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Jun 09

Can this Austin-based Tech Startup Solve a $30B Safety Issue?

SIERA-AI Says Yes, Even with COVID-19 Supply Chain Disruptions. Long before COVID-19 disrupted America’s supply chains, the pressures of high-speed order fulfillment in the nation’s warehouses were taking their toll. There are roughly 96,000 forklift accidents a year, 100 involving fatalities, costing an estimated to be $30 billion. That may not be the worst of … Continued

Apr 14

Positive Spin: How Startups Are Beating COVID-19

Businesses large and small are being hammered by the COVID-19 pandemic and economic turmoil it’s spawned. Fortunately, we Americans are resilient and find ways to adapt and keep marching forward. I’d like to share positive spin on four companies, all of them startups, that are pivoting their products, services, strategies, and messaging to help our … Continued

Apr 12

A Tribute to the Best Office Dog Ever

I blame my niece for my getting a puppy. While on a family vacation in North Carolina, Courtney was cruising websites for Cavalier King Charles Spaniel puppies with me looking over her shoulder, when she found a beautiful little female. “You need this puppy,” Courtney stated matter of factly. “She’s in Asheville. Go get her.” … Continued

Apr 12

8 Questions to Ask About Your Brand Messaging During COVID-19

Early during the COVID-19 pandemic lock down, I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a sponsored ad telling me now was the time to purchase new swimwear for a cruise. I did a double take. Didn’t the retailer realize many tourists were sick, stranded, or both on cruise ships around the world? It’s likely … Continued

Mar 22

COVID 19: Creating Certainty in Uncertain Times through Communications

A week ago, a CEO of a startup called me late in the afternoon. For the last 18 months, his company had racked up success after success. Customers were using – and loving – his product. Investors had ponied up and potential acquirers were lining up. Life was good. Then COVID-19 reared its ugly head. … Continued

Mar 22

The Week a Neighborhood Was Born (Thanks to COVID-19)

Central Park is a typical town home community in Charlotte, North Carolina. Every home is literally the same – two-story brick, trim and shutters painted in complementary colors, neatly manicured patches of lawn. Each Thursday morning, the trash and recycling bins magically appear and, like clockwork, disappear each evening. The similarities run deeper. Each town … Continued

Mar 01

The Case for Bringing Dogs to Work (Home Offices Included)

Author’s Note: I wrote this blog post prior to the COVID-19 outbreak. For some reason, this devastating pandemic has made working from home lonelier to me. If it were not for my silly but always loyal pups, I’d likely go crazy. So if you’re working from home as part of the national effort to beat … Continued

Feb 10

The Boomerang Effect: Why This Talented CPA Returned to BPS

I recently had the pleasure of meeting and writing a press release announcing that Monica Gaddis, an experienced certified public accountant, had joined Columbia, S.C.-based CPA firm Bauknight Pietras & Stormer. During our interview, she revealed she had previously worked for BPS some 15 years ago and had regretted leaving. When the opportunity presented itself … Continued

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