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Economics of energy efficiency: Beyond ROI

Economics of energy efficiency: Beyond ROI | Business Tips | Scoop.it

Engineers and building owners often focus on payback periods and return on investment as economic decision-making thresholds for energy efficiency investments.

Back in the day, HVAC systems were designed to be stout, longevity was the main focus, and concepts such as operating costs and efficiencies were virtually non-existent. The driving force was purely “How much will it cost and will it last?” Interest rates and return on investments were left to the bankers and stockbrokers.


"A more sophisticated approach is present worth analysis, which establishes a present time value of all future cash flow by discounting the costs. A typical time frame used for this procedure is 20 years. ..."


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Woman at Work: Intercultural Complexities -- Are You Too Dynamic to Succeed Globally?

Woman at Work: Intercultural Complexities -- Are You Too Dynamic to Succeed Globally? | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Businesswomen have to be agile, resourceful and resilient to excel in a male-dominated business environment. Of the many obstacles they must navigate, one of the toughest is the challenge of cross-cultural business....

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A female executive in the pharmaceutical industry recently returned from a business trip to a conservative Muslim country. "How did it go?" I inquired. "Not so good," she frowned. "Some of the men refused to shake my hand. How am I supposed to build a relationship with them if we can't even share a handshake?" She felt confused, disrespected and a bit angry.

Businesswomen have to be agile, resourceful and resilient to excel in a male-dominated business environment. Of the many obstacles they must navigate, one of the toughest is the challenge of cross-cultural business. In short, many cultures don't know how to handle dynamic females as business partners, and many businesswomen are perplexed about how to cope with this while going for the deal. This is a pertinent issue because the greatest economic growth is occurring in Africa, China, the Gulf, and other regions where gender roles are most pronounced.

The major point to remember -- especially for businesswomen coming from liberal countries, such as those in the West -- is to be aware that every country has its own set of cultural norms and traditions, and expected roles for males and females. Women and men have their places in the social hierarchy, particularly in more traditional societies like, for instance, parts of Asia, Latin America, Southern Europe, India and the Middle East. The intricate weave of these roles intertwine the business and private spheres; it is simplistic to think solely in terms of "oppressed" women, and "omnipotent" men. Indeed, in most traditional societies, for example, women have near-dictatorial powers inside the home while the man serves the family outside of it.

Cross-cultural business has much more to do than just gender. Age is important as well, where young businesspeople are seen as too inexperienced or not "serious" enough professionally to be a worthy and reliable business partner. A few gray hairs silvering the temples of a female's or male's head is reassuring; age is linked to wisdom. Status -- job title, "proper" dress, the latest Smartphone, a chauffeur-driven car -- all indicate your importance, your power and your place in the corporate hierarchy.

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Work With Experienced Attorney to Set Up Smart Succession Plan - The National Law Review

Work With Experienced Attorney to Set Up Smart Succession Plan
The National Law Review
Succession planning is something every business owner has to thing about at some point to one extent or another.
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Who's taking over your business?

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Is Location a Vital Data Point in Mobile Targeting? - Chief Marketer

Is Location a Vital Data Point in Mobile Targeting? - Chief Marketer | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Should location really be at the center of your mobile targeting and media delivery strategy?
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Wanna go mobile? Know where you're going.

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7 Killer Online Marketing Tactics That Take A Minute Or Less - Forbes

7 Killer Online Marketing Tactics That Take A Minute Or Less - Forbes | Business Tips | Scoop.it
7 Killer Online Marketing Tactics That Take A Minute Or Less
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Unless you're a full time marketer, you probably don't have hours each day to dedicate to promoting your business, product and website.

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Stop spending hours posting on Social Media sites - great marketing tips to spare you time and energy.

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Using Social Media To Create Impact And Grow Your Business

Using Social Media To Create Impact And Grow Your Business | Business Tips | Scoop.it
For social entrepreneurs, creating the solution is just as important as growing the business and social media has become a vital part of our overall success--allowing us to support our social missions while also growing our bottom line. Here are fou...

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Understanding Your Emotional Connection to Money

Understanding Your Emotional Connection to Money | Business Tips | Scoop.it
How many books have been written by financial fix-it gurus like Suze Orman or Dave Ramsey? Have these books really helped us to become debt free? Their advice is solid and can help us set goals, bu...
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How are you emotionally connected to money?

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Think OUTside the Box to get Inside the TV Studio

Think OUTside the Box to get Inside the TV Studio | Business Tips | Scoop.it
NO FAX, NO PHONE, NO EMAIL, NO BOOKS FAXES: Now a thing of the dark ages. PHONE: Click! Your voice mail is deleted. EMAIL: One of hundreds that TV producers and reporters get every day. BOOK: Goes ...
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Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar in $8.5 billion deal

Dollar Tree buying Family Dollar in $8.5 billion deal | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Investor Carl Icahn among winners as Dollar Tree buys larger rival Family Dollar in cash and stock deal. (RT @nmitch: They're all starting to look alike. :P ...
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Warm, Hot, or Cold – What’s This Game About? | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Warm, Hot, or Cold – What’s This Game About? | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
When I was a child, we would play a “Hide and Seek” game called, “Hot and Cold”. In this game you were not searching for a person. You were actually
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Business development is a very strategic game - always good to develop the right type of prospect list to be more productive.

