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Epcon Communities ramps up for the housing recovery

The home building market is finally turning around. In the midst of their most vigorous ramp-up, Epcon Communities Franchising Founders Ed Bacome and Phil Fankhauser draw on over 30 years of experience to plan for the future.

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The power of recognition

Before an honoree steps on stage to accept an award, someone has to take time to either nominate or select them for the honor. Do you know a progressive individual or organization that has achieved professional success or made great strides in advancing women?

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Fashion setterThirty-One Gifts and Cindy Monroe ride a wave of rapid growth

It was like drinking out of a fire hose. That’s how Cindy Monroe describes a decade of high-octane growth at Thirty-One Gifts. She shares some lessons learned, while looking forward to getting back to basics.

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Jim Merkel pushes Rockbridge upward from a strong foundation

Rockbridge's success stems from balancing an ability to look forward while keeping the skills sharp that allowed the firm to grow. CEO Jim Merkel shares insights into the firm’s method of looking at a lot, doing a little.

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Insights

How ESOPs align shareholder and employee interest

As baby boomer business owners age, there is a pressing need to select their business exit strategy. One option is an employee stock ownership plan (ESOP), where the business owner sells the company — up to 100 percent of the stock — to the employees.

How to make sure your employees’ health information stays private

Insurance carriers assume much of the responsibility for personal health information, but many organizations are just as responsible. The financial penalties for revealing personal health information might be surprising, so it’s important to know where you stand.

The legal risks that come with using social media as a hiring tool

When you turn to Facebook and Twitter to learn more about an individual you are considering for a job, you open yourself up to substantial legal risk.

How to fix a broken company culture

Culture cannot be mandated, dictated, controlled or replicated. It can be created, shaped and sustained, but there has to be a means to do that, such as a collaborative leadership mindset, an effective framework of change and leadership willing to engage employees

Consider the financial implications of a divorce before it’s too late

In typical divorce settings, two parties work with their attorneys to divide property, a decision that’s usually centered on assets, current income and expenses. How the division of assets will affect each party over the long term, however, isn’t often part of the discussion.