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December 19, 2013
When you’re authentic and value-driven, you choose to align your actions with what you believe in. And those who are unsure find themselves in sticky situations because they don’t know who they are or whom they’re trying to please. Beyond that, they end up reacting to stress, rather than choosing their responses (another thing mindfulness meditation can address).
December 19, 2013
Remember Barack Obama’s dismal showing in the first debate of last year’s presidential campaign? He seemed weary and detached, and his comments came off as passive, rambling, and didactic. But less than two weeks later, President Obama gave an energetic, focused, and engaged performance. How was he able to make such a dramatic shift in delivery? In their new book, Double Down, Mark Halperin and John Heilemann provide a behind-the-scenes account of Obama’s training for that all-important second debate. Use the following five lessons from Obama’s training camp the next time you’re prepping for a presentation.
December 19, 2013
When it comes to the state of social media, the past year could be summed up in a few words: real-time marketing, content, video and mobile. In a space that's continuously changing and technology that's advancing quickly, it can be a challenge to know where you should be spending your social-media efforts. Understanding what's ahead can help overcome these frustrations.
December 19, 2013
Join Association Forum and the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business for the final installment of Executive Education: Advanced Strategy Program: Building & Implementing Growth Strategies. Gain critical insights to help you better understand your organization’s current strategy, use data to your advantage and effectively implement new strategies in your organization. Learn more about presenter, Professor Gregory D. Bunch, the program and register now!
December 19, 2013
In today's global work environment, it's a given that companies need culturally diverse teams to succeed. Both scientific studies and common sense tell us that having people with different viewpoints onboard increases the creativity that teams will employ in solving problems. Of course, that's assuming all members of the team are pulling in the same direction. But what if they aren't? Can being exposed to intercultural conflicts and tensions have an impact even on observers who are not directly involved in these disharmonies?
December 19, 2013
Ask anyone in business if they've heard of big data, and by now, the answer is probably yes. For the majority of 2013, big data dominated the media discussion as businesses big and small sought to make sense of what exactly it is, and more importantly, what they should do about it. The three biggest challenges associated with big data investments include determining how to get value from data, defining the big data strategy and obtaining the skills and capabilities needed to make sense of it in a meaningful way. Here is what you need to know about big data for 2014.
December 19, 2013
Board meetings should be about maximizing the amount of time you have with your key directors to debate the issues that are most critical to your business and getting input and buy-in to your key decisions. Even the most well-meaning board members will be undisciplined about time management and discussing what’s on their mind rather than what’s most important to you. It’s your job not to let this happen.
December 19, 2013
The freemium business model (a combo of the words "free" and "premium") basically offers your core product or service for free. The hope is that people will love the free version so much, they'll be willing to pay for upgrades or additional features down the road. Here are three questions to ask if you're thinking of offering a freemium option to your customers.
December 19, 2013
Support functions keep trimming costs, but their internal customers aren’t cheering. Over the past two years, companies cut an average 18 percent of their general and administrative costs, according to a recent Bain & Company survey of support function heads and executives who run business units in roughly 770 U.S. companies. Yet these results did not translate into higher satisfaction for many operating executives. Some 60 percent of the executives survey surveyed still rate their support functions as high cost, ineffective or both. Meanwhile, the leaders of those support functions often fret that continued cost cutting hurts service quality and leads to lower satisfaction. But the data show otherwise.
December 19, 2013
This obsession with external recognition is now entering our professional lives. Every day, even the most disciplined entrepreneurs, executives, and consultants are becoming addicted to the powerful endorphins associated with heightened visibility. They invest disproportionate time and effort into advancing their own personal fame bubbles at the expense of broader goals and potentially threaten their careers as a result. Teens posting selfies on Instagram is one thing. But when visibility trumps vision in the working world, there are several dangerous consequences that can arise.
December 19, 2013
I had a serious case of deja vu recently as I sat in and observed a board planning retreat for an association in which I had little background. I quickly realized that I had been in this meeting before, at least a hundred times. And at the end of the day, one of the volunteer leaders commented that they just spent the day talking about the exact same things they talked about the previous year. He questioned what they can do to make sure the discussion doesn't continue into next year's retreat. That is a great question.
December 19, 2013
The achievement of good governance is elusive due to challenges that typically confront and often confound boards of directors. These challenges tend to be somewhat common across organizations and typically relate to difficulties with sharing power, delegating authority and group decision-making. These issues, in turn, are most often related directly to the extent to which trust and confidence exists between the various boardroom players.
December 19, 2013
PR stunts have reached a whole new level of sophistication, says Bill Tancer, general manager of global research at Experian and author of "Click." As businesses become more data-driven and executives require visible returns from often-expensive PR activities, the stunts are bound to be bigger.
December 6, 2013
Earlier this year, Yahoo put an end to employee telecommuting in the name of innovation. Company CEO Marissa Mayer was attacked as someone who opposed work-from-home options, but the decision was her effort to emphasize face-to-face interactions over digital ones. The company's internal memo stressed the "insights" that come from "physically being together." Whether digital technology will influence workplace insights for better or worse is a topic of ongoing debate. In a recent issue of Computers in Human Behavior, business scholars Greg R. Oldham of Tulane and Nancy Da Silva of San Jose State consider the evidence on both sides. Their work highlights four reasons technology will boost innovation, and four reasons it won't.
December 6, 2013
Clear and effective communication is essential during presentations, whether for board rooms full of executives, auditoriums at conferences, or classrooms full of students. Verbal information is vital, but how we present that information can determine how much an audience remembers. Researchers Allan and Barbara Pease found that 83 percent of communication is nonverbal.
December 6, 2013
When a major issue arises, is everybody at your company serving the same interests? Or is one person serving the engineering team, another person serving the sales team, one board member serving the VC fund, another serving the CEO? If that's the case, then your team is misaligned. No individual department’s interests are as important as the company’s. To align everyone behind your company’s interests, you must first define and communicate those goals and needs. This requires five steps.
December 6, 2013
Thanks to their successful financial stewardship during the economic downturn, when aggressive cost-shedding helped keep profits at acceptable levels, many CFOs are now poised to leverage the full potential of their enhanced status and become leaders of broader strategic change. The role of corporate strategist will be challenging, however — especially in a post-recession economy where revenue growth, not just profitability, will drive shareholder value. Here are eight key considerations as we approach the New Year.
December 6, 2013
Companies all over the world have striven for transparency in the workplace, literally tearing down walls in an effort to let managers and employees observe each other. Take, for example, one of the 14 key principles of The Toyota Way, Toyota Motor Corp.'s managerial philosophy: "Use visual control so no problems are hidden." But recent research proves the virtue of letting employees do at least some work unobserved. What's more, in a curious phenomenon dubbed the Transparency Paradox, research finds that watching your employees less closely at work might yield more transparency at your organization.
December 6, 2013
Time is running out to register for the 25th Annual Holiday Showcase, the premier business and networking event of the Chicagoland association community. This one-day event brings together 1,200 buyers and over 600 exhibitors to make lasting connections, celebrate the holiday season, and most importantly to do business. Don’t miss this unprecedented opportunity to solidify your place in the Chicagoland association community. Learn more and register today!
December 6, 2013
For many critics, kindness in leadership equates to weakness. However, in today’s age of open feedback available on the web both from customers and employees, being a kind leader is essential to success. Being a kind leader does not mean that you don’t fire people. It doesn’t mean that you don’t make tough decisions that will impact the bottom line. And it doesn’t mean that you won’t work harder than those who are unkind. It simply means that you are focused as much on the delivery of your message as you are on the message itself.
December 6, 2013
As the end of the year approaches, so do annual performance evaluations. The (often dreaded) annual performance review is an inescapable part of working life, right? But the process doesn't have to be painful and counterproductive. Here are your problems solved.
December 6, 2013
A primary task of leadership is to direct attention. To do so, leaders must learn to focus their own attention. When we speak about being focused, we commonly mean thinking about one thing while filtering out distractions. But a wealth of recent research in neuroscience shows that we focus in many ways, for different purposes, drawing on different neural pathways — some of which work in concert, while others tend to stand in opposition.
December 6, 2013
In the past decade, continuing education, or CE, has experienced a distinct trend with respect to the stages of maturity CE providers go through to bring the benefit of online CE to their members and participants. Most member organizations started at the lowest level of maturity, which was to provide in-person events that allowed participants to earn CE credits. But the use of the Internet to provide online events has sparked an evolution in member convenience and learning experience.
December 6, 2013
With 2014 only a month away, last year's business plans are heading for the shredder. 'Tis the season once again for sharpening pencils, creating fresh spreadsheets and bringing the team together for a visioning and planning session. And just in time, here comes the annual parade of predictions, forecasts and trends for the coming year to give you a bit of help. Should you factor them into your plans or dismiss them as just so much seasonal industry buzz? Here are a few rules-of-thumb to help you get the most from this year's forthcoming crop.
November
November 21, 2013
Despite having nearly a decade of experience with social networks, many marketers still find social media a tough nut to crack. But other marketers are transforming how they use social networks in ways that increase brand reach with relevant audiences and drive real ROI. Here are three cutting-edge trends that will be at the core of the most successful social media marketing campaigns in 2014.
November 21, 2013
The idea of defining a tenor and tone of boardroom relationships and interaction may suggest to some an interference with the independence of individual directors. The basic fiduciary requirement that directors act in the best interests of the organization and exercise a duty of care is often viewed in legal terms. Similarly, director independence has been defined with respect to the relationship with staff. Both have significant behavioral and board culture implications that trump any legal or structural requirements when it comes to board effectiveness.
November 21, 2013
Not only is there an art to delegating — with intelligence and authority — but you'll find you have more time, more engaged and productive employees, and more peace with your job. It's a key measure of a leader’s effectiveness whether he or she has the chops to enable other people to get things done. A recent study found that 53 percent of business owners believe that they can grow their business by more than 20 percent if they delegate 10 percent of their workload to someone else. So do it. Here's how.
November 21, 2013
When we get defensive, we make it that much harder for our conversational counterparts to hear what we’re saying. We also make it harder to really listen to what they have to say. Soon, we’re shadow-boxing, defending ourselves against attacks that aren’t real, and wasting energy — and relationship capital — on damage control instead of solving the problem at hand.
November 21, 2013
When your business is growing fast, it's likely that you will consider bringing in an expert who has "been there and done that" to help your business go where you want it to go. But whether you are inventing something completely new, creating a new business model or merely shaking up the status quo, an expert from the trenches of business-as-usual may not be the perfect fit for your company.
November 21, 2013
Culture change is a bear. The conventional wisdom is that it takes years to change a culture, defined as the assumed beliefs and norms that govern “the way we do things around here.” And few organizations explicitly use culture as a way to drive business performance, or even believe it could make sense to do so. The logic usually works the other way — make specific changes in processes, and then hope that, gradually, the culture will change. Yet some leading organizations are turning this conventional wisdom on its head.
November 21, 2013
Association Forum and USAE are proud to introduce the honorees of the Forty Under 40® awards. The individuals selected for this prestigious honor represent 40 of the most promising future leaders of the association and nonprofit industries. Read their profiles and make plans to congratulate them when you attend the Holiday Showcase Luncheon on Dec. 17.
November 21, 2013
Planning for a trade show is a comprehensive project. Therefore, you need to develop several checklists so you can make sure that the show is a rousing success. Not only do you have to make sure all the proper displays are included for use, you also have to keep communication open and ongoing with the logistics company you choose. The key to streamlining your logistics planning is to make advanced arrangements and organize activities so they seamlessly fall into place.
November 21, 2013
Problem solving is the essence of what leaders exist to do. As leaders, the goal is to minimize the occurrence of problems — which means we must be courageous enough to tackle them head-on before circumstances force our hand. We must be resilient in our quest to create and sustain momentum for the organization and people we serve. But the reality of the workplace finds us dealing with people that complicate matters with their corporate politicking, self-promotion, power-plays and ploys, and envy. Silos, lack of budgets and resources, and many other random acts or circumstances also make it harder for people to be productive.
November 21, 2013
You've invested a lot in your ideas. You want to protect and profit from the fruits of that investment. Thus you require employees to sign non-compete agreements so you can protect your trade secrets and your talent pool. Makes sense, right? Maybe not.
November 21, 2013
Board diversity is simply smart business. When diversity in the boardroom offers so many benefits to the CEO (and to the entire organization), it’s nothing short of irresponsible for chief executives not to place their board composition under the microscope.
November 21, 2013
Whether you think it's part of a transitional period or here for the long-term, the Chief Digital Officer role is gaining ground as more conventional companies look to invest in an enterprise-wide digital transformation.
November 7, 2013
Is your association losing trade show exhibitors due to a lack of ROI? Maybe you are hearing complaints from trade show exhibitors about too little traffic, not enough qualified leads, too much commotion and the list goes on. Depending on your event, your trade show could be a significant source of revenue. Ignoring these complaints won't make them go away — and the truth is, they're right.
November 7, 2013
The world is filled with bad training programs. Based on so many flawed examples, Association Management Blog contributor Ande Freed has compiled this list, which he calls the seven deadly sins of professional association training programs.
November 7, 2013
A large paycheck isn't usually a reason to work for a nonprofit. Meaningful work, engaging community and diverse projects, yes. But the paycheck? No. "Generally, the jobs with the highest meaning offer low pay. People who want to make the world a better place are not driven by money. They're driven by a desire to help people," says Katie Bardaro, lead analyst at PayScale.com.
November 7, 2013
If you ever wonder why we're in a crisis of leadership all you have to do is to watch and listen to those in positions of leadership. While there are clearly many aspects of leadership that must work together in harmony in order for leaders to be effective, everything breaks down when leaders don't understand how to engage effectively.
November 7, 2013
Nonprofit executives from throughout Illinois went back to school in October to participate in a two-day training held in Morris. Caroline Portlock of the Grundy County Chamber of Commerce and Sally Rutledge-Ott of Women With Power started the Not for Profit Academy to provide certification and training to workers in the nonprofit sector.
November 7, 2013
On Dec. 17, hear from acclaimed author and speaker Chester Elton during the Holiday Showcase Keynote Luncheon, sponsored by Visit Orlando and the Orange County Convention Center. At Holiday Showcase 2013, Elton will present The Orange Revolution: How One Great Team Can Change an Organization. Learn about all of the Holiday Showcase 2013 events and register today.
November 7, 2013
Insurance, banks and pharmaceuticals are the three most active corporate sectors sponsoring associations and membership organizations, according to the IEG Sponsorship Report. Lifetouch, Goldman Sachs and Nestlé are the most active sponsoring brands. Eleven percent of associations/organizations report having Lifetouch or Goldman Sachs as a sponsor. Other top sponsors include Wells Fargo, Bank of America, MetLife, AT&T, Barclay's Bank, Toyota, Microsoft, Chevron and CitiGroup. According to IEG, Insurance companies are 7.6 times more likely to sponsor associations/membership organizations than the average of all sponsors. Sponsorship spending on associations and professional membership organizations is expected to total $572 million in 2013, up 4 percent from 2012.
November 7, 2013
In a previous article, I identified the value boards can derive from asking some deeper questions about their value, contribution and what they aspire to become as an oversight group. Those questions are a good starting point for improving the quality of governance and...
November 7, 2013
An executive from technology research firm Gartner recently said, "Every company is a technology company; every budget is an IT budget; every business leader is becoming a digital leader." Another Gartner prediction: By 2017, the CMO will spend more on technology than the CIO. Gartner quotes like these are passed from conference to conference, blog to blog. They're grand statements, but important to heed because they show us the near future. Associations aren't market leaders. Although usually slow to react to changing market conditions, they can't ignore what's happening around them now. Watch how businesses are transforming and you can see where you might need to go. One thing is obvious, technology can help associations remain relevant (a low bar to be sure) and meet the needs of members, maybe even delight them.
November 7, 2013
As the Internet faces a historic transformation with hundreds of new domain names coming online, an international nonprofit organization has been created to promote the interests of the domain name industry by advocating the use, adoption and expansion of domain names as the primary tool for users to navigate the Internet.
November 7, 2013
A new survey of nonprofit leaders found their organization's IT departments largely reside within operations or finance departments and a majority of the managers heading IT are reporting to COOs and CFOs. IT directors, who do you report to? According to a new poll of nonprofit leaders, only 13 percent of you are reporting to the CEO.
November 7, 2013
One of the fastest-growing job sectors in the country isn't in the board room or the factory, though those are often the benchmarks by which economic health is gauged. Surprisingly, recent accounts in U.S. News & World Report and on CNN report that a major source of job creation lies in the area of nonprofits — organizations whose missions and objectives aren't always about the bottom line.
October
October 25, 2013
One of the biggest challenges sales organizations face is securing customers who aren't ready to buy. Maybe they're considering a competitor's offer or having internal issues that are delaying their decision-making. Whatever the case for their indecision, your goal is to convince these prospective customers to eventually buy from you. To accomplish this often elusive task, you need to be savvy about the way you follow-up with prospective customers. Here are five keys to follow-up success.
October 25, 2013
Internet retail sales conducted by smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices have increased by as much as 400 percent and it's critical that merchants refocus their efforts accordingly. What's more, because of the increased use of social media on smartphones and social media's involvement in retail sales, "social selling" has become red hot. Anyone hoping to improve their online sales success must take advantage of emerging trends like data-driven selling, personalized marketing efforts and specific product recommendations based on a buyer's past shopping history. Here are seven quick tips for Internet sales success.
October 25, 2013
With cloud computing and the technological advancements all around us, it doesn't take a science fiction writer to point out how our corporate world will soon appear. The advent of the cloud is bringing about a new corporate environment in which there is no office. Everyone is working remotely from their own locations and the physical building is a thing of the past. In addition to many other benefits, this scenario spells the end of office politics.
October 25, 2013
The customer acquisition landscape is constantly in flux. The introduction of disruptive technologies and tools over the last few years has spawned enormous changes in online marketing. But a recent report from Custora, maker of a predictive analytics platform, reveals that online retailers are winning new customers via traditional email marketing at quadruple the rate they did four years ago. The good old-fashioned marketing method still provides the biggest bang for the buck when it comes to reaching and retaining high-value customers online. Here is some more detailed information from the study.
October 25, 2013
Cost savings are often cited as the primary attraction of cloud computing. The case is particularly compelling for cloud-based storage services. Rather than buying expensive storage infrastructure and maintaining a physical data center to house it all, why not take advantage of cloud storage for pennies a gigabyte? However, despite the benefits of the cloud, questions still remain about the best way to manage data protection and disaster recovery in a cloud environment.
October 25, 2013
Human resources. When it comes to your career, those two words will ultimately influence whether you are hired or fired, have to relocate your family to move up or move out, and whether you receive a holiday bonus or that dreaded membership to the "Jelly of the Month Club" a la Clark Griswold. If there's one area within a company that should focus solely on the "human" side of human resources, that should be it.
October 25, 2013
Unpaid internships are a hot topic as of late, especially for private-sector businesses like film studios and magazine conglomerates. But in light of the recent unpaid intern controversy surrounding Sheryl Sandberg's nonprofit Lean In Foundation, it's time to move the internship compensation discussion toward the nonprofit sector. It’s time to look past the standard explanation of tight budgets and limited resources. Why aren't more nonprofits — like the Lean In Foundation — offering paid internship opportunities? Here's why it's time to lean into paid internships.
October 25, 2013
If you have a product you're really proud of, it should speak for itself. But when it comes down to it, you still need to get customers on your website in the first place — especially if you're running an e-commerce operation. Mashable asked a panel of 13 successful entrepreneurs to share their best advice for generating high-quality, organic search traffic to their business websites. Here's what they had to say.
October 25, 2013
Sometimes you have the best intentions and it all goes downhill from there. Maybe you're already sold on the idea that content is the key to business success in the digital age. That means either sitting down to write or hiring a marketing writer to take care of that aspect for you. Either are workable options. The thing is, once you're motivated to work, it’s easy to find yourself stuck. If you land in any of these five blogging traps, here's what you can do about it.
October 25, 2013
Holiday Showcase registration is now open. Register today for the Dec. 17 event and help us celebrate the 25th anniversary of this Chicagoland tradition!
October 25, 2013
Accounting programs, management software and more have become common tools to help us handle a myriad of administrative details. While these programs can save you time and money, the initial purchase price can be significant. Whether you're ready to make that first purchase or need to change to a more robust system, follow these steps to make sure you end up with a tool that's worth the price tag.
October 25, 2013
Rajeev Peshawaria writes, "For almost 20 years, my work has given me the opportunity to help people who want to live and lead at a higher level. While their professional, ethnic and personal backgrounds are very different, we help them to identify the existential level at which they are living and help clarify for them their highest option. The three levels at which people most commonly exist are jungle existence, duty trap or duty ethic.  Let me briefly describe what I mean by these labels and then paint a picture of a fourth level rarely experienced but that brings true success: happiness and meaning to life."
October 25, 2013
These are strange times for the nonprofit sector, strange times indeed. Something is happening to the position of nonprofits in society that is disconcerting and the reaction of the nonprofit sector's leadership is in question. The backdrop, of course, is that the U.S. government had imploded in a demonstration of breathtaking dysfunctionality, an unbelievable and entirely avoidable scenario that elevates the challenges facing the nonprofit sector to new dimensions.
October 25, 2013
As one of the world's preeminent advisers to CEOs and boards, Ram Charan has spent the past 35 years on the road, watching hundreds of executives deal with their toughest challenges. He regularly shares the insights from his experiences in speeches and the classroom and is the author of several best-selling books. In this edited interview with HBR senior editor Melinda Merino, he returns to the topic of decisions and talks about what he's learned in three decades of helping executives make them.
October 10, 2013
On the web, most contacts are "pull." People come to your site to find information; the visitor starts the conversation. And you must converse — you must satisfy their information need before you can market to them.
October 10, 2013
What could be more vital than talent to the bottom line? And yet the people in our employ continue to be neglected, taking a backseat to the various other matters that occupy our workdays. Want to unload your most dynamic, highest-potential employees? Keep doing these things…
October 10, 2013
Salespeople spend a lot of time crafting questions to probe potential customers and — hopefully — close the deal. But, regardless of your product or the size of your company, there are three fundamental questions you must answer for buyers before they will sign on the dotted line. And, when it comes to answering these questions, your behavior often speaks louder than words.
October 10, 2013
Some say leadership is an art. Some say leadership is a science. There were a lot of books written on the topic and a lot of approaches discussed. But there are also simple, yet powerful quotes that pack a punch and make us think about the true meaning of leadership.
October 10, 2013
It doesn't matter whether you are in the business of delivering products or services--either way, your success depends heavily on communication. When things go wrong, you can almost always trace the problem to a breakdown in communication. And when things go right, it's usually great communicators who helped create the successful results. It's a necessary skill in every aspect of business, social and family life. How you communicate will determine if you lead, command respect, earn trust and are well liked. Poor communicators will suffer from confusion, low self-esteem and frustration.
October 10, 2013
Allowing donors, supporters, members, or other interested third parties to communicate with and about a nonprofit through its social media networks can facilitate and improve a nonprofit’s communication and marketing efforts, aid in fundraising and membership development, and otherwise help further the nonprofit’s mission. Nonprofits may therefore allow and even encourage third parties to post messages or display content to the nonprofit’s controlled social media pages. However, allowance of user-generated content on social media pages controlled or operated by a nonprofit can raise a number of potential legal risks and liability issues, which are due in large part to the fact that the nonprofit may not have complete control over what a third party posts or displays.
October 10, 2013
One out of two Americans feel overloaded with work. Some say they're swamped with the constant flow of information spewing out from every mobile, desktop and laptop computer screen. A few are getting a little tired of all the technology pouring into the workplace. Have we reached gadget fatigue? Probably. Nevertheless, workers are leaning on technology more than ever to get their jobs done, according to results from a Cornerstone OnDemand report.
October 10, 2013
I have a little secret I want to let you in on. Budgeting for your association isn't rocket science and it doesn't have to be an overwhelming task. Unless you have major initiatives planned — i.e., development of a new website or huge event — budgets usually don’t change too dramatically year after year. Here are some tips you can use to help streamline your process.
October 10, 2013
Leadership is the relationship between those who choose to lead and those who choose to follow. Open leadership is the cultivation of relationships with all stakeholders, regardless if they are internal or external to the team, department or association. By attending this session, you will learn different leadership approaches and techniques in order to accomplish common goals. Learn more and register today!
October 10, 2013
Giving your employees money, and the freedom for them to spend it on whatever reward they choose, might sound like the recipe for a happy and more productive workplace. But evidence from an array of scientific studies says otherwise. Individual rewards — ranging from pay-per-performance to bonuses — have been shown to be detrimental to employee morale and productivity. So, should you throw away the carrot once and for all? Not quite. Try something new and potentially far more effective: pro-social bonuses.
October 10, 2013
The corner office is a symbol of success and power. It is the modern-day throne room where you rule your realm. You beckon people to your presence and cast down rulings, hirings, and firings. However, your castle can be everyone else’s dungeon. While communication experts typically coach leaders on what to say, how to say it, and when to say it — one important aspect is often overlooked: where to say it. Location and atmosphere can color a message and change behavior. Think about the difference between speaking with someone at a bar versus having a conversation in the park. Mood, tone, body language and energy shift. It doesn’t matter if your office is mahogany-lined or modern minimalist, the boss’s office is powerful. As you bring people into your space, think about the messages it sends to your guests.
September
September 25, 2013
When Frito-Lay's Hispanic employee affinity group provided input for a new guacamole-flavored chip, the result was a new $100 million product. And while creating a more diverse employee base probably won't add nine figures to your bottom line, it could put you more in tune with more potential customers. "If everyone looks the same and thinks the same [in your business], you're probably missing out on some important opportunities," says Mason Donovan, co-author of “The Inclusion Dividend: Why Investing in Diversity & Inclusion Pays Off.” Creating a more diverse workplace requires a combination of recruitment and policy initiatives. Here are four of his best practices.
September 25, 2013
The Securities and Exchange Commission has lifted the ban on general solicitation — a rule that was originally put into place during the Great Depression when unscrupulous businessmen would defraud investors across state lines by going door to door selling fake securities. In response to such a serious threat of hardworking people losing their savings, rules were put into place to ensure that securities were only offered to friends, family, and other known associates who had enough wealth to take the risks. Unfortunately, this law had unintended consequences for small business owners who did not have large networks of millionaires at their disposal. An answer to the effect these laws had on small business, the JOBS ACT was signed in April 2012, which legalized securities-based crowdfunding in two separate phases. Here are five ways raising capital is changing.
September 25, 2013
Leaders must make difficult decisions that are not always popular. They instigate changes that upend people's lives and shift the balances of power and wealth. Are we too close to our time to recognize truly gifted leaders or to fully appreciate the effects of their decisions? Should we not be concerned about the ostensible leadership vacuum? Perhaps. But I suspect there are other forces at play.
September 25, 2013
All organizations — be they for-profit or not-for-profit — have a mission. It may be to create the coolest technology, serve the best pizza or eliminate world hunger. Not all organizations, however, are mission-driven. Other priorities, like making a profit or providing shareholder value, take precedent. Associations, nonprofits and NGOs are unique in this respect: They are their mission. Association managers should keep this in mind at all times, for it links directly to staff productivity and focus.
September 25, 2013
Join Association Forum and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business for "Executive Decision-Making and Negotiations" on Oct. 10 and 11. Utilizing the latest research on executive decision-making, this program will vastly improve the outcome of all of your professional negotiations and improve your organization's profitability. Learn more and register today.
September 25, 2013
The challenge is clear by now: Intrusive, interruptive, self-centered marketing no longer works the way it once did, and its effectiveness will only continue to diminish in the social age. The question is what will replace the legacy model. There’s a one-word answer: stories.
September 25, 2013
You’ve probably had this feeling at some point: One minute you’re thinking logically and rationally, then when you’re asked to perform a task, some mystery switch flips on, leaving you in a state of suspension. Suddenly, you're stuck, unable to take the first step toward achieving that goal. The good news is you haven’t lost the ability to tap your own intellect. The problem is that your brain has worn a groove in the unproductive fight/flight/freeze state of frustration and helplessness.
September 25, 2013
A challenge facing many boards of directors is discerning the value they bring to their organization and the contribution they make to that organization's success. The pursuit of good governance and board effectiveness has tended to focus on an ever-growing list of activities to guard against any and every risk known to mankind. Conventional thinking suggests that boardroom success is dependent on implementing this endless list of inputs. You wonder whether the board's role is to serve the organization or tame the governance giant.
September 25, 2013
The Internet has drastically altered the way in which information is shared, and has had a profound impact on marketing. Over the past few years, there has been more of a shift toward inbound techniques, while many outbound tactics have become antiquated. More businesses are finding success publishing original content rather than embedding advertisements within external content, because of the additional benefits these tactics offer, such as branding and audience growth.
September 25, 2013
In spite of the growing number of organizations with Chief Diversity and Inclusion Officers and the array of programs being implemented by these companies, we are still failing to make significant progress. In a recent white paper titled Uncovering Talent, New York University School of Law Professor Kenji Yoshino and Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion Managing Principal Christie Smith cite how little progress we have really made when it comes to full inclusion.
September 25, 2013
If you are an entrepreneur or small business owner, you should know about Quora. Founded by two former Facebook employees, Adam D'Angelo and Charlie Cheever, this easy-to-navigate Q&A site has been growing considerably and generating a lot of buzz. Quora offers a platform for businesses and their marketers to execute a variety of marketing tactics and strategies to grow their business. Read on to learn how.
September 11, 2013
Dealing with whatever comes across your desk leaves the control in other people's hands. CEOs and other senior leaders can't afford to be that passive. Every single thing you do as a leader needs to have an impact. Your job is to think big. If the topic is outside the rubric of these four things, then it should be dealt with at a more junior level of the organization.
September 11, 2013
If it's not in the mix yet, now's the time to make a serious investment in Internet marketing. It’s one of the most effective ways to spread the word about your business, products, or services due to its unmatched reach and efficiency. Here are five Internet marketing tactics you need to master.
September 11, 2013
It's way easier to rely on clichés and claptrap in your writing than to expend the energy on an original thought — one reason why the 70 emails you send a day all sound the same. Is this a bad thing? Not necessarily: It depends on the function of the message. If you're just communicating with colleagues or friends, there's no need to find new phrasing — though we've been told to please keep it to five sentences, thank you. However, if you're trying to make a good impression — for example, when you're trying to start a working relationship with someone — then sounding thoughtful, rather than thoughtless, is a bonus.
September 11, 2013
The days of believing that a handbook can cause more harm than good are long gone. In today's business environment, a handbook serves both as a sword to carve out your legal rights, as well as a shield to protect them. A handbook sets expectations, encourages employees to behave in certain ways, helps ensure employees are treated consistently, publicizes employee benefits and helps win unemployment claims and lawsuits. These are just a few of the reasons why every employer, regardless of the number of employees, should have one.
September 11, 2013
The structure and effectiveness of the sales department will mirror the sales management style of its leaders. This is because sales leaders naturally imprint themselves on their organization. Therefore, it can be argued that the vice president of sales is the most important person within a company because this person is in charge of an organization's most critical assets: customers and the revenue they generate. And like all of people, each has a unique personality.
September 11, 2013
There have been great strides in diversifying workplaces — the glossy corporate photographs show inspiring mixes of races and genders, leading some to conclude: We did it. We diversified our workforce. But then your eyes move up the corporate ladder, and the rich diversity fades into a lot of white men. According to the Alliance for Board Diversity, white men filled more than 70 percent of the seats on the boards of Fortune 500 companies between 2010 and 2012. And DiversityInc Best Practices in June tallied minority CEOs at Fortune 500 companies: six black, eight Asian, seven Latino, and 21 women.
