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That's great Susie - the credits are applicable regardless however the cost segregation really only comes into play if the house is a rental or other commerical property.
2 years, 11 months ago on Solar Electric System and Significant Roof Modifications - Cost Segregation Study
Appreciate the comments and the read!
3 years, 2 months ago on What Tax Benefits Do I Get for Providing Health Insurance
Thanks for the comment. I agree - the point of the post is that in commercial lending, banks aren't focused on good credit records and relationships anymore - they seem to be focused on how to pass a regulatory exam - they've transitioned from evaluating risk to letting a regulator evaluate risk for them.
3 years, 2 months ago on Bankers and Regulators – Learn How to Evaluate Risk!
Gini and Co - we utilize Sales Force - a 'middle ground is that if you load a prospect into Sales Force there is a connector from LinkedIn that will give you 1st thru 3rd degree connections to your prospect so that you know who to approach first. We also do zip code / key word searches periodically on both LinkedIn and Manta to ensure that we've got a good 'list.' This seems to work pretty well on a smaller scale - don't think it would scale up very large though.
3 years, 4 months ago on Using LinkedIn to Prospect for New Business
@KarenPordum Thanks for the comment Karen. I think just about every credible economist out there agrees that there is almost a direct correlation between the deficit and the Bush Tax Cuts. When I go over the proposed tax cuts with my conservative clients and counterparts the general consensus is 'oh - that doesn't sound too bad.' It would be great if the media would do everyone a favor and actually drill down a little bit into what the revenue raisers actually are.
3 years, 4 months ago on Obama’s Jobs Speech – Impact on Small Business
@ginidietrich Dietrich, cough, can't expect leadership from a system that isn't capable of producing leaders, cough. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gerrymandering, cough. I'm sure at some point you told me not to discuss politics, D'oh! Time to settle down w/a nice beer and get my opinions yelled at me by Hannity and Olberman!
3 years, 5 months ago on Leadership Lessons In Washington
Come on guys - the system is broken. Redistricting at the state level creates a culture that encourages creating 'safe seats' which really means you end up with fringe elements controlling both parties via the districts they set up. And since no one really likes controversy what happens when the politician goes home? They hear more of the same instead of a credible, balanced message. Television has only made it worse. What happened to the good old days of Tip O'Neil drinking with Ronald Reagan (I was encouraged to see that Scott Brown is training for a triathlon with John Kerry). Until either voter turn out improves OR we fix the redistricting system we will continue to have this issue.
@ginidietrich Thanks Gini - those stupid things like money and time getting in the way of all the fun!
3 years, 6 months ago on Your Business Can Provide the Life You Want – Lessons from Tony Hsieh, CEO of Zappos
Gini - there's a great resource in your neck of the woods named Dan Sullivan - founder of the Strategic Coach. I've never been due to the potential overlap with what I already get out of Vistage however he has an AWESOME time management system you can get by downloading the intro materials. I'm not there yet but even getting part of the way there has made me much more productive. www.strategiccoach.com.
3 years, 6 months ago on Working On Your Business, Not In It
Thanks for all the commentary folks. I'll knock out responses with this comment.
With statistics, remember the old saying - 100% of all people that eat carrots will die. What statistics is really good for is either proving out good 'gut assumptions' or proving that your good 'gut assumptions' really aren't as good as you thought they were - you need to keep digging for better assumptions.
As some of the comments have indicated - sometimes you do need to do a little deeper digging. For example, if Company A purchases Company B, of course sales increase. However, so would the likely sales growth goal and associated marketing spend as both may have had the same marketing / pr as a % of sales.
In observing our clients, what I can say is that those that cut marketing first typically have had sharper sales declines than those that kept marketing relative to sales and measured the effectiveness of the campaign - meaning that those that continued to spend and measure effectiveness continued to either keep (or sometimes increased) their marketshare of a diminished pie (e.g. realtor example).
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