Bill Prenatt – Strategy to Get Out Front

In his presentation, e4e partner Bill Prenatt gives the audience advice on how to stop "keeping up" and instead to get out ahead.

Presentation & Facilitation Skills

In his presentation, e4e partner Jim Canada gives the audience some tips on making presentations to groups and facilitation group meetings. Jim speaks from his own experience of being uncomfortable giving speeches before large groups and what he does to overcome that discomfort.

How to Set Your Business on Auto Pilot

In this presentation called, "How to Set Your Business on Auto-Pilot," e4e partner Will Hanke explains how he uses automation to make his business operations more efficient. He makes suggestions about what web applications have helped him, describes the types of tasks that are easily automated and show us how we can save a significant amount of time during our work day.

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Power & Path to Self-Management & Shared Leadership

In this presentation called, "Power & Path to Self-Management & Shared Leadership," e4e partner Les Landes explains a new method of employee management. He advocates for giving workers more freedom of self-management and dismantling some of the traditional power structures in today's businesses that get in the way of productivity.

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Business APProved – Help My Website’s Been Hacked!

In this episode of Business APProved called, "Help My Website's Been Hacked!," e4e partner Will Hanke explains how you can protect your website from being hacked and what to do if you think it's been compromised. He discusses the importance of regularly backing up your website, a variety of apps and plugins that help make the process easier and how to make your website more secure.

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Wisdom of the Community: Don’t Wing It! Design Your Negotiations

In this Wisdom of the Community Workshop called, "Don't Wing It! Design Your Negotiations," e4e partner Glenda Woolley leads a discussion about how business leaders can plan their negotiation and difficult discussions. She describes key turning points in her own development as a business professional and team leader. E4e members and guests also contribute and offer advice on how to best communicate with your coworkers and employees.

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Cybercrime: Preventing a Victim Mindset

In this presentation called "Cybercrime: Preventing a Victim Mindset," e4e partner Jared Peno explains how to be proactive about protecting personal and business information from cyber criminals. He describes common types if internet fraud, how cyber criminals obtain your information and questions you need to ask yourself when trying to protect your information.

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Running a Business While Life Happens

In this presentation called "Running a Business While Life Happens," e4e partner Lisa Oxenhandler explains how she maintains a work/life balance and how "giving back" helps her through the stresses of running a business. She also opens a discussion on the importance of being grateful and not taking yourself too seriously.

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Unique, Memorable, Referred

In this presentation called "Unique, Memorable, Referred," e4e partner Thad James explains how to stand out from your competition and generate more referals.

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Leveraging LinkedIn

In this presentation called "Leveraging LinkedIn," e4e partner Josh Levey explains how you can use your LinkedIn connections to produce quality leads for your business. He takes the audience through a simple three-step marketing campaign, explains the different statistics to pay attention to and gives examples of the types of copy that have proven most successful.

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What Every Business Owner Should Know About the Law

In this presentation called "What Every Business Owner Should Know About the Law," e4e partner Brian Rogers offers a few little known legal details that can significantly affect businesses and business owners. He covers some important technicalities of copy-write laws, how to protect trade secrets and things to watch out for in boilerplate documents.

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When Do You Cut the Cord, and Let That Prospect Go?

In this presentation called "When Do You Cut the Cord, and Let That Prospect Go?," e4e partner John Eyres discusses the results of a survey answering that exact question. He offers different strategies for following up with prospects and explains how they might work differently in different industries. At the end of the presentation, John opens the floor for questions and advice from the audience.

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3 Legal Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask Themselves

You probably started your business because you’re passionate about the products you make or the services you provide. The last thing you want to think about is the law and how it impacts your business. But the law affects your business, so you should be informed.

Here are a few legal questions that you should ask yourself.

Should I incorporate?

Every business’s operations create the potential for legal liability. Like it or not, it’s a part of interacting with the public and offering products or services to them. Do you have a retail store? Someone could fall and become injured while shopping in your store. Do you manufacture a product? Using the product might hurt someone or damage property. This sort of potential liability could cost you and your business a lot of money if it’s your fault.

One of the ways to protect yourself against the liability risks generated by your business is to incorporate. When you incorporate, you create a new entity that owns and operates the business. You
own the company, but the company owns and operates the business. In this way, you are legally separated from your business and the liabilities it generates. If someone slips and falls in a store operated by your corporation or limited liability company, then your company would be held responsible instead of you. This creates a barrier between your business operations and your personal
assets.

There are limits to this protection, however. For example, you are always responsible for your own actions [http://bluemavenlaw.com/llcs-limited- liability-protection- torts/], so if you’re the one who mopped the floor and forgot to post a wet floor warning sign, both you and your company could be held liable when someone slips and falls. Also, you are responsible for obligations you personally guarantee, and in certain circumstances courts will disregard the company entity and hold the business owner responsible in what is known as “piercing the corporate veil.”

There are very few circumstances where it is advisable to operate a business without the protection of a corporation or limited liability company. Since every business creates the potential for
liability, your personal assets will be at risk unless you can mitigate all of the risks created by your business through some other means, such as insurance. Sometimes business owners decide that the potential liabilities created by their businesses are very small or they conclude that they have adequate protection from insurance. But it’s the rare business that shouldn’t be incorporated.

Could I be held personally liable for my company’s contracts?