September 11, 2013
Join Association Forum and seasoned association legal experts, Samuel J. Erkonen and C. Scott Litch, Esq., CAE, COO, for an insightful look into association law and its impact on your organization. Examine high-risk legal situations related to liability, anti-trust, and employment law and determine how to mitigate current and future risk. Register today!
September 11, 2013
With business technologies advancing at lightning speeds, collaboration styles and workflow processes are evolving right alongside. Businesses of all sizes and vertical markets are always looking for ways to improve productivity, and the emergence of an always-connected workforce has inspired the creation of numerous tools that organizations can hand-pick. Now, if only that selection were so easy. Navigating the collaboration space has become something of an art in what is now a very saturated market. The abundance of collaboration solutions is perhaps more of a curse than a blessing, especially where there is no clear-cut definition of what collaboration really means.
September 11, 2013
The ability to not just solve a problem but to turn that problem into an opportunity is the mark of true leadership. It may sound trite or obvious, but once you dig in and try it, you’ll find it requires nuanced thinking and old-fashioned humility. To sit down and intentionally think about the problems you have in your business, to write them down, and then to do something with the list is more of an effort than most (admittedly busy) leaders are willing to make.
September 11, 2013
If you're in the association business, you don't have to think twice about what is your most important asset. It's your members. And how about your most important resource? Would that be your database? Your website? Your staff? Your volunteers? They are all valuable and vital to the success of your association. As it turns out, your most important resource is, yes, your members. So why aren't associations doing more to capitalize on this resource?
September 11, 2013
There are a lot of associations out there desperate to measure overall member engagement but struggling to figure out how exactly to do it. A new report on associations' membership-metrics practices shows strong desire but low success in measuring member engagement, and not a lot of strategic guidance, either.
September 11, 2013
Some of you who filed an extension earlier this year may be filing your Corporate or LLC tax returns this week — just a reminder the due date is Sept. 16 — and experiencing the shock that you didn't make enough quarterly deposits last year and are facing a big tax bill. This can be a scary and daunting situation but the worst thing you can do is ignore the problem, go into denial and perhaps choose to not even file your tax return.
August
August 29, 2013
As a marketer, thought leadership is one of the most valuable assets your brand — or you — can attain. Unfortunately thought leadership is not as easily quantifiable as other demand generation metrics like revenue, sales, or leads. And investing in reputation building may not produce the same short-term, immediate effects of efforts such email marketing campaigns. But cultivating thought leadership can have a significant long-term payoff, as in time it elevates your brand at scale. What are the qualities that define thought leaders?
August 29, 2013
The first day at a new job is filled with great emotion and excitement for anyone. If the interview process was grueling, the day starts with a mood of triumph and hope. Everyone sees potential and opportunity in that first day. The company is banking on the investment, and the employee is ready for the adventure. And yet, all the upward emotion seems to wear off quickly as confusion and reality set in. So challenging is the process of settling in that more than 20 percent of new hires wash out within 45 days.
August 29, 2013
According to the latest State of the American Workplace Report, 70 percent of U.S. workers don’t like their job, creating an environment where many workers are emotionally disconnected from their workplace and less productive than engaged counterparts. There are factors that all highly engaged workplaces have in common. How do the best places to work succeed at employee engagement?
August 29, 2013
CFOs are getting more involved in digital business initiatives, according to an August report from McKinsey. In an April survey of 850 C-suite executives, seventy percent of finance chief respondents said they support digital initiatives, compared to 64 percent in 2012. Of that group, 37 percent said they are directly engaged in the initiatives or sponsor them, compared to 32 percent in 2012. McKinsey defined digital initiatives as those that include big data and analytics; digital engagement of customers, employees or external partners; automation; and digital innovation. That support from CFOs could be crucial. When asked what causes digital initiatives to fail, most respondents cited a lack of senior management interest, internal leadership or program management, rather than technical barriers.
August 29, 2013
Salespeople are the face of your company. Their professionalism and attentiveness casts you and your company in a good light. But when they mess up, it reflects poorly on everyone. Here are some of the most common mistakes salespeople make. Avoid them, and you'll bolster your reputation with customers — and see your sales increase.
August 29, 2013
Whether experimenting out of public view or transparently in view of all stakeholders, it is clear that leaders have to be bold thinkers and from the top-down or across the board, they play a primary role in fostering innovative organizations. Innovation is the high-performance mantra of most business gurus. We praise the merits of innovation to our clients. We worship its virtues. We grant sainthood to the icons of innovation, waiting with baited breath for every new potential product or service to transform our lives. The religious fervor around innovation is for good reason. In today’s world, innovation is the new leadership. How does it become embodied in the people and the culture of organizations?
August 29, 2013
Nearly eight of 10 executives say diversity is increasingly important in helping them achieve business goals — and they're demonstrating strong support for it. There are external social and legislative pressures driving this emphasis, but the bottom line is that diversity is good for business. CEB research found that in a more diverse and inclusive workforce, individual discretionary effort improves by 12 percent, the number of people who say they intend to stay at their firm increases an average of 20 percent and fully 50 percent more employees say they are committed to their team and that their teams collaborate well.
August 29, 2013
A meeting of the board of directors should include robust discussions and lively debates. Communication and curiosity is at the heart of good governance. Directors have a fiduciary duty to fulfill their roles. Officers or directors, whether inexperienced or seasoned, have accepted the duty to advance and protect the interests of the members, mission and organization. Being silent or absent at board meetings is not acceptable.
August 29, 2013
Join Association Forum and the University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business for the next installment of Executive Education: Decision Making & Negotiations. Develop a systematic approach to negotiations and decision making, incorporating the latest research in psychology and time-tested best business practice. This course encourages attendees to create a concrete plan to monitor, improve and apply newly-acquired negotiations skills and tactics into their organizations. Learn more and register today!
August 29, 2013
Much of what comes out of people's mouths in business these days is sugar-coated, couched, and polished. The messages are manufactured, trying to strike just the right tone. Genuine emotion stands in stark contrast. It's a real person sharing a real feeling. When we hear it, we're riveted — for one because it's rare, but also because it's real. Sometimes it's uncomfortable and a little messy. But that's what makes it powerful. No one is trying to hide anything. We hide emotions in an attempt to stay in control, look strong, and keep things at arm's length. But in reality, doing so diminishes our control and weakens our capacity to lead — because it hamstrings us. We end up not saying what we mean or meaning what we say. We beat around the bush. And that never connects, compels, or communicates powerfully.
August 29, 2013
Launching a new product or expanding to a new market? Whatever your next company announcement may be, relying on a template press release is a strategy of the past. These days, the medium that sends the message is just as important as the message itself. It's not only a decision that determines whether you're reaching your target audience effectively, but also an opportunity to generate a buzz about your company's rightful place on the cutting edge of public relations.
August 29, 2013
In the world of business, change is the only constant. It has a nice Zen quality about it, don't you think? By now, though, it has become something of a cliché — and an overused one at that. Still, like all good maxims, it contains a profound truth. As does its corollary, which does not get repeated as often: Change hurts. It's natural to assume that if our idea is a good one, people will respond positively — maybe even show a bit of enthusiasm. But that is rarely the case with a change initiative.
August 29, 2013
During the recession, companies, professional organizations, universities and government entities all cut back on meetings spending, but for most, recovery has been slow but persistent. As the competition intensifies and expands globally, other cities have been spending on improving convention and meetings sites, and so have hotels of all sizes. At the same time, many planners are booking smaller meetings locations closer to home — even if there are more meetings over all. A new report by Cvent, the big technology-based meetings-management company, underscores some of the changes occurring in the meetings business.
August 15, 2013
For a leader — or anyone else who wants to succeed at hiring and retaining the very best talent — listening is a crucial skill. Because when you tune the wrong people (talent) and information out, you’re depriving yourself of priceless tools that will enable you to take your career, and life, to new levels of workplace fulfillment, reward and fun. To reach our full potential, we must master the art of listening. Really listening.
August 15, 2013
No matter what your business, you need to know how you're doing when it comes to bringing fresh new leads in and converting those leads into sales. Here are five key metrics from top to bottom that you should keep an eye on.
August 15, 2013
Should your business post everything automatically to Facebook to Twitter and Instagram? There are many apps, websites and platforms that make it easy to update in one place and post on every social media platform attached to your name at the same time. Just because it's possible, should you do it? No — unless you want to lose followers, likes and friends.
August 15, 2013
If you really want to screw up one of your business deals, a potential litigation issue or the future planning of your business, all you need to do is hire the wrong lawyer. Too many entrepreneurs go into the selection process with the wrong pre-conceived notions and set of qualifications for the next critical member of their team. The decision to hire the correct lawyer should be considered carefully and using realist criteria.
August 15, 2013
Search engine optimization is important for ensuring that prospective members, sponsors and other stakeholders can easily find your organization online. With search engines now including social media into their algorithms, how your users feel about your website is increasingly important to how it's found. The more users like and recommend your website on social media, the more popular — and higher-ranked — your site will be.
August 15, 2013
Planning on taking the CAE exam in December? Your decision to take the CAE exam is an important step in furthering your professional development, however deciding how to prepare for the exam is even more crucial. Register now for the CAE Study Course – Fall 2013. Participants in Association Forum’s Spring 2013 CAE Study Course had a 73% pass rate — exceeding the national average. The registration deadline is Aug. 23.
August 15, 2013
The sharing economy, the collaborative economy, the freelance economy — whatever you want to call it, the economy of collaborative consumption has created a whole new class of freelancers that make their money shuttling people from place to place in cars, renting out their homes for vacationers, and putting together Ikea furniture for clueless renters. Sharing economy services like Airbnb and TaskRabbit are easy enough to join — it isn’t until tax season comes along that things start to get complicated.
August 15, 2013
Successful leadership is a by-product of those resources that you are able to access throughout the course of your career. Resources that are not given to you, but rather earned as a result of hard work, sacrifices, respect from your peers and career coaches, and the failures that taught you lessons along the way. Successful leaders are extremely aware of how to detect, enable and maximize their most critical resources — and they know exactly how and when to use them.
August 15, 2013
The lifeblood of our digital society is the Internet, particularly Wi-Fi wireless connectivity. We are quickly reaching the point where that connectivity is going to be as necessary to a meeting as the meeting room itself. It’s not just social media that uses up bandwidth these days. Events are incorporating streaming video into everything from presentations to training sessions, and using instant polling apps to involve audiences in presentations as they are happening. All of that social media is not just extraneous chatter, but part of a content delivery strategy to get participants involved in and excited about events. And that is putting a lot more pressure on hotels and other venues that want to host those meetings.
August 15, 2013
Ever since Samuel Morse invented the telegraph in 1844, each new communication technology has sought relevance in an increasingly noisy universe. Today there is actual management pain from an embarrassment of riches of communication options. This discomfort is especially keen when connecting with customers electronically: Should you email or send a text message? How about IM? And when should you use one of the social media options? But from telegraph to telephones to Twitter, there has been one constant that has retained its relevance and impact: in person connection.
August 15, 2013
Management guru Peter Drucker was the first to express the difference between doing things right and doing right things. Naturally, corporate boards and CEOs want their companies doing things right. That’s the proof of a well-managed organization. According to Drucker, doing things right is management, doing right things is leadership. Put another way, doing things right is operational, doing right things is strategic. Strategic leadership is the window to strategic change, the critical forerunner to strategic advantage.
August 15, 2013
Research suggests that open-book management yields greater profits and employee engagement. But sharing income statements and jobs data can't move the needle if your workforce is financially illiterate. Here's why financial education matters.
August 2, 2013
In some ways, a leadership team is no different than any long-term relationship. If you want to be a good partner — personally or professionally — you need to be three things: gifted, game and generous.
August 2, 2013
As the workplace evolves to become more trustworthy, transparent, ethical, collaborative and mindful of its employee needs — leaders must be equally diligent to earn respect from their colleagues. Being the leader doesn’t mean that you have earned respect. Too many leaders take their titles and authority for granted. Some leaders believe that they are owed and/or command some level of respect just because of where they are positioned on the organizational chart. Today’s workplace — highly influenced by millennials and embedded with people that have trouble trusting others — requires proof of performance before respect is earned. As such, leaders must reset their state of mind and become more responsible with their actions and accountable for the effect their influence has on their employees and the organization as a whole.
August 2, 2013
If marketers could land customers with one killer ad or perfectly crafted message, there’d be no need for one of today’s most talked about marketing disciplines: Attribution. But alas, such is not the case. In an increasingly complex and fragmented marketing landscape where the consumer “purchasing journey” weaves through a maze of digital, offline, paid and earned media channels, quantifying the contribution of touch points is exceedingly tricky. Welcome to the brave new world of marketing attribution.
August 2, 2013
For a group of Silicon Valley CFOs who meet about once a quarter to discuss the challenges they’re facing, the notion that they exemplify a “new breed” of finance chief is an underlying theme. These folks tend to spend less than half of their time on traditional finance functions like reporting, treasury, tax and investor relations. Instead, they engage in minutely detailed data analysis, drive the sales process and act as lead executors of the company’s business model and overall strategic direction.
August 2, 2013
It is all well and good — and true — to say that the role and mandate of the CIO are expanding. But too many organizations are stretching their Chief Information Officers (CIO) too thin. CIOs are being tasked with managing internal business systems, cloud-based services, big data innovation, data security, and the 24x7 needs of global customers who access company data on personal devices. Effective leadership and management across these areas is possible, but not without providing CIOs with the proper support structures and instituting necessary organizational alignment.
August 2, 2013
When business owners talk about analytics, they often are referring to web analytics. They talk about setting up tools such as Google Analytics or Adobe's SiteCatalyst to track page views, test variables and gauge their website's performance. But they're missing the bigger picture. While web analytics are certainly important, they are only one type of metric that entrepreneurs need to know about — especially when starting up. Here are five other types of analytics you should be monitoring to discover critical information about your business, customers and marketing efforts.
August 2, 2013
Holiday Showcase 2013 is not only a great opportunity to connect and network, it is also the ideal venue for thought leaders and innovators to engage over 2,000 meeting professionals with the latest and most relevant ideas for advancing associations. Share your successful business strategy with a captive audience! Check out the five presentation topic areas and submit your proposal. The deadline is Friday, Aug. 23! Click here to learn more about becoming a presenter at Holiday Showcase 2013!
August 2, 2013
We all wish there were a magic formula we could follow to create Facebook posts that our fans love or tweets that spark retweets by the thousands. Alas, there isn't. Each social network operates a little differently, and each brand's fans have their own tastes and preferences. Although there isn't a general foolproof formula, there is a guide that can help you craft the best social media updates and posts possible.
August 2, 2013
You should to be recruiting 24/7/365, because it can take months to find the perfect person. You may not need anyone right now and really have no openings, but if you wait to find someone when you need them, it may be too late. You want to always be looking for the dream team, and I promise when the dream person walks in, you will find a place for them. When you continue in this way, you will never feel held hostage because you are always looking and building on your dream team.
August 2, 2013
Even during lean times, companies spend a lot of money on marketing, hoping that the spending will result in future sales. Unfortunately, marketing is one of those areas where it's really easy to waste money. Here are three popular wastes, along with advice for how to better spend the money.
August 2, 2013
In 2012, there were 425 million active Gmail users worldwide, making it the biggest email provider on the planet. So when Google recently announced changes to the Gmail inbox by sorting all inbound messages into primary, social and promotions tabs, many users rejoiced. Given the sheer number of people who use the Gmail service, however, this change has left many asking one question: What does this new innovation mean for the email marketing campaigns and organizational newsletters of a business?
August 2, 2013
It's now been about six weeks since all Yahoo! employees had to start showing up at the Internet giant's offices every day. The company-confidential but widely circulated memo that banned telecommuting stressed the importance of physical proximity for preserving the creative culture that new CEO Marissa Mayer had been trying to build. Many commentators criticized Mayer for limiting her employees' autonomy and signaling that she didn't trust them. Whatever the intention — and ultimate effects — of Mayer's new rule, it sparked fiery debates about the merits and drawbacks of the upward trend in working from home.
August 2, 2013
Good writing: Businesses claim to practice it, support it, and value it. But more often than not, their money isn't where their mouth is. Poor grammar and jargon-riddled writing are rampant. Great leaders consider communication a core competence, so why don't more businesses?
July
July 18, 2013
The pace of technology change, innovation, and business adoption since 2010 has been stunning. Consider that the world’s stock of data is now doubling every 20 months; the number of Internet-connected devices has reached 12 billion; and payments by mobile phone are hurtling toward the $1 trillion mark.
July 18, 2013
While the size, stage, geography and industry may fluctuate, there are several essential elements that should currently concern all boards. Good governance is not static, and the challenges evolve with the times.
July 18, 2013
Vivek Wadhwa, entrepreneur turned academic writes in one of his blogs: "Everyone talks about business models. But I'll bet that if you quizzed a random sample of these people, you'd find that they really don't know what a business model is."
July 18, 2013
Achieving marketing success has never been more competitive. With the always-changing technology shaping our industry, we must develop a new strategy in order to remain competitive in the market. Strategic marketing equips you with the most innovative tools and technologies in order to evolve your organizations media message. Join Association Forum and the University of Chicago Booth School of Business on August 27 and 28, for the executive education program, Strategic Marketing Management. Register today and don’t miss this crucial opportunity for professional development!
July 18, 2013
Improving employee engagement is not simply about improving productivity — although organizations with a high level of engagement do report 22 percent higher productivity, according to a new meta-analysis of 1.4 million employees conducted by the Gallup Organization. In addition, strong employee engagement promotes a variety of outcomes that are good for employees and customers. For instance, highly engaged organizations have double the rate of success of lower engaged organizations.
July 18, 2013
Our inboxes at work are flooded with poorly written, unprofessional, ineffective e-mails — and as much as we detest them, most of us are guilty of sending just as many flawed messages as we receive.
July 18, 2013
Everyone needs a simple and compelling way to explain what they do. It's the key to successfully prospecting networking events, chance meetings and parties for new business. But unfortunately the way most people explain themselves comes off self-indulgent and boring resulting in wasted conversations and fruitless encounters.
July 18, 2013
To come up with truly creative products and unique ideas, great business leaders need to be independent thinkers. Our brains are wired to recycle ideas we’ve already heard from others, but you can learn to think independently, or to come up with novel ideas, with a few easy psychological tips and tools.
July 18, 2013
Our job as marketers is to win the hearts and minds of our customers and prospects. Even though our priority is to clearly understand the intricacies of customer's intellects and emotions, we often major in using intellectual triggers and minor in connecting with them emotionally. We've overlooked the fact that, when wielded correctly, emotion is a much more potent persuasive force in forging connections than intellect.
July 18, 2013
Everyone has parts of their job they don’t like, and it’s only human nature that we tend to put off those tasks that annoy or bore us. One of the principles of good time management is to modulate your work schedule so that you parcel out the tasks you don’t like into tolerable chunks rather than let them pile up throughout your work day or week. The idea is to suck it up and do the things you don’t like as quickly as possible and then move on to something more challenging, engaging or, dare I say, fun. Most disciplined workers respond well to this approach, but what do you do with the employee who consistently neglects part of their duties?
July 18, 2013
Reality marketing is economically efficient. This kind of customer-generated content creates an immediate meaningful bond with the consumer that is part delight, part surprise and lots of fun. You can stop spending money on the slick stuff because it doesn't guarantee a return on investment. Authenticity and simplicity, not glossy materials, get to where consumers' emotions live. Here are three ways to work customers into your marketing efforts to help grow your business.
July 3, 2013
The demand for great leadership is at an all-time high. All across the world — in business, academics and government — people want leaders that can be trusted, relied upon and that have a genuine commitment to help solve the pressing problems that are holding back the advancement of community, commerce and humanity. Many leaders get caught up in managing their image, legacy, power and influence rather than finding ways to become better leaders. Leadership is not a one-size-fits-all formula, yet too many leaders get complacent about how to more effectively lead.
July 3, 2013
Deciding whether to train and promote your current staff or bring in new blood is a choice many IT leaders face on a regular basis. The best decision, of course, depends on many variables. The first step is answering these six questions.
July 3, 2013
Social-savvy marketers are building brand reach, nurturing leads, and generating sales on social networks now more than ever before. Most marketers find, however, that generating returns on social media is an elusive achievement. So, what sets apart success from failure in social media marketing?
July 3, 2013
National advertising campaigns might sound amazing in theory, but an entrepreneur's secret marketing weapon could be waiting right outside the front door. We asked eight successful founders from the Young Entrepreneur Council to name some creative ways businesses can use hyperlocal press to their advantage. Here are their best answers.
July 3, 2013
In their quest to succeed, leaders often spend time thinking and working on creating or rethinking their mission, vision and goals for their organization. They visualize and work on developing their strategic plans, influencing the culture of the organization and moving their organizations forward. At least that is what executive leaders say they spend their time doing.
July 3, 2013
Google recently made headlines — but not for the usual reasons. In case you missed it, the company is giving up on asking job interviewees infamously difficult brain teasers. The decision is something that any entrepreneur should pay attention to, because it's based on principles that should govern any recruitment process.
July 3, 2013
It’s important to maintain a careful balance between attracting and retaining the best talent while maximizing every dollar of your payroll and benefits budget. Your participation in Association Forum’s 2013-14 Compensation & Benefits survey increases the quality of the data for all Chicagoland associations to help you make informed decisions. Learn more and participate.
July 3, 2013
Tata Consultancy Services surveyed executives from large companies in a dozen global industries, and found that companies with huge investments in big data are generating excess returns and gaining competitive advantages, putting companies without significant investments in big data at risk. The reason: There's a big learning curve with big data. It's a learning curve that most other large companies have not yet faced. So what differentiated the companies with the greatest expected returns on big data for 2012 from those with the smallest?
July 3, 2013
Entrepreneurs, investors and accountants all love to see updated income forecasts. While their projections are usually rosy, more than half of these businesses will fail within the first four years of operation, according to a 2012 University of Tennessee study. Of those failed businesses, 72 percent say they went out of business because they ran out of cash. Worse, many of these businesses failed after hitting their forecasted spreadsheet projections. Why? These businesses only forecasted profits. In doing so, they've fooled themselves into believing that sales equal cash and payments and deposits equal income.
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June 20, 2013
Leaders aren't always managers and vice versa. It is a rare individual that is both of these things. They have very different skill sets, both critical to success at a high-growth business. Understanding who your leaders are and who your managers are will help you create an organizational structure that not only addresses core business functions and needs but also morale and culture, which are equally if not more important.
June 20, 2013
Good CEOs are made, not born. But the same can't always be said for founders. A founder has a vision and a passion for her product or service, and she can inspire her customers, employees and investors to believe in her idea's potential. A founder believes so much in her vision that she'll ride out uncertainty and failure to see her idea succeed. But these skills don't always make for a great CEO. In small startups, founders often double as CEOs, at least at first. With the right skills, you may be able to fill both roles, but at some point, you'll have to figure out if being the founder and the CEO is helping or hurting your company's growth.
June 20, 2013
The typical corporate budgeting process as it exists today is wildly inefficient because it is a study in spreadsheet version-control. The finance manager will send an Excel doc to the sales manager who "guesstimates" what kind of budget he's going to need 18 months in the future. Then the sales manager passes it to the next person. Rinse and repeat among dozens of managers until, months later, a final spreadsheet is produced for executive approval. Is this the best budgeting process we can come up with in 2013?
June 20, 2013
The web isn't print. The way we publish on the web — our process and workflow — is mostly derived from what we know about putting ink on paper. Which makes sense, because for most of human history, print was all we had. In a world of connected devices, we need to publish digital content onto all kinds of different devices, screen sizes, and form factors. Right now, our challenge is dealing with PCs, smartphones, and tablets. Tomorrow, who knows where our content will need to go? As we adapt to a world of connected devices, the way we think about our content publishing process and workflow must adapt too.
June 20, 2013
Association Forum's Association 101 program on July 9 provides a deep dive into the critical information about what associations are and aren't, and the different models for how they are run. This full-day program is a must-attend for any staff members who are new to associations or who need a broader understanding of association management. Learn more and register.
June 20, 2013
It's the million-dollar question for social media managers everywhere: What is the best time to post to social media? While the optimal time to update your Facebook page or Pinterest boards may vary depending on your audience, Social Caffeine created an infographic that lists, in general, the best and worst times to post to the major social networks.
June 20, 2013
Hiring the right talent is vital to the success of your business. But busy entrepreneurs don't have time to waste sifting through dozens of resumes to evaluate candidates. "But at the same time you can't — or shouldn't — outsource the entire process," says J.T. O'Donnell, founder and CEO of Careerealism.com, a job search advice site, and CareerHMO, a career coaching membership site. Here's the approach she takes to streamline the process and still ensure she finds and hires great employees.
June 20, 2013
Yes, it has been said that when the going gets tough, the tough get going. The question is how do they get going? How do leaders respond when they are under pressure? We are not referring to physical pressure, like that which is exerted on a professional weightlifter. We are referring to pressure — the invisible mental state causing stress. A leader's true colors come out when he or she is under pressure, especially extreme pressure.
June 20, 2013
When it comes to data breaches, hackers and organized crime garner most of the headlines, but most data breaches are caused by human errors and system glitches — application failures, inadvertent data dumps, logic errors in data transfer and more. As a result, educating your employees and making sure they're not cutting corners is a big component in preventing data breaches.
June 20, 2013
Marketing is the art of getting people to take a desired action. Common desired actions for online marketing include purchasing a product, donating money, sharing a link on Twitter, or signing up for an email list. Marketing shares this definition with the word “persuasion” which, to a large extent, means that great marketers are masters of persuasion. Marketers succeed when they get people to take a desired action, but without a proper understanding of the elements that comprise an action, success is difficult to achieve, and problems are difficult to identify.
June 20, 2013
On the heels of Time magazine's controversial recent cover story by Joel Stein, which referred to Millennials as lazy, entitled, and selfish, it's important to consider how that characterization, whether true or unfairly conjured from stereotypes, plays into workplace dynamics.
June 20, 2013
Organizations constantly replace outdated computers, servers, laptops, copiers, and countless other types of electronic devices to keep up with technology and enhance worker productivity. This rush to upgrade, however, creates a challenge: large numbers of excess electronics must be managed and disposed of properly.
June 6, 2013
Many businesses have realized that engaging customers through social media is essential these days. Knowledge of hashtags is also essential for any social media user, especially businesses new to the social media realm. Many users do not understand the importance or meaning behind the hashtag, but this can be easily resolved with a brief hashtag summary.
June 6, 2013
We all do what we do because of deep-seated needs. Most founder-owners, for example, start businesses because of a need for freedom and autonomy. Most leaders arrive in leadership positions driven by a need to make a difference. Some needs sour, however, taking the edge off otherwise great leaders and dragging them down to the level of the merely mediocre. Here are the three most common good-needs-gone-bad that otherwise excellent leaders succumb to.
June 6, 2013
To say that forecasting is the bane of existence of most sales managers and leaders is a bit of an understatement. For most representatives, the choice between working on the forecast and getting a root canal would lead to a trip to the dentist. And yet, most organizations rely heavily on the data that is produced in forecasts to make decisions on everything from budgets to bonuses.
June 6, 2013
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June 6, 2013
The drive for publicity — and by extension, PR — has probably been around since the ancient scribes spread the news. Information that is published as news will always appear more credible to the public than paid ads, and that means publicity will always be coveted. When it comes to earning publicity, here's what works — and what doesn't.
June 6, 2013
Companies with strong relationships between the CIO and other C-suite executives are four times as likely as less-collaborative teams to achieve business results such as revenue growth and high profit margins, according to PricewaterhouseCoopers' fifth annual Digital IQ study.
June 6, 2013
In the days before Survey Monkey and Zoomerang provided cheap, easy-to-use turnkey services, member surveys were costly, complicated affairs, requiring the talents of skilled survey writers and data analysts. Today, with so many tools available through apps, blogs, e-newsletters and social networking platforms, anyone can be a pollster. As a result, member polls have proliferated, covering everything from critical policy issues to conference name badge preferences. With so much input, associations should have a deeper understanding of their members — but do they?
June 6, 2013
For all of the books written on leadership, individuals (millions) who have participated in leadership seminars and dollars (billions) invested in leadership development, too many leadership experts still fail to distinguish between the practice of leadership and the exercise of bureaucratic power.
June 6, 2013
The promise of digital marketing continues to grow as big data gets bigger and is turbo charged with mobile and social. In theory, digital marketing should be more precise and better than traditional analog marketing. So why is digital marketing still so ineffective?
June 6, 2013
An influential group of black and Hispanic business leaders is calling on the nation's leading corporations to agree to interview black and Hispanic candidates before filling every top job and board position.
June 6, 2013
Marketing needs sales and sales needs marketing. Unfortunately, "need" does not equate to a "successful partnership" between the two groups. Conflict and distrust are more common. Such a dynamic can hurt the bottom line, especially in companies that use sales groups to interface with their customers.
June 6, 2013
Yahoo CEO Marissa Mayer sparked a national debate last month when she decreed that Yahoo employees will no longer be able to work from home. Mayer's stated goal was greater collaboration, and she may have a point: Extensive research suggests that proximity to one's colleagues is a key driver of innovation. But there's also research suggesting that employees who work at home can be more productive than their in-office counterparts. And plenty of businesses large and small have found that telecommuting, especially when deployed part time, can create a best-of-both-worlds environment that fosters happier, more productive and more loyal employees.
May
May 23, 2013
May 28 is the anniversary of the effective date of the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act of 2009, the first bill signed into law by President Obama. The Act made clear that the time limit — the so-called statute of limitations — for a woman to file an Equal Pay Act lawsuit resets with each paycheck, and it sparked renewed focus on improving wage-equality for the American workforce.
May 23, 2013
When National Basketball Association player Jason Collins announced late last month that he is gay, he received overwhelming support from everyone from former teammates to President Obama. But is this attitude of acceptance also found in U.S. workplaces? And if not, what can HR do to foster a more open and inclusive work environment?
May 23, 2013
Your goal is to hire the best people you possibly can. That means your interview should be the best it possibly can. The stakes are simply too high to do otherwise. Here are 13 steps to ensure you conduct the perfect job interview.
May 23, 2013
With graduation season upon us, it's important to remember that as a manager you must often be a teacher too. A major part of your role is instruction — which means that you need to pay attention to the massive disruption going on in higher education and what it means for company learning.
May 23, 2013
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May 23, 2013
Business cards, in all sizes, shapes and colors, are everywhere. And yet, while we all understand that a business card is a necessity, we often fail to see it as a marketing opportunity. It's time to start seeing that little slip of paper for what it is: The best opportunity you have to market yourself or your business to a targeted and captive audience. Here are six ways to spiff up your business card so that it collects sales, rather than dust.
May 23, 2013
Viewing is growing on video, with more time spent on more devices. According to estimates at GroupM, overall video consumption is up year-on-year by about 3.7 percent, assisted by viewing of streaming video on PCs, connected TVs and mobile devices. According to the latest comScore, on average, 183 million Americans view 215 videos each month online. Mobile's big boost is also being driven by video, with Cisco forecasting that by 2016, two-thirds of mobile traffic will be viewing video.
May 23, 2013
Projecting the image of a confident leader to your investors, employees and customers is crucial. But, self-assurance doesn't come naturally for many. Learning to think like a confident person can help you find composure, no matter how big the hurdle.
May 23, 2013
We are constantly hearing how frustrated association executives are with their governance models and how stymied they are about how to grow membership and serve increasingly diverse membership populations. At the same time, we often encounter puzzlement and sometimes outright resistance from these same leaders to any suggestion that involves changing either their governance or their membership models.
