have to decide whether to join or not. C of C's come in a variety of sizes, depending on the local offerings and membership. In Canada C of C's are locally operated, often work together in...

10 years later

In 2002 Retailing Today identified "The 12 hot issues facing mass retailing" See http://bit.ly/p0R4Q1

Retail Therapy

Retail Therapy [ree-teyl ther-uh-pee}

  1. shopping as an outlet for frustration and to relieve stress
  2. rebounding from sales depression
While retailers may wish more people spend their way out of depression, it's not a healthy sales model to forecast sales, buying and profits. What can you do? Here are four world view suggestions.
  • Turn info into insight - if you are...

A Song for the Workshop Owner by the Guess Who - Friday Fun

I've had a soft spot in my heart for the Winnipeg band "The Guess Who" ever since I met them. That was years ago though, I was a Cub Scout on a tour of CBC studios and there 'they' were - dressed in hockey jerseys if I recall correctly. That would have been mid to late 60′s - Expo year perhaps? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ax3KVuYMHw

Employee Performance-Key Communication Points by guest blogger Karin Wills

Once again we welcome guest blogger Karin Wills. Karin is the founder of HR Concise, a human resources consulting firm that specializes in custom solutions for small to medium size businesses. We like Karin's writing because it is informative & concise. More about Karin, her books and website, below. Employee Performance-Key Communication Points There are two main...

Videos for Business - what you should know!

At Windward Software we have been using video to augment our training processes for years. Primarily we wanted a series of tutorials that could be used for training and re-training. I mean, to use videos - initially - to illustrate how to set-up and use System Five and - secondly - to refresh people's memory about how to accomplish tasks they rarely do - like change tax...

Windward Software Quarter Title Belt Holders

Congratulations to Trevor Tougas and Steve Sperry for their awesome accomplishments during the last sales quarter - here are some images of them receiving their 'belt.' http://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.269065956461048.75180.100000729387080&l=b191fe7175&type=1

Retail used to be so easy½

Back in the old days, if there was something you needed, you'd go to the cave next door or venture out into the great savannah. Now a days it's a bit more complicated. However, according to the late great theorist Marshall McLuhan, there are a few ways we can penetrate the complexity of new things in our lives by examining them using his "Tetrad of Media Effects." ...

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