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How to be a Journalist’s Hero | About Her Magazine | PWBN

How to be a Journalist’s Hero | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
In a large business, the marketing, public relations or corporate communications department is usually the first line of contact for media outlets looking to
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Great article by Dana Dobson - public relations expert

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Are You Ready to Build A Blog? | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Are You Ready to Build A Blog? | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
By now you probably know that blogs help drive traffic to your website by attracting clients who might not visit it otherwise. And if that isn’t enough reason
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Share your knowledge and get noticed by starting a blog - if you don't know how to get started - find some resources on the internet.

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Make Money as an Entrepreneur in 5 Simple Steps - YouTube

You decided to become an entrepreneur and start your own business, or you want increase your profits in your current business development. How do you decide ...
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Brian Tracy - Guru of business gives great tips on How to Make Money!

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Write a Book to Maximize Your Influence, Impact and Income | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Write a Book to Maximize Your Influence, Impact and Income | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
For small business owners and professionals, writing a book is one of the most powerful ways to enhance your reputation and grow your business. Publishing
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Have you ever thought about writing a book? - read this article and get some tips.

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Networking for Introverts

Networking for Introverts | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Find the type of gathering that works for you.

 

The night before a conference where I was scheduled to speak, I found myself in a crowded bar just south of Greenwich Village. The organizers had arranged a VIP reception, and — having just moved to New York — I figured I should attend. Indeed, I had good conversations with four interesting people whom I’ll probably keep in touch with. But when I walked out the door an hour later, I was thrilled with my revelation: I’m never doing that again.


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Pricing Strategy: 4 tips we learned from Lil Jon and 2000s hip-hop

Pricing Strategy: 4 tips we learned from Lil Jon and 2000s hip-hop | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Lil Jon, one of hip hop's most accomplished artists, is a musical success story. Hit after hit, he gets the party jumping. But did you know he's also an ecommerce pricing genius?
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Free Stock Photos at - Totally Free Stock Photography and Textures!

Free Stock Photos at - Totally Free Stock Photography and Textures! | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Free stock photography for commercial or non-commercial use at freerangestock.com. High-resolution stock images and textures for FREE. Not just royalty free, totally free. Photographers, contribute!.

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If you need to add a photo for your blog, newsletter, website - then you either need to purchase a royalty photo OR get free stock photos - here's a great site for free photos.

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Excellent Back to School Resources for Teachers

Excellent Back to School Resources for Teachers | Business Tips | Scoop.it

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Getting in the Right Mindset for Networking Events

Getting in the Right Mindset for Networking Events | Business Tips | Scoop.it
The statistics say it takes less than 7 seconds to make a first impression. It is very important to get into the right mindset before heading out to your next networking event. The first step you s...
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Don't bother going to networking events if you don't want to put your best foot forward.  Great tips from networking guru Jennifer Lynn Robinson, Esq.

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Choking on Choices

Choking on Choices | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Five Steps to Make Effective Decisions Do you feel like you are choking on choices, unable to make effective decisions? Life is full of choices. Research tells us that the average American makes cl...
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Too many choices to make - steps to make effective decisions.

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Transition Issues in Family Business Succession Planning (IE1)

Family succession planning, better thought of as transition planning, is the most important thing you can do to help your company last through the generation...
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Fixed Project Price vs. Hourly Rate

Fixed Project Price vs. Hourly Rate | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Choosing the right project billing model is a big deal as it determines the future development process. Find out about pros & cons of hourly vs fixed prices to make the best decision.
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Creativity Boosting in Business & Life | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Creativity Boosting in Business & Life | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
Are you ready to navigate an ever-changing world where creative thinking is no longer an option, it’s a necessity? That’s our reality now, and will only
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Excellent article written by Award-Winning, International Author and Speaker, Dr. Jo Anne White, is a Certified Professional Coach, Business Consultant and Energy Master Teacher. She’s the Executive Producer, TV and Radio Host of the Power Your Life Shows.

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Why Social Media Is NOT Advertising | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Why Social Media Is NOT Advertising | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
At a recent professional networking event, I was chatting with someone who didn't understand why Facebook was not an advertising venue. While Facebook ads are a
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Great article by Jessica Federman.

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Small Business Owners Must Plan for Long-Term Future | About Her Magazine | PWBN

Small Business Owners Must Plan for Long-Term Future | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
With small businesses hit hard during the recession, a need for long-term financial planning is important for further stabilization and success. In order be
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Small Business Owners - Have you established a long-term plan for your business?

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The 10 realities of Entrepreneurship no one dares to share with you. | About Her Magazine | PWBN

The 10 realities of Entrepreneurship no one dares to share with you. | About Her Magazine | PWBN | Business Tips | Scoop.it
So, so many people ask me what Entrepreneurship is, what it entails and how they can seemingly join this club of "amazing" people. So exactly, who are we? Why
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Are you an Entrepreneur?  Do you strive to be an Entrepreneur?  Find out about Entrepreneurs in this article.

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