May 23, 2013
Disconnects between a leader's vision and organizational culture are all too common in organizations. However well-respected — or well-feared — a leader may be, change cannot and will not occur simply because a leader says it will. Making space for change requires modifying organizational structures and culture to create both the possibility and the opportunity for change. It is not enough just to communicate change.
May 23, 2013
The topic of leadership can get pompous pretty quickly as names like Steve Jobs to Abraham Lincoln are bandied about. But if you're just starting out, this sort of inspiration can seem more than a little out of reach. You're just a young person with business dreams, after all. Before you strive to be the next Steve Jobs or Richard Branson, start with being a leader to yourself.
May 23, 2013
Why do people rob banks? Because that's where the money is. Why do people go to conferences? Because that's where the news is. And unlike the money in the bank, which is all kept in one central location, conference news is scattered across hundreds of exhibitors, some industry media and maybe a conference guide. So much news can come out of a conference, and yet it doesn't seem to originate from any one place digitally online.
May 23, 2013
Too few businesses are willing to invest in employee training and development, rather expecting prospective employees to hit the ground running with not much more than a job offer in hand. Peter Capelli suggests that, instead, more businesses should invest time and money into hiring people who have the raw talent and aptitude to eventually be very successful. Then they need to effectively train and grow them within the role and company. Like any investment, it carries risk — but also a huge upside.
May 9, 2013
Most small businesses are in a big bind when it comes to hiring. They don't have enough money to lure top talent through salaries. Yet without that talent, entrepreneurs will be hard-pressed to develop a world-beating product that customers want to buy. Fortunately, there is a way around this dilemma that can help you convince the most talented people to give up a bigger, steadier paycheck. Here are five strategies you can use to recruit and retain talent when you're on a tight budget.
May 9, 2013
Many business students believe future leaders need a new set of leadership skills that recognize the new global economy, which continues to be molded and shaped by rapidly changing technology and globalization. They aren't wrong. They are overlooking, however, the fact that fundamental leadership skills are characteristic of all great leaders, past and future. What differentiates exceptional leaders from great leaders, however, is not necessarily how to amend these characteristics, but rather how to execute them better. Here are six things exceptional leaders do better.
May 9, 2013
June 17-21 will represent the 10th annual Association Week in Chicago and the largest gathering of association professionals in Chicagoland. Hosted by the Association Forum of Chicagoland, six unique events throughout the week provide the opportunity for association professionals to learn, network and celebrate the achievements of their peers.
May 9, 2013
The fast-paced, technology-filled world we live in has changed the reality of our everyday work lives. We telecommute, we email to communicate, we hold virtual collaboration meetings, we manage remote locations from the comfort of a home office, we serve a national or international membership from a building in Washington, D.C., Dallas or Chicago. Technology lends itself to better productivity and enhanced efficiencies. So when it comes to the future of association tradeshows, it's time to get with the times and virtualize, right? As one of the leading technology providers to the world of associations, you would think you could predict MultiView's stance on the question. But most likely, you'd be wrong.
May 9, 2013
These aren't easy times for associations to try to increase their membership numbers. But with a strong message and smart strategy, you can beat the odds and be the organization that everyone in your field wants to join. We all know the challenges, and they won't be going away anytime soon. Budgets are tight, so companies and organizations are hesitant to pay for association memberships. Here's what some of the most effective associations do to keep their membership numbers strong and healthy.
May 9, 2013
April was a particularly active month in terms of grant and procurement news specific to nonprofits. The White House issued guidance on reducing the administrative burden related to grants and other forms of financial assistance in the wake of the sequester, as well as a proposed budget for fiscal year 2014, which includes specific efforts aimed at strengthening nonprofits and other organizations. The National Council of Nonprofits issued a report that provides recommendations for streamlining the government-nonprofit contracting process. And the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments on a case that may have significant ramifications on the strings that the government can attach to grants.
May 9, 2013
Anyone who has served on a board of directors can appreciate that each board has its own characteristic rhythm, social rules and level of effectiveness. Solange Charas maintains there are two kinds of boardroom conflict — cognitive and affective — with very different implications for board performance.
May 9, 2013
The social world for marketers remains a space where rules are yet to be written. But whether you think of social media as PR or marketing matters: It changes the tenor and the implications of your interactions, not to mention what you get out of them.
May 9, 2013
When you sign venue contracts, you become responsible for everything that happens during your occupancy. You can significantly reduce uncertainty when you require exhibitors to carry liability insurance that includes your organization as an additional insured. But how practical is this given the amount of work and the short period involved? If you require exhibitors to provide certificates of liability insurance, you know how difficult it is to collect them and how inefficient and time consuming the process can be.
May 9, 2013
Your mother probably said it best: "You catch more flies with honey." Translating that into business-speak, it simply means "the nicer you are, the more customers will gravitate towards your company, product or service." With so much communication power now in the hands of consumers, companies that learn to be nice now will succeed in the future.
May 9, 2013
With servant leadership, a leader's primary role is to serve employees. Everyone from Lao-Tzu to Max De Pree thinks this a wonderful model. Why then, asks Professor James Heskett, is this style so rare among CEOs?
May 9, 2013
Are companies changing as fast as the world around us? All too often, the answer is no. It's time to revamp how companies change, and it starts with HR.
April
April 25, 2013
Cybercriminals are increasingly preying on small businesses, which often lack the expertise and resources to adequately protect themselves. Last year, companies with one to 250 employees were the victims of more than 30 percent of all cyber attacks, according to Symantec's 2013 Internet Security Threat Report. With larger companies increasing their protections, small businesses are now the low hanging fruit for cybercriminals, says Julius Genachowski, chairman of the Federal Communications Commission. But your company doesn't have to be vulnerable if you simply take some basic protective measures. Here are 10 key questions to ask when securing your company from cybercriminals.
April 25, 2013
Inc. contributor Geoffrey James writes, "Over the years, I've listened to dozens of pundits and trainers explain what it takes to be successful in sales. Here's what they've told me, distilled to its essence."
April 25, 2013
Suppose you want to design the best company on earth to work for. What would it be like? In a nutshell, it's a company where individual differences are nurtured; information is not suppressed or spun; the company adds value to employees, rather than merely extracting it from them; the organization stands for something meaningful; the work itself is intrinsically rewarding; and there are no stupid rules.
April 25, 2013
Honors Gala, Association Forum Foundation's cornerstone fundraising event of the year, is an evening that brings together association professionals and suppliers to celebrate and honor the achievements of industry colleagues and partners. The black-tie event includes dinner, dancing and a grand prize raffle. Honors Gala 2012 sold out and Honors Gala 2013 ticket sales are tracking significantly ahead of this time last year. Purchase your tickets today!
April 25, 2013
Marketing is all about the kind of experience you deliver to your customers with each and every interaction. The more compelling the experience, the faster you will build brand loyalty. In fact, the experience you build becomes your brand in your customers' minds. You must think about both the totality of the experience as well as the tonality. The right combination will make the experience unique to your brand and motivating for your customers. Without both totality and tonality, you won't have a great brand experience, and without a great brand experience, you're just another product.
April 25, 2013
Setting plans and budgets is only half the battle; the other half is keeping them top of mind all year. As we approach mid-year, teams run the risk of losing their focus on annual plans set "way back" in December 2012. As new opportunities and distractions crop up, teams may focus on the immediate rather than the important.
April 25, 2013
In an age of social media and marketing transparency, should direct marketers reconsider some of their tactics? We're moving away from a business climate where manipulative marketing efforts will work. Consumers want respect and to be dealt with as individuals. That seldom means bribery.
April 25, 2013
Trust falls and golf outings don't strike the right note for most young start-up teams today — especially if they're on a tight budget. Here are 10 ideas for budget-friendly start-up outings that are a little more modern (and functional) than trust falls and weekends on the golf course.
April 25, 2013
In the wake of the Boston Marathon bombings, we saw many people step up to selflessly help others. Whether or not they would call themselves "leaders" at all, many did offer leadership. It is in difficult times like these that we are hungriest for leadership, for people who can restore order, find the perpetrators, organize the aftermath and help us find meaning and common purpose. People are wounded, whether physically or emotionally. Even those who only watched the events on television can feel the effects. Leaders, too, are affected — they're only human. But leadership moments come unexpectedly for each of us.
April 25, 2013
There are so many characteristics of great leaders. Different circumstances demand different leadership styles. But if those you lead don't understand what you believe in, what your goals are, and what you personally are willing to do to help get there, they will never be able to maximize their collective potential.
April 11, 2013
Venable's nonprofit organizations practice published "Association TRENDS 2013 Legal Review" in the March 2013 edition of Association TRENDS. The review provides a recap of some of the more significant legal developments affecting nonprofit organizations in the last year, and also features the following articles: "Stand Up for Your Members — If You Have 'Standing'," by Jeffrey Tenenbaum and Andrew Bigart; "Volunteering for Trouble or Trouble with Volunteers?" by Ronald Taylor; and "The Tax Man Cometh," by Matthew Journy. Click here to view the full text of this publication.
April 11, 2013
The drastic increase in I-9 audits and record-breaking fines has prompted many employers to take additional steps to minimize their risk. Most employers understand the basics of the Immigration Reform and Control Act in regard to hiring illegal workers, but what they don't realize are the penalties for technical paperwork errors on I-9 forms. A large number of companies have been fined, not for hiring illegal workers, but instead for poor record-keeping and clerical errors.
April 11, 2013
While zeal will serve you immensely in multiple business arenas, too much enthusiasm can, among other things, sabotage a sales meeting in a blink. Here are four reasons why excitement is the enemy of sales success — and what you can do to channel your passion in a way that leads to better results.
April 11, 2013
Small-business owners are fed up with the U.S. government when it comes to health-care reform, rising energy costs and taxes, according to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce's first-quarter survey of small businesses.
April 11, 2013
You can't build and maintain a great culture without the right people. Just as important as evaluating technical skills and work ethic, it's essential to identify if a candidate "fits" with your culture. Every new hire will either strengthen or weaken your culture, and when you're building a vision-based company, there's no middle ground. Hiring for fit means having a clear understanding of what your values mean to your organization. Once you have a clear line on that, you simply create selection criteria and processes that vet the job candidate's cultural fit.
April 11, 2013
Joe Rospars, creative director/founding partner of Blue State Digital, the agency behind both of Obama's campaigns, says harnessing the power of big data is not about simply analyzing antiseptic information, it's about using whatever information is at your disposal to understand the people behind it all.
April 11, 2013
You started a Facebook page and a Twitter feed for your company. You advertised it to customers and potential customers. You gained hundreds — maybe thousands! — of new friends and followers. That's great, but now what?
April 11, 2013
When hiring for any size business, it's not what the candidates know today. Information can always be taught. The most intelligent companies hire on future success and heavily weigh personality when determining the most apt employees. Regardless of industry, pay, age or sex, all ideal employees share some common traits.
April 11, 2013
Association Forum of Chicagoland has launched a new survey within the InSight benchmarking tool to capture key performance metrics related to IT departments in associations. InSight, a one-of-a-kind benchmarking resource offering the association industry the most comprehensive data on a wide variety of key performance indicators on association management, originally launched in 2012 with a survey to capture key performance indicators on annual meetings. The new InSight IT survey is aimed at harnessing data that's specific to associations' IT infrastructure, communications, finances and staff.
April 11, 2013
If an organization needs to undergo significant change, that's a leadership issue, right? Old dogs will learn new tricks when the lead dog — or ape, or penguin, depending on the management fable of the moment — shows them off. Leaders need to craft compelling elevator speeches, relentlessly deliver the message of change, and above all, walk the talk.
March
March 28, 2013
A happy, engaged workforce is a high-performing workforce. Because small businesses can't offer it all like the big players, they often think that it's too expensive to offer anything that isn't required by law. But here are 10 small businesses that offer perks that are doable for many small businesses — and make them more attractive to current and prospective employees.
March 28, 2013
The average business professional has 30 to 100 projects on their plate. Modern workers are interrupted seven times an hour and distracted up to 2.1 hours a day. And four out of 10 people working at large companies are experiencing a major corporate restructuring, and therefore facing uncertainly about their futures. This may be why more than 40 percent of adults say they lie awake at night plagued by the stressful events of the day.
March 28, 2013
Burned out leaders typically feel exhausted, detached, and emotionally volatile. Their example creates a dysfunctional culture prone to power plays and confusion. Worse, burned out leaders become slow and indecisive when faced with important decisions, and they feel much less confident in their choices. That leads to poor decisions and missed opportunities.
March 28, 2013
The need to innovate is never more important than during an extended period of slow economic growth, such as the one we're in now. The decisions that go with it are some of the toughest a CFO will encounter.
March 28, 2013
In a world where attention is currency, it's becoming increasingly more difficult to attract the eyes and ears of your target market. Not only are you up against larger companies with nicely funded marketing departments, you're also competing with social media and a multitude of other distractions for the attention of your prospects. But that doesn't mean your marketing efforts have to cost a ton of money or be overly dramatic in order to stand out from the crowd.
March 28, 2013
Very few founders, startup CEOs, board members, investors and others supporting the entrepreneurial community actively pursue and advocate disciplined, professional leadership development. This is an enormous missed opportunity. Entrepreneurs, especially founders and startup CEOs, need not wait to be encouraged to do this work. They should not consider their own development as a nice-to-have, an indulgence or an unnecessary expense. They certainly should not delay until their jobs are threatened by their poor performance. Here are seven reasons every founder and CEO should actively develop their leadership.
March 28, 2013
It doesn't matter what you have to say, or how well you say it, if nobody's listening. The days of the sage on the stage are over, and the one-way street called, "I talk, you listen," has given way to a complex cloverleaf of conversation. The most successful communicators will be the ones who help audiences learn and do things by themselves. Exploration rather than exposition will drive the future.
March 28, 2013
Listening implies an active process of paying attention to what someone else is saying. Most companies don't do nearly as much of that, primarily because it's more complicated to do. It requires looking at the context of what people are saying. It requires developing an understanding of the actual people you're communicating with and not immediately turning them into statistics.
March 28, 2013
The Honors Awards program recognizes five Association Forum members who have made exceptional achievements and contributions to the association management profession. The highest honor, the Samuel B. Shapiro Award for Chief Executive Achievement, was awarded to Debroah L. Sexton, president and CEO, Professional Convention Management Association. Six Workforce Diversity Scholarships were awarded to advance a diverse group of professionals toward executive roles. The Honors Awards recipients and Workforce Diversity Scholars will be recognized at signature events taking place June 17–21 during Association Week 2013, a week-long celebration of the Chicagoland association community and its industry partners, featuring a wide array of continuing education, networking experiences and recognition activities.
March 28, 2013
Steve Jobs liked to say that it's not enough to kill bad ideas, you have to kill good ones too. That's because strategy is about making choices and it takes more than intelligence; it requires discipline, one of Jobs' most overlooked qualities. Marketing strategy is particularly difficult because the rules have changed. A generation ago, brands mostly strove to create buzz and "drive awareness," now they need to build compelling experiences that keep consumers engaged. However, the old tasks have not gone away.
March 28, 2013
Every day, humanity adds approximately 2.5 quintillion bytes of data to our collective store of knowledge. Looking over this treasure trove, scientists, financiers and business leaders are justifiably giddy about the potential of big data. For the nonprofit community, big data also offers immense potential. But with our mere billions of data points we're not quite ready for it. Instead, we need to get "medium data" right first.
March 14, 2013
Depending who you ask, telecommuting is the wave of the future or a drag on innovation. How do you know if it's right for your business? Clearly telecommuting is not something that can be implemented without oversight and thought. If you are considering allowing your employees to telecommute either full time or part time, here are five questions to ask yourself.
March 14, 2013
If the recent recession taught CFOs and upper management one thing, it was that they have to be nimble and plan for every event risk imaginable. But while a few years ago that meant creating risk-averse contingencies for every aspect of the budget, today those same CFOs are peppering their budgets with all kinds of growth contingencies.
March 14, 2013
The key to earning a positive return on investment when adopting cloud services — including software-as-a-service and infrastructure-as-a-service — is carefully studying costs and benefits to ensure that such a shift will pay off.
March 14, 2013
Most young, new employees aren't typically thought of as leaders in the workplace. Not only do they inhabit a low spot in the office hierarchy and lack experience and skills, but also many are too timid and insecure to assume a leadership role. But with the right attitude, an observant eye and a desire to learn, any young professionals can prevail early on.
March 14, 2013
Never before has the war on talent been so fierce. In an economic climate where quality candidates are not only highly sought after, but also increasingly demanding of their potential employers, managers are looking for competitive advantage. Recruitment as we know it today is a recent concept brought about by a shrinking talent pool stretched across a growing number of skilled professions.
March 14, 2013
Think of a press release as your ticket to publicity — one that can get your company coverage in all kinds of publications or on TV and radio stations. First, be sure you have a good reason for sending a press release. Second, make sure your press release is appropriately targeted for the publication or broadcast you're sending it to.
March 14, 2013
There are many new marketing tactics and media that have emerged in recent years. Be careful, not all of them are particularly effective for all types of businesses. With so much buzz about digital and web marketing, many traditional business owners are asking themselves if traditional marketing is even still alive. Rest assured, it is alive and well! You just have to know where to look for it.
March 14, 2013
Enrollment for the Affordable Care Act starts this October and goes into full effect in 2014. Does your association have a firm grasp on how these changes will impact you? Do you have an action plan in place to address exemption and contribution requirements and fines and penalties for non-compliance? Hear from an expert panel of health care professionals on Thursday, March 28, during a day of informative sessions that will show you how to navigate the Affordable Care Act and what you should do now to prepare.
March 14, 2013
Massive Open Online Courses might seem like best way to use the Internet to open up education, but you're thinking too small. Technology can turn our entire lives into learning experiences.
March 14, 2013
Great leaders do many things, but perhaps their most telling characteristic is a natural and authentic ability to inspire excellence while maintaining strength and a modicum of humility. These are the people who will lead you to success — in the battlefield or in the boardroom. The true reflection of a leader's ability is measured not only in a company's bottom line, but also in the success and empowerment of each individual. Being a boss doesn't necessarily make you a leader. The difference between the two is this: Bosses manage; leaders inspire. Anyone can manage, but not everyone can lead.
February
February 28, 2013
Want to create social media buzz without a million dollar budget? Entrepreneur sat down with three business leaders who have ran successful social media marketing promotions to find out what worked for their companies and got people talking about their brands.
February 28, 2013
Why do some companies succeed in generating publicity while others don't? It's been proved time and time again that no matter how large or small your business is, the key to securing publicity is identifying your target market and developing a well-thought-out public relations campaign. To get your company noticed, follow these seven steps.
February 28, 2013
If you've been around long enough, you begin to realize that success is just as much about what you don't do as what you do. Any CEO, entrepreneur, or venture capitalist will tell you that lack of focus is one of their most insidious enemies. It's always been true, but the temptation to try to do more or give in to distraction has never been greater than it is today, but here are seven things that great leaders rarely, if ever, do.
February 28, 2013
You should consider hiring a summer intern. An intern can bring fresh ideas at low cost. Plus, you get the opportunity to help someone else learn how to be a great employee. Here's how to go about it.
February 28, 2013
For sales managers, this is not an easy question to answer. The number of salespeople affects profitably by impacting both revenues and costs. It's easy to estimate costs by looking at historical compensation, benefits, field support, and travel costs per salesperson. But it's much more difficult to predict revenues, as it requires understanding how complexities such as customer needs, the economy and the effectiveness of your and your competitor's salespeople, influence a sales force's ability to generate sales. Financial decision rules alone are not enough for figuring out the right size number of salespeople. A better approach requires these three steps.
February 28, 2013
It's no revelation that consumer behavior is evolving. But is your marketing strategy evolving along with it? In 2013, major online companies are adopting a laser-like focus on mobile, evaluating and changing their models as a response. As a result, your smartphone-slinging customers are expecting more from you right now. Mobile is no longer a "nice-to-have," it's a "must-have."
February 28, 2013
It's increasingly evident that effective use of mobile applications can enhance productivity, member and attendee engagement and revenue growth. Discover which mobile app solutions are right for your association by attending Top 10 Ways to Benefit from the Mobile Revolution, a complimentary program on Wednesday, March 13, from 9 a.m. to noon.
February 28, 2013
You've worked hard to build up reserves to ensure that your organization can withstand troubled times. You've invested with a reputable institution and receive monthly investment reports. But do you understand what those reports tell you? Are you invested wisely? Are you appropriately balancing risk and reward for your organization?
February 28, 2013
Many people wonder how leaders know how to make the best decisions. The process of making these decisions comes from an accumulation of experiences and encounters with a multitude of different circumstances, personality types and unforeseen failures. More so, the decision making process is an acute understanding of being familiar with the cause and effect of behavioral and circumstantial patterns; knowing the intelligence and interconnection points of the variables involved in these patterns allows a leader to confidently make decisions and project the probability of their desired outcomes.
February 28, 2013
Contract work is popping up in some unlikely places (including startups) as both employers and employees see distinct advantages to short-term employment. No matter how an employment gap occurs, hiring contractors offers several advantages over the standard hiring process associated with full-time workers.
February 15, 2013
Wordiness is everywhere — in emails, ad copy, press releases and websites. Even as more people skim and scan than actually read our content, we have clients and bosses who think the more words the better. But readers are busy. Unnecessary words slow them down. Every word should matter.
February 15, 2013
Your company's best advocates are not your PR team. Well, not just your PR team. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, 50 percent of consumers said they trust "regular employees" to give them the low-down on a company's goods and services. Sixty-five percent put their trust in "people like myself" and 64 percent said they trust "technical experts" in a relevant field. In case you were wondering, only 38 percent said they trusted the company CEO. Before you wring your hands and perform backflips to win back consumer trust, consider this: Employees now represent more than half of your company's trust equity. Why not use it to your advantage?
February 15, 2013
The online revolution is sweeping through the education industry. So how about executive education programs, those run by companies in-house and at business schools? Here we have seen much less of an online revolution, in part because it seems to be a different kind of business — a "high touch" endeavor that doesn't lend itself so easily to online. It too will disrupt; it's just lagging the rest.
February 15, 2013
Your father probably loved that gold watch he got for loyal service, but those days are over. This generation demands immediate recognition and creative incentives that reflect the social media world they understand.
February 15, 2013
In the past few years, many companies were affected by the less than ideal economic conditions, and many instances, small businesses were hit harder than most. For these companies, the ability to be nimble and quickly adapt to changing economic conditions can be the difference between failure and success. However, there's an equally important factor that affects the fate of a small business: its employees.
February 15, 2013
Few domains in business and society have been untouched by the emerging social-media revolution — one that is not even a decade old. Many organizations have been responding to that new reality, realizing the power and the potential of this technology for corporate life. This radical change has created a dilemma for senior executives: while the potential of social media seems immense, the inherent risks create uncertainty and unease.
February 15, 2013
Most people see strategy as an exercise in producing a planning document. Strategy is not planning — it is the making of an integrated set of choices that collectively position the firm in its industry so as to create sustainable advantage relative to competition and deliver superior financial returns.
February 15, 2013
Register for e-Learning Innovation Day to explore best practices and leading education technology innovations. Experience e-learning technology partners as they share scalable, proven ideas and strategies that can help you achieve immediate, measurable results.
February 15, 2013
We tend to think of stress, competition and adversity in a negative way. If you have no aspirations or happen to live in Utopia, you might get away with that. But if you want to go places in the real world, you'd better learn to embrace those concepts. All the greats know one thing: Nothing prepares future business leaders better than learning to survive and thrive under adverse conditions.
February 1, 2013
In her new e-book, soap critic Lynn Liccardo writes about the culture of decision-making that facilitated the end of long-running daytime drama "As the World Turns." What could marketers and corporate communicators learn from where the show went wrong?
February 1, 2013
Burberry's Art of the Trench campaign redefined UGC (user generated content) in the digital era. It's simple, really — the best way to show how great your product is to show real, fashionable people wearing your product ... and looking good doing so. Since the Trench site launched in 2009, several other brands have sought to integrate UGC into their marketing tactics and business models.
February 1, 2013
Think you want a well-rounded résumé? New research suggests the more valuable hire might be someone who can do one thing — but do it really well.
February 1, 2013
Motive. Passion. Spontaneity. Those are three attributes that a political pollster once told Chris Matthews, host of MSNBC's Hardball, that a great leader needed to demonstrate. Motive is the reason they have chosen public life and, as Matthews explains, "Everybody knew why they [as leaders] were there." Passion is "what makes them laugh, what makes them cry ... what makes them get angry occasionally." Spontaneity is "the ability to answer a question you haven't heard before." Not only are those good qualities for an elected official, they are good descriptors for anyone who aspires to lead other people.
February 1, 2013
Here's a statement of the blindingly obvious: Strong, effective leadership is better than weak, ineffective leadership. Thankfully, it's usually obvious which is which. Most of us can spot a strong leader from a weak one with relative ease. The problem comes when a weak leader masquerades as a strong leader. Outwardly, they appear effective, dependable, on top of things, but look closely at what they believe to be strong leadership and what you see is, in fact, a set of dangerous, destructive behaviors.
February 1, 2013
The most engaging communicators avoid trite expressions, whether in conversation or in writing. They use strong, simple words. Think of Winston Churchill's famous phrase blood, toil, tears, and sweat. And remember what George Washington said when questioned about the fallen cherry tree: not "It was accomplished by utilizing a small, sharp-edged implement," but "I used my little hatchet." When you write emails, reports, letters and other documents, here's how to keep your readers alert and responsive.
February 1, 2013
As the diversity and inclusion practice leader at the talent management consulting firm APTMetrics, Mary Martinez helps clients see how a focus on diversity and inclusion can increase their company's bottom line. Martinez is one of the pioneers in the diversity field. She first consulted on the emerging area of diversity in the mid-1980s with the goal of helping companies go beyond diversity requirements required by law. Martinez discusses how diversity and inclusion have evolved over the past two decades and how senior leaders need to take on the role of agents of change when it comes to implementing successful diversity and inclusion.
February 1, 2013
In a global survey of technology leaders, Dell Quest Software reports that companies that adopt a user-centric approach to BYOD tend to reap the most benefits and suffer the fewest setbacks and challenges.
February 1, 2013
The Workforce Diversity Scholarship has now expanded into a two-year program designed to provide support and leadership education to qualified association professionals with at least five years of association experience, and a strong commitment to advancing their association management career. Apply or nominate a colleague by Friday, Feb. 8.
February 1, 2013
Contrary to popular opinion, strategy is not about turning uncertainty into certainty. Lots of bureaucratically inclined board members and corporate executives want and expect this to be the case. When reviewing strategies, you can hear them asking for proof that the strategy will be successful. This kind of exchange is a terrible mistake on all sides.
February 1, 2013
In the new "fail fast and move on" world of business, IT is learning to quickly tap into creative ideas and harness the power of innovation for competitive advantage.
February 1, 2013
The role of the CFO has broadened over the past decade. Beyond the core responsibilities of financial reporting, audit and compliance, planning, treasury and capital structure, many CFOs are playing a stronger role in corporate portfolio management and capital allocation. Others have become prominent as the voice of the company in investor relations and in communications to the board, as leaders in performance management, and as exporters of finance-experienced personnel to the rest of the organization. Where does it end? It's unproductive to stretch the role too far and unreasonable to expect a CFO to be good at everything.
February 1, 2013
With unemployment still so high, it's amazing to hear that employers are clamoring for talent. The so-called talent shortage is a major topic at human resources and recruiting conferences. It is strange that even though every hiring manager knows that the sharpest candidates don't stay on the market long, corporate recruiting processes don't change. They don't get nimbler or faster. They don't get less burdensome or bureaucratic. You'd think that employers hungry for talent would innovate, making their recruiting processes easier and more human.
January
January 17, 2013
Register for High Performance Leadership and learn how to move your organization forward and refine your leadership style to cultivate a high performing team. Hear from Susan Annunzio of The Center for High Performance, who will facilitate this session — part of the executive education series created in conjunction with the University of Chicago.
January 17, 2013
Companies often throw good money after bad when looking for the perfect candidate for an open position. Due to the lingering effects of the recession and the perception of a glut of talent, hiring managers are still picky about their hires and many jobs remain unfilled. When the right candidate doesn't materialize, the common solution is to keep searching, add more recruiters, or tap a search or staffing agency. But, keeping a job open for months on end or redoubling a company's recruiting efforts doesn't actually address the core reasons why it is hard to find the perfect candidate. One of those reasons is that perfect candidates are too rare to bank on.
January 17, 2013
Email old-fashioned? Not according to a new report. The increasingly old-school medium, turns out, is the preeminent way to draw traffic to your company's website and increase sales revenues, according to an Experian survey. These days, email marketing is all about balancing individualized, thoughtful customer service with advancing technology. Here are a few tidbits you should know.
January 17, 2013
As the economy starts to grow here and around the world, companies see major imbalances in their skills. Research shows organizations are struggling to build a global leadership pipeline, train leaders locally, develop strategic mobility programs, and deepen core technical skills. Workforce capabilities have not kept up with the varying changes in business demand, creating an imbalance between what businesses need and they can find in the labor market.
January 17, 2013
If you're thinking about rebranding, don't just slap on a new logo and call it a day. Take a holistic approach and you'll gain customers, inspire your employees, and find renewed passion for your work.
January 17, 2013
Every business should look at its cost of customer acquisition twice a year and after each campaign. The old business adage goes, "You can't manage what you don't measure." Yet, we fail to measure these costs all the time. We seldom take the time to see how effective our marketing was.
January 17, 2013
If you're an association meeting planner, it may be a happy 2013 and beyond for you. U.S. News & World Report, has released its list of the 100 best jobs of 2013, and it's good news all around for planners. Meeting, convention, and event planner ranked 66 overall and, even better, was No. 14 on its list of best business jobs. According to the U.S. News article, which ranked the jobs based on a number of factors that included upward mobility and job satisfaction and security, job growth and salary are two of the reasons why meeting planning makes its list.
January 17, 2013
Management is a set of well-known processes, like planning, budgeting, structuring jobs, staffing jobs, measuring performance and problem-solving, which help an organization to predictably do what it knows how to do well. Management helps you produce products and services. We constantly underestimate how complex this task really is, especially if we are not in senior management jobs. So, management is crucial — but it's not leadership. Leadership is entirely different.
January 17, 2013
Consumer-oriented collaboration and file-sharing tools that have gained popularity as the workforce becomes increasingly mobile are customarily cheap, even free, for employees to use. But they could be costing businesses plenty, a recent study suggests.
January 17, 2013
Web technology was supposed to break down cubicle walls and make multinational companies seem as intimate as startups. Email would eliminate tedious meetings, and video conferencing would make offices obsolete. At many companies, the opposite has happened. Here are four principles that can help a company use technology effectively.
January 17, 2013
Leadership gurus have extolled vulnerability's importance and TED talks have espoused the power of vulnerability, but what exactly is it? And why do we humans collectively suck so bad at it? This skill probably isn't one you've ever thought about developing — and that's a big mistake.
January 3, 2013
The economic recovery is moving at an unsteady pace, but the emphasis on cost-cutting that dominated IT agendas in recent years is sharing the spotlight with a more interesting imperative: Innovation.
January 3, 2013
What kind of leader will you be in 2013? The kind who can rally the troops and take an organization forward in uncertain times, or the kind who lets opportunities and threats go by, paralyzed by fear and uncertainty? How can you tell which kind of leader you are?
January 3, 2013
For the next 19 years, 10,000 people per day will turn 65 years old, and (presumably) retire shortly thereafter. While this graying of the Boomer generation certainly has implications for health care and social policy (and for me personally, as one of those eventual retirees), it may have even more significance for the nature of the workforce and the job of the manager.
