At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service by Margaret Inge is a weekly column that examines a number of business issues directly related to the Central Catskills’ service economy.

At Your Service: Jan. 5, 2011

Year-end inventories force retail businesses to take a snapshot of their operations and set a plan for the future. It is also an opportunity to reinforce the aspects of a business that make it unique.


At Your Service: Dec 15, 2010

This is the time of year when almost everyone makes lists: gifts to purchase, cards to send, cookies to bake, even things I hope to receive. We tend to follow up on these by listing the things we will change in the coming year. The final weeks of the year are a good time to consider the value of lists themselves.


At Your Service: Dec 15, 2010

This is the time of year when almost everyone makes lists: gifts to purchase, cards to send, cookies to bake, even things I hope to receive. We tend to follow up on these by listing the things we will change in the coming year. The final weeks of the year are a good time to consider the value of lists themselves.


At Your Service: Dec 8, 2010

Timing is not everything; but it is on the short list for anyone seeking specific results. The primary reason it’s not everything is that timing is subjective and directly related to the purpose one has in mind. Some things are best done immediately while others need the benefit of more time to come to fruition.


At Your Service: Dec 1, 2010

On Sunday, in an unusual fit of sentimentality and a desire to see two of my favorite actors (John Corbett and Sam Elliott), I watched the Hallmark Hall of Fame special, “November Christmas.” The movie tells the story of a community coming together to support the family of a girl with cancer and make her holiday dreams come true.