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Costly Compliance

Compliance is one of the biggest challenges facing C-level executives. You’re not alone. Read on to learn more about the costs and complications of compliance.

Strategy
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Personality Traits of Top Sellers

Making the right hire can mean all the difference for your business. Learn what to look for when recruiting top talent.​

Strategy
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Time is Money

In business, time can become profit or loss. No matter your industry, here are three ways you can make sure your team’s approach to time is helping the company’s bottom line. 

Innovation
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Seasonal Cash Fluctuations

Seasonal fluctuations in any business make cash flow forecasting a challenge. Learn to identify patterns in your organization and develop strategies to compensate for those periodic highs and lows.

Strategy
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Common Strategy Shortcomings

As you're reevaluating and reigniting your business strategy, follow these tips to avoid a strategic misstep.

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Strategic Balancing Act

Here are the most important decisions you’ll make in order to find the right balance for your company.

Technology
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From Virtual to Reality

Augmented reality is on the rise, but what effect could it have on your industry and your company?

Business Tools
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How to Energize Event Marketing

87% of C-Suite execs plan to invest more in live events in 2018. Here's what you need to know to get started.

General Interest
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Finding Purpose

Learn how to define your purpose statement for your own career and leadership style.

Innovation
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Don’t Fear the Tweeters

Gaining support of local stakeholders, online and off, is critical for the success of your big capital project.

Business Tools
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Compliance Risk Assessments

A compliance risk assessment can save your organization plenty of headaches, including fines and reputation damage.

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Revamp Your Segment Reporting

Is your company reporting segments correctly? Learn the basic considerations to avoid fines from the SEC.

In the Community
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Access to Affordable Housing

Access to Affordable Housing is vital in low- to moderate-income communities, and the benefits go far beyond the personal value of a good home for individuals and families.

Business Tools
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Amazon's Alexa Gets Down to Business

Virtual personal assistants have become a big part of our lives at home. Now, they may become a part of our office lives, too.

Business Insights
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Principles: Life and Work

Hedge fund pioneer and Bridgewater Associates founder Ray Dalio reveals his keys to personal and professional success.

Client Profiles
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Smart Strategy

Read how Kim Paulicelli captured a male-dominated industry with her successful HVAC company.

Client Profiles
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Small Hospital, Huge Impact

Learn how one CEO turned things around using data-driven methodologies and inspiration. 

Sterling Solutions
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Fraud by Impersonation

Learn to beat cybercriminals at their own game and prevent financial losses via fraud.

Strategy
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Strategy Session

Is your strategy causing a growth stall? Here’s how you can build the clear path needed to grow your business.

Technology
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Platform Breakdown

Are you investing in the right digital channels? Review the statistics to help drive your digital marketing decisions.

Business Insights
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Crowdsourcing for Success

Learn three ways to use the power of the crowd to advance your company’s vision.

Strategy
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Campaign Calculator

When creating a marketing plan, assess the available platforms, address your target demographic, and adopt a lucrative strategy.

Culture
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Overcome Procrastination Today

Nothing ruins productivity like getting stuck in a cycle of procrastination. Here’s how to get back on track.

Business Insights
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Creating Metrics That Matter

Developing meaningful data points that are streamlined across all departments will help you measure efficiency and growth.

Technology
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Healthy Light, Healthy Life

Upgrade your office lighting and optimize productivity with indoor bulbs that mimic natural light as it changes  throughout the day.

Business Tools
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Give 5 Star Performance Reviews

Don’t let uncertainty cause you to overlook employee performance reviews—here’s how to ensure your feedback is clear, concise, and informative.

Technology
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NYC Investing in Efficiency

Vacancy sensors in NYC public schools could save as much as 17 million kilowatt hours per year.

Culture
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The WHY Behind Your Business

Read about Simon Sinek’s concept of “The Golden Circle” to help you sharpen your business’s strategy.

Business Insights
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Take Risk into Account

To lower your company’s risk, avoid these common accounting missteps.

Culture
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Share Your Space

Brooklyn-based program offers shared housing options where professionals can live and work in unity.

Culture
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Tiny Homes Fighting Big Issues

One city’s government is offering to build tiny homes in homeowners' backyards to help combat homelessness. 

