BizConnect Matches its Members Online
BizConnect matches professionals with similar business and personal interests, sending emails every time there is a match! Customize your matching to search for your businesses immediate and long range needs, and set hiring/job alerts. BizConnect's MATCH breaks the ice, making it easy to build business relationships and referrals.
Economic Growth & Development= Made in the U.S.A.
By Jon Rutenberg - BizConnect Guest Contributor
Domestic manufacturing is experiencing a comeback in the United States. While historically, companies looked overseas for less costly, manufacturing solutions despite longer lead times and other disadvantages, the scale is shifting, tipping back in favor of domestic production.
There are a few reasons for this swing and it is too early to say it’s a trend. The rising labor costs in countries like China have domestic companies rethinking the case for offshore manufacturing plants. While cheap labor used to trump the drawbacks of overseas manufacturing, (i.e., long lead times, quality control, and supply chain complexity), companies see the advantages of keeping operations close to home given the decrease in the spread in labor rates.
In a February 2012 survey from the Boston Consulting Group (BCG), 37 percent of U.S. manufacturers with sales above $1 billion said they were considering shifting some production from China to the United States. The factors they pointed to were higher wages and benefits, stricter labor laws and more frequent labor disputes.
Member Spotlight: Beth Berman
Beth is the founder of BPB Solutions, a business marketing and job-search coaching company that drives value for clients across many verticals. Beth helps companies and individual job seekers achieve success by optimizing website content, social networking outreach, and face-to-face networking.
Given the strong social networking of Beth's business, she recognizes the importance of prioritizing business networking in her own career. As a BizConnect member, Beth has made many valuable contacts. She says that there's a feeling of positive, supportive atmosphere in which everyone is open and eager to connect with each other at BizConnect events.
What Members Say:
"BizConnect attracts lots of great people who are interested in having rich conversations."
Eric Martin, Eric's Coaching
"I had a very enjoyable time at the latest BizConnect event; it was social and easy to connect with people. BizConnect is a part of my networking strategy."
Jeremy Zissman, CPA Strategies Group)
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The Best Desk Accessories for Creativity, Productivity, and Convenience
By Lauren Thaler - BizConnect Guest Contributor
Research shows a messy workspace is linked to decreased productivity and poor creativity. Whether it's your office at work or your desk at home, there are great tools and tips out there to keep your space neat and conducive to creativity. Check out our curated list of 5 workspace must-haves!
Jot down an idea the moment it pops into your head, and see where it takes you when you give yourself creative liberty on a chalkboard. Let this blank slate be your training room for ideas.
2. Tangle Toy
This infinite twisty knot of a toy is the perfect desk accessory to handle while you let your mind wonder during a brainstorming session. It can be a puzzle, an anti-stress device, or just a fun conversation starter to keep at your desk. Most importantly, it has been shown to stimulate creativity.