January 3, 2013
In our work and in our lives, we all have low-value tasks that sap our productivity and keep us from more worthwhile activity. But how do you identify these — and how do you outsource them in order to focus on the things that matter?
January 3, 2013
A December 2012 TD Ameritrade survey found that half of Americans want to improve their health and 32 percent hope to strengthen their finances in 2013. Companies also will be taking steps to achieve greater prosperity next year. To make your own resolutions about growing your business, consider these 10 steps as part of a successful 2013 action plan.
January 3, 2013
Adversity almost always creates economic opportunity. Digital media continue to be springboards for global innovation and enterprise. North America's fracking fever has provoked experts to predict the U.S. will soon be a net energy exporter. Human ingenuity — increasingly augmented by technical amplifiers — remains the most remarkable renewable resource. So here are four innovation ideas — themes, really — sure to gain significantly greater mind- and market-share over the coming year. What do they all have in common? Individual empowerment.
January 3, 2013
Professor Jeremy Adelman has taught a world-history class at Princeton University for several years, but as he led about 60 students through 700 years of history on the ivy-covered campus this past fall, one thing was different: Another 89,000 students tuned into his lectures free of charge via Coursera, an online platform. Those kinds of numbers, and their potential for remaking higher education, have generated plenty of excitement about massive open online courses — dubbed MOOCs.
January 3, 2013
Register for High Performance Leadership and learn how to move your organization forward and refine your leadership style to lead most effectively. Hear from Susan Annunzio of The Center for High Peformance, who will facilitate this session — part of the executive education series created in conjunction with the University of Chicago.
January 3, 2013
Small-business owners didn't get any economic gifts over the holidays. In 2013, small-business owners will once again face a weak economy that will have them longing for the good old days of 2006. The year is shaping up to be the sixth straight of worse-than-before-the-Great-Recession economic conditions for small companies.
January 3, 2013
For those who dream of escaping cubicles to pursue a passion, drafting a business plan is the first step. One of your plan's most critical elements is your marketing strategy. Too often, people don't think through that all-important component with the same rigor they tackle aspects like projected cash flow and long-term goals. Or, they do put thought and effort into planning for market research, promotion and positioning — and then never follow through on their great ideas. No matter how ingenious your product or service, no one will find it if they don't know it's there.
December
December 20, 2012
These days, nearly everyone knows how to click past or block banner ads and pop-ups. Meantime, consumers are spending more time online, especially on social-media sites. Those two trends are adding up to a new way of marketing — one based on connecting to people via online content.
December 20, 2012
In the enterprise, the more you know about the future, the better off you are. This allows executives to make plans for deployments, deal with IT dilemmas and make sound contingency plans. Yet one trend is clear: What we know about technology now will change. Email used to be the standard for most corporate communication, but now the writing is on the wall, giving way to more immediate social transmissions. These seven trends for 2013 will likely affect many businesses of all sizes.
December 20, 2012
Startups don't have the ad budget or experience to execute what is typically thought of as marketing — so they are expanding its definition, to immense advantage.
December 20, 2012
One in eight new hires is failing in the first 12 months. A big reason, according to DDI, is that too much of the decision-making falls to the hiring manager. Judged by some of the interview questions cited about, some of these people should not be asking questions of anyone. He or she is not on the same page as the department or managers in need of new recruits.
December 20, 2012
As the show tune goes, "Everything about it is appealing" — and that's the type of exciting feedback Holiday Showcase staff has received so far about the 24th annual event, held Dec. 13 at Chicago's Hyatt Regency Hotel. View a recap of the event to relive the day or to see what you missed.
December 20, 2012
Buzz used to be an intangible — something you just felt. No longer. "Buzz volume" is one of the metrics offered by a new generation of social-media-based tools that are transforming the way corporations gather intelligence about customers and competitors. "Consumer sentiment" is another; you can now get a reading on how customers are feeling about your products or services, your customer service or your prices. By making use of social media's openness and users' willingness to discuss just about everything online, these tools open endless possibilities for social-media-aware companies to source, collect, analyze and distribute what is now called social intelligence.
December 20, 2012
In a scene from the Steven Spielberg movie "Lincoln," Mary Todd Lincoln tells her husband, "No one is loved as much as you by the people. Don't waste that power." Spoiler alert: He doesn't. While the movie focuses on the passing of the 13th Amendment abolishing slavery, it also gives a lot of insight to Lincoln's strong leadership skills — those things that have made him so admired. While you may not be leading revolutionary change in the country, here are four leadership lessons from our 16th president on how to lead revolutionary change at your business.
December 20, 2012
Do you spend your life in meetings? If you do, chances are that many or even most of them are boring, off-point and too long. In other words, they get in the way of real work. The good news is you can usually avoid a bogus meeting by answering a few simple questions before you send an invitation.
December 20, 2012
The world is changing; it's becoming a more complex place. That's probably always been the case, but the rate of change appears to be accelerating. Given that's the case, what are the real capabilities people will need to distinguish themselves — to become the leaders, the innovators, the success stories of a new age?
December 20, 2012
In the few minutes it takes to read this article, chances are you'll pause to check your phone, answer a text, switch to your desktop to read an email from the boss's assistant, or glance at the Facebook or Twitter messages popping up in the corner of your screen. Off-screen, in your open-plan office, crosstalk about a colleague's preschooler might lure you away, or a co-worker may stop by your desk for a quick question. And bosses wonder why it is tough to get any work done.
December 6, 2012
With tax laws likely changing soon, it's a good idea to donate before the end of the year, as one of the proposed revisions for 2013 is a cap on itemized deductions. But before you write a check, here are three things you need to do.
December 6, 2012
CFOs are becoming increasingly involved in corporate IT outsourcing decisions. However, the CIO team doesn't always speak the same language as the CFO team. Here are nine steps you can take to more successfully bring your outsourcing case to finance.
December 6, 2012
It has often been said that the success of your business is dependent upon the quality of the people in your organization. Your ability as a leader to create and sustain momentum is a function of knowing how to enable the unique skills and competencies of others. Recruiting and retaining the right people that fit the corporate culture and that can continually add value to the workplace experience is essential.
December 6, 2012
One of the least re-imagined tasks of a leader in a business or nonprofit is hiring. Depending on the amount of red tape at your company, the process might look something like this: Decide you need a new hire; spend time drafting a description; post it in a bunch of places online and then wait. There's an alternative, and you're probably already exploring it.
December 6, 2012
Register now for our Jan. 8 Association 101 program, which will provide participants with a solid foundation of knowledge and appreciation for the unique environment, culture and dynamics of associations. Or if you are new to the Educations department, register now for our Jan. 15 Education & Program Development 101 program. As a participant, you will go through the critical steps in ensuring a successful outcome related to your association's education and professional development offerings.
December 6, 2012
Will Facebook continue its reign atop the social hierarchy? Will businesses get better returns on their social media investment? Will your CEO finally learn to tweet? Here's a look at the biggest social media trends set to unfold in the year ahead.
December 6, 2012
Optimizing your online press releases will increase brand exposure, referral traffic, and search engine optimization. Here are a few guidelines that, if implemented, will make your press releases contain more SEO value and convert readers into leads.
December 6, 2012
The importance of play, the effects of stress, and the increasing concern about private spaces in a public life may all have significant impacts on the marketing landscape in 2013. According to agency JWT, these are among the top 10 trends outlined in its 2013 Trends Report.
December 6, 2012
It used to be that HR was a single, physical place that workers could visit — to pick up a form, ask a question, seek advice or lodge a complaint. Now, if a company still has a stand-alone HR office, it's probably much smaller than it used to be. If workers need help, they may have to call an 800 number, consult a Web portal or use a software program. The outsourcing of HR has accelerated over the last decade and will continue to do so, said Lisa Rowan, a research vice president at market research firm IDC.
December 6, 2012
Most companies follow "best practices." Often, these are practices that most firms in their line of business have been following for many years, leading people in the industry to assume that it is simply the best way of doing things. But, no matter how intuitively appealing this may sound, the assumption is wrong.
November
November 29, 2012
While CRM systems have been around for a long time now, choosing the right CRM platform — as well as implementing it — can still be tricky. Choose the wrong system or make a mistake in how you deploy it and you could wind up worse off than when you started. To help managers increase their odds of success, CIO.com asked CRM experts and users to pinpoint some of the most commonly CRM mistakes and explain how these mistakes can be avoided.
November 29, 2012
HR is one of those fields where numerous myths endure. Part of the reason is HR tends to be more professional practice than rigorous academic discipline, so there is no foundation of basic science that informs both practitioners and researchers. Indeed many have lamented about the chasm between the two, and have called for a closer partnership. Nevertheless, several myths pervade human capital management.
November 29, 2012
Some say there's no such thing as negative publicity, but most businesses on the receiving end of harsh coverage or public criticism would disagree. The way you handle a negative story can make all the difference. Here's how to respond without fanning the flames of a negative situation.
November 29, 2012
Holiday Showcase will help you enhance your job performance and provides up to 3.5 hours of CAE credit or 2.5 hours of CMP credit. However, best rates expire tomorrow, Friday, Nov. 30, so register now. Thinking about attending? View this Holiday Showcase video to learn more.
November 29, 2012
It's amazing how complex our lives have become. Nothing's simple anymore. Think about it; even your Facebook page has a million things going on. The increase in complexity has led to a decrease in focus. It's hard to know what even matters anymore. Well the same is true for your customers. The noise is so deafening sometimes that your most important message can easily get lost in the shuffle. What are you trying to tell me? What do I need to know about you and your products? What is it you want me to remember about you, your company?
November 29, 2012
There are three essential principles, three "L's" that support and fuel authentic leadership: Love, listen and leap. When facing difficulties with colleagues, family or community, we serve our purpose best when we lead with love, listening, and then leap to a higher level.
November 29, 2012
Every marketer worth his title claims to be doing it. But, and here's the rub: Very few are doing it well. We're talking content marketing, the marketing rage du jour that's also known as brand journalism, branded content, or business storytelling, among other names. You know a term is hot when it develops its own lexicon. You also know it's hot when giant brands like Coca-Cola embrace it. And, you know that content marketing has joined the pantheon of marketing terms when you consider that there are any number of conferences devoted to the topic.
November 29, 2012
Traditional organizational structures no longer seem sufficient. This is the great challenge of 21st-century leadership. We have grown up with certain assumptions about what works in an enterprise, what the metrics for success are, how we organize and deploy resources. The bulk of those assumptions are wrong now. The world in which we were raised and trained no longer exists. The clarity of words we use to discuss business, standbys like "marketplace" and "competitive advantage," are being redefined and rendered almost meaningless. In this world of constant change, following a single system or model is foolhardy; the companies that succeed will be nimble and ever-changing.
November 8, 2012
Three private-company finance executives describe how they changed their business models to adapt to turbulent times. The new opportunities these companies have seen and seized required changes to their finance department.
November 8, 2012
A company must be able to change if it wants to succeed. Yet, as many business leaders have discovered, change can be uncomfortable for employees. This is especially true of salespeople, for whom alterations can sometimes mean a temporary disruption in sales. And when they lose sales, morale drops — along with the company’s revenue.
November 8, 2012
With a bang, the 23rd James Bond film will open in U.S. theaters on Nov. 9, and no doubt it will be a blockbuster like all the films from this franchise. The media buzz has already begun, and actor Daniel Craig will attempt to once again put his edgy stamp on the iconic character. But the Bond "brand" is much bigger than any one actor. It is built on a solid and winning formula that has worked for more than 50 years. It's totally scalable, always on trend and continually innovative. A close look at James Bond as a brand reveals seven universal lessons that are applicable to any company.
November 8, 2012
BYOD can wreak havoc on the tenuous relationship between IT and the business. But networking giant Cisco, which has a sophisticated BYOD plan for employees, is hoping more reasonable BYOD policies that permit personal cloud services will help bridge the gap.
November 8, 2012
In nature, there's a tradeoff between size and speed. Whales are slow. Birds are fast. But organizations today need to be big and fast. Is it possible? Can organizations be both agile and scalable?
November 8, 2012
It's a perennial worry for conference people: How do you keep the interest alive so that the meeting has power long after it's over? What are some ways you can follow up your meeting — whether virtual or face-to-face — to increase the likelihood that your event will be remembered, acted upon and made generally worthwhile, and to create buzz for your next event?
November 8, 2012
If you've always felt a compulsion to meet everyone else's needs before your own, it's hard to imagine being different. People-pleasing is not only what you do, but a strong part of who you believe you are. Wanting to make people happy is not an intrinsically negative quality. It's just that if you feel compelled to always help people, you need to condition yourself to be less sensitive to other people's needs and more aware of your own so you can stay in balance.
November 8, 2012
Employment costs rose at a slower pace in the third quarter compared with the prior three months, indicating workers have limited scope to bargain for higher wages as the U.S. economy struggles to pick up. The employment cost index increased 0.4 percent following a 0.5 percent gain in the prior quarter, the Labor Department said. Business activity unexpectedly contracted for a second month in October, another report showed.
November 8, 2012
Holiday Showcase 2012 will be held on Dec. 13 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Receive four hours of education, choose from three Solution Sessions, network with more than 2,300 industry professionals and meet more than 700 exhibiting companies in four hours. Register for Holiday Showcase by Thursday, Nov. 15 to be entered to win a pair of round-trip airline tickets.
October
October 26, 2012
So-called "puzzle questions" have been around for quite a while. They became especially popular in the 1990s when big tech companies like Microsoft were looking for ways to see if job candidates could think on their feet and offer creative solutions to out-of-left-field problems. But science confirms what job-seekers have long suspected: Those annoying brain-teaser questions interviewers lob at candidates are as pointless as they seem.
October 26, 2012
Success in business comes down to just one thing: making the right decisions. Think about it. Making decisions is what you do all day, every day. Do I hire this person or not? What's the right pricing structure for this product? Should I choose this supplier or that one? These and a thousand other decisions — from the seemingly mundane to the monumental — are the very fabric of your daily life as a manager or leader. Get the majority of those decisions right, and you win. Get the majority (or even a crucial minority) of them wrong, and you lose.
October 26, 2012
There are a number of ways that associations and their members can get on the wrong side of the antitrust laws, but most of the violations fit into one of two categories: Programs or facilities by associations that are set up in a way that allows members to violate the antitrust laws; and rules or decisions by associations that unfairly hinder the ability of certain firms or types of firms to compete against members of the association.
October 26, 2012
About 10 percent of college graduates earn degrees online, according to EducationDynamics research. Workers especially are turning to online courses to improve their job credentials, whether it's to get a foot in the door, move up the ladder or change careers. Employers are embracing the trend, too; a recent survey found 99 percent of Fortune 1,000 corporations allowed tuition reimbursement for Web-based training.
October 26, 2012
Join the association industry for a full day of education, business solutions and networking on Thursday, Dec. 13. Earn up to 3.25 hours of CE credits and get the information you need to advance your organization. When you register to attend Holiday Showcase by Thursday, Nov. 15, you'll be entered to win a pair of round-trip airline tickets. To be entered, you must be a qualified association professional, registered attendee and you must be present at the grand prize raffle, held in the exhibit hall at 4:30 p.m., to win.
October 26, 2012
The increasingly international nature of business means leaders need new skills to get the full potential of teams and networks of people from a variety of cultural backgrounds. Key among those is a thinking skill called cultural metacognition. Metacognition simply means thinking about thinking; in this context, thinking about your cultural assumptions.
October 26, 2012
Online marketing is full of fast-moving fads and shiny new technologies. So it would be easy to chase after the elusive "new new thing." But at least one industry expert prefers to balance cutting-edge content with a recognition that "things are changing in a lot of ways — but not changing as fast people think."
October 26, 2012
The adage "all the good ones are taken" also applies to IT hiring. If you're not Google or Apple and you can't offer tech-giant perks, you can level the playing field and build a great development team by taking a page from "Moneyball."
October 26, 2012
The biggest mistake brands make with loyalty programs is to model them on human loyalty. Human loyalty is an admirable, deeply emotional bond that unites us. It's irrational, inexplicable and often counters our survival instinct. The marketing world, ever the imitator, often looks to these emotional bonds as its guide to creating loyalty. This is a mistake. It's time not to make loyalty more "human," in the traditional way, but to treat it as a question of economics and behavior.
October 10, 2012
The way we learn in corporate environments hasn't changed in decades. We still attend weekend training sessions, read sales manuals and watch taped lectures. Right now, organizational knowledge sharing forces people to learn from "expert material" — the manual, the binder and the video. That should shift to learning from teammates and co-workers. We need to incorporate the innovation we're seeing in education technology into the business world, and do it in a way that is designed for business use cases, not academic.
October 10, 2012
When it comes to selling, referrals are the holy grail. It's much easier to make a sale when the sales process starts with a customer recommending you to a friend or colleague. Ideally, you want to turn your best customers into a volunteer sales force.
October 10, 2012
Why do leaders wait too long to modify or abandon their business models? The Postal Service, even with the constraints of its government mandate, has known for years that its traditional model was coming apart; Kodak realized that film was being replaced by digital media long before it changed its investment strategy; AOL knew that dial-up subscriptions were fading years before it took action. On the other hand, some firms seem to tackle business model changes head on even before anyone else realizes there's an issue.
October 10, 2012
America is currently facing a crisis of leadership in business and in government. Yet at the same time — participation in leadership seminars and programs has never been higher. The leadership industry is now a $50 billion industry with many of its roots in America. If America is so good at developing leaders however, then why is America a mess?
October 10, 2012
Today's IT worker is mobile and traditional ideas about brick-and-mortar offices no longer apply. This shift is a good thing as companies are already reaping benefits such as reduced costs, better productivity and a larger pool of IT talent. Of course, there are challenges managers need to overcome.
October 10, 2012
As a diversity executive tasked with creating and sustaining a multicultural workforce, it is one thing to have workplace diversity, and it is another to do diversity. With so much focus on attracting, hiring and retaining multi-dimensional talent, diversity executives could lose sight of the full spectrum of diversity available to their organizations — including diversity of thought, age and experience — and fail to translate that diversity into action.
October 10, 2012
Imagine five years out. Even the worst-case forecasts have our economic malaise nearing an end by then, a dreaded lost decade coming to a blessed conclusion and a true recovery taking shape with low unemployment and revitalized consumers. Once again the ad business will be growing, but a new media and marketing order will be taking hold.
October 10, 2012
HR is becoming one of the front line innovators helping build organizations that rack up likes and big-time revenue. After all this time, why now? Two reasons: Startup successes have reaped big benefits from big investments in their people, have inspired plenty of executives to get serious about fostering a culture that can drive a market advantage, and social media.
October 10, 2012
Join the association industry for a full day of education, business solutions and networking on Thursday, Dec. 13, when you attend Holiday Showcase 2012, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. This year's 45-minute education sessions and 105-minute mini-bootcamps maximize interactivity so you'll discover more ideas to take directly back to the office. Register today.
September
September 28, 2012
Leadership is about change, but what is a leader to do when faced with ubiquitous resistance? Resistance to change manifests itself in many ways, from foot-dragging and inertia to petty sabotage to outright rebellions. The best tool for leaders of change is to understand the predictable, universal sources of resistance in each situation and then strategize around them. Here are 10 of the most common.
September 28, 2012
As businesses ramp up marketing efforts to save the planet and regulators ready new guidelines to police them, it's becoming increasingly apparent that consumers aren't paying as much attention — at least if it's going to cost them more.
September 28, 2012
The Internal Revenue Service recently issued much-anticipated guidance regarding the application of the employer-sponsored health coverage mandate (often called the "play or pay rules" under health care reform). If a nonprofit employer has 50 or more full-time equivalent employees, the employer needs to carefully consider its approach to the new mandate. Planning for these rules should begin as soon as possible. While the employer coverage mandate itself does not apply until 2014, it may be necessary to begin tracking the hours of employees as soon as October 2012 in order to facilitate compliance.
September 28, 2012
Richard Branson states, "I recently watched '12 Angry Men' — that classic 1957 film about a jury struggling to decide the fate of an 18-year-old man who has been charged with murder. The movie gives you a sense of how the legal system worked in the United States back then, when juries were less diverse. By today's standards, we would find it unsettling if a jury were comprised of 12 middle-aged white men. So, why have so many business leaders been slow to take notice when women are absent from the boards of their companies?"
September 28, 2012
If you, or your colleagues, grapple with increased responsibilities as a mid- or senior-level education or program development professional, get the answers you need at Education and Program Development 201 and 301 on Wednesday, Oct. 10. These sessions will help you learn how to produce a complete program budget, create a long-term association education strategy and more.
September 28, 2012
Things we once considered opposing forces — doing right by people and delivering results, collaborating and keeping focus, having a social purpose and making money — are really not in opposition. They never have been. But we need a more sophisticated approach to understand business models where making a profit doesn't mean losing purpose, community, and connection.
September 28, 2012
Millennials, that giant generation of young people 17 to 34 years old, make up a major consumer group — 77.5 million strong, with $1.7 billion in spending power (so far). But what does that mean for small businesses? A lot, actually. You and your business have more in common with (and more to say to) millennials than you might think. Here are the major intersections and how you can capitalize on them.
September 28, 2012
There are quite a few companies who have tried to cut their way to IT success over the past five years and are starting to regret it. The economic crisis and subsequent lackluster recovery has IT spending at significantly lower levels than 2008. Companies that have delayed investments — in people and technology — are finding that they are now at a competitive disadvantage.
September 13, 2012
Recruiting and hiring workers with diverse backgrounds has long-term benefits for businesses, especially considering the changing face of Americans. Companies whose employees reflect their communities and customers show a commitment to serving their clients and foster better relationships. Here are seven reasons you should have a minority-rich workforce.
September 13, 2012
What every marketer should worry about most, what should keep you up at night, is whether you have done all you can to minimize the obstacles your customers encounter during the buying process. Before trying to exceed your customers’ expectations, and before trying to provide them with whatever memorable experience you've cooked up, just be absolutely certain you're providing basic, flawless, well-executed processes that remove any and every obstacle preventing a customer from selecting your product.
September 13, 2012
Next Thursday, Sept. 20, take your organization to the next level and add value to your current job. Register now for Association Forum's Career Workshop – Building a Resilient Career in a Volatile and Uncertain Marketplace. Then attend the Career Fair immediately following this workshop. Don't miss learning how to produce more results with fewer resources, build an action plan for your career development and more.
September 13, 2012
How well companies leverage people, process and philosophies differentiates the best in class from the next in class when it comes to keeping innovation alive and delivering an innovation premium year after year. In this regard, the behavior of leaders matters — big time.
September 13, 2012
Trade shows present a range of valuable opportunities for companies that participate, including meeting potential customers, finding new and better ways of doing business and building a more impressive reputation within an industry. But making a solid trade show appearance requires investing company resources, and given today's uncertain economic climate, it may seem difficult to justify the expense. However, most businesses can see significant returns even from a modest trade show investment — if they have the right strategy.
September 13, 2012
The simplicity of Facebook's "Like" button is no accident. What the smartest innovators and smartest marketers have in common is not asking a lot of questions but making sure the most important questions get asked and answered. By definition, the more questions asked, the less important any single question seems.
September 13, 2012
We're not living in ordinary economic times. The convulsions of the past five years have left many business people asking the most fundamental questions about their companies: Will our strategy work in this environment? What must we change, and what must we not change? Do we need a new business model? Reconsidering strategy can turn into a miasma that consumes endless time and yields nothing. Yet the process is manageable. One way to think through your strategy in today's uncertain environment is to answer three basic questions.
September 13, 2012
Cause marketing, or a promotional partnership between a for-profit company and a not-for-profit organization, isn't a new concept. It goes beyond the standard financial contributions, often involving an event, drive or marketing campaign that's mutually beneficial. And when cash flow is slow, cause marketing is what many small-business owners turn to as a way to support their favorite charitable organizations.
September 13, 2012
Darren Herman shares an outline of his vision for the digital marketing world and what he thinks will change over the next 12 to 18 months. This is a top-level summary of some of the major themes that will shape the near-term future of marketing.
August
August 29, 2012
In the wake of Google's Penguin update, the quality of your online content should be one of your top priorities. One way you can determine which types of content you should focus on is through customer surveys. Here are five steps to conduct effective surveys that turn up the most insightful results.
August 29, 2012
Attracting and retaining top tech talent at any business is a struggle, even more so when corporate America offers up big paychecks, ultra generous packages and fun company perks. Basically, it takes a little something extra to lure exceptional employees to your company, particularly if you're a nonprofit. However, some nonprofits and social startups have learned they can attract these potential employees using their mission, as opposed to perks.
August 29, 2012
Businesses exist for one simple reason: To solve a big problem. At the core of every great product or service is an unfulfilled need that reaches a big enough market. But it's not enough to have a great idea that solves a big problem; behind each successful company stands a flexible team that can efficiently turn a vision into a growing business.
August 29, 2012
Content marketing can influence SEO, increase social engagement and position a brand as an industry thought leader. However, a recent study reports that only 41 percent of B2B marketers think content marketing is effective in generating leads and revenue.
August 29, 2012
As companies become more global, at least one professor believes they must add diversity to their board to gain advantages over their competitors. According to a new report from Seletha Butler, Georgia Tech Scheller College of Business professor, companies' boards of directors should be more inclusive, reflecting the demographics and composition of the global marketplace they serve.
August 29, 2012
Next Thursday, join leading health care professionals at the second Medical Meetings 2012 series program: Thriving in Chaos: How Do Complex Regulations and Ethics Co-exist? Learn how to navigate the regulatory environment to improve your bottom line and how an ethical decision-making framework will put your association in the driver's seat.
August 29, 2012
The success of your business is in the hands of your people. They take hundreds — probably thousands — of individual actions on your behalf every day, and if the sum total of all those actions is a net positive, you win. If the overall result is a net negative, you lose. It follows, therefore, that one of the most important tasks of any leader is to ensure that the hiring process is in itself highly successful.
August 29, 2012
They say that the first challenge of alignment is to get everyone on the same page by understanding the organization in the same way. That means getting to the unifying concept of the organization to which everyone can contribute. Every organization needs a "main thing" — a single, powerful expression of what it hopes to accomplish. Without it, it's not possible to align the four elements that produce organizational efficiency and effectiveness: strategy, people, customers, and processes.
August 29, 2012
Picking a number two is among the most important decisions any leader makes. Getting it right shapes a leader's direction, effectiveness and legacy. Unlike the U.S. political system, the business world has no rules requiring that every leader have a backup. Indeed, some leaders prefer to consolidate power rather than name a second-in-command. However, if you want to get the right number two, consider these three factors.
August 16, 2012
From remote calendar access to auto-declining appointments, here are 10 tips and tricks that will keep you focused, organized and productive.
August 16, 2012
For many businesses, routine meetings can lack focus and a clear agenda and end up wasting time and boring people. "The last thing a meeting organizer wants is their attendees to be sitting in a conference room or on the phone wondering what the meeting is for, why they were asked to join, or what the output will be," says Kathryn Hammond, owner of BlueSpire Strategic Marketing, a Minneapolis-based marketing company. The following are seven deadly sins to watch for in business meetings — and tips on how to redeem yourself.
August 16, 2012
Although the social space has rapidly matured over the last decade-plus, social media measurement remains a mystery for many. Measurement is something that's very possible, and the elusive social media return on investment is proven for everyone who has enabled an effective measurement process. Take the time to establish this upfront, clearly outlining your team's objectives. To help you get started, following are four ideas to help you improve your social measurement.
August 16, 2012
When companies venture into the content marketing world, many of the conversations center around the audience, the delivery and the metrics. All important and worthwhile topics, yet there's another, more crucial element that needs to be the foundation of your content marketing efforts — your story. The whole idea behind content marketing is to create a way to engage with people and move them through the journey from prospect to customer to evangelist in a short and cost-effective amount of time.
August 16, 2012
As a nonprofit organization, asking for money is a pretty uncomfortable task. And in everybody's fast paced lives, convincing people to stop and listen is basically impossible. But thanks to the power of social media, this grueling task can be made much easier in several ways. All it requires is a little splash of creativity.
August 16, 2012
As the economy changes and becomes more unpredictable, do you know what your employees are thinking or doing? Are they loyal to your company — committed to the organization, management, and colleagues — because they believe in your workplace? Or are they staying put just to secure themselves a job? Either way, if you want to become an exceptional workplace, you should look to understand your employees and whether or not they're satisfied working for you.
August 16, 2012
Clearly, we cannot completely separate the emotional and rational aspects of ourselves. Basically, the human brain is designed to serve us as social creatures. The way we see and how we feel about ourselves and the world around us are inextricably linked to the views and emotions of others. Given the fact that many people spend more of their waking time with colleagues than they do with their families, it is important that leaders understand how they can positively or negatively in?uence the mindsets, emotions and moods of those around them.
August 16, 2012
See how your annual meeting stacks up by size, type or location to market leaders by registering now for a free webinar. You will lean how InSight, a new benchmarking resource, will help you 1) save time, 2) evaluate real time data and make strategic decisions, and 3) get customized, confidential analytical reports ready to be used for presentations at committee and board meetings.
August 16, 2012
Why do organizations still struggle with having diverse talent in leadership positions, as recent research would suggest? With this knowledge, more companies should begin to recruit diverse talent. However, once on the team, organizations must address the challenge of retaining that talent. And, for some, diverse talent might already be in the pipeline. The following are several actions that organizations can take to retain their diverse and high-performing leaders.
August 2, 2012
Each employee possesses a unique set of attitudes, ideals and beliefs that may differ from that of their co-workers. Sometimes, these personal differences can lead to conflicts in the office. The following are 10 tips for resolving workplace disputes.
August 2, 2012
The average U.S. professional spends half her working day on email. She's constantly tethered to her smartphone, responding to short bursts of communication, and creating email overload. The following is a list of email best practices that can help you and your team start a revolution, reduce dependence on email, and stop wasting time — today.
August 2, 2012
Mother Nature has a habit of creating unexpected challenges. Unfortunately, disaster can strike when least expected, so it is vital to have a plan in place to help prepare for any circumstance. As meeting planners think about events to incent or motivate their employees or channel partners, the first thing they consider is destination. While emergency response or disaster preparedness is probably pretty far back in their minds, but it should be an important consideration.
August 2, 2012
Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 protects employees from discrimination on a number of grounds, race, religion, gender and national origin included. Each of these protected classifications can be related to the dress or appearance of an employee in the workplace. Each could also set up a confrontation that could result in litigation. The following are a few areas to look out for when drafting and evaluating an organizational dress code.
August 2, 2012
Alice Korngold writes, "In my experience, people on nonprofit boards almost always act with good will; they become disappointed or frustrated, however, when roles are unclear, and that can bring about tension. Under such circumstances, the board can get stuck. When the board underperforms, so does the organization; the community suffers. This is a life lesson for people in workplaces, families, classrooms, and any relationship. That peace, happiness, and fulfillment come from creating a mutual understanding of what you're trying to accomplish and each person's role in achieving success."
August 2, 2012
You know how to use social media, now go beyond the basics. Attend Social Media & Meetings Promotion Bootcamp to reimagine your education programs' social media promotions using Facebook, Twitter, QR codes, and more. On Wednesday, Aug. 8, bring your laptop, tablet or smartphone and learn from the pro who created the Social Media Tourism Symposium.
August 2, 2012
Whether they involve project priorities or budget allocations, disagreements are bound to happen in any IT shop. Unfortunately, if they're not addressed in a timely and effective manner, conflicts can lead to poor productivity, employee attrition and lost revenue. But there can be an upside when IT professionals butt heads. The trick, is figuring out how to harness conflict and turn it into a positive energy that can fuel an IT department.
