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Daily Archive for January 13 2011

Change is Part of Success

“There is nothing wrong with change, if it is in the right direction”

Winston Churchill’s quote is appropriate for the start of a new year. When we talk about beginning anew, we’re really talking about changing in ways that will improve our lives. The same is true for our businesses.

Adjustments and adaptations are critical to an effective business model. Technologies change. Regulations change. Customer trends change. Expectations change.

To be successful, leaders in business must keep pace with this ever changing environment and be prepared for those new challenges that inevitably pop up along the way.

The Charleston Area Alliance is dedicated to helping its members navigate these difficult waters. Our Business After Hours events help business leaders stay connected, and our Skills for the 21st Century series offers tools employees need to understand the latest technologies. Additionally, our inclusion=innovation program helps businesses in the region benefit from all segments of society.

However,  we are always looking for new ways to add value to a Charleston Area Alliance membership. That’s why the Alliance has teamed with Dixon Hughes to present the SUCCESStrategies program.

According to Rick Slater, managing partner for Dixon Hughes, “SUCCESStrategies is raising the bar for professional development programming in our area.”

SUCCESStrategies will provide expert analysis and insight on the critical issues that impact the region’s businesses in a convenient lunch and learn format. The programs will be held at the Alliance office every other month, beginning this month, through the end of 2011.

One of the biggest challenges in business today is staying current on the legislation and trends that could have a dramatic impact on success. Through SUCCESStrategies, our members will learn directly from our state’s business and government leaders about the topics that will shape their future – and then take that knowledge and put it to work in their own offices the same afternoon.

West Virginia Insurance Commissioner Jane Cline will headline the inaugural session.

Tax credits for small businesses that provide health insurance to employees and development of a West Virginia insurance exchange, which will enable small businesses and individuals to pool their numbers for more buying power, are among the topics on the agenda for Cline’s presentation, “Health Care Reform and Small Business:  Just the Facts.”

Registration, which includes lunch, is $15 for Alliance members/$25 future members through January 14.  Prices increase to $25 for Alliance members/$35 future members beginning January 15. Space is limited. Visit www.CharlestonAreaAlliance.org/Events to register.

Change is constant and unavoidable. If you’re planning to growth and success, the status quo is not an option.

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