 

Culture
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Drone Discovery

Drones may be your next office addition, here's how these cool tech pieces are changing the way you do business internally.   

Strategy
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Size Up the Playing Field

Check out the four key competitive pressure points your business should be aware of in order to optimize your internal strategy.

Strategy
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Nail the Next Presentation

Apply this four step guide to your next business pitch in order to land that partnership or loan. 

Strategy
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Grow Together

Has your business ever thought of a partnership to help drive sales? Here's why your company should consider one.

Culture
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Namaste at Your Desk

Yoga is an accessible and effective way to stay healthy throughout your work day. Add it to your office environment with these easy steps. 

Culture
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The Rise of Flexible Working

As work/life balance continues to be a conversation, more and more companies are starting to assess their policies and see where they can make adjustments. 

Client Profiles
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Let There Be Light

Dive into one company's commitment to light and innovation with our spotlight on Altman Lighting. 

Technology
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Digital Channel Technology Q&A

Explore the realm of digital channel management with our director, Dave Thomas, in this spotlight feature. 

Strategy
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Rethinking the Competition

How does your company handle industry competitors? Use these three steps to embrace your competition and turn it into success.

Strategy
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Connecting the Dots

Here's how journey mapping brings your customer’s experience to life.

Strategy
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Trending Topics

Here are the three business trends your business needs to apply this year. 

Strategy
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Case Studies: Fragmented No More

Learn how consulting giant PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC) helped a financial software company consolidate processes and increase efficiency and accuracy companywide.

Strategy
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Avoiding Company Culture Shock

Hiring people who exemplify “culture fit” promotes company stability, improves individual job performance, and ensures a candidate’s longer tenure at a company. Sometimes, however, the only way to grow is to change.

Strategy
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To Rent or to Buy

Stuck on whether renting or buying is the right move for you? Here’s a list of reasons to rent and reasons to buy to help with your decision making process. 

Strategy
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Look Online for Leads

Here’s why online platforms are the place to find valuable leads for your business. 

Strategy
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Is This the New Email?

Advance your company’s communication with these productive internal messaging systems. 

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Private Banking: A Balancing Act

Learn three ways to start paying attention to your personal financial goals while managing your biggest asset—your business. Plus tips on how to find a private banker.

Strategy
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Trump Cards

Stay up-to-date with the Trump administration, their executive orders, and how they may affect your business.

Strategy
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Real Estate, Real Talk

A look at the New York area real estate market and how the landscape is shifting.

Strategy
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Taking it to the MAXX

Take an inside look and explore the business successes of MAXX Properties over the years. 

Strategy
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Reinvest For Success

Here’s how repurposing and reinvesting business finances helps leverage and increase outside investors and overall opportunity for your business's future growth.

Strategy
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Meet and Greet

Are you stuck in a business rut? Challenge yourself and your team to get out there and start networking to help fuel growth.

Strategy
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From the CEO

An update and a look at strategy with Sterling National Bank President & CEO, Jack L. Kopnisky.

Culture
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Women on the Rise?

Take an honest look inside your company—are women well represented? Learn strategies to promote gender balance, diversity, and inclusiveness.

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Film Tax Credits: Your Next Big Role?

Find out all you need to know about tax credits and how you can take advantage of opportunities to have your business space featured on the big (or small) screen.

Client Profiles
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Rolling V: Moving Forward, Family First

Find out how one family business developed a family-inspired corporate atmosphere to help drive the company toward future goals and continued growth. 

Innovation
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Connected in Every Direction

Explore the tech trends that offer a great investment for consumer engagement and effective operations for your business. 

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3D Printing: The Future is Now

Find out more about how 3D printing also known as additive manufacturing is redefining the business landscape. 

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Behind the Cloud—The Salesforce.com Story

Join Marc Benioff as he outlines the strategy behind his explosively successful company, Salesforce.com, and how it became the leading organization in cloud computing in just under a decade.

Culture
Empathy: The Successful Perspective

Empathy: The Successful Perspective

The growing trend in business is to better understand fellow employees in order to improve relationships, foster collaboration, and drive productivity. But how?

Innovation
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Top Lessons from Innovation Leaders

Whether you’re driving the latest technology or not, you can gain valuable lessons from the leading innovative businesses. 