August 2, 2012
You have way too much to do, you're buried in work, and it seems there's no way out from under it all. But there is: delegation. Yes, yes, you know it's important to do and you know it will save you time and help others develop new skills. So why aren't you doing it?
July
July 19, 2012
Increasingly, greener — or more sustainable — meetings are occurring across the landscape. Today, more sustainable meetings, encouraged by EPA guidance on the topic and also available with the help of professional planners, mean more than what's green. Sustainable meetings, in addition to the environment, consider social factors; they also make good business sense.
July 19, 2012
As the line between office and social life continues to fade, hotels are taking the cue in redesigning their meeting rooms.
July 19, 2012
Whether it's a large convention with hundreds of journalists or a press conference with a dozen reporters, meticulous planning is crucial in order to ensure your organization’s message is clearly conveyed. If you fail to plan appropriately, your media event could turn from an opportunity to build your brand into a public relations nightmare.
July 19, 2012
Most employees don't set out to make trouble, and recognizing that truth is the first step toward transforming "problem" employees into productive workers. Take the following approach to turning things around before the troublemakers take charge.
July 19, 2012
Did you know that everyday decisions you make can have significant, potentially damaging legal implications? Attend this session on Tuesday, Aug. 7, and get input from legal experts that will help you protect yourself and your organization. Walk away with risk management best practices and more.
July 19, 2012
Severe thunderstorms knocked out power to 1.2 million homes in the D.C. area. Wildfires ravaged more than 2 million acres in the Rockies. Two-thirds of the country is in drought conditions, and flooding is expected to get worse as the time between rainstorms lengthen and, in turn, grow more intense. The cloud, which was supposed to guarantee high availability, was significantly affected by power outages caused by recent storms. Disaster recovery plans may need to be rethought, experts say.
July 19, 2012
Incorporating the use of social media and online networking sites into an association's larger communication, membership or marketing strategies raises a number of potential legal risks and liability issues for the association. The following is a non-exhaustive list of legal issues to consider in connection with using social networking sites to create, manage and/or sponsor content.
July 19, 2012
Think of and treat major donors as partners, not just checkbooks. When you get to know their interests and life circumstances, you can craft your asks to maximum effect. That's one of the tips four development executives shared about major donor acquisition, cultivation and stewardship on a panel called "Success Stories: What Works, Lessons Learned" during Fundraising Day in New York on June 8.
July 19, 2012
Attention trade show organizers: just when you thought you’d established a solid presence on all the key social media sites, not to mention figured out how to maximize their potential for your events, there’s a new digital platform that you might want to take note of: Pinterest.
July 4, 2012
In a world where social needs are increasing and resources decreasing, it's critical to scale organizations that efficiently and effectively address social problems. "Scaling a nonprofit's programs without investing in its capacity is a recipe for failure," according to Scaling What Works: Implications for Philanthropists, Policymakers and Nonprofit Leaders, a report by Edna McConnell Clark Foundation and the Bridgespan Group.
July 4, 2012
Do you organize, influence or make budgetary decisions for international events? If so, join us as an Association Forum hosted buyer during the IMEX America show, Oct. 9-11 in Las Vegas. Association Forum partnered with IMEX America so members can participate in this exhibition for the worldwide meetings, events and incentive travel industry. RSVP by Friday, Aug. 31.
July 4, 2012
If you want to build a strengths-based organization and enjoy the benefits of reduced turnover and greater productivity and profitability, you can't go halfway. This means that you must significantly shift your company's language; you must change how managers interact with their employees and how employees interact with their peers. What's more, these changes must go deep into your company's DNA.
July 4, 2012
If you're paying attention to your mobile content strategy, you may be confused about which analytics you should be tracking. Mobile is a different animal and requires tracking your users in a different way. Let's look at the analytics you should be tracking while analyzing your mobile content usage.
July 4, 2012
Whether your nonprofit organization educates, advocates, researches, or aids, delivery of your vital services depends on sound financial management. Connecting your money to your mission starts with the budgeting process — a critical endeavor that sometimes doesn't get the attention it deserves.
July 4, 2012
Despite today's fast-paced business environment, time-starved leaders can master the art of disciplined listening. Conventional advice for better listening is to be emotionally intelligent and available. However, truly good listening requires far more than that.
July 4, 2012
While many companies have become adept at hiring diverse employees, they do not always have solid strategies for retaining them. Some choose to develop diversity initiatives and programs designed to promote equal professional experiences and opportunities for all employees to improve retention of their high-potential diverse employees. But even companies with comprehensive diversity programs continue to have attrition, particularly among employees in their first year of employment.
July 4, 2012
With smartphone's taking the majority share in mobile phone usage in America this year, it's easy to see that the future of Web is mobile. No one can afford to ignore it. Still on the fence regarding whether to make the move to mobile? The following list should obliterate any reasons against putting mobile at the top of your digital must-haves.
June
June 21, 2012
Nowadays, nearly every business recognizes the value of social media as a channel of communication. However, even as it becomes more mainstream, there are still many companies that don't quite get it. The trend can be likened to the start of the Internet itself. When the Web first emerged, organizations felt the need to have a website to be prepared for the future. But they undervalued the importance of maintaining that online presence, utilizing best practices and reflecting their brand identity online. Here are three common branding mistakes that companies make on social media and some easy fixes for correcting them.
June 21, 2012
Today's organizational leaders are facing accelerating rates of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, all of which are showing no signs of slowing down. Whether it is the continuing digital revolution or expanding global markets, our current environment requires a constant state of innovation. For companies to continue succeeding, next-generation leaders must be able to handle any curve ball thrown their way.
June 21, 2012
All of the effort you've invested in building your website won't mean a thing if search engines can't access your content correctly. One important way to make sure this doesn't happen is to have search-friendly website architecture. Unfortunately, a number of website architecture mistakes can make large portions of your site unavailable to the search engines. Here are a few of the most common mistakes, as well as tips on how you can avoid them.
June 21, 2012
Today, many organizations are making sustainability goals and initiatives a priority, not a "nice-to-have." The 2011 McKinsey Global Survey on The Business of Sustainability found that 57 percent of respondents say their companies have integrated sustainability into strategic planning; 67 percent say sustainability has been integrated into mission and values; and 60 percent say sustainability has been integrated into external communications.
June 21, 2012
Outsourcing is the lifeblood of IT. The prevailing theory is that outsourcing saves companies money and enables them to engage a broader pool of IT skills and talent than they could in-house. However, the results from a new survey challenge that perception.
June 21, 2012
In the last several years, square patterns of black-and-white smaller squares have popped up everywhere. Sometimes they tell you to scan them with your mobile phone. Or they just assume you know what to do. These eye-catching but perplexing designs are called QR codes, for "quick response." Some marketers refer to them as 2-D bar codes since they provide more information than a typical bar code.
June 21, 2012
From learning how to manage your board to association law to education and membership basics, Association Forum's education calendar has you covered. Sign up now to attend our customized programs, such as communications skills and social media bootcamp, that will help you discover new ideas that make a big impact.
June 7, 2012
Time is money, the saying goes. If you're trying to make the most of both, here are some of my favorite strategies for getting a team working effectively.
June 7, 2012
Held from June 18 through June 22, Association Week 2012 events such as Annual Meeting and Honors Gala are on track to break attendance records this year. The Community Service event is sold out and the All-Star Day registration is closed, but you can still register for the GenNext Meets GenNow, Annual Meeting and Honors Gala events.
June 7, 2012
How do you know if cloud computing makes sense for your organization? And if it makes sense for your organization what sort of services should you buy into? Here are the questions to ask.
June 7, 2012
Do you have a set of clearly defined, easily measurable goals for each of your tradeshows regarding your social media marketing efforts? If not, here's where to start. First, set down your show objectives. What metric are you most interested in moving during your tradeshows when it relates to social media? Yes, you want to move the sales needle, but as you add on social media components, you are putting more people into the potential sales funnel.
June 7, 2012
Associations and nonprofits should expect their annual insurance premiums to increase for the next few years. But nonprofit organizations are still recovering from the Great Recession and money is tight. Many have already reduced their insurance costs by lowering policy limits, increasing deductibles, and/or eliminating coverage. Having adequate insurance is important to your financial well-being, but what is "adequate?"
June 7, 2012
The way we communicate with each other has evolved rapidly over the last decade. Social media has further intensified the departure from traditional communication methods to redefine how people and businesses interact with each other. One area where the benefits are already beginning to outshine older methods is talent acquisition and recruiting. So just how does social media benefit the environment of talent acquisition? The following are five shifts that are taking place now.
June 7, 2012
Nobody wants to be a bad boss. But we could all use a refresher course on how to hire right, nurture talent, make work more humane and do better for our companies.
June 7, 2012
Companies are always trying to create the perfect marketing tools — tools that will make brand history, generate buzz for products and earn those products an unshakeable spot in customer's lives. Large companies have the luxury of throwing thousands of advertising dollars into marketing budgets, but small companies rarely can. The most powerful marketing device a small company can develop is its story.
May
May 24, 2012
As learning to do more with less becomes a national reality, many IT leaders are learning that strong presentation skills can go a long way toward getting approval of important projects. Making a case for an IT investment requires more, however, than piling on obscure acronyms and technical bells and whistles in presentations to your organization's executives.
May 24, 2012
Managing social media for your business can be a tricky endeavor. Which pictures should you share on Facebook? What industry news should you tweet about on Twitter? What topic should you blog about on Tumblr? And on top of knowing what to publish on which social network, another big question business owners struggle with is the best time to post. Publishing your content at peak times can help you reach the most people on those networks.
May 24, 2012
Your email signature can deliver a slew of information to your contacts with virtually no effort on your part. By creating a handful of signatures, each one optimized for certain kinds of communication, you can attach the proper signature to email and send just the right information, saving yourself a ton of time in the process.
May 24, 2012
The higher up in the organization you get, the less likely you'll receive constructive feedback on your ideas, performance or strategy. No one wants to offend the boss, right? But without input, your development will suffer, you may become isolated and you're likely to miss out on hearing some great ideas. So, what can you do to get people to tell you what you may not want to hear?
May 24, 2012
With advances in technology and an emphasis on efficiency, the office should be running more smoothly than ever. Meetings are supposed to be a time of creative problem-solving, where the best ideas emerge. Yet even some of the best managers can't seem to run them.
May 24, 2012
Can't leave the office on Tuesday, June 19 to go to McCormick Place? Then, register now to participate virtually in the Annual Meeting. For just $119, gain access to all three general sessions, exclusive education sessions, interactive participation in audience polling, and access to conference recordings.
May 24, 2012
Author Gary Burnison considers leadership to be a privilege. Most people like the idea of leadership but few count the cost. He says, "To lead is to be all in, transparent and accessible, calm in the face of upset and even crisis, and always mindful that you are a steward of something bigger than yourself." That's not easy. To whom much is given much is required. That's the part that easily trips us up.
May 24, 2012
Digital recruiting has certainly come a long way in such a short time. Since the dawn of the computerized job process, quick and simple strides have been made in recruiting that have ultimately produced a major impact on how employers find young talent with the right skills. Of course, it's no secret that one of the biggest advances made in recruiting in the last 20 years has been the advent of social media. These networking platforms have altered the foundation of recruiting to allow for more efficiency, higher speed and better results.
May 24, 2012
The composition of a nonprofit board of directors can range widely. No matter the make-up of your governance, a nonprofit management team should use it to its utmost benefit.
May 11, 2012
Keeping connections fresh is entirely about giving. You are giving someone attention, and you are not asking for anything. It is a pleasant contact for them. And it makes a huge difference.
May 11, 2012
Can't make it to McCormick Place on Tuesday, June 19? Participate virtually in the Annual Meeting. Gain access to all three general sessions, including interactive participation in audience polling. In addition, gain access to all Annual Meeting conference recordings for 90 days following the event. Register now.
May 11, 2012
Many in the education market are still in love with open source systems, such as Moodle. However, they often do not realize — until it is too late, that "free" isn't really free because customization has to constantly exist, support, among other things. That is why there is an uptick in the number of commercial systems available in the education sector. With that comes trends.
May 11, 2012
User experience is becoming an extension of the customer experience model — and, undoubtedly, experience matters. Companies that will stay ahead of the curve are those that are constantly refining their content, adapting to an always-changing technology landscape, and asking their customers what they want and how they want it delivered. So, how does the user experience on your website measure up?
May 11, 2012
Microsoft has fixed 23 vulnerabilities in its software products, including several considered critical, the company recently said in its monthly security patch report.
May 11, 2012
Many of the most effective executives, leaders and business owners are very careful with their time. This includes the appointments they set or take, the meetings they have, organizations to which they belong and the activities they fill their day with. Look at your appointment calendar from last week. In every day there were probably only two hours of high productivity. Use the following steps to make the most of them.
May 11, 2012
For generations bullies have terrorized their victims at school, in the locker room and on the playground. The victims of such bullying often feel afraid, out of control and even stupid. They respond by drawing as little attention to themselves as possible and hoping it doesn't happen again. Not surprisingly, this same reaction occurs when the CEO or other senior leaders subject people to bullying at work.
May 11, 2012
The percentage of college-educated young adults is larger in the Boston area than anywhere else in America. Nearly two-fifths of the 18- to 34-year-olds in the Boston market — 39.2 percent, to be precise — hold bachelor's degrees, according to the latest figures from the U.S. Census Bureau. That's two full percentage points ahead of any other major metropolitan area.
April
April 26, 2012
Geoffrey James writes, "In the decade or so that I've been writing about sales and marketing, I've interviewed hundreds of entrepreneurs inside small and medium-sized companies. I've also watched to see which companies grow, and which companies falter and fail. After a while, it's impossible not to see a pattern of what works and what doesn't — particularly when it comes to sales and marketing. Here are seven marketing mistakes that I see cropping up over and over again."
April 26, 2012
Most people never master the many intricacies of dining etiquette — which fork to use first, in which direction to pass dishes — but the stakes aren't especially high in that venue. Email etiquette, on the other hand, is a critically important skill to master. Email like a bumpkin and you are likely to alienate your partners, clients, co-workers...possibly even your boss.
April 26, 2012
Many organizations who eagerly pay big bucks to exhibit at industry trade shows often end up disappointed when it comes down to calculating the return on investment. However, organizations can minimize their investment or maximize their exposure through some simple marketing and partnership techniques that will help them get the most bang for their buck.
April 26, 2012
If you want to lead and influence others, you must reveal your intentions. People won't believe you will do the right thing unless they're convinced you genuinely want to do it. That requires more conscious effort than most bosses understand. We all more or less assume that others will see our positive motives or at least give us the benefit of the doubt. But it often doesn't work that way.
April 26, 2012
Tablets will become most users' primary computing device within the next four years, Forrester Research analyst Frank Gillett believes. Gillett's prediction focuses on how central tablets will figure in many settings, including the workplace, where tablets are useful for sharing and working in groups. "There's no barrier of a vertical screen, no distracting keyboard clatter and it just feels natural to pass over a tablet, like a piece of paper, compared to spinning around a laptop," Gillett wrote in his blog.
April 26, 2012
A new report finds that less than half of surveyed organizations are adept at analyzing workforce data that can positively affect their bottom line. So, what is HR's role in getting their organizations to embrace and utilize these metrics?
April 26, 2012
Attend Strategic Marketing Management on May 3-4 to learn how to use member analysis tools and strategic pricing structures. University of Chicago Professor of Marketing Sanjay Dhar will show you how create a strategic marketing planning process for your association. Watch this video to hear what previous program attendees had to say, then register to attend the third program in this Business of Association series.
April 26, 2012
See how your annual meeting stacks up by size, type or location to market leaders by registering now for a free webinar. You will learn how InSight, a new benchmarking resource, will help you 1) save time, 2) evaluate real time data and make strategic decisions, and 3) get customized, confidential analytical reports ready to be used for presentations at committee and board meetings.
April 12, 2012
What are the key social media tools that PR professionals need to go from bumbling amateur to results-driven superstar? The following are 12 digital tools to check out.
April 12, 2012
In IT, failure is not an option. Not surprisingly, organizations have made it a high priority to develop and implement reliable business continuity plans to ensure that IT services are always available to internal users and outside customers.
April 12, 2012
Employees can use their different strengths to help each other survive. The canine characters in RUFF show how to leverage diversity by using their unique strengths to contribute to a successful outcome.
April 12, 2012
Every workplace is required by federal law to employ at least one individual who is spectacularly irritating, it seems. Whether you're a decorator or a litigator, there's someone around to tax your nerves and, through bullying or back-stabbing or micromanaging, drain your will to live. The following article will tell you how you can do battle with these soul-sucking types before they drain you dry.
April 12, 2012
Silence is not golden. To really know what's going on, you need people around you to say what's on their minds — even if it's not what you want to hear.
April 12, 2012
Join us, the Chicago Convention & Tourism Bureau and the hospitality industry for HUG Chicago, a volunteer program dedicated to the beautification and protection of Chicago's structural assets. Registration is free and you'll get a commemorative T-shirt and hat, lunch and beverages, and a private concert that evening.
April 12, 2012
Women are earning, spending, and influencing spending at a greater rate than ever before — and they account for $7 trillion in consumer and business spending in the United States. But 91 percent of women say that advertisers don't understand them. Recognizing the power and influence of women must be a top priority for marketers if they are going to tap into the market's full potential. The following are 30 surprising stats to help marketers get a handle on this misunderstood demographic.
April 12, 2012
Ellen Keiley writes, "The first time I heard the term "working a room," I thought there must be more to attending events than just showing up and simply interacting with others. Perhaps there is an actual science to "working a room." The fact is some people are more comfortable than others in social settings, and some people are so good at networking that they actually do have it down to a science."
March
March 29, 2012
The new book, "The End of Diversity as We Know It", is billed as a how-to manual for business and nonprofits interested in shifting the way people think about diversity, according it its author Martin Davidson. In his research, Davidson found that despite all of the efforts for increasing diversity in the workplace, real change was not happening.
March 29, 2012
As an organization you have many different channels to deal with: Web, social, mobile Web, your store, call centers and search. Mobile has the ability to greatly affect all these channels because it is everywhere and will continue to be so for a long, long time.
March 29, 2012
You're the boss, but you still spend too much time on the day-to-day. Here's how to become the strategic leader your company needs.
March 29, 2012
It's been nearly 20 years since there were significant changes to financial reporting standards for nonprofit organizations. But change is on the horizon after the Financial Accounting Standards Board announced a new standard-setting project and a research project intended to improve financial reporting.
March 29, 2012
Mobile devices will soon be driving cloud computing — and vice versa. Here's why: It's very sensible to use a private cloud for security, management and other aspects of mobile applications. But getting there will require planning and investment by IT.
March 29, 2012
Held from Monday, June 18 through Friday, June 22, Association Week 2012 includes GenNext Meets GenNow, Annual Meeting, All-Star Day, Honors Gala and a Community Service Event. Registration is now open for all five events, including our Annual Meeting, held on Tuesday, June 19, at McCormick Place in Chicago. Register and join us in celebrating Chicagoland associations during these essential Association Week events!
March 29, 2012
Even though many employees are unhappy, most are not looking for a new job — which means there could be an increase of presenteeism in the workplace. HR leaders need to be proactively identifying the employees they want to retain, and create reasons for them to want to stay.
March 15, 2012
Amid increasing pressure in areas such as time to market, global competition, and fickle customers, IT organizations must throw out the old rulebook. That sounds like a hoot — except that a new rulebook to replace it doesn't exist, so IT teams are learning as new cloud, mobile, analytics, social and collaboration technologies evolve quickly.
March 15, 2012
Come March 30 every active Facebook fan page will be flipped over to the new design called The Timeline. Plenty of posts have been written about all the new features, but there may be a few that are ripe for marketers. The obligatory debate rages on about whether or not this format is good or bad for companies; smart marketers are discovering some tweak that need to be made in order to get the most from the new design.
March 15, 2012
Don't you love that employee who goes above and beyond? She takes responsibility, shows initiative and really owns her projects, processes and problems. Somewhere along the line, she learned that good things happen when you are accountable. But it's largely up to you, her boss, to be sure she doesn't have a change of heart.
March 15, 2012
Because of its complexity, purchasing or upgrading to a new AMS is not an easy task. To learn how to navigate this process, attend AMS Demo Day on Wednesday, March 28, to get your questions answered. See demos from leading AMS companies. Bring a colleague (member or nonmember) for just $25.
March 15, 2012
Participants in online programs are increasingly less willing to passively listen. It's becoming essential that online learning opportunities, like face-to-face opportunities, include audience interaction. Session leaders need to engage their audiences by understanding and using the selected platform's collaboration tools.
March 15, 2012
Some companies are taking steps to avoid employee burnout by making sure their workers don't continue to work from home after leaving the office, with one company going so far as to put email in "blackout mode" during non-work hours. Focusing on a better work/life balance isn't all altruistic, however. It's also necessary to keep employees productive, experts say.
March 15, 2012
The financial crisis has prompted CFOs to assume primary responsibility for risk management, and most believe they're on top of it. But their list of worries is long.
March 15, 2012
Something significant has changed in our global culture over the past couple of years. Blame it on global economic pressures, general restlessness, or the new hyper-connectivity that enables people to instantly organize around causes and hot topics. It's probably some combination of all of these factors, but the net result is that we are now dealing with a populace that is more socially engaged, more aware of what's going on in the world and hungrier to get involved and be heard on various issues.
March 15, 2012
At your next trade show, you'll likely be competing with numerous organizations for the attention of a finite pool of attendees. Take into account, too, that those attendees have likely predetermined which booths they'll visit. The task of capturing (and keeping) their attention, therefore, is downright daunting. The solution may lie with mobile.
March 2, 2012
Sure, psychologists and managerial experts agree that you should you praise your employees. But how, exactly, are you supposed to do it?
March 2, 2012
In hiring for a top leadership position, you can make costly errors by either incorrectly diagnosing the situation, letting red herrings or other so-called rules get in the way of choosing the right person, or failing to set and follow a rigorous disciplined process. The following is a look at the six top pitfalls to recognize and avoid.
March 2, 2012
Whether you are continuing your education in your 20s or 50s, it can be a worthwhile endeavor. Most agree that that it takes an incredible amount of time and effort. However, that's just temporary, and the benefits outweigh the negatives. In the end, continuing education is rewarding and game changing in a positive way.
March 2, 2012
When we think of diversity, most of us first think of race, ethnicity, gender and age. But diversity is not about focusing on how we differ, it is about "embracing one another's uniqueness." Leaders who recognize and celebrate the uniqueness of their people help their teams perform better. Harnessing the richness of diversity can lead to better problem-solving and decision-making and increased creativity and innovation.
March 2, 2012
Leaked documents show Facebook making a radical departure from traditional online display advertising into a world where ads are conversations and brands automatically tell you which of your friends are already on their side.
March 2, 2012
There's a longstanding rule of thumb in not-for-profit finance that an organization should have three months of cash on hand to get through unforeseen shortfalls in revenue or to weather an unforeseen crisis. Rules and best practices like this are great, but this one is routinely questioned, and sometimes ignored, by organizations of all sizes.
March 2, 2012
Surging demand in organizations for new mobile, social and advanced analytics technologies is adding to IT's already full plate of traditional enterprise system work. The yin-yang of the economic climate doesn't help. Tech budgets are up somewhat and companies seem more amendable to adding staff, but workers skilled in the new technologies are scarce.
March 2, 2012
Association Forum of Chicagoland Foundation's Honors Gala, Chicagoland's most prestigious gathering of association professionals, will be held Thursday, June 21, in the Grand Ballroom at Navy Pier during Association Week 2012. The event celebrates and honors association professionals and supplier partner leaders. Reserve your organization's Honors Gala sponsorship, table and individual tickets now at the early-bird rate before Tuesday, May 15.
March 2, 2012
Many social media experts insist that a two-way conversation between marketers and consumers is the whole point of social, and anything less than that is a reflection of outdated, broadcast-style thinking. But the reality is that many people follow and "friend" brands simply because they want to hear from those brands, not necessarily talk back.
February
February 17, 2012
Social media is about creating engagement. One way a consumer can become engaged is by telling a compelling story. And then it is not just about the content; it is about how you tell it, and how you leverage the content. The following is a concise checklist of 10 key elements to help you tell your story so you can build and thrive on engagement.
February 17, 2012
Marketers creating campaigns centered on hashtags need to be cautious. Hashtags can easily turn into flashing targets that scream, "Hijack this brand!" Fortunately, there's a way to avoid these types of situations. The followng are nine ways to prevent your brand from winding up in a story about social media mishaps.
February 17, 2012
Nonverbal signals can literally make or break a leader's impact. Many leaders are nonverbally illiterate — completely out of touch with the effect their body language has on others and unaware of the clear nonverbal signals that are being sent by clients and colleagues in every business encounter. The human brain is hard-wired to read and respond to these signals, but most leaders don't know that the process is taking place and are unequipped, therefore, to use it to their advantage.
February 17, 2012
Most business presentations are as boring as watching paint dry...in slow motion. If you want to persuade your audience to make a decision, you need to make it interesting — which means that you must tell a story.
February 17, 2012
Cloud computing has gone from being a promising technology to a reality that brings a unique set of challenges along with benefits. To fully leverage the disruptive potential of cloud without getting trapped in a web of integration complexity, CIOs and their IT organizations need to focus on what it means to rethink their business as a collection of services.
February 17, 2012
No matter what industry you're in, your company can't survive without technology. And these days, even non-technical employees know that technology goes way beyond desktop computers and networks. From smartphones and tablet computers to mobile apps and cloud-based technology, there's a plethora of technological advancements to not only keep track of, but also to profit from.
February 17, 2012
If you need to implement, upgrade or replace your existing Content Management Software, register now for CMS Demo Day held on Tuesday, Feb. 28. This event features demos from leading industry vendors. Receive tips for your RFP and vendor selection, get a CMS checklist, have selection and implementation questions answered, and discover what your association needs in a CMS partner.
February 17, 2012
Nonprofit board members do not need to be finance experts, but should be aware of what they can do to maintain a financially viable organization. On the latest episode of Nonprofit Spark on WebTalkRadio, John Langan, managing partner of the nonprofit group at CliftonLarsonAllen, discussed what he wished every board member knew about nonprofit finances.
February 2, 2012
Upgrades, system migration, support headaches — IT folks are probably dreading the next major Windows rollout. Yet Windows 8, which is scheduled to move to the beta stage in late February and will likely launch in the fall, does offer several compelling new features for both IT and end users.
February 2, 2012
A small business can get overwhelmed trying to figure out which social networks or new types of communication should be added to their communication toolbox. First it was Facebook. Then Twitter. Now, things like Foursquare, Instagram and Pinterest are all the rage. And, that's exactly why small businesses can't ignore mobile opportunities.
February 2, 2012
Even CFOs who are bona fide strategic partners may still fumble when talking finance to the rest of the company. To effectively collaborate with the executive team, the board and other departments on key financial decisions, they should tell the story behind the numbers, not just interpret them.
February 2, 2012
As marketing and technology converge, organizations that are set up for success will be those where the CMO and CIO work closely to mitigate risk, manage data responsibly and ensure effective deployment of content.
February 2, 2012
The events sector is diverse: Its activities range from business meetings, conferences and exhibitions to sports and cultural festivals — all of which have impacts on the economy, environment and society. These impacts need to be considered, measured and shared in order to improve the sustainability performance of the events industry.
February 2, 2012
The U.S. economy, which is showing subtle signs of improvement, in 2012 once again will have a major impact on HR's ability to address hiring, employee engagement, compensation and other key workplace issues, business and legal experts told Bloomberg BNA. At first glance, it might seem that the HR profession is facing challenges identical to those it confronted last year, but there are key differences, employment analysts said.
February 2, 2012
So, digital books. As innovative as they are form-wise and otherwise, it's striking, business-wise, how tightly they cling to tradition. Whether pre-Gutenberg or post-Bezos, books have been sold pretty much the same way: per unit, object by object, X books for X bucks. Now, cloud storage is paving the way for books to be sold not by title, but by time.
February 2, 2012
Have an employee horror story and need expert advice? You're not alone. On Feb. 7, share your worst dilemmas and get the information you need to protect your organization. Our expert HR lawyer and HR professional will share best practices and do's and don'ts to help you overcome obstacles. Register now for Managing Employee Challenges from Application to Termination.
February 2, 2012
Working with an insufferable colleague can negatively affect your attitude and performance. Instead of focusing on the work you have to do together, you may end up wasting time and energy trying to keep your emotions in check and attempting to manage the person's behavior. Fortunately, with the right tactics, you can still have a productive working relationship with someone you can't stand.
January
January 19, 2012
All leaders have their own unique talents, which they will use in different ways to bring out the best in themselves and others. The following are five ways to discover your own strongest qualities and put them to work in business and in life.
January 19, 2012
We can see already that this is the year when the innovations from recent years become the game-changers that marketers have been waiting for, no matter which channel you rely on to communicate. The marketing landscape will evolve in five significant ways this year, and not because marketers are leaping onto the newest bandwagon.
January 19, 2012
Is the space in which you work working for you? When you're there do you feel energized and ready to excel? Is it a comfortable and pleasant place to be? If not, you can use research from a little-known branch of psychology to improve it.
January 19, 2012
Register now to join your colleagues and industry leaders for this Jan. 24 session. Receive five changes to revolutionize your organization. Examine key areas such as technology framework, committee operations, member markets and more — where the traditional approach that organizations have taken in the past needs to be altered. For a preview of what you'll learn, watch this video — a presentation from Harrison Coerver, co-author of Race for Relevance, at Holiday Showcase — and fast forward to (0:34).
January 19, 2012
Self-service procurement. Self-service business intelligence. Self-service recovery. User provisioning in private clouds. It's a wondrous world for end users today as IT departments roll out tools that hand them the reins to the data and services they desire, whether it's instant access to their employee benefits accounts or a deep dive into corporate data stacks that were once off-limits. But all this user empowerment raises a question: Are users up to their new role?
January 19, 2012
Trade shows are notorious for the amount of waste they generate, from the countless promotional items and food samples, to the mountains of pamphlets doled out to attendees. For exhibitors, putting your best green foot forward not only reduces your environmental impact, but also conveys a positive image to customers and prospects, and may even save you money.
January 19, 2012
When managers and employees buy into the purpose of the organization, they become more engaged in their work.
January 5, 2012
Let us help you connect personally and grow professionally this year. First, view our new 2012 educational events calendar and register to attend an event. Then, if you know an outstanding leader, colleague or volunteer, nominate them for an Association Forum 2012 award or encourage them to apply for an Association Workforce Diversity Scholarship by Friday, Jan. 13. We look forward to serving you this year!
January 5, 2012
Organizations invest billions annually on a success curriculum known as "leadership development," which ends up leaving so much on the table. Training and development programs almost universally focus factory-like on inputs and outputs — absorb curriculum, check a box; learn a skill, advance a rung; submit to assessment, fix a problem. Likewise, they leave too many people behind with an elite selection process that fast-tracks "hi-pos" and essentially discards the rest.
January 5, 2012
Diversity in the workplace is vital for the creation of a robust and vibrant enterprise. According to Stephen Butler, co-chairman of the Business-Higher Education Forum's Diversity Initiative Task Force: "Diversity is an invaluable competitive asset that America cannot afford to ignore." Several strategies can be employed to leverage workplace diversity to take advantage of market potential.
January 5, 2012
Social media is changing communications, in ways that are both good and bad — but always interesting. Technology journalism is not so different from that other brand of technical communication in the sense that both aim to make complicated information clear.