If you haven’t incorporated, the answer is definitely “Yes, you are personally on the hook for your business’s contracts.” If you have incorporated, you shouldn’t be personally liable in most cases as long as you sign the contracts correctly.

When you do business through a corporation or a limited liability company, you should think of yourself and your company as separate persons. You don’t own or operate the business—your company does. You own the company, and you do things on behalf of the company such as sign its contracts, but you don’t directly own the business assets and you don’t enter into contracts on your own behalf.

When you sign your company’s contracts, you are acting as an agent of the company. That is, you’re acting on behalf of the company and not on your own behalf. In order to make sure that it’s clear that your company is the party to a contract—and not you—and that you’re signing the contract on the company’s behalf, you should clearly indicate that the company is the party and that you’re signing as an agent of the company.

This is usually done by listing the company as a party to the contract in the first paragraph and also in the place where the contract is signed, which is known as the signature block. You should also list your title (such as president) next to your name in your company’s signature block. If someone presents a contract to you that has your name instead of the company’s name in the first paragraph or in the signature blocks, you should have them correct the document before you sign it. Otherwise, it looks like you are the party to the contract instead of your company, leaving you responsible for the contract instead of the company.

Do I own my website?

So far we’ve been dealing with legal issues relating to liabilities, but there’s a quirky part of the law involving ownership of written materials that every business owner should be aware of. This
involves copyright law.

When you hire someone to create work product for your company, such as marketing materials or the code behind a website, rights to those materials—known as copyright—are automatically
created. That makes sense. What doesn’t make sense is that the copyright 3 Legal Questions Every Business Owner Should Ask Themselves in the person creating the materials—and not your company—even if you’re paying the creator specifically to create the materials for you.

This is the default situation under copyright law, which is completely opposite of what you would expect. Most people intuitively believe that they automatically own materials that they pay for.
But that’s not the case.

Although the default under copyright law vests copyright ownership in the creator of materials, this default can easily be overcome through your contract with the person you’re engaging to create
your marketing materials or your website. Your contract should contain a clause by which the creator assigns the materials to your company. It’s that simple.

Although you probably don’t want to spend a ton of time thinking about legal issues, you should consider whether or not to incorporate, you should be careful to sign your contracts correctly, and you should make sure that you own materials that you pay to create, such as your marketing materials and your company website. If you do these three things, you’ll be able to focus on why you started your business in the first place. And you’ll sleep better at night.

Every Challenge Has a Solution

In this presentation called "Every Challenge Has a Solution," e4e partner Cathy Sexton describes her four step process for overcoming challenges in the workplace. She explains how to identify a problem, find the core causes, brainstorm solutions and how to implement one specific solution.

Business Approved: Finance Apps

In this segment of Business Approved, e4e partner Will Hanke discusses some of his favorite financial phone applications including Quick Books, Square's Cash App and Facebook Messenger.

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Do Only the Strong Survive?

In this presentation called "Do Only the Strong Survive?," e4e partner Mary Kutheis leads a discussion about the assumptions we make in the workplace. She stresses the importance of questioning assumptions and the ability to change your own perspective.

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The Care and Feeding of Your LLC

In this presentation called "The Care and Feeding of Your LLC," e4e partners Brian Rogers and Andy Magnus explain how creating a limited liability company (LLC) helps protect your business and personal assets. They discuss how a business owner transfers their current business into an LLC, common mistakes made when operating an LLC and some of the legal formalities that need to be considered.

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Improv’s Everyday Uses

In this presentation called "Improv's Everyday Uses," e4e partner Dale Furtwengler discusses the professional and personal benefits of improvisation exercises. He leads volunteers through some of his favorite exercises and shows how they can be used to develop listening skills, creativity and team cohesion.

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The Power of Strategic Alliances

In this presentation called "The Power of Strategic Alliances," e4e partner Lisa Oxenhandler heads a discussion that offers advice on finding the best strategic business partners. Understanding core criteria for prospective partners, properly communicating with partners and finding partners who align with your business's values are all topics that are covered.

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Navigating the Changing Landscape of Social Media

In this presentation called "Navigating the Changing Landscape of Social Media," Karen Fox discusses the value of social media for businesses in connecting with clients and customers. She explains the importance of developing a media strategy, the changing trends in social media and the advantages of different social platforms.

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Do You Know Who You Are Working With?

In this presentation called "Do You Know Who You Are Working With?" e4e partner Ann Prenatt explains the importance of professional relationships and how they relate to success. She introduces three core principles of building positive relationships between coworkers and business partners.

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Using the Phone to Connect with New Business Leads

In this presentation called "Using the Phone to Connect with New Business Leads," e4e partner John Eyres describes three core principles of successful telemarketing and teleprospecting. His presentation teaches you how to build and use multiple calling lists, how to develop a winning script and how to make yourself a better caller.

Getting Paid

In "Getting Paid," e4e partner Brian Rogers explains how to avoid bad debt and the importance of managing the three steps of customer relationships.

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Wisdom from your HR Partner–Recruit like a Pro!

"Wisdom from your HR Partner--Recruit like a Pro!" is the e4e December 2016 RUN Showcase Presentation by Lisa Oxenhandler. Lisa presents a seven step method to finding and hiring the right candidate for a job opening.

After her presentation, Lisa takes questions from the audience.

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