Strategy
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What’s in a Hire?

While talent and personality matter when reviewing job applicants, it’s important to also test touted capabilities.

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Service is an Experience

By analyzing the past, present, and future experience patterns of your clients, you can take your business’s customer service experience to the next level. 

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Farm-to-Counter Goes Fast-Casual

Local seller makes an effort to not only supply farm-to-table products, but to educate chefs on the growing processes.

Client Profiles
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What’s in a Home?

Read how Sterling client Menowitz Management Corp. finds success in the subsidized housing market and with digital automation.

Business Insights
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From Doing Good to Being Good

Read about what’s driving corporate social responsibility, and how companies are looking to innovation for connecting with consumers and their values. 

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Subsidized Housing

While the subsidized housing market may have regulatory roadblocks, some companies view its rise in New York City as a smart business investment. 

Technology
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The Human Side of Workplace IT

Information technology is ingrained in almost every aspect of business. Find out how to ensure that your business' relationship to it remains positive and efficient.

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Transparency as Strategy

Embracing human engagement and transparency may improve client and employee relationships. But how can you tell if that’s the right move for you? 

Strategy
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Supercharge Your Engagement Strategy

Having a superior product doesn’t mean anything if you can’t connect with your audience. Practice these tips for improved engagement.

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Using Business Intelligence: Q&A

Utilize business intelligence—people and data—to improve client relationships and work toward company goals.

Culture
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Defining Company Purpose

Purpose, vision, mission—it can be hard to tell them apart, but all three are needed to establish clear company goals.

Culture
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Power in Running Lean

Changing industries are calling for traditional management, along with other business practices, to evolve. Here’s how to do it effectively.

Culture
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Your Make-or-Break Strategy

When looking for new executives, it’s important to find someone who’s the right fit. Follow these steps for effective hiring.

Business Tools
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Blogging Done Right

There’s more to business blogging than simply checking a box. For a greater reach and better posts, follow these five steps.

Technology
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Free Wi-Fi and Charging?

Just when you think the world can’t become any more convenient, connective charging stations come to New York.

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Sterling Women

Sterling National Bank’s venture, Sterling Women, was created to assist business women in their efforts to become outstanding leaders. 

Culture
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A Study in Excellence: Zappos Work Culture

Zappos’ culture attracts top talent—people who genuinely enjoy their work and are good at it—allowing other aspects of the business to develop naturally. But how did they get there?

Business Tools
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6 Steps for Meetings That Work for You

How to avoid confusion and productivity-sapping, open-ended group conversations? Check out these tips to create meetings that work for you.

Innovation
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Collaborative Systems Boost Innovation

Looking to increase your business' innovative capacity? A collaborative work system can significantly impact the innovation quotient within or between companies.

Innovation
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Uncontainable: Book Review

In Uncontainable, Kip Tindell illustrates what it means to thrive as a follower of Conscious Capitalism.

Technology
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Where Wearables Are Headed

Wearables are becoming popular accessories—a mainstay of the consumer Internet of Things. Consider these business tips as wearables make their way into the hands of employees.

Technology
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A Little Help from Tech Tools

Learn how technological advances that are reshaping physicians' office visits could transform your business.

Culture
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Invest in Your Employees

Companies that holistically invest in their employees’ personal and professional lives often tout lower turnover rates and increased employee morale. 

Culture
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The 5 Elements of First Impressions

An on-site interview is usually the first exposure that a potential employee will have to the workplace culture behind a brand. It’s critical to carefully cultivate the candidate experience in order to leave a lasting positive impression.

Sterling Solutions
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Our Cloud Offers a Sterling Lining

If you’re a staffing or IT consulting firm, Sterling National Bank offers specialized payroll finance services that can help you run your business hassle-free.

Culture
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The Power of the Human Experience

Employees who are encouraged to be real and bring their true personality to their job tend to be happier and more productive. Ultimately, they project a positive company brand, building trust and loyalty with your clients.

Technology
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Connected in the City

Connectivity comes to the Big Apple as high-speed broadband comes to all five boroughs, and WiFi access to all 277 subway stations.

Business Tools
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The Secret to Winning Social Media Strategies

Social media puts your brand and its message in the customer’s hands 24/7. It's wise to be proactive by crafting your social media strategy in advance. Here are a few things to consider as you do.

Technology
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How to Implement New Intelligent Technology

Effectively integrating intelligent tools into a company’s internal and/or external operations requires piloting them first through beta teams, or a process known as user acceptance testing. 

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LEEDing the Way for Green Buildings

As your business grows or seeks new facilities, consider green building practices that significantly benefit your company and brand. 

Technology
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The World's Smartest Cities

If you need inspiration for using technology differently, spin the globe and check out what other countries are doing. 

Technology
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Transparent, Intentional Tech

In the modern world of work and play, technology bombards our interactions and environments. With constant stimulation, maintaining a critical eye is crucial.

Culture
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The Product of Working Environments

Since the early 1990s, the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) program has sought to recognize companies who adhere to industry-leading practices for sustainable building. 

Business Insights
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3D Printing Underway at the CIA

The Culinary Institute of America in Hyde Park has entered into an exciting new printing partnership with 3D Systems—enabling faculty and students to “explore the intersection of 3D printed food and artisan culinary methods."

Business Insights
STEM & the Future of Tech

STEM & the Future of Tech

With the advent of interconnected devices on the Internet of Things (IoT) and tech systems, STEM education is in demand. 

Sterling Solutions
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Change the Way to Pay

“Tap” into the latest innovations in over-the-counter transactions with Sterling National Bank.

General Interest
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Lost in Transit?

Have you lost anything? Each year, MTA collects thousands of personal items in its Lost & Found. Maybe they have something of yours?

Business Tools
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Canvassing New Ideas

A canvas model can serve as a place to document ideas and inspiration for innovation within your business. Learn more here.

Business Tools
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Make Your Pitch for Investors

Your business has uncovered an opportunity—and identified an innovative solution. But where do you find funding, and how do you deliver a compelling pitch?

Strategy
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Taking Advantage of Customer Insight

What information can you gain from analyzing customer data? Analytics can be a gateway for improved customer service experiences and build on existing brand relationships.

Innovation
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The Spark of Innovation in Healthcare

Take a lesson from the healthcare sector, where companies can find big financial incentives for innovation to improve patient outcomes and reduce costs. 

Innovation
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Book Review: Ten Types of Innovation

Need inspiration? Pick up Larry Keeley’s Ten Types of Innovation: The Discipline of Building Breakthroughs, which reveals more than three decades of innovation insight. 

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Growth Through Innovation

Staying competitive in business today requires exploration of new ideas, through time, intent and bold action. Reposition your business to reap the financial rewards of innovation.

Innovation
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Embrace Change and Avoid Obsolescence

In business, complacency is the root of all evil, across virtually all industries. Businesses that are slow to adapt will die. It's key to be nimble and quick, but how? 

Innovation
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Build an Environment of Design

Design thinking is not a single decision, but a valued process. It can be a powerful tool for almost any industry.

Client Profiles
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Leading Innovation in Healthcare

Gerard Galarneau, MD, of Catskill Regional Medical Center, approaches innovation as a simple shift in perspective and attitude. 

Technology
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Is Your Business Ready to Accept Smart Card Money?

Smart cards add a layer of security and protection for consumers and businesses that magnetic strip cards can't offer. Learn more about how this unfolding technology can keep your business safe.

Culture
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Proclaiming a New Culture

Culture is a leading indicator of employee satisfaction. It needs to be treated as an investment in the success of the business. As such, it should have an official creed to explain it.

Culture
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Small Teams: The Secret to Success?

According to fast-growth companies, team size directly influences productivity rates and engagement levels. Yet it’s how those teams are developed and managed that determines their success.

Culture
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Best Practices for Setting Goals

You know the value of goal-setting for your employees. However, setting goals that aren’t attainable will kill motivation.

Sterling Solutions
A Little Help From Your Friends: Analyzed Checking

A Little Help From Your Friends: Analyzed Checking

Do you have the most appropriate business checking account for your company’s needs? Analyzed Checking gives account holders the benefit of an earnings credit based on balances. 

Business Insights
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File First, File Fast for Patenting

In light of a landmark 2013 ruling, you may face new challenges and timelines for patenting ideas. Learn how you can protect your original ideas, technology, or processes before going to market.