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Avoiding wolves in the award forest

There are awards we are all familiar with — the Oscars, the Emmys, the Pulitzer Prize — as well as awards that have become well known in their particular niche industry. Cartoonists know the Reuben is a coveted and longstanding award for excellence in the field of funny pictures. Some awards are very well-known in…
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Celebrating National Small Business Week

For more than half a century, the U.S. Small Business Administration has celebrated National Small Business Week to spotlight hard-working companies, and this year, it falls the week of Sept. 20. We’re a small business ourselves, and we love supporting other small businesses — check out the personal recommendations from our Imagine team below: Panchos…
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Nadia Zerka, one of Imagine's fabulous Account Directors, has some creative insight in her newest blog.

The other reasons small businesses fail

I saw a post over the weekend on Twitter that said something to the effect of “a big box retailer was packed while this small business had to close.” My assumption is the intent of the tweet was to say that mom-and-pop businesses can’t compete with big box retailers. I don’t think that’s always the…
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Thinking small, even if you’re not

I was recently in the market for a laptop. I know enough about computers to know that I didn’t need anything flashy or huge. I just wanted something that would give me more functionality than my iPad when I’m traveling or working remotely. Oh, and I wanted to spend, like, $5 on it. I started…
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Set it and forget it

If you’ve used a crockpot, you’ve most likely heard the phrase, “Set it and forget it.” You prepare some veggies, brown the meat, set the timer, give it a couple of stirs, and a few hours later, you have dinner. No muss, no fuss. What if you applied that same concept to your business website?…
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Systematic Change

I had a conversation with my cousin, Michael, recently where he told me about how his company was changing systems to make things more “efficient” (read: cutting costs). We spoke about our respective work ethics and efficiencies. It brought up a chicken vs. egg question: Do people make the systems or do systems make the people?…
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How to Pick the Right Agency

How to Pick the Right Agency

If you search the terms “advertising agency” or “marketing firm” and your city, you’re likely to get a few pages of results with no real idea on how to choose the one that’s best for you. I’ve put together a list of steps that may help you navigate the waters and find the company that’s right…
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