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The SNQ 15 – Friday, May 13, 2011

May 13, 2011

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Thought Provoking Article:

10 Things I Learned From Failure

Every entrepreneur has made a series of mistakes or been subject to failures along his or her entrepreneurial journey. These setbacks, though painful, will teach you more about business than any textbook, lecture, or mentor ever could. Plus, they are great fodder for conversations at cocktail receptions and on panel discussions.

New Site to Discover:

Yammer

Yammer is the free private social network for your company.

Yammer is revolutionizing internal corporate communications by bringing together all of a company’s employees inside a private and secure enterprise social network. Although Yammer is as easy to use as consumer products like Facebook or Twitter, it is enterprise-class software built from the ground up to drive business objectives. Yammer is free for your whole company, enabling users to communicate, collaborate, and share more easily and efficiently than ever before. It reduces the need for meetings, increases communication across silos, surfaces pockets of expertise and connects remote workers.

Executive Tip:

Six Tips for Building Buzz on a Budget

Every business needs to promote to attract interest and customers. However, cash-strapped startups often have trouble finding the money to devote toward expensive marketing campaigns. Not to worry: These experts have some smart ideas that won’t cost a fortune.

Social Media Tidbit:

Motivating Employees Through Facebook

My mantra with online communities is to “fish where the fish are.” If most (I would never say “all”) of your employees are on Facebook playing games and interacting, wouldn’t it be easier to interactively track their accomplishments there? Could Facebook be used, somehow, to build a platform and leverage the interactivity there? Turns out Tom Taraci of Taraci Motivation beat me to the punch with a new Facebook app. It marries the interactivity and community of Facebook with the motivational goals many executives wish to achieve. – Jim Nichols

Human Side – Community:

City of Santa Clarita wins CALED Award

The City of Santa Clarita took home two “Award of Excellence” honors this week at the annual California Association for Local Economic Development (CALED) conference held in Sacramento. CALED is the premier statewide professional economic development organization in California.

The City of Santa Clarita won the second place “Award of Excellence” for the 21-Point Business Plan for Progress in the category of economic development program and also received an “Award of Excellence” in the category of economic development promotions for the Think Santa Clarita marketing campaign.
Editor: Take pride in Our community!

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