January 5, 2012
While no one knows what 2012 has up its sleeve, based on my own post-executive experience working with leaders across industries over the last eight years, no one doubts it's time for a positive "pivot." My hope is that will include a new sense of executive responsibility when it comes to humanism, collectivism and capitalism with care for ethics and fairness.
January 5, 2012
Time flies. The year of 2011 is in our rearview mirrors, and it's time to look back at the last 12 months and make plans for 2012. The email marketing environment shifts especially swiftly, so let's take a look at some of the key trends that dominated the game in 2011 and that will surely continue to reign this year.
January 5, 2012
Only a few years ago, cloud computing didn't exist. Or rather, it existed by a dozen other names — such as virtualization, managed hosting or simply the Internet. Today, it's the must-have feature of every product or service, from mobile phones to cameras to TVs. Nobody knows this better than enterprise IT professionals, who have to deal with a rising tide of hyperbole and insatiable consumer expectations even as their budgets shrink and the role of technology in business grows. What nobody disputes, however, is that on-demand IT is here to stay.
December
December 22, 2011
From April 28, 2011: It's been proven over and over again leadership development is all about experience. We learn from job changes, stretch assignments, other people and other more formal ways: courses, books, blogs, etc. It's those experiences that are the hardest — those "developmental challenges" — that we can learn the most from.
December 22, 2011
From May 12, 2011: Imagine a world where the computers, networks and storage systems are all tens of thousands of times faster than they are today. That's what you can expect to see 25 years from now. Experts say the overall pace of innovation in the IT industry will speed up, resulting in a mind-boggling array of developments.
December 22, 2011
From Sept. 29, 2011: There is a never-ending list of things businesses must purchase in order to grow. It's just a fact, and that fact is exploited by plenty of folks who want to sell you things that may or may not actually propel you toward growth. The following are five things you must do the right way — and that usually means you never should pay for them.
December 22, 2011
From June 23, 2011: The pen and paper are losing their dominance in boardrooms across North America. Instead, workers are meeting with iPads in tow. While the laptop often is considered to be an intrusive device on the table because the mere opening of the screen partially blocks its owner, Apple's slick tablet is a much more welcome face. With more than 25 million iPads already sold, this trend is bound to continue.
December 22, 2011
From Oct. 13, 2011: Go big or go home? Forget that. These strategies for increasing your brand influence take hardly any time, and very little money.
December 22, 2011
From Aug. 4, 2011: The e-learning market has been boosted by frugal companies slashing their training budgets and seeking cheaper options than bringing a tutor to their premises. But can e-learning really be a viable alternative to traditional on-site courses?
December 22, 2011
From Oct. 27, 2011: Younger workers tend to be happier with their employers than their older counterparts — but they are also more likely to be looking for an exit. Those attitudes — culled from a recent survey by consulting firm Mercer of nearly 30,000 workers from a variety of industries worldwide — might seem contradictory, but they do make sense, says Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking Inc., a workplace consulting company.
December 22, 2011
From July 21, 2011: There is no denying the marketing power of Facebook. With more than 500 million users, it has become a must-use marketing platform for businesses large and small. While Facebook's staggering membership stats alone are enough to entice small business owners, few actually know how to do so effectively.
December 22, 2011
From July 7, 2011: Have you ever been puzzled by the ways that people use email? The global proliferation of email may have been one of the most significant advances in human communications, but the technology did not arrive with an instruction manual. As a result, email sometimes reflects both the best and worst of human behavior.
December 22, 2011
From Oct. 13, 2011: The challenges are great, and a new kind of HR executive is emerging to meet them. In the process, these strategic leaders are turning our traditional concept of human resources on its head. Here are five major forces that are driving the changes that will end HR as we know it by the year 2020.
December 8, 2011
Depending on your perspective and proximity to the bleeding edge, the world of programming evolves either too fast or too slow. But whether you're banging out Cobol or hacking Node.js, one fact remains clear: Programmers must keep an eye on the latest programming trends to remain competitive in ever-shifting job markets.
December 8, 2011
Tiny keyboards, cramped screens, voice-activated search — it's all going to change how people find your business online. Start preparing now.
December 8, 2011
The CFO-CIO relationship is becoming increasingly bumpy. Executives who have worked in both finance and technology offer advice on smoothing things out.
December 8, 2011
The customer is the marketer; that's what social media is for. The customer is the advertiser; that's what Google is for. In a world where people have lots of time and there is very little education and very little information, traditional marketing and advertising thrives. We are not living in that sort of world.
December 8, 2011
One of the most perplexing features of these troubled times is that so many capable people in so many fields look so lost and ineffective. Whether it's the stubborn inefficiencies of the health care system, the ever-rising costs of the higher-education system, even the slow-motion collapse of the U.S. postal system, leaders with unrivaled expertise and decades of experience can't seem to develop creative solutions to dire problems. Why are so many smart executives so ineffective? One answer may be that all this experience is itself a problem.
December 8, 2011
Organizations that employ a healthy and robust work/life flexibility — and not just on paper —will win the talent war. Allison O'Kelly, CEO of Mom Corps, a staffing services company, offers pain-free ways to move your company toward greater flexibility that benefits you as well as your employees.
December 8, 2011
More than 2,300 industry professionals are expected to attend Holiday Showcase 2011 next Thursday, Dec. 15, held at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Are you on the list of attendees that will be there? If not, it's time you register now! Learn relevant lessons you can immediately use. Conduct face-to-face meetings with 700 exhibitors. Get a free professional headshot (members-only benefit). Check out what others are saying about Holiday Showcase on Twitter.
December 8, 2011
Workplace mentors used to be older and higher up the ranks than their mentees. Not anymore. In an effort to school senior executives in technology, social media and the latest workplace trends, many businesses are pairing upper management with younger employees in a practice known as reverse mentoring. The trend is taking off at a range of companies, from technology to advertising.
November
November 23, 2011
In a bad economy, talent is everything. So how can businesses determine when a rockstar is on the verge of leaving? Keeping the best talent happy and productive has always been important, but today the options are slimmer. Top-notch employees are more of a resource as many companies are forced to cut back and demand more of their employees than they once did.
November 23, 2011
It's clear by the increasing use of analytics software that companies are struggling to get their hands around the huge amounts of data it takes to run a successful business. But developing social, mobile, cloud computing and other applications are also driving the need for new technical skills.
November 23, 2011
During Holiday Showcase this year, attendees will experience our new Solution Sessions: 7 to 10 minute-product previews in e-learning, event technology and digital publishing. Can't be on-site? Then go online and register to participate in these virtual education sessions. Also new: Appointment-setting tools and dedicated meeting space. Meet with an exhibitor and be entered to win a pair of round-trip airline tickets, courtesy of American Airlines. Register by Nov. 30 for $99. Watch last year's attendees give you the inside scoop.
November 23, 2011
As a good manager and "coach," should you be liked or feared — or neither? A recent LinkedIn discussion supported the premise that respect is really the goal. Most members of the group Human Resource Management felt that in order to garner respect, being liked is indeed better than being feared — but that at times some fear of authority is necessary to get the job done.
November 23, 2011
The CFO's responsibilities are ever-increasing — with finance chiefs sometimes overseeing everything from IT to corporate counsel to HR. Now, add the sustainability effort to their workload at more and more corporations.
November 23, 2011
For many small businesses, video marketing is uncharted territory. Blame it on lack of resources, intimidation or even just too little time, small businesses are often late to the game when it comes to Web marketing and social media branding.
November 23, 2011
Leaders need to know what others are saying about them, or risk losing their job. An early reputation audit can give people what they needed to take corrective action.
November 10, 2011
The two primary forms of public cloud computing, Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) and Software-as-a-Service (SaaS), are both growing dramatically in popularity. Recently, cloud service providers have begun offering a new class of solutions, which have historically been provided by the IT infrastructure group. In addition to the communications and collaboration, this includes network and application optimization, security, management and virtualized desktops.
November 10, 2011
So-called soft finance skills — those involving communication and leadership — trumped basic functional job capabilities in a recent survey of 1,400 CFOs asking what finance-department areas most required improvement.
November 10, 2011
"Unlikeable" patients received less sympathetic treatment and attention from their healthcare providers who estimated lower pain intensity and were less sympathetic to the patients' pain, according to a study in the October 2011 issue of Pain magazine. Could the same phenomenon be at work in the world of business? Are less-likeable employees more likely to be overlooked or discounted as HR professionals, supervisors and managers address employees' concerns and issues, select employees for promotions — or not — and administer pay increases and other perks?
November 10, 2011
On Thursday, Dec. 15, Holiday Showcase attendees can join the Greater Chicago Food Depository and its network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens and shelters in their fight against hunger. With the help of our sponsor, Tourism Vancouver, we'll collect canned or boxed food items in the registration area throughout the day. Register for Holiday Showcase today. For just $99, you'll get a full day of education, lunch and access to the exhibit hall when you register before Nov. 30.
November 10, 2011
Gay and transgender employees sorely need legal protections to combat the high rates of employment discrimination they experience in the workplace. Such discrimination leads to greater unemployment insecurity for gay and transgender people, and it heaps unnecessary costs on business by pushing away otherwise qualified employees from employment simply because they are gay or transgender. If passed, the Employment Non-Discrimination Act would ensure nobody is forced out of job simply based on his or her sexual orientation or gender identity.
November 10, 2011
Nothing impacts the success of a social media effort more than the choice of its purpose. Because purpose becomes the cause around which people will rally and be inspired to act, it is also the source of social media's business value.
November 10, 2011
Your office says a lot about your leadership style. As tempting as it is to take the corner office with the great view, it may exact a steep toll in a time of crisis. The following are five reasons to sit in the trenches.
October
October 27, 2011
Younger workers tend to be happier with their employers than their older counterparts — but they are also more likely to be looking for an exit. Those attitudes — culled from a recent survey by consulting firm Mercer of nearly 30,000 workers from a variety of industries worldwide — might seem contradictory, but they do make sense, says Bruce Tulgan, founder of Rainmaker Thinking Inc., a workplace consulting company.
October 27, 2011
Are you trying to detect if something in your Excel spreadsheet is linked to another spreadsheet? The trick is to look for a "left square bracket," said Bill Jelen, host of MrExcel.com.
October 27, 2011
On Thursday, Dec. 15, Holiday Showcase attendees will be treated to Erik Wahl's "The Art of Vision" keynote (see his TED2012 presentation.) Erik challenges organizations to implement breakthrough thinking that leads to extraordinary results. Using art as his vehicle, Erik's on-stage paintings become a visual metaphor for his message. Register for Holiday Showcase today. Best rates expire Wednesday, Nov. 30.
October 27, 2011
One of the benefits of being a privately held or nonprofit company is the significantly lower threshold of liability exposure to the corporate governance and financial reporting laws that apply to publicly traded companies.
October 27, 2011
Facebook is gradually attaining parity with TV as a mass medium. During working hours, the social network has already beaten the boob tube in consumer media time spent. Between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., more consumers surveyed reported using Facebook than watching TV. This was true for each age group broken out from ages 15 to 46.
October 27, 2011
Mobilizing your workforce to quickly achieve targets set by top management requires a team of managers who can effectively lead from the middle. Here's how you can accelerate this movement in your organization.
October 27, 2011
Several 401(k) providers are rolling out new bells and whistles. Some of the changes are driven by the realization that many workers haven't saved enough to get them through retirement. In addition, this summer's market volatility amid concerns of a global economic crisis has reduced account balances yet again, prompting many to pull their money out of the market.
October 27, 2011
The combination of Ethernet and TCP/IP is so powerful and so fundamental to the way we craft data center systems that it's almost heresy to even suggest we move beyond those protocols. Quite simply: Networking must change if it's going to keep up with what businesses want to accomplish.
October 27, 2011
Eleven percent of adults now own a tablet computer. About half get news on it everyday, and 3 in 10 spend more time consuming news than they did before. But contrary to what some in the news industry hoped, a majority say they are not willing to pay for news content on the devices, according to the most detailed study to date of tablet users and their news consumption habits.
October 13, 2011
The consumerization of IT. Employee-driven technology. Workforce mobility. Whatever the phrase used to capture the trend, companies increasingly have to secure their data and operations in the face of worker-owned mobile devices.
October 13, 2011
Go big or go home? Forget that. These strategies for increasing your brand influence take hardly any time, and very little money.
October 13, 2011
Most companies claim they want enthusiastic, engaged employees — and with good reason. Employee engagement and financial performance are connected. However, Gallup research indicates that more than 70 percent of employees in the typical company are "not engaged" or "actively disengaged." What's the reason for this failure?
October 13, 2011
On Nov. 17-18, foster high performance throughout your organization by attending High Performance Leadership, the first program in The Business of Associations executive education series. Similar executive programs through University of Chicago typically run $4,770 each. Register for High Performance Leadership for only $1,995 (or register for the series and save 10 percent). Register soon as space is limited.
October 13, 2011
Greed and the breakdown of internal controls have led to a global economic panic, and fraud is suspected to be behind a large portion of it. Fraud can be perpetrated not only by internal employees but also by customers and vendors, says Ian Waller, a partner at Nichols Cauley & Associates.
October 13, 2011
The challenges are great, and a new kind of HR executive is emerging to meet them. In the process, these strategic leaders are turning our traditional concept of human resources on its head. Here are five major forces that are driving the changes that will end HR as we know it by the year 2020.
October 13, 2011
Just because you have got a blog and a Twitter account doesn't make you a leadership expert. Here's what does.
September
September 29, 2011
According to the progress principle, of all the events that can keep people engaged and happy at work, the most important is simply making progress on meaningful work. The progress can be great or small, and the meaning can be as noble as trying to cure diabetes or as common as providing a useful service to a customer. There is a dark side to the progress principle. Of all events that can destroy engagement, joy and productivity at work, having setbacks or being stalled in the work is No. 1.
September 29, 2011
Google+ has moved from invitation-only limited field trial to beta mode open to the public. With the floodgates open and the new changes rolled out, businesses can use the Google+ social network for video conferencing, online presentations and general collaboration.
September 29, 2011
Sometimes it pays to get help. A new study of 401(k) accounts provides further evidence that workers who get help pocket higher returns than those handling their own investment choices. The study showed that workers who received some form of help experienced annual returns on average of 3 percent better than workers who handled their own accounts.
September 29, 2011
There is a never-ending list of things businesses must purchase in order to grow. It's just a fact, and that fact is exploited by plenty of folks who want to sell you things that may or may not actually propel you toward growth. The following are five things you must do the right way — and that usually means you never should pay for them.
September 29, 2011
Holiday Showcase, held on Thursday, Dec. 15, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, is the Midwest's No. 1 meeting sites and business services exhibition. It's also the event that brings you tailored education and exclusive networking opportunities. For just $99 you'll get a full day of education, lunch and access to the exhibit hall when you register today.
September 29, 2011
Steve Tobak writes, "If you think successful managers learn their trade from business schools or books, think again. I'm sure some do, but I guarantee that the vast majority don't."
September 29, 2011
You are a small or medium-sized business, a data anchovy in a sea of hacker sharks eager to make you their lunch. What can you do — and how can you afford — to keep your data secure?
September 29, 2011
Marketing isn't about making a quick appeal to the masses anymore; it's about creating a personalized experience and establishing a long-term customer relationship.
September 16, 2011
Managers working outside their home environments often find that their companies' norms are inconsistent with practices followed by other businesses in the area. In response, many follow the time-honored advice given in the fourth century by the bishop of Milan to Augustine of Hippo: When in Rome, do as the Romans do. But that's a perilous approach.
September 16, 2011
Advertising spending is still increasing according to a recent report, but the rate of growth has slowed again. The slowdown in the growth rate is worrisome to media owners who have been counting on ad spending to keep growing and help them recover from the recession — and perhaps help avert another one.
September 16, 2011
This is an article about articles. They're going AWOL. Cutting excess articles is attractive in a digital era where space is at a premium on 140-character tweets and in Web addresses, says Chapin Clark, the managing director of copy at the Interpublic Group of Co.'s ad agency RGA.
September 16, 2011
Even with all the great new product and vision announcements at the VMworld and Dreamforce vendor conferences, two announcements will make it more difficult for developers and CIOs to leap into their next cloud investment with confidence. Google, EMC VMware and Salesforce.com, three vendors vying for cloud leadership status, share the blame for that lowered confidence.
September 16, 2011
Software is playing an increasingly important role at every company. Today it's ERP, databases, and desktop applications; tomorrow it will be embedded systems and ever-more mobile apps. CEO after CEO touts the strategic advantage and cost savings that technology imparts, all of it powered ultimately by software. Yet, peel back a layer and you'll find CIOs and their IT managers frustrated with the state of software licensing. They view it as having to climb an insurmountable summit imposed by vendors.
September 16, 2011
In the business world, social media is a double-edged sword. On one hand it's distracting, too much fun, and time-consuming. On the other, it's proactive, highly effective and increasingly more necessary.
September 16, 2011
Register now for the first program of The Business of Associations, a new executive education series created in conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. On Nov. 17 and 18, learn how the new rules of competition are evolving, the reasons why the association landscape is changing as well as leadership challenges and ramifications. Register today. Space is limited to maintain an intimate educational setting.
September 16, 2011
If a strong, inspiring corporate culture is greater than the sum of its parts, is it worthwhile — or even possible — to bother with the building blocks? The founders of Method share how they kept their corporate culture vibrant as their business expanded exponentially.
September 16, 2011
A growing body of research reveals myriad benefits — for employers and employees alike — when company policies promoting work-life balance are offered to low-wage workers. The kinds of flexible workplace benefits the professional class often take for granted — maternity and sick leave, time off for family emergencies, control over their work schedules, telecommuting — rarely trickle down the pay ladder. Yet, studies show that workers at or near minimum wage are most in need of such benefits.
September 2, 2011
Too often in meetings the focus has moved quickly to evaluating a new idea by asking the wrong questions. These questions are not about why or why not to proceed. They are not about value creation or risk mitigation. These questions often involve turf wars, scenarios of failure and competing priorities. And they are one of the fastest ways to derail a meeting and kill productivity.
September 2, 2011
A frustrated CEO attempted to motivate employees and be clear about the strategy, but she was falling short and was looking for answers on what to do next. The solution in many cases is to overhaul internal communications strategies in order to convince employees of the authenticity, importance and relevance of their company's purpose and strategic goals. The following are just a few communications approaches that will help you effectively reach your employees and encourage behaviors that advance your strategy and improve your results.
September 2, 2011
If your small business doesn't yet have a Facebook page, LinkedIn profile or Twitter feed, a recent study may persuade you to finally join the social media bandwagon.
September 2, 2011
Health care benefits, strategy, the recession and the boardroom are all reasons why finance chiefs are working more closely with their human resources managers.
September 2, 2011
Increasingly, business managers complain that IT just isn't delivering. As a result, more and more, they're going around IT and turning to cloud services, commercial mobile apps, and good old outsourcing to get the job done. If that doesn't make you swallow hard, it should.
September 2, 2011
Encouraging your employees' creativity can not only create an engaging work environment, but create new business. The following seven experts share their tips on getting employees to share their ideas.
September 2, 2011
In conjunction with the University of Chicago Booth School of Business, Association Forum is launching The Business of Associations this fall, a new executive education series designed exclusively for senior management. Members receive a significant discount, however registration is limited to maintain an intimate, educational setting. Register today for our first program on High Performance Leadership, to be held Nov. 17-18.
September 2, 2011
Discrimination charges filed with the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission have risen sharply in the past 13 years, from roughly 80,680 in fiscal year 1997 to almost 100,000 in fiscal year 2010 — a 24 percent jump. Meanwhile, some of the types of charges being filed have remained consistent, while others have proven to be growth areas.
September 2, 2011
Technological advances in online employee training will make most in-person classroom learning a thing of the past. Pro or con?
August
August 18, 2011
If you're not a heavy Google Docs user, you probably aren't familiar with how the service has evolved in the two years it's been out of beta and how you could be putting the free Web-based office suite to use for your business. If that description fits you, you're in luck.
August 18, 2011
"We need to be more innovative!" goes the rallying cry. "We need to think outside the box!" exhorts the CEO. In today's market, with growth hard to come by, most companies are frantically seeking new ideas. And many finance chiefs, who are trained to follow rules and regulations and are often specifically required not to be creative, wonder where to start.
August 18, 2011
Good leaders — and definitely great IT leaders — are adept at managing people (including other executives), projects, financials and contracts. IT leaders who fail to or decide not to manage all of these areas closely, throughout their organizations, risk ruining their careers and destroying a lot of business value. Many otherwise excellent IT leaders have failed because they didn't execute all of these core competencies well.
August 18, 2011
In ancient Greece and Rome, they knew what we seem to have forgotten: Your job as a leader is to persuade people to do great things in uncertain contexts, using only one tool — your words. Compelling leaders, as Aristotle might say, have three qualities that they express through three "languages."
August 18, 2011
Association Forum thrives because of our dynamic community of members and collective belief in the power of associations. Help more of your industry peers connect personally and grow professionally by encouraging them to become a member. The member that recruits the most new Association Forum members before Dec. 12 will win a trip to New Orleans. Use our "Recruit & Win" flier to get started today.
August 18, 2011
Interactive technology at events is changing by the minute. What's hot at the moment? Location-based services and QR codes.
August 18, 2011
We've all experienced déjà vu, looking at an unfamiliar situation and feeling like we've seen it before. It turns out the most successful and creative people flip this around and consciously practice "vu déjà" — looking at a familiar situation as if you've never seen it before.
August 4, 2011
Traditional pension plans, paid family leave and even the company picnic are all on the decline. Employers have significantly cut many of the benefits they offer to workers over the past five years. Some 77 percent of companies report that benefits offerings have been negatively affected by the slow pace of recovery, according to a Society for Human Resource Management survey of 600 human resources professionals.
August 4, 2011
Why is one of the oldest marketing tactics — sponsorships — currently in vogue to the tune of $3.37 billion a year and growing? As marketers continue their shift from building brands to "activating" them, sponsorship marketing's ability to connect with people's passions and deliver inherently social content is only going to make it a more important tool in marketers' arsenals.
August 4, 2011
The e-learning market has been boosted by frugal companies slashing their training budgets and seeking cheaper options than bringing a tutor to their premises. But can e-learning really be a viable alternative to traditional on-site courses?
August 4, 2011
We've hopped around from "Web 2.0" to "social media" to "Enterprise 2.0" to our current spot on the "social business" train, keeping all of our baggage in tow. And that's the problem. If we really want to see the same kind of effectiveness in the work place that we've seen in the consumer space, it's time to ditch some old habits.
August 4, 2011
If your organization still doesn't have a social media policy, it is time to create one. "Every organization should have a social media policy that enables it to optimize the opportunities that interactive social media sites present while minimizing the attendant risks," says Kristen Werries Collier, a partner with Novack and Macey LLP.
August 4, 2011
Hackers are expanding their sights beyond multinationals to include any business that stores data in electronic form. Small companies, which are making the leap to computerized systems and digital records, have now become hackers' main target. With limited budgets and few or no technical experts on staff, small businesses generally have weak security. Cyber criminals have taken notice.
August 4, 2011
In business, the finish line is always moving. Economic conditions change, competitors come and go, and the needs of your business vary, depending on where you are in the business life cycle. "Taking the bus" may not always be the faster and safer solution.
August 4, 2011
At first the decision to publish a newsletter looks easy: "My competitors have newsletters; therefore, I need one." Theirs come out monthly, so yours needs to be monthly. Theirs is HTML-based, so yours needs to look the same. Many first-time newsletter publishers make this mistake. But launching a newsletter because your competition has one is not the right reason to publish one.
August 4, 2011
On Wednesday, Aug. 31, join Association Forum from 5 to 7:30 p.m. for a summer evening of cocktails and appetizers on the rooftop at Navy Pier to network with Association Forum members. This member appreciation event is complimentary, courtesy of Navy Pier. Click here to RSVP.
July
July 21, 2011
There is no denying the marketing power of Facebook. With more than 500 million users, it has become a must-use marketing platform for businesses large and small. While Facebook's staggering membership stats alone are enough to entice small business owners, few actually know how to do so effectively.
July 21, 2011
How does your company picnic impact your bottom line? What about the handwritten note sent to an employee following a loved one's death? Or the cupcakes brought in to celebrate a milestone? Done consistently, these little signs of celebration and appreciation build employee loyalty that actually pays dividends.
July 21, 2011
When you first employ people, relationships start off very clear. You and the new employees have a clear sense of what their contractual duties are and what they are being paid for. However, over time, many work roles begin to devolve into emotional-based or activity-based relationships. When that happens, managers find themselves spending the majority of their time supporting or empathizing with employees who are not producing at agreed-upon levels.
July 21, 2011
They are the walking wounded — the people who still have jobs but are growing weary after all the cuts and pressures at work as companies continue trying to do more with less. On average, pay is not keeping up with inflation, and benefits are being cut too. Some 77 percent of human resources professionals who responded to a survey in February said their companies have cut benefits because of continued economic weakness, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
July 21, 2011
The IT sector has done reasonably well coming out of the recession. More IT budgets this year were up than down and hiring is rising. But after months of gains, there are new worries that the U.S. economic recovery is in trouble.
July 21, 2011
Have an innovative concept that will help association professionals move their organizations forward? Submit your session proposals by Aug. 15. Our Holiday Showcase Program Advisory Group seeks cutting-edge and tailored content that can help association professionals exceed their goals.
July 21, 2011
Social networking fatigue: You've got it, and I've got it. Everyone's overwhelmed by the sheer number of social sites the industry keep churning out. Author Mike Elgan writes, "When Google Plus came along, I had the same initial reaction as you probably did: 'What, another one?' Then it hit me: Google Plus isn't adding to the problem. Google Plus can be the solution to social networking fatigue."
July 21, 2011
In a world where uncertainty seems to hover over every business decision corporate executives make, a company is often only as good as its board of directors. Director education programs are one way corporate secretaries can help board members enhance their abilities to deal with today's more complex business challenges.
July 21, 2011
When it comes to gender diversity in finance, there is no other way to put it: Women's progress toward the top echelons has stalled. Although women make up 56 percent of undergraduate accounting majors and 36 percent of all MBAs, they fill just 9 percent of CFO roles at large companies, a percentage that has remained constant for several years.
July 7, 2011
Every worker develops a few bad habits — maybe more than a few as the years on the job add up. IT pros are no exception: They lose focus or jump to conclusions or put off niggling tasks that could be finished in minutes. It doesn't have to be that way. Identifying and understanding bad work habits might require a bit of soul-searching, but the benefits of such introspection can be myriad.
July 7, 2011
Have you ever been puzzled by the ways that people use email? The global proliferation of email may have been one of the most significant advances in human communications, but the technology did not arrive with an instruction manual. As a result, email sometimes reflects both the best and worst of human behavior.
July 7, 2011
When a brand truly lives its vision across every touch point and in every possible scenario, predictable as well as unpredictable, it becomes clear how well managed the brand is. A company that lives its vision will indeed be able to communicate its vision on its business card without having to explain it.
July 7, 2011
Stability is the dominant theme of the Financial Executives Research Foundation's latest annual survey of audit fees. For the most part, fees in fiscal 2010 were about the same as in 2009, while finance executives rated their auditors neutral to positive on various aspects such as the efficiency of the audit and the auditors' technical skills. "What's surprising is that there's not much that is surprising," says William Sinnett, the foundation's director of research.
July 7, 2011
What does it take to have a strong, vibrant relationship between HQ and Chapters? What questions might you ask of chapter staff and volunteers to measure the strength of that relationship?
July 7, 2011
Some employees are great starters but lousy finishers. Lousy finishers seem to take forever to move the football across the goal line. You could use the whip to get these people focused on completing the job, but there is a more subtle tool that comes out of the world of psychology.
July 7, 2011
Association CEOs and their elected officer should make plans now to attend Association Forum's "Association Leadership Summit," held on Thursday, Sept. 15. Challenge your association thinking and affect change during this must-attend program. CEOs and their board officer will complete an online assessment and participate in specific exercises designed to foster greater communication. Talk with your elected officer now to make plans to attend this summit to advance your organization.
July 7, 2011
Over the last few decades, the makeup of the U.S. civilian labor force has changed significantly with women accounting for half of all workers and companies becoming both racially and ethnically diverse, according to a CareerBuilder survey. The findings point to continued inequalities between diverse and nondiverse segments in pay, career advancement and feelings of discrimination.
June
June 23, 2011
Put the PC on ice and turn your company-issued laptop into a bookend or decorative paperweight: Mobile devices now pack enough processing smarts to make your traditional computer obsolete, and thanks to a proliferation of enterprise-friendly apps, executives today can get a ton of work done on these gadgets.
June 23, 2011
The pen and paper are losing their dominance in boardrooms across North America. Instead, workers are meeting with iPads in tow. While the laptop often is considered to be an intrusive device on the table because the mere opening of the screen partially blocks its owner, Apple's slick tablet is a much more welcome face. With more than 25 million iPads already sold, this trend is bound to continue.
June 23, 2011
There is no question in the IT industry today an effective and actionable configuration management system can provide a lot of value. However, a CMS cannot stand alone. It should be supported by a well defined process and provide integration with other processes within the service lifecycle.
June 23, 2011
People deliver numbers. If you want the numbers, you need the people. As a leader you need to know how to judge raw human talent.
June 23, 2011
Association professionals and supplier partners participated in last week's Association Week, a five-day celebration of the association management profession sponsored by the Association Forum of Chicagoland. Association Forum achieved record breaking attendance at the Annual Meeting 2011 with more than 500 CEO, association professionals and supplier partner registrants.
June 23, 2011
Diversity management is the key to growth in today's fiercely competitive global marketplace. No longer can America's corporations hide behind their lack of cultural intelligence. Organizations that seek global market relevancy must embrace diversity — in how they think, act and innovate.
June 23, 2011
Employers are sprucing up benefits such as flexible work schedules and retirement planning to retain older workers, according to a study by Bank of America. About 94 percent of employers said they think it's important to keep older workers because the companies need their skills. Employers are offering customized schedules, education on retirement and health care and the ability to work from home.
June 23, 2011
Facebook's U.S. advertising revenue will give it a 17.7 percent share of the market for graphical display ads that appear on websites, according to a report released recently by research firm eMarketer. Last year Facebook had 12.2 percent share of the U.S. market. The figures underscore the growing clout of Facebook, the world's No.1 Internet social network.
June 23, 2011
Absent a policy, people assume that if they want a raise the only way they can get one is to ask for it. Of course, the best solution to this problem is to set some kind of compensation policy so these decisions don't have to be handled in a one-off, spur-of-the-moment fashion.
June 9, 2011
What makes some leaders more powerful than others? How do they derive their power, and how, on the other hand, do they diminish it? Even the best leaders can lose their voltage. Here's how not to do it.
June 9, 2011
The dirty little secret of business today: There really are no agreed-upon ways of doing business anymore. Every company does everything differently, and you can't really compare them because there are no controlled experience. As food for thought, the following are five old rules that successful companies are breaking all the time.
June 9, 2011
A security assessment is a request to analyze the risk of an IT solution. It is used to make sure that security concerns are met before changes are made to the information technology infrastructure. There are foundation plans which evaluate the state of new applications or infrastructure. Or there are incremental plans that address changes to the foundation plan.
June 9, 2011
People have been yammering for years about how, eventually, everything is going to have to move to the cloud. And yet, while some consumers have moved in that direction, many have not. That's about to change. The introduction of Apple's iCloud will create a tipping point that will have a profound impact on consumer software and services.
June 9, 2011
Decision making seems so complex, especially in the business setting. There are two key inputs to any important decision: the "what is" and the "what should be." The "what is" are the facts, the basic foundation of what you need to make an informed decision. With the facts and truth in hand, we need to come to grips with the driving force behind the "what should be," which is quite simply purpose. Purpose sits at the intersection of strategy and core values.
June 9, 2011
Make an impact on the final day of Association Week, Friday, June 17, and volunteer at a community service event that supports Chicago House. Work with fellow members to landscape and beautify the grounds of a home for at-risk families. Reserve your spot now to support the Chicagoland community!
June 9, 2011
The global economic storm of recent years uncovered strategies around business planning that were inflexible and inadequate for the challenges of today. But according to new research from Accenture, the most effective and dynamic planning approaches are ones that make real-time adjustments based on external factors, use sophisticated analytics to improve the allocation of capital and resources and broadens the planning perspective to include intangible investments.
June 9, 2011
Matchmaking "software" — appointment-setting applications that facilitate attendee-to-attendee and attendee-to-exhibitor networking at meetings, conferences and trade shows — has come a long way in recent years.
June 9, 2011
Social media has arrived, but companies still aren't sure what to do with it. This research shows how most companies really use social media — and what the most effective users do differently.
May
May 26, 2011
If you're writing and publishing blog posts, but not putting in the few extra steps to optimize and align them with an overall keyword strategy, then you're not leveraging the full potential of that content and you're not making your website pages visible and highlighted for the search engines.
May 26, 2011
A new study from the Chief Marketing Officer Council points to three core elements that need to be in place: a strong mandate and unwavering support from the CEO, close, productive relationships with peers in the C suite and early evidence that marketing is indeed performing expanded roles and enhancing business value.
May 26, 2011
Almost all companies organize people in a hierarchy, and then run well known managerial processes (planning, budgeting, staffing, measuring, etc.) with it. We have all seen so many hierarchical org charts — sprawling boxes of letters and arrows arranged in inverted pyramids — and have been through so many budget, planning and problem solving meetings, that we take all of this as a given, as if it had existed forever. In fact, it hasn't.
May 26, 2011
Don't forget to register for the Annual Meeting that will take place Tuesday, June 14, at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Ill. The cost for members to attend is just $369 when you register before June 1. Then, after registering, bring additional staff for just $185 per registrant ($285 for each non-member employee). You and your staff will learn from industry leaders on a range of relevant topics and receive six hours of CAE credit.
May 26, 2011
If your company's opted not to offer some sort of personal finance education program as an added benefit, here's one reason you may want to reconsider. Many workers are so stressed by their financial concerns that it's hurting their productivity at work.
May 26, 2011
There are many ways to measure your impact at a tradeshow. However, research suggests that very few companies measure the tradeshow results that have a direct impact on funding and strategy!
May 26, 2011
Success in any organization requires good decision making, results orientation, leadership talent and people skills says, Linda Henman in "Landing in the Executive Chair." But as you climb the hierarchy in an organization, "the manifestation of those traits and behaviors becomes more complicated."
May 26, 2011
As 2011 gets into high gear, we are seeing the predicted IT spending increases come to pass, with companies often shifting their focus from cost-cutting initiatives to growth and innovation projects. Accompanying this spending increase is a shift in the role of the CIO toward an architect for business innovation. This increased, highly visible responsibility creates additional drains on CIOs' already limited bandwidth, thus establishing a need to build a framework for innovation that is efficient, creative, fact-based and that supports efficient time management.
May 12, 2011
Imagine a world where the computers, networks and storage systems are all tens of thousands of times faster than they are today. That's what you can expect to see 25 years from now. Experts say the overall pace of innovation in the IT industry will speed up, resulting in a mind-boggling array of developments.
May 12, 2011
Justin Menkes, author of "Better under Pressure," says that there are no longer periods of calm seas for leaders in any industry. So it's not a matter of gritting your teeth and riding out the crisis. Leaders must get comfortable in an environment of ongoing stress.
May 12, 2011
For most businesses today, having a presence on the Internet is the modern equivalent to being listed in the phone book, say experts. Consumers expect to be able to find and learn basic information about companies when they go online. But if you have limited funds, a flashy company website isn't a must. For little or no cost, you could put your fledgling enterprise on a third-party site such as a blog-hosting service, social media outlet, business directory or marketplace.
May 12, 2011
We are in the midst of "The Learning Decade," and private-sector executives as well as public-sector officials have embraced the notion that knowledge drives revenue-enhancing innovation at a time when the economy is uncertain and companies need turbo-chargers that can accelerate growth, spark competitiveness and boost future prospects.
May 12, 2011
If you've ever sailed, you know that the only way to succeed against a headwind is to turn the bow of a boat through the wind and move in a zigzag pattern toward your ultimate destination. This maneuver is called tacking, and it is repeated frequently, requiring constant adjustments and careful monitoring of wind and sail angle to ensure forward progress without wasting precious time and energy. The best leaders tack frequently without losing sight of the destination.
May 12, 2011
Learn how to create, sustain and grow a diverse environment for your organization by registering for the Diversity Summit on Tuesday, May 17. This event will help attendees find new ways to attract and maintain a varied group of members and staff, analyze the return on investment for creating a diverse organization and explain and prove the value of your diverse programs to your leadership.
May 12, 2011
Because coaching is a confidential one-on-one experience, many organizations may be unaware of its benefits, but coaching — particularly through internal coaches — can help employees at all levels successfully deal with their daily work challenges and facilitate the accomplishment of organizational goals.
May 12, 2011
In the modern world, news does not stay in one place for long. Stories may begin on a newspaper blog or a TV website, but they soon ripple across the Internet like a splash in a pond. Tom Rosenstiel, Pew's director, said that ripple effect makes the original story that hits the Web — and the source of information it is based on — even more important.
April
April 28, 2011
It's been proven over and over again leadership development is all about experience. We learn from job changes, stretch assignments, other people and other more formal ways: courses, books, blogs, etc. It's those experiences that are the hardest — those "developmental challenges" — that we can learn the most from.
April 28, 2011
Meetings and presentations are a way of life in the business world. That said, there's nothing worse than dragging around a bunch of files and equipment to meetings. It would be so nice to have everything that's necessary for a presentation or meeting stores in one place. And if that one place was a thin and lightweight piece of technology — like an iPad — it would be even better. Here are some iPad apps that help you do everything for a presentation, from creating slides to taking minutes.
April 28, 2011
When you elevate someone to management, you're subtly telling your employees: This is the person you should aspire to be. Your employees regard this person as your voice, a direct reflection on you as a leader. Too often, leaders forget that management entails a major transition, requiring a new mentality and skill set.
April 28, 2011
Established rules of communicating with customers are unraveling, driven by a shift in how we use the Internet. Emails and corporate websites are fast being replaced by Facebook and Twitter, where customers and employees alike have been liberated from the control of marketing and customer service representatives. The following are five of the best practices from companies that have grappled with social media.
April 28, 2011
Critical to any company's success is managing projects successfully. Doing the job right could require a costly server-based project management suite and even the hiring of a project management specialist. For many companies, particularly smaller ones, a cloud-based project management service can be just the answer.
April 28, 2011
Today, being a sustainable business — an organization that integrates environmental and social performance with financial results — is a growing imperative, and reporting should reflect this new reality. The finance function has a central, and expanding, role in supporting sustainability.
April 28, 2011
Relevance equals response. But the B-to-B pipeline is very complex, and it is quite difficult to tap into the motivations of your current leads and future prospects. Drip marketing is one way to make this connection — scheduled touch points with prospects to enhance both lead generation and lead nurturing.
April 28, 2011
Welcome to Association Week 2011, a weeklong celebration of the Chicagoland association community and its industry partners, featuring a wide array of continuing education and recognition activities. Don't miss the Annual Meeting on Tuesday, June 14, and the Honors Gala on Thursday, June 16! Registration and table and ticket sales are now open.
April 28, 2011
The single factor that makes the biggest difference between a great meeting and a poor one? PowerPoint. The best meetings don't go near it. PowerPoint presentations inevitably end up as monologues. They focus on answers, and everyone faces the screen. But meetings should be conversations. They should focus on questions, not answers and people should face each other.
April 28, 2011
By fully embracing your customer-feedback program, you can achieve transparency into customer attitudes and learn important truths about today's buying behavior and the evolving attitudes that will determine future buying behavior. A comprehensive understanding of customer attitudes enables you to build processes to prevent customer churn and drive cross-selling opportunities.
April 28, 2011
Because we humans tend to be visual creatures, and so much of our relationship building is based on body language and non-verbals, it would make sense that video conferencing could be our best friend. But recent research shows that video conferencing is not a cure-all for what ails your remote team or customers.
April 15, 2011
There are two types of leaders: those who believe that you can motivate people and those who believe that motivation comes from within. For some, discussing ways to motivate — and easy ones in particular — may seem odd. But it's not. When we try to motivate people, what we really are doing is encouraging people to act on already-present motivation, ideally in a way that furthers the organization's mission.
April 15, 2011
The fact that the U.S. Postal Service has a robust sustainability program may be one of our best-kept secrets. The postal service was part of the "green" movement before it even had a name.
April 15, 2011
What are the critical pain points HR pros should be addressing over the next year? Top employment law attorneys Charles High, Pat Stanton and Jeff Portnoy offered a blueprint for employers at the recent Labor & Employment Law Advanced Practices symposium in San Diego. The following is a 12-point action plan based on their presentations.
April 15, 2011
Digital influence is a controversial topic. At the heart of the matter is this idea of influence, and it raises questions and doubts as to whether or not the ability to cause effect or change behavior is truly measurable. Regardless of the answer, we are introduced to a new reality of social networking, an era where our actions and words in Facebook, Twitter et al. are used for and against us.
April 15, 2011
Poet and Fortune 500 consultant David Whyte said that "The core act of leadership must be the act of making conversations real." Conversations — sometimes difficult conversations — are what build relationships. Conversations that provide the opportunity for possibility. Conversations about choice.
April 15, 2011
When it comes to meetings, a little meditation can make a big difference, according to the Kyoto Convention Bureau in Kyoto, Japan. In a recent study, the Kyoto Convention Bureau found that at least 10 minutes of meditation before a meeting can significantly improve event efficiency, boosting retention of taught information by an average of 12.5 percent overall, and by up to 117 percent for a single learning task.
April 15, 2011
Web content management is and will continue to be an important component of your Web strategy. Who uses it and how it's used is evolving, but that doesn't change the fact that this technology is key to building and maintaining your online customer experience.
April 15, 2011
Like them or not, you can't get away with ignoring the millennials. As everyone from agencies, marketers and their own parents try to figure out what makes them tick, Erin Bilezikjian-Johnson, group director, of custom research and insights at OMD, weighs in with the results of a lengthy look at millennial shopping habits.
April 15, 2011
Most people have been asked that perennial, and somewhat annoying, question: "Where do you see yourself in five years?" Of course it is asked most often in a job interview, but it also may come up in a conversation at a networking event or a cocktail party. Knowing and communicating your career goals is challenging for even the most ambitious and focused person.
April 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., April 15 (UPI) -- Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel says the passing of an education reform bill by the Illinois Senate is a step in improving schools.
April 15, 2011
Association Forum of Chicagoland is pleased to introduce its newest members-only benefit: Association Briefs. This e-newsletter, delivered to you every other Thursday, includes a comprehensive news briefing of top business and industry stories. This resource will deliver national and international headlines so you have timely news to support your leadership efforts in an ever-changing business landscape. Do you have news outlets you love and want us to monitor? Have an opinion to share with us about this resource? Send an email now.
April 14, 2011
CHICAGO -- Unemployment in Illinois dropped to 8.8 percent for the month of March, according to the Illinois Department of Employment Security (IDES). March's unemployment rate marks the 14th consecutive month where the state's unemployment rate has decreased.
April 14, 2011
The latest Oregon Nonprofit Watch updates the goings on with Senate Bill 40 and Burgerville flipping burgers for a good cause.
April 14, 2011
DARTMOUTH — The Friends Academy Parent Association (FA PA) will host its annual "legendary" Rummage Sale from Saturday, April 30 through Monday, May 2. The sale takes place in the school gym at 1088 Tucker Road in North Dartmouth and is open to the...
April 14, 2011
The Loess Hills Hospitality Association will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m., April 10 at the Moorhead Community Center in Moorhead.
April 14, 2011
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication technology, has published a White Paper about developing and deploying NFC Smart Posters, subtitled "How to use NFC tags and readers to create interactive experiences that benefit both consumers and businesses."
April 14, 2011
LONDON : The Associated Press has signed a distribution deal with the Press Association for its U.K. news video footage. As a result, AP will have more U.K.-based video footage at its disposal, and Press Association’s video will have wider distribution.
April 14, 2011
Foreclosure activity in Illinois was on the rise againhttp://chicagobreakingbusiness.com/wp-admin/post.php?action=edit&post=37682&message=6st last month, after a slowdown earlier this year caused by investigations into lenders’ foreclosure processes.
April 13, 2011
By Laura Levin Western Herald Non-profit leadership is a growing field in today's society. Non-profit leaders are set out to do many things for people and their community. “At its very core, it [non-profit leadership] is leading a company whose sole purpose is not to make money for its owner and stockholders, but to make money for its programs, the people who benefit from the program and ...
April 13, 2011
By Alejandra Cancino Posted today at 4:03 p.m. Chicago-based steel manufacturer A. Finkl & Sons Co. will invest $150 million to build a manufacturing campus on the South Side, backed by $30.3 million in subsidies from the city of Chicago and Illinois.
April 13, 2011
Chicago data center service provider CoreLink Data Centers, LLC will host a day-long Business Resumption Planners Association advanced training event at its suburban Chicago data center on April 26.
April 13, 2011
The Printing Industry of Illinois/Indiana Association has just named Chicago’s Bell Litho Internet Solutions (BLIS) the winner of two awards in its 2011 Pinnacle Print Awards competition.
April 13, 2011
Budget Woes Threaten Children’s Futures and Put Proven Early Identification and Treatment Services at Risk Chicago (Vocus/PRWEB) April 12, 2011 At a time when states are tightening their budget belts and evaluating funding for early childhood services and care, Easter Seals wants to make certain the nation’s youngest children aren’t robbed of their chance to a strong start in life. That’s why ...
April 12, 2011
The Celina Elementary School student body raised its collective heart rate in the process of raising funds for the American Heart Association last Saturday.
April 12, 2011
Officials with 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc. are excited about the non-profit’s future, as it looks to support its mission of service to the area’s hungry.
April 12, 2011
Erlanger CEO Jim Brexler was honored with the American Hospital Association’s Grassroots Champion Award.
April 12, 2011
"Travelers are often considered an easy tax target, but few public officials understand how rising travel taxes influence consumer behavior and impact the economy," said Roger Dow, president and CEO of the U.S. Travel Association. "We believe it's important that political leaders see travelers not just as 'out-of-towners,' but as key supporters of local jobs, businesses and development."
April 12, 2011
The economy and high gas prices are hurting the Illinois State Toll Highway Authority’s ability to pay for big-ticket items such as the planned interchange linking the Tri-State Tollway and Interstate 57, Tollway Executive Director Kristi Lafleur told Southland business leaders Monday.With toll revenues last year coming in about $100 million below projections, the tollway authority will be hard ...
April 11, 2011
IPOH: THE new Kinta Malayalee Association (KMA) held their inaugural annual general meeting last month. After the meeting, the members invited 42 underprivileged children from Joy Precious Home for lunch at the home of its president N. Prebakarran Nair here.
April 11, 2011
The tough economy has had an effect on a lot of businesses, including non-profit organizations.
April 11, 2011
April 11, 2011 - Three Republican members of the House Ways and Means Committee have launched an attack on AARP, including the release of a report focusing on the massive amount of money the organization earns from insurance companies, and sending a letter last Friday to the Internal Revenue Service asking for an investigation of AARP’s non-profit tax status.
April 11, 2011
Dentists Offering Free Screenings in April for Oral Cancer Awareness Month CHICAGO, April 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dental Association (ADA) and the Oral Cancer Foundation (OCF) encourage people to take part in Oral Cancer Awareness Month in April by visiting a dentist for a free oral cancer screening. So far, more than 1,250 sites across the nation have registered their ...
April 11, 2011
MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. – The South Carolina hospitality industry is holding its 8th annual Hospitality Day at the State House 12-2 p.m. Wednesday, April 13, in Columbia.
April 11, 2011
View full sizePictured are the players and coaches of the Cubs, the first team organized by the Brass Castle Youth Association, now known as the Washington Township Youth Association. WASHINGTON TWP. — The Washington Township Youth Association will honor the...
April 11, 2011
The non-profit health industry generates some healthy profits for its employees. A look at the executive salaries at area hospitals and health insurers shows several well over $1 million a year.
April 11, 2011
Saturday's annual general meeting for the Long Point Bay Anglers' Association LPBAA was in many ways a new beginning. Though the group has been in existence for many years, on Saturday the LPBAA voted in two new bylaws and officially became a non-profit organization.[...]
April 11, 2011
Saturday's annual general meeting for the Long Point Bay Anglers' Association LPBAA was in many ways a new beginning. Though the group has been in existence for many years, on Saturday the LPBAA voted in two new bylaws and officially became a non-profit organization.[...]
April 10, 2011
A Canada based non-profit has made it's way to the Grand Valley. The organization helps families heal with a different type of treatment.
April 10, 2011
Chicago nonprofit gets meeting with governor, interest from younger activists; city sees first anti-nuke protest in 10 years When the Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear power plant in Japan was knocked out with one mighty wave, the all-but-forgotten anti-nuke movement suddenly powered up in the U.S.
April 9, 2011
Question: We live in an 18-unit condominium complex. Nobody wants to serve on the board nowadays because it is so much work. Can our homeowner association choose to compensate board of directors members for performing their duties?
April 9, 2011
The Loess Hills Hospitality Association will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m., April 10 at the Moorhead Community Center in Moorhead.
April 9, 2011
Danversbank invites non-profit leaders to the first of six non-profit consortium meetings that it will host this year, entitled “Starting a Planned Giving Program and Beyond” on Tuesday, April 12 .
April 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois treasury will resurrect a suspended loan program that joins the state with lending partners to offer low interest rate loans to farmers, small businesses and several other qualified groups.
April 9, 2011
Organization Will Study Contra Costa Terroir and Terrain, Petition for Unique AVA (PRWeb April 09, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/winery-weddings/east-bay-area/prweb8289515.htm
April 8, 2011
The Celina Elementary School student body raised its collective heart rate in the process of raising funds for the American Heart Association last Saturday.
April 8, 2011
Area residents interested in supporting law enforcement are encouraged to donate to the Illinois Sheriffs’ Association and become associate members of that organization.
April 8, 2011
The Loess Hills Hospitality Association will hold its annual meeting at 5 p.m., April 10 at the Moorhead Community Center in Moorhead.
April 8, 2011
FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - For the second year in a row, Half-Price Books gave away two-boxes of books to each non-profit organization representative who showed up at the store with paperwork in hand.
April 8, 2011
CHICAGO — Illinois plans to repair more than 3,200 miles of road and replace or fix 611 bridges over the next six years as part of the latest update to the state road program announced Thursday by Gov. Pat Quinn.
April 7, 2011
Lessons are still being learned by the more than 4,000 Central Texas charities one year after an Austin non-profit in the business of helping children and parents shut its doors for good after a major scandal.   In early April of 2010,  Family Connections shut its doors after prosecutors say the executive director, Louann Aponte, fled to Venezuela.   An external audit found that Aponte may have ...
April 7, 2011
After a dozen years of getting prescription medications into the hands of people unable to afford them, a South Mississippi non-profit is looking to expand its outreach.  A $50,000 gift from IP will help the St. Vincent de Paul Community Pharmacy reach its goal.
April 7, 2011
The Celina Elementary School student body raised its collective heart rate in the process of raising funds for the American Heart Association last Saturday.
April 7, 2011
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - 04/07/11) - The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) named ClearEdge Marketing the exclusive marketing firm of its prestigious Affinity Partner Program. The honor recognizes ClearEdge's commitment to the industry and its proven ability to provide smart, effective marketing solutions that drive revenue growth for technology companies. The Affinity Partner Program is ...
April 7, 2011
The Network Branded Prepaid Card Association , the non-profit, inter-industry trade association supporting the growth and success of network branded prepaid cards, today announced the inaugural NBPCA Annual Congress - The Power of Prepaidâ¢, to be held June 3-5, 2012 at the Gaylord National Hotel and Conference Center in Washington D.C.
April 7, 2011
Despite the dreary economy, the nonprofit sector in Maryland is growing, with jobs and nonprofit startups both on the rise, a new study says.
April 6, 2011
The head of a nonprofit group against teen pregnancy on Wednesday defended the $332,500 his organization paid Bristol Palin over a two-year period to advocate for sexual abstinence.
April 6, 2011
The head of a nonprofit group against teen pregnancy on Wednesday defended the $332,500 his organization paid Bristol Palin over a two-year period to advocate for sexual abstinence.
April 6, 2011
Posted by Ray Long and Todd Wilson at 4:41 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- House lawmakers today defeated a measure that would have taken away Chicago’s ability to regulate how people store guns, a prelude to an expected spring showdown over a...
April 6, 2011
Bristol Palin made a reported $262,500 from the teen-pregnancy prevention nonprofit group the Candies Foundation, in an ambassador role that included a PSA in which she warned others not to follow in her footsteps.
April 6, 2011
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - 04/06/11) - Over 200 technology industry leaders, companies, and future concepts are nominated for nine 2011 ITA CityLIGHTS Awards . " ITA is thrilled to report a record number of nominations," said Fred Hoch, President, ITA. "The strength of the technology industry continues to lead the recovery of the local economy, either directly with small to medium sized ...
April 6, 2011
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google is joining the organization as a principal member.
April 6, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS, April 6, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- DirectEmployers Association (www.directemployers.org), a non-profit consortium of over 600 leading U.S. employers, today announced an extensive online program to assist transitioning military personnel in all branches of our armed forces, their spouses, dependents, and caregivers in quickly and efficiently finding ...
April 5, 2011
Michael LeCorgne, CAG, CGP, CSP, CAPS, and David Gaspard, CGA, CGP, were both honored at the Louisiana Home Builders Association’s Installation Banquet on Jan. 27.
April 5, 2011
Forward Jereme Richmond has declared for the NBA draft after one year at Illinois, ending a rocky college career for the highly touted recruit. The school said Tuesday that Richmond is working out in Chicago to get ready for the June 23 draft but hasn't hired an agent, a move that could allow him to remain a college player.
April 5, 2011
Katharine Muth has been appointed the new executive director of the New Hampshire Art Association, according to the NHAA Board of Directors.
April 5, 2011
Illinois freshman forward Jereme Richmond has declared for the NBA draft and will not return to Illinois, the school announced on Tuesday.
April 5, 2011
WASHINGTON, April 5, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- In response to the IRS wireless depreciation ruling ( Rev. Proc. 2011-28 ) , CTIA-The Wireless Association® President and CEO Steve Largent released the following statement : (Logo: https://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100629/DC28223LOGO-a ) "The published ruling will provide a guideline to settling issues that have caused significant ...
April 5, 2011
Seven judicial candidates yesterday received a "not recommended" rating from the Philadelphia Bar Association in advance of the May 17 primary election.
April 5, 2011
Lynchburg, VA - Fifth street in Lynchburg has been quiet since the city built the roundabout, with not much construction or building going on. But a non-profit group wants to change that, and they're looking for ideas.
April 4, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
April 4, 2011
Michael LeCorgne, CAG, CGP, CSP, CAPS, and David Gaspard, CGA, CGP, were both honored at the Louisiana Home Builders Association’s Installation Banquet on Jan. 27.
April 4, 2011
The future is bright for the Independence Events Center, and, according to its general manager, the facility’s new nonprofit management model is a progressive approach.
April 4, 2011
MIRI: Sarawak Government Retirees Association, Miri branch, will be having its annual general meeting (AGM) this Friday. Its [...]
April 4, 2011
Seven judicial candidates received a "not recommended" rating from the Philadelphia Bar Association yesterday in advance of the May 17 primary election.
April 4, 2011
The last casino in Illinois is set to open this summer in Des Plaines, a Chicago suburb adjacent to O'Hare. Located on Des Plaines River Road near Devon Avenue, the casino was officially and fittingly named "Rivers Casino" on March 24 by developer Midwest Gaming. Des Plaines received the state's last casino license after beating out bordering town Rosemont.
April 4, 2011
Physician salaries and problems in health care will be on the agenda when the president of the Alberta Medical Association sits down for a chat with Premier Ed Stelmach.A time for the meeting hasn't been set yet, but the two leaders are expected to sit down together later this week in Edmonton.Association president Dr. Patrick White says he will use the meeting to address what he calls the ...
April 3, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
April 3, 2011
4 April 2011, Sydney - It's not often that we see an Australian hospitality heavyweight partner up with a global certification body. Coming on the back of the Australian Government's announcement of a National Tourism Accreditation Framework, the marriage ...
April 3, 2011
Nonprofit social service agencies are releasing video messages intended to remind Connecticut legislators about the need to protect services for vulnerable residents as lawmakers consider the state budget.
April 3, 2011
From the creators of internationally known Monsters of HipHop Dance Conventions comes a new 501-c3 non-profit organization for dancers, Monsters On The Move Foundation. (PRWeb April 03, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/04/prweb5219134.htm
April 2, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
April 2, 2011
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - The Iowa Association of School Boards has announced that the Southeast Polk superintendent will be its next president.
April 2, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
April 2, 2011
Chicago based discount real estate broker and flat fee MLS service provider Prello Realty, Inc. was recently recognized by the Chicago Association of Realtors as a 2010 Platinum Level Sales Volume Award winner. (PRWeb April 02, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/4/prweb8255044.htm
April 1, 2011
Posted by Todd Wilson at 6:43 p.m. SPRINGFIELD --- The Illinois House today approved a measure to make sure five future charter schools in Chicago focus on helping students who attend underachieving and overcrowded schools. Lawmakers voted 83-20 to send...
April 1, 2011
It's a local non-profit that helps families in need, and now they're the ones that need help. When a family in Chippewa Falls needs food or clothing, they can turn to the Community Closet.
April 1, 2011
PALM BEACH GARDENS, Fla., April 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Project Lifesaver International is an innovative 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization that provides safety, security, and rescue support services to "at-risk" individuals of all ages, income levels, and backgrounds who have cognitive disorders. We do this by providing police, fire/rescue and other first responders with the ...
April 1, 2011
CHICAGO (SMU) - The SMU men's tennis team extended its win streak to 11 matches with a 6-1 win at the University of Illinois-Chicago on Thursday. With the win, the Mustangs move to 14-5 on the season.
April 1, 2011
BOSTON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Association of Corporate Directors (NACD) New England Chapter today announced its winners of the 2011 Director of the Year Awards. The awards recognize excellence in public, private and non-profit corporate governance. “As we celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Director of the Year Awards program, we continue to be impressed by the strong group of ...
April 1, 2011
The National Association of Corporate Directors New England Chapter today announced its winners of the 2011 Director of the Year Awards. The awards recognize excellence in public, private and non-profit corporate governance.
April 1, 2011
From Chicago-based professional staffing firm Advanced Resources’ vantage point the economy is looking up. It has boosted its employee ranks about 25 percent this year from 95 to 120 people.The company, which has seen demand spike from last year, is among businesses contributing to the lower Chicago metropolitan area unemployment rate. The rate fell to 9 percent in February, down from 11.2 ...
April 1, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March
March 31, 2011
The Associated Press Assignment Desks, Editors: The following events are for planning purposes. Listing does not indicate AP coverage. Scheduled events are subject to change. Contact numbers are not for publication. Friday, April 1: GENERAL EVENTS GOV. PAT QUINN: CHICAGO — Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at multiple events in Chicago. CHICAGO — 9 a.m. Gov. Pat Quinn speaks at the César Chávez Serve and ...
March 31, 2011
From Chicago-based professional staffing firm Advanced Resources’ vantage point the economy is looking up. It has boosted its employee ranks about 25 percent this year from 95 to 120 people.The company, which has seen demand spike from last year, is among businesses contributing to the lower Chicago metropolitan area unemployment rate. The rate fell to 9 percent in February, down from 11.2 ...
March 31, 2011
Lynchburg,VA - A Lynchburg non-profit counseling center will be able to help more families receive mental health services thanks to a huge donation.
March 31, 2011
The unemployment rate in the Chicago metropolitan area fell to 9 percent in February from 11.2 percent a year earlier and from 9.4 percent in January, the Illinois Department of Employment Security said Thursday.The rates fell in every metropolitan area in the state for a record sixth consecutive months and dropped in every county for a third straight month.The report showed 39,400 jobs were ...
March 31, 2011
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication (NFC) technology, has announced that Google Inc. is joining the organization as a principal member.
March 31, 2011
The NFC Forum, a non-profit industry association that advances the use of Near Field Communication technology, today announced that Google, Inc. is joining the organization as a Principal member.
March 30, 2011
Three Republican lawmakers are calling on the IRS to investigate the non-profit status of AARP, the nation’s leading organization for senior citizens, over the hundreds of millions of dollars the group makes from marketing health insurance.
March 30, 2011
Three Republican lawmakers are calling on the IRS to investigate the non-profit status of AARP, the nation’s leading organization for senior citizens, over the hundreds of millions of dollars the group makes from marketing health insurance.
March 30, 2011
CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- The warehouse at Loaves and Fishes is normally busy passing out food, but on Wednesday the non-profit organization was busy bringing in a special delivery.   Tyson Foods donated more than 29,000 pounds of poultry to Loaves and Fishes. "Oh look, its perfect!" Beverly Howard exclaimed. Howard is the executive director of the organization and said the delivery marked one of her ...
March 30, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, IL MARCH 30, 2011 - Including as little as one serving of a soy food in your daily diet provides nutritional and health benefits including a reduced risk of heart disease, lower risk of prostate, colon and breast cancers as well as reduced risk of osteoporosis and other bone health problems. As part of National Soy Foods Month in April, the Illinois Soybean Association ISA is ...
March 30, 2011
Animals have a special place in our hearts and families.  As such, the national animal welfare organization Best Friends Animal Society is recognized by consumers as the 2011 Harris Poll EquiTrend® Non-Profit Brand of the Year.
March 30, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 30, 2011
The Globalization and Localization Association (GALA), the largest international non-profit association within the language and localization industry, is launching a full-time, funded initiative to define standards for the benefit of the entire industry.
March 30, 2011
MIAMI--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Hedge Fund Association, a non-profit alternative investment industry association, announced that it has become a truly global organization.
March 29, 2011
Lynchburg, VA - Fifth street in Lynchburg has been quiet since the city built the roundabout, with not much construction or building going on. But a non-profit group wants to change that, and they're looking for ideas.
March 29, 2011
North Island College’s Alumni Association wants to introduce you to TED, a non-profit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.
March 29, 2011
Cedar Falls superintendent Dr. David Stoakes, and former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge join Southeast Polk superintendent Tom Downs in the running for the vacant position of director of the Iowa Association of School Boards.
March 29, 2011
Cortiva Institute School of Massage Therapy graduate Susan Berch was recently awarded "Rookie of the Year" by the Illinois Chapter of the American Massage Therapy Association.
March 28, 2011
The U.S. economy is growing but it's not going to be creating jobs as quickly as people would like, the president of the Chicago Federal Reserve Bank said Monday in a speech at the University of South Carolina.
March 28, 2011
Former Lt. Gov. Patty Judge is a finalist for director of the Iowa Association of School Boards, a nonprofit that has been investigated for alleged misuse of public money.
March 28, 2011
Bright School headmaster O.J. Morgan has been named president of the Tennessee Association of Independent Schools, effective June, 2011. He succeeds Dr. Annette Smith, head of school at the Hutchison School, who has served as TAIS president since 2009.
March 28, 2011
Non-custodial parents owe Illinois children $3 billion in back child support, and the state is losing ground in collections, taking in about 58 percent of the child support that's currently due, the Chicago Sun-Times reported Monday.
March 28, 2011
A Corona-based non-profit company is helping to provide some much needed comfort to many Japanese.
March 28, 2011
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - 03/28/11) - In 2008, the Illinois Technology Association (ITA) CityLIGHTS Newcomer Award went to a small startup called The Point (now known as Groupon). Since then the company rocketed onto the national stage as the fastest growing company of all time. In 2011, the next generation of technology superstars will be introduced at the CityLIGHTS Awards Gala Thursday, May ...
March 28, 2011
WASHINGTON, March 28, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Mark Stubis has been appointed Chief Communications Officer at American Humane Association, the nation's voice for the protection of children and animals. Stubis joins the historic national nonprofit organization after more than 15 years of service at KidsPeace, where he was Vice President for Communications.
March 28, 2011
CHICAGO — Bears fans can now add one more item to their arsenals: a vanity license plate.
March 28, 2011
MONTICELLO – The Sullivan County Sheriff's Office would like to advise the public that the New York State Sheriff's Association has begun its 2011 fundraising drive.
March 27, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 27, 2011
Leading foundations agree to cover $200,000 in costs Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel asked some of Chicago's largest nonprofit foundations to pay for his transition, and they agreed to the tune of $200,000.
March 27, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 25, 2011
Members of a variety of Central Plains area non-profit organizations and community groups had a chance to put on their best visioning glasses Thursday during a workshop that focused on Effective Community Fundraising.[...]
March 25, 2011
Regulators on Friday shut down a small bank in Illinois, boosting to 26 the number of U.S. bank failures this year after 157 succumbed in 2010 to the sputtering economy and piles of soured loans.
March 25, 2011
Hoping his second choice to lead the state police is more successful than the first, Gov. Pat Quinn on Friday nominated Chicago law enforcement veteran Hiram Grau to serve as the state's top cop.
March 25, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 25, 2011
An important exhibit on Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany is open to the public until April 8 at the American Bar Association headquarters in downtown Chicago. Created by the German Federal Bar, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” tells the story of how the Hitler regime banned Jewish lawyers from practicing law in 1938, and the damage the ban caused to the ...
March 25, 2011
An important exhibit on Jewish lawyers in Nazi Germany is open to the public until April 8 at the American Bar Association headquarters in downtown Chicago. Created by the German Federal Bar, “Lawyers Without Rights: Jewish Lawyers in Germany Under the Third Reich” tells the story of how the Hitler regime banned Jewish lawyers from practicing law in 1938, and the damage the ban caused to the ...
March 25, 2011
BLOOMINGTON — The Illinois Soybean Association recently released the results of its 2010 Yield Challenge. A compilation of all the data accumulated by the 17 grower teams who completed the Challenge, the 2010 Data Report shares valuable details about their fields, methods and farming practices.
March 25, 2011
Gov. Quinn today will name a former Chicago cop and high-ranking aide to Cook County State’s Attorney Anita Alvarez to head the Illinois State Police.Quinn’s office confirmed the governor will appoint Hiram Grau to the post vacated in February by Jonathan Monken, who was Quinn’s 2009 choice to head the state law-enforcement agency but was moved to the Illinois Emergency Management Agency after ...
March 25, 2011
Ongoing discussions about whether NPR has a liberal bias usually end up revolving around the question of whether the multi-platform news network merits partial funding from governments grants and the (federally funded) Corporation for Public Broadcasting. Now, a deeper look into NPR's finances shows the nonprofit outlet stands to make a "modest margin" this year.
March 25, 2011
Members of a variety of Central Plains area non-profit organizations and community groups had a chance to put on their best visioning glasses Thursday during a workshop that focused on Effective Community Fundraising.[...]
March 24, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 24, 2011
The Vista Village Business Association's board of directors voted Thursday to fire its only remaining employee, saying there was no money left in the nonprofit's bank account to pay a salary after this month.
March 24, 2011
The Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association Thursday presented its 2011 Blue Heron environmental award to the secretary of the Louisiana agency that oversees some state regulations of association members. AP Photo/ The Advocate, Arthur D. LauckLouisiana Deptarment of Natural...
March 24, 2011
[youtube KlXwGq8cPzo] Today, March 22nd, is World Water Day , an initiative that grew out of the 1992 United Nations Conference on Environment and Development (UNCED) in Rio. What better time to share some of the great work being done by charity: water , a non-profit that is not only reinventing the fundraising model but also offering unprecedented levels of transparency and accountability for ...
March 24, 2011
ATLANTA--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The U.S. Small Business Administration announced today that certain Private Non-Profit Organizations (PNPs) that provide services of a governmental nature may be eligible to apply for low interest rate disaster loans. These loans are available in Illinois following a Presidential disaster declaration for Public Assistance resulting from damages caused by severe winter ...
March 23, 2011
If a non-profit organization is looking for an opportunity to raise funds and have fun while doing so, the Maple Grove Community Organization thinks it has the perfect opportunity for them.
March 23, 2011
The Associated Press The Associated Press SPRINGFIELD, Ill. Lung diseases known together as COPD cost Illinois a staggering amount in annual hospitalization charges, according to a new report from the American Lung Association in Illinois. COPD, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, is an umbrella term that includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. According to the association, it cost ...
March 23, 2011
A non-profit group believes southern Nevada needs more road construction. The Road Information Program, or TRIP, released its top 40 most critical road projects for the state of Nevada Wednesday. Twenty-six projects are in Clark County.
March 23, 2011
Again, Mt. Carmel Middle School will send a volleyball team to the Southern Illinois Junior High School Athletic Association Playoffs in Herrin. The team consists of, in front, from left, Emily Wampler, Callie Dunkel, Brandi Metcalf, Kelsey McGill, Jordan Keepes, Destiney Padgett and Annie Dardeen.
March 23, 2011
The next phase of construction on a high-speed rail route between Chicago and St. Louis will begin next month, a high-stakes transportation project similar to those that other states have rebuffed, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin announced Tuesday.
March 23, 2011
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March 23, 2011
Newport Beach, Calif., March 23, 2011 ¬– The Association for Women in Technology (AWT), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in all fields of technology, presents “Game Changers.”
March 22, 2011
DENVER - It started with a bike ride overseas and now, six years later, a Denver couple has a whole new spin on things with a non-profit that helps people in other countries get clean water.
March 22, 2011
The Breakthrough Theatre of Winter Park, which opened as a sole proprietorship in July 2009, is applying for nonprofit status. “Being a non-profit organization will allow Breakthrough to continue moving forward in a positive direction, serving the Winter Park community,” says Breakthrough president Wade Hair. Being classified as a nonprofit also helps organizations by making them eligible [...]
March 22, 2011
A non-profit fund-raising organization in Sweet Springs received an unwelcome present from the Missouri Department of Revenue at at Christmas. The DOR informed the I-70 Medical Center Auxiliary that it owed $313,971.25 in back payroll taxes.
March 22, 2011
eWise today announced the entry of Secure Vault Payments to the nonprofit market at the 48th Annual Association for Fundraising Professionals International Conference. FamilySearch International has signed a pilot agreement with U.S.
March 21, 2011
Median home prices in the Chicago metropolitan area fell 7.6 percent in February from a year earlier, and sales dropped 8.8 percent, the Illinois Association of Realtors said Monday.The median price of single family homes and condominiums fell to $152,500, down from $165,000. Since January, prices dropped 3.5 percent.Sales totaled 3,769 in February, down from 4,134 a year earlier and down 2 ...
March 21, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, Ill., March 21 (UPI) -- Media mogul Oprah Winfrey is to be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame at a luncheon ceremony this spring, organizers said.
March 21, 2011
The tragedy in Japan isn't stopping a Chicago non-profit group from sending art to a museum in Tokyo.
March 21, 2011
SPRINGFIELD -- The Illinois Broadcasters Association says talk show host Oprah Winfrey will be the latest nationally prominent Chicago-area broadcaster joining its Hall of Fame.
March 21, 2011
The Illinois Broadcasters Association says talk show host Oprah Winfrey will be the latest nationally prominent Chicago-area broadcaster joining its Hall of Fame.
March 21, 2011
The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released its February existing home-sales report today with some bad news today.   Existing-home sales, or completed residential real estate transactions for properties including single-family homes, townhouses, condos and co-ops, showed a renewed decline last month.
March 21, 2011
Oprah Winfrey, whose meteoric rise from Chicago talk show host to one of Illinois' most renowned broadcasters, will be inducted into the Illinois Broadcasters Association Hall of Fame.
March 21, 2011
The non-profit National Private Duty Association (NPDA), along with the Texas Chapter, has announced that it will host a consumer education web conference entitled Hiring Home Care Workers: Avoiding Tax and Legal Risks on March 30, 2011, at 8 p.m. EST (7 p.m. CT). The live and interactive program, which will provide advice on reducing risks during the home care hiring process, is free of charge ...
March 21, 2011
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March 21, 2011
Homeowners associations increasingly are seeking to ban sexual offenders and predators in an attempt to improve safety and maintain property values.
March 20, 2011
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March 20, 2011
TULSA, OKLA. Discovering which Illinois team would show up for any given game this season quickly became part of the intrigue when the Illini beat North Carolina but lost to Illinois-Chicago during nonconference play.
March 20, 2011
On his two-week trip to China, Mayor Richard M. Daley is launching the ''Chicago-China Friendship Initiative.''
March 20, 2011
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March 19, 2011
Joanne Cook-Lepetit, right, tutors a student at his home through her Quality Student Tutoring/Teaching nonprofit. Cook-Lepetit and her husband, John Lepetit, started the business as a for-profit business but recently converted it to a nonprofit to reach more children who need help in school.
March 19, 2011
Eastview Mall was turned into a miniature golf course Saturday for the Mental Health Association's 17th Annual Skyway Open...
March 19, 2011
CHICAGO - As Republican governors across the U.S. gain momentum with conservative agendas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn...
March 19, 2011
CHICAGO — As Republican governors across the U.S. gain momentum with conservative agendas, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has stood out for signing a string of laws over the past three months achieving longstanding liberal goals: abolishing the death penalty, legalizing civil unions and raising income taxes.
March 19, 2011
Saturday, March 19th, 2011 19:54:00 SHAH ALAM : Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister's Department Senator Datuk T. Murugiah urged the government to monitor allocations provided to associations in the country to avoid abuse. He said this was necessary to ensure the funds are channeled properly to meet peoples' needs. "There are many instances where an association is run by family members with ...
March 19, 2011
SHAH ALAM, March 19 (Bernama) -- Deputy Minister in the Prime Minister''sDepartment Senator Datuk T. Murugiah urged the government to monitor allocationsprovided to associations in the country to avoid abuse. He said this was necessary to ensure the funds are channeled properly tomeet peoples'' needs. "There are many instances where an association is run by family members witheach of them ...
March 19, 2011
Joanne Cook-Lepetit, right, tutors a student at his home through her Quality Student Tutoring/Teaching nonprofit. Cook-Lepetit and her husband, John Lepetit, started the business as a for-profit business but recently converted it to a nonprofit to reach more children who need help in school.
March 18, 2011
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March 18, 2011
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn and Chicago Mayor-elect Rahm Emanuel pledged cooperation at their first meeting since Emanuel's election win.
March 18, 2011
Nurse practitioners at clinics in Walgreen drug stores in Illinois are taking steps to form a union. The Illinois Nurses Association announced Thursday it has agreed to represent approximately 180 nurse practitioners who work in Take Care Clinics in the Chicago area, Rockford and Peoria.
March 18, 2011
The International Association of Gaming Regulators has successfully been reorganized into a non-profit corporation in the state of Nevada, USA, under a format that is expected to increase its role as a representative on behalf of the international gambling regulatory community, and as an advocate for the enhancement of gaming regulation worldwide.
March 18, 2011
The International Association of Gaming Regulators has successfully been reorganized into a non-profit corporation in the state of Nevada, USA, under a format that is expected to increase its role as a representative on behalf of the international gambling regulatory community, and as an advocate for the enhancement of gaming regulation worldwide.
March 17, 2011
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March 17, 2011
MICHIGAN CITY — North Central Community Action Agencies Inc., an Indiana non-profit corporation with programs that offer assistance to low-income people in La Porte, Starke and Pulaski counties, has scheduled an election for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Emmet D. Wise Center, 1729 E. Michigan Blvd., and Madeline and George Smrt Center, 301 Grant St.
March 17, 2011
Nurse practitioners at clinics in Walgreen drug stores in Illinois are forming a union. The Illinois Nurses Association announced Thursday it has agreed to represent the approximately 180 nurse practitioners who work in the Take Care Clinics in the Chicago area, Rockford and Peoria.
March 17, 2011
Some of Oakland's smallest businesses have navigated the permit process and secured loans to expand with the help of a non-profit that teaches budding entrepreneurs how to grow an idea.
March 17, 2011
ChicagoThe Illinois Nurses Association, collective bargaining representatives for Illinois nurses employed in hospitals, clinics and institutions, has agreed to represent the nurse practitioners from the Take Care Clinics that operate in Walgreens drug stores in the Chicago area, Rockford and Peoria. There are 350 Take Care Clinics around the country and 45 in Illinois that employ approximately...
March 17, 2011
Three candidates will vie for two seats in this year’s RSF Association board election.
March 16, 2011
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March 16, 2011
The US Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) has announced to review its policy in H-1B cap exemptions for non-profit entities that are related to or affiliated with an institution of higher education.
March 16, 2011
When Rob Robinson left his Chicago home for a year of Prep School, he hoped it would earn him a division one scholarship. Wednesday night it earned him a scholarship and a trip home when he committed to Howard Moore's Illinois-Chicago program. An athletic 6-foot-5 wing who is prepping at Delafield (Wisc.) St. John's Northwest Military Academy, Robinson's comfort level with Moore was the deciding ...
March 16, 2011
SUPER SERVICE: Joe Bryson, GM of Hotel Lumière, has been named "General Manager of the Year 2010" by the St. Louis Area Hotel Association and the Missouri chapter of the Hospitality Sales and Marketing Association.
March 15, 2011
CHICAGO, March 15, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Sales professionals throughout the Chicago area now have a unique, local forum for training, career development and professional networking opportunities with the launch of the Chicago Chapter of the Sales Management Association (SMA). Chicago-based Evergreen Growth Advisors, along with the TAS Group, is sponsoring the formation of the Chicago Chapter. The ...
March 15, 2011
Funds For Train Station Restoration In Question Follow Your Town News On The Courant's Windsor Lock Facebook Page The Windsor Locks Preservation Association — a non-profit group formed in 2004 to restore the historic train station — has decided to dissolve itself, a move that might mean that loss of $300,000 in grants and donations raised for the project.
March 15, 2011
CHICAGO -- Illinois could possibly see an increase in the state's cigarette tax after Democratic Senate President John Cullerton proposed an increase of $1 per pack in order to help get road construction projects underway this spring and summer. Back in January, scheduled road construction was hit with a huge setback when an Illinois appellate court failed to pass a bill that would put $31 ...
March 15, 2011
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March 15, 2011
Nonprofit finance a tool for change The new economy requires that nonprofits find new ways to think about their finances and assets, and to handle their accounting.
March 15, 2011
MICHIGAN CITY — North Central Community Action Agencies Inc., an Indiana non-profit corporation with programs that offer assistance to low-income people in La Porte, Starke and Pulaski counties, has scheduled an election for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Emmet D. Wise Center, 1729 E. Michigan Blvd., and Madeline and George Smrt Center, 301 Grant St.
March 14, 2011
MICHIGAN CITY — North Central Community Action Agencies Inc., an Indiana non-profit corporation with programs that offer assistance to low-income people in La Porte, Starke and Pulaski counties, has scheduled an election for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Emmet D. Wise Center, 1729 E. Michigan Blvd., and Madeline and George Smrt Center, 301 Grant St.
March 14, 2011
The nonprofit claims that Patricia M. Dano of Naples had embezzled $117,000 in 4½ years.
March 14, 2011
A North State non-profit organization joined the effort to help earthquake and tsunami ravaged Japan.
March 14, 2011
Severely obese people benefit from weight-loss surgery, the American Heart Association said after researchers from the U.S. and Canada assessed the heart risks of bariatric procedures.
March 14, 2011
Posted by Tribune staff at 1:51 p.m.; updated at 4:10 p.m. State Rep. Annazette Collins will replace Rickey Hendon representing Chicago's West Side in the Illinois Senate. Collins emerged after a series of applicants made their pitches to a Democratic...
March 14, 2011
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March 14, 2011
From left: Melanie Pendelton, President of Greater South Meriden Neighborhood Association, Holly Willis, President of Diamond Hill Neighborhood Association and Donna Riello, President of the Poet's Hill Neighborhood Association, sit for a photorgaph in the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department, March 12, 2011.
March 14, 2011
ROSEMONT, IL--(Marketwire - 03/14/11) - A high school English teacher from Rochester has been elected president of the state's largest education employees' union. On Saturday, March 12, delegates attending the Illinois Education Association (IEA) Representative Assembly in Rosemont elected Cinda Klickna to the organization's top position. Klickna, who started teaching in Springfield in 1973, has ...
March 13, 2011
MICHIGAN CITY — North Central Community Action Agencies Inc., an Indiana non-profit corporation with programs that offer assistance to low-income people in La Porte, Starke and Pulaski counties, has scheduled an election for 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, March 15, at the Emmet D. Wise Center, 1729 E. Michigan Blvd., and Madeline and George Smrt Center, 301 Grant St.
March 13, 2011
From left: Melanie Pendelton, President of Greater South Meriden Neighborhood Association, Holly Willis, President of Diamond Hill Neighborhood Association and Donna Riello, President of the Poet's Hill Neighborhood Association, sit for a photorgaph in the South Meriden Volunteer Fire Department, March 12, 2011.
March 13, 2011
SHASTA COUNTY A Northstate non-profit agency is doing what they can to help people in Japan by sending over their search and rescue team.
March 13, 2011
As the United States and other nations around the world send disaster relief teams to Japan, one non-profit agency is sending boxes.
March 13, 2011
Since the landslide victory of the Republican Party in the House of Representatives late last year, the non-profit sector expressed concerns over how President Obama would handle the influential presence of the GOP, according to Vincent Everett (CEO Works Of Life International Ministries). Obama, says the chief executive of the same organization, is aligning his policy proposals with ...
March 12, 2011
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March 12, 2011
Local educator Cinda Klickna has been elected president of the Illinois Education Association.
March 12, 2011
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March 12, 2011
The non-profit National Private Duty Association (NPDA) has announced that it will host a consumer education web conference entitled Hiring Home Care Workers: Avoiding Tax and Legal Risks on March 30, 2011, at 7 p.m. CDT. The live and interactive program, which will provide advice on reducing risks during the home care hiring process, is free of charge to participants. Indianapolis, IN (PRWEB ...
March 12, 2011
The International Virtual Assistants Association - IVAA ( http://www.IVAA.org ), the premier non-profit trade association representing virtual professionals worldwide, recently announced the formation of an Australian division of the association to better represent the needs of their Australian members. Henderson, NV (PRWEB) March 11, 2011 The International Virtual ...
March 12, 2011
The association presented the awards Friday as part of its Nonprofit Week luncheon at the Denver Marriott City Center:
March 11, 2011
Sumter, SC (WLTX) - A non-profit in Sumter is helping people acquire photo identification.
March 11, 2011
PEORIA, Ill., March 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following was released today by the Illinois State Rifle Association (ISRA):
March 11, 2011
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March 11, 2011
The International Virtual Assistants Association - IVAA (http://www.IVAA.org), the premier non-profit trade association representing virtual professionals worldwide, recently announced the formation of an Australian division of the association to better represent the needs of their Australian members.
March 10, 2011
The Illinois Soybean Association board of directors is looking for nominees to serve on the United Soybean Board.
March 10, 2011
A new proposal could affect many non-profit organizations in Mid-Michigan. The tax credits given to people who donate money to the organizations could be reduced or even eliminated.
March 9, 2011
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March 9, 2011
CHICAGO -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed a law today that put a halt on capital punishment in Illinois. Quinn cited the reason for the ending of the death penalty in Illinois was a direct result of major issues in the legal system that condemned numerous innocent men.
March 9, 2011
A Canadian non-profit has joined the international effort calling for researchers worldwide to help lower death rates for women and newborns in developing countries.
March 9, 2011
CHICAGO, March 9 (UPI) -- Calling the system broken, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn Wednesday signed a bill eliminating the death penalty.
March 9, 2011
A Canadian non-profit has joined with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates to launch a global call to researchers worldwide to help lower death rates for mothers and their newborns in developing countries.
March 9, 2011
A Canadian non-profit has joined with U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Microsoft founder Bill Gates to launch a global call to researchers worldwide to help lower death rates for mothers and their newborns in developing countries.
March 9, 2011
Starkville Police Officer Freddie Bardley, co-founder of the non-profit organization Clover Street Project, reads to students in Kristy Moore’s sixth grade class at West Oktibbeha Elementary Friday.
March 9, 2011
Illinois corn farmers and the American Lung Association are teaming up to encourage drivers to use an ethanol blend to fuel up their rental cars.
March 9, 2011
A nonprofit group founded 25 years ago publishes out-of-print classics to satisfy an exile hunger.
March 8, 2011
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March 8, 2011
KNOXVILLE - A Knoxville non-profit is hoping the trailer that was stolen from them this weekend will be returned.
March 8, 2011
Despite Economic Downturn, Data Shows Quality Jobs, Solid Wages, and Overall Economic Impact in Illinois
March 8, 2011
Noble County, Ind. (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - 38-year-old Dana Linette Bering of Albion is in jail, charged with five counts of theft and one count of fraud in relation to her job as Executive Director for Noble House Ministries, a non-profit organization in Noble County.
March 8, 2011
A deadline is coming up for homeowner associations, at least those that intend to enforce their own rules: A new law requires the groups to file their bylaws with county recorders by Wednesday or forfeit their right to sue members.
March 7, 2011
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March 7, 2011
Every citizen of Cherokee County has their chance to help law enforcement fight crime by joining the Sheriffs’ Association of Texas, said Cherokee County Sheriff James Campbell.
March 7, 2011
CHICAGO, March 7, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- This is a critical week for women's reproductive health care in the Illinois House, according to the American Civil Liberties Union of Illinois. Copying a disturbing pattern across the nation, members of the Illinois House of Representatives will consider a number of legislative proposals designed to "eliminate meaningful access to abortion ...
March 7, 2011
ORANGE PARK – A non-profit group that collects books and provides them to children in low-income families is now operating in Clay County.
March 7, 2011
The Chicago Bulls are making their mark on the Eastern Conference, and the National Basketball Association. With their 87-86 win Sunday over the Miami Heat , Chicago has taken over the second seed in the beastly east, and is only three games behind the Boston Celtics for the top seed. The Bulls were expected to be markedly improved, but to say they were going to be one of the best teams in the ...
March 7, 2011
The University of Winnipeg's Faculty Association has agreed to move its strike deadline 24-hours. In a news release Monday afternoon, the Association said it's moving the deadline to accommodate a provincial conciliator who will now weigh-in on the negotiations.
March 7, 2011
A new study from Illinois State University finds the school contributes more than $600 million a year to the local economy.   The Pantagraph newspaper in Bloomington reports Monday that the money goes into the McLean County economy from the university's faculty, staff and students. The study comes out of ISU's Stevenson Center for Community and Economic Development.
March 7, 2011
The International Virtual Assistants Association (http://www.IVAA.org), the premier non-profit trade association representing virtual professionals worldwide, recently announced a membership drive with perks for any new Regular members who join the association by April 30, 2011.
March 7, 2011
The International Virtual Assistants Association ( http://www.IVAA.org ), the premier non-profit trade association representing virtual professionals worldwide, recently announced a membership drive with perks for any new Regular members who join the association by April 30, 2011. (PRWeb March 07, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases ...
March 6, 2011
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March 6, 2011
EBENSBURG - A local nonprofit group started a decade ago to fight school dropouts at a community level has been recognized among the top in the nation.
March 6, 2011
Supermarkets are driving binge drinking with aggressive pricing and should be banned from selling alcohol, the Hospitality Association says. read more
March 6, 2011
Supermarkets are driving binge drinking with aggressive pricing and should be banned from selling alcohol, the Hospitality Association says.
March 6, 2011
This past weekend’s Topeka Home Builders Association Home Show 2011 displayed positive signs for the economy, said Lonny Cohen, executive director of the THBA. “What it’s telling me is the economy is on the upswing,” Cohen said. “Exhibitors are saying they are talking with more qualified buyers — people ready to remodel or build.” Attendance was up this year over the past few years for the show ...
March 6, 2011
A Chicago man who started a non-profit to help underprivileged children in Venezuela was presented with the prestigious John F. Kennedy Service Award over the weekend in Boston.
March 6, 2011
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March 6, 2011
Some 40 new member companies joined the National Demolition Association in 2010 coming from 25 states and three Canadian provinces. ‘Value of membership’ cited as incentive to join by NDA Executive Director.
March 5, 2011
COLUMBIA — The Missouri baseball team beat Illinois-Chicago 11-4 after losing its first game 11-7 on Saturday at Taylor Stadium. The Tigers (3-6) won the second game by drawing 15 walks and were aided by four UIC errors. It was the most walks for the Tigers since they drew 15 walks against Nevada on Feb. 20, 2009. Missouri freshman starting pitcher Rob Zastryzny (1-1) earned his first collegiate ...
March 5, 2011
CHAMPAIGN, Ill. (AP) -- Back in late January, Indiana delivered a shock to Illinois, a 52-49 upset that emptied the Hoosiers' home-court stands, sent coach Tom Crean running through the building shaking every hand in sight and knocked the then-20th ranked Illini out of the Top 25.
March 5, 2011
The American New Zealand Association has raised more than $570,000 in donations for the relief efforts in Christchurch following last month's devastating earthquake.
March 5, 2011
The Barrie provincial Progressive Conservative riding association has a new president. Kimberly Carson was acclaimed during the association's annual general meeting, Thursday, and Brandy Hayes was elected vice-president.[...]
March 5, 2011
Former Congressional candidate Jennifer Horn has created a new non-profit organization she hopes will increase civic engagement and educate the public about the importance of limited government, personal responsibility and other principles.
March 4, 2011
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March 4, 2011
The City of Chicago estimates that the historic winter storm that hit Illinois in early February cost $37.3 million.
March 4, 2011
CHICAGO -- Every year, tens of thousands of this city's children apply to be accepted into one of nine elite public high schools, including Whitney M. Young Magnet High School and Walter Payton College Preparatory School.
March 4, 2011
The director of a non-profit that state auditors say received $163,000 in suspect money from Seattle Public Schools told The Seattle Times he was "duped" by a district employee.
March 4, 2011
Numbers released by the Illinois Hospital Association show Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare’s presence led to $754 million flowing throughout the Chicago area in 2009.
March 4, 2011
The Illinois Sheriffs' Association thinks the releasing of FOID Card holders' names is a bad idea.
March 4, 2011
Expanding duties at the Otago-Southland Employer's Association has prompted the creation of a new role of business advisory manager. read more
March 4, 2011
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March 3, 2011
BLOOMINGTON, Ill., March 3, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Illinois Collectors Association applauds the work of Attorney General Lisa Madigan and is collaborating with state leaders to put an end to illegal and deceptive activities meant to intentionally deceive or mislead consumers as it seeks to ensure a balanced debt collection system that protects consumers and allows the legitimate ...
March 3, 2011
University of Northern Colorado junior Rachel Rose Jackson poses with Ghanaian children enrolled in the educational program run by Kayayei Association, the nonprofit organization she founded while studying abroad in fall 2009.
March 3, 2011
The GW Alumni Association is exploring a broad restructuring of its board of directors to better represent minority groups.
March 2, 2011
University of Northern Colorado junior Rachel Rose Jackson poses with Ghanaian children enrolled in the educational program run by Kayayei Association, the nonprofit organization she founded while studying abroad in fall 2009.
March 2, 2011
CHICAGO, March 2, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- BusinessTravelDestinations.com , the premier international site that provides insights for business travelers, event planners and hospitality professionals, today announced that it has created EventJobsBoard.com , an easy-to-use online employment solution that brings together employers in hospitality with quality job applicants. "It's an industry reality ...
March 2, 2011
MIAMI, March 2 (UPI) -- Authorities have arrested a Miami police officer they allege defrauded a charity group to help pay for her own child's education.
March 2, 2011
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March 2, 2011
University of Northern Colorado junior Rachel Rose Jackson poses with Ghanaian children enrolled in the educational program run by Kayayei Association, the nonprofit organization she founded while studying abroad in fall 2009.
March 2, 2011
HARRIS - Non-profit organizations and schools can raise funds easily for their charities or events by selling entrance tickets to the Island Resort Championship at Sweetgrass this summer.
March 1, 2011
CALCUTTA - Around this time last year, the newly-formed St. Clair Township Patrolman's Association was $350 away from being a licensed nonprofit organization.
March 1, 2011
Norris Cole scored 26 points as Cleveland State cruised to a 73-61 win over Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday night in the first round of the Horizon League tournament. The third-seeded Vikings (25-7), who claimed a share of their first Horizon regular-season title Saturday, set a school record with their 16th home win.
March 1, 2011
CHICAGO, March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- TechAmerica, the Illinois Science & Technology Coalition, and iBIO commend Senator Durbin for highlighting the connection between research, innovation and job growth during his tour of Argonne National Laboratory (ANL) yesterday. All organizations supported and participated in the meeting to raise awareness of the importance of research and ...
March 1, 2011
The former Democratic senator of Connecticut will become the movie association’s top lobbyist and will be charged with reviving the group’s waning influence.
March 1, 2011
The former Democratic senator of Connecticut will become the movie association’s top lobbyist and will be charged with reviving the group’s waning influence.
March 1, 2011
A Rochester business owner is tapping social networking to try to get the word out about local non-profit organizations. Rick Weiss , who owns Insty-Prints in Rochester, is taking a different tack this year for his annual search for groups deserving of help.
March 1, 2011
The Healthcare Billing & Management Association , a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, announced today details of the association’s 2011 Spring Educational Conference.
March 1, 2011
The Destination & Travel Foundation honored Roger Dow, President & CEO of the US Travel Association with the prestigious Spirit of Hospitality award to a crowd of 1,000 industry professionals at the 18th Annual Foundation Dinner and Dream Auction. Held 23 February 2011 at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in downtown Washington DC, the Spirit of Hospitality is awarded annually to key ...
March 1, 2011
Tough economic times and a dwindling job market means many teenagers who usually work over the summer could be out of a job. But Teens In Public Service (TIPS), a Seattle-based nonprofit, is working to help some of these teens find work and give back to their community at the same time as TIPS helps teenagers secure employment at various non-profit organizations such as the Ballard Food Bank ...
March 1, 2011
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Tulane University agency that studies New Orleans schools says property tax exemptions in the city are granted to too broad an array of non-profit organizations, professional societies, unions and fraternal clubs. The Cowen Institute for Public Education Initiatives says in a post on its website that the city needs to tighten the non-profit exemptions and continue efforts to ...
March 1, 2011
BROOMFIELD, Colo.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Level 3 Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: LVLT) today announced that it has signed an agreement with the American Lung Association of the Midland States, a non-profit healthcare organization serving Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio and Tennessee, to provide dedicated