At Your Service by Maggie Inge

At Your Service: Nov. 17, 2010

Thirteen is said to be a lucky number and for many area service providers that will prove to be true. This week we begin nominations for the Thirteenth Annual Best Service Awards in which readers have the opportunity to name those who have provided extraordinary service over the last year.


At Your Service: Nov. 10, 2010

Two stores, different product lines; their customers can only afford their goods and services when/if they have been able to pay their mortgage and utilities and put food on the table. They are like most businesses these days; a marginal economy puts them in direct competition for the same disposable income.


At Your Service: Nov. 10, 2010

Two stores, different product lines; their customers can only afford their goods and services when/if they have been able to pay their mortgage and utilities and put food on the table. They are like most businesses these days; a marginal economy puts them in direct competition for the same disposable income.


At Your Service: Nov. 3, 2010

We all too often think of compromise as a lowering of standards, but reality is quite to the contrary. Compromise, well done, is the creation of something new that brings together the best of many ideas from different sources. It is how better standards are born.


At Your Service: Oct. 27, 2010

The future is calling; who will answer?

Next week is the mid-term elections. Of course, this is not news to anyone who watches television, reads the papers or passes along the byways. No matter which way you turn, we are bombarded by the slogans and slanders that have come to typify our election process.


At Your Service: Oct. 13, 2010

A local merchant recently made a purchase at Sears and was lamenting the loss of service quality since its merger with K-Mart. Indeed, it is the decline in general service quality at the “big box” stores that gives our local businesses an edge.


at Your Service: Sept. 29, 2010

My grandmother was courted in a horse drawn surrey and lived to see men walk on the moon. She lived over 100 years even though her parents were told at her birth that she could not be expected to live beyond her fourth birthday. The reason she was considered doomed: a heart murmur.


At Your Service: Sept. 22, 2010

The Internet and its related technologies have changed just about every aspect of our lives and especially the ways that we do business. If you do not have an Internet presence for your business, now would be a good time to change your plans and get on the web, especially if yours is a local retail business.


At your service: Sept. 8, 2010

“Why are your prices so high?” asked the young woman in the designer t-shirt.

While the question held no intentional rancor, the unspoken implication that this customer was feeling cheated put the woman behind the counter on the defensive. What followed was a lengthy conversation about the cost of doing business in a rural community.


At your service: Sept. 1, 2010

If you’ve found yourself putting off important tasks over and over again, you’re not alone. In fact, most of us procrastinate to some degree.


Syndicate content