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The Top Five Reasons Strategic Plans Fail

"Most great plans aren't. They are just nice, high-level ideas."That's how one of our survey respondents answered our question, "What are the top three obstacles that prevent great plans from reaching effective implementation?" Despite the universal chatter around the need to be "strategic", and the untold hours spent developing strategic... Read More

How to Achieve E-commerce Success ?You Gotta Plan!

Before becoming a netpreneaur, I was an entrepreneur. First, I owned a successful child care center which grew to capacity in less than two years. When I sold that, I bought a little flower shop that had less than 300 customers and grew it to what it is today, one... Read More

Communication Strategy During A Time Of Strategic Planning

"Rubbish!" shouted the large, aggressive man in the red-striped shirt (we had to pay attention to him because he owned the company). "The staff don't need to be told anything. When we've sorted out all the details and have the adverts ready to run, then we'll tell them. They don't... Read More

Planning For The Slow Season Of Your Business To Increase Sales

Every business experiences slower periods. For some, they sell more during the Christmas season while others move at a snail pace. Some sell more during the summer and others less. The key is being aware of your seasons and alternatives available to solve the challenge and change the results. All... Read More

19 Questions to Supercharge Your Business Plan

Whether you are seeking capital for your company or are optimizing your business strategy, the most important element - particularly for outside investors - may be your written business plan. You can tune-up and supercharge your plan using this 19-step checklist. When your written plan firmly answers yes to each... Read More

How To Prepare A Business Plan That Guarantees Big Profits

It is always said "If you Fail to Plan, you Plan to Fail" Success in business comes as a result of planning. You have to have a detailed, written plan that shows what the ultimate goal is, the reason for the goal, and each milestone that must be passed in... Read More

Top Reasons To Form A Strategic Business Alliance

A strategic alliance is when two or more businesses join together for a set period of time. The businesses, usually, are not in direct competition, but have similar products or services that are directed toward the same target audience. Below are ten reasons to create a strategic alliance. 1.... Read More

Completing the Annual Planning Process

Imagine an office without a desk, or lights, a computer, or even something as simple as a chair. When the architects and designers started planning a building or office space they knew they would have to make concessions for these items during each of the building activities. As marketers, we... Read More

Six Key Areas For Evaluating A Strategic Alliance

Strategic alliances are increasing at a rapid rate. It is good for business, good for the consumer. A strategic alliance is similar to a joint venture. Everyone remains in his or her own entity, yet come together for a single purpose or period of time to create something that could... Read More

Menu Driven Business Planning

A menu is the foundation of any restaurant; Guests will support or avoid a restaurant for its food. Starting with a preliminary menu is a simple and basic approach to restaurant development. Begin with a menu, and you are light years ahead in the restaurant development process. A menu will... Read More

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The Financial Brand

7 Big Strategic Planning Questions Bankers Must Be Asking Now
The Financial Brand
In boardrooms around the world, senior leaders are scrambling to set the strategic direction for their financial institution. But when senior leaders aren't brutally honest about where their organization needs to improve and innovate, their strategic ...


Gazettextra

Milton Strategic Planning Committee hosts community referendum workshop
Gazettextra
MILTON. Public opinion on how the Milton School District should address facilities needs still varies widely after two failed referendums. Milton's Strategic Planning Committee hosted a community workshop Wednesday to gather public input as the ...


United States Geological Survey (press release)

Science for a Risky World: A USGS Plan for Risk Research and Applications – USGS publishes strategic plan for ...
United States Geological Survey (press release)
The Risk Plan identifies the Bureau's core competencies in this arena and includes background on and specific recommendations for building institutional capacity for creating sustained partnerships, supporting professional staff, and improving product ...


TechRepublic

Effective deployment of IoT requires strategic planning and careful calculation
TechRepublic
The ability to monetize the ever-increasing flow of data generated by interconnected devices will require a comprehensive and well-documented strategic plan. An effective IoT strategy will go a long way toward determining the winners and losers in what ...

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Ball State Daily News (press release)

Ball State president unveils proposed strategic plan
Ball State Daily News (press release)
After eight months of committee planning and feedback, President Geoffrey Mearns released the university's proposed strategic plan. The plan, which highlights goals for the years 2024 and 2040, is meant to lead the university into its next centennial ...


Temple Daily Telegram

Belton council to consider $28.8 million budget, tax rate, strategic plan
Temple Daily Telegram
About 150 residents who live along the proposed alignment of the road have formed a group called Homeowners Opposed to Lake-to-Lake Road. The group wants to see Belton drop its plans for the road, which has been in the works for nearly two decades.


District 233 takes first step in strategic planning
The Homewood-Flossmoor Chronicle
Foster communication. Recognize student potential and student achievement. Support staff development. Support the array of extracurricular activities. Address the social/emotional needs of students. School finances should reflect Homewood-Flossmoor ...


MonroeNow

Cyberinfrastructure strategic plan bill clears NJ panel
MonroeNow
Providing support for the state's cyberinfrastructure, legislation sponsored by Assembly Democrats Raj Mukherji, Annette Chaparro and Nicholas Chiaravalloti directing various entities to coordinate and establish an advanced strategic plan was released ...


Gazettextra

Kvapil resigns as chairman of Milton Strategic Planning Committee
Gazettextra
MILTON. The Milton School Board's Strategic Planning Committee will meet Thursday to explore facility upgrades for the school district, but without Brian Kvapil at the helm. Kvapil emailed board President Tom Westrick on Thursday, Aug. 16, and said he ...


Curbed Detroit

Detroit releases wide-ranging, ambitious transportation strategic plan
Curbed Detroit
The city released an extensive plan to address many of the challenges facing transportation in Detroit. In partnership with Bloomberg Associates, the city now has many strategies and priorities over the next four years with the goal of helping ...
Detroit introduces "strategic" plan for safer, easier transportationMichigan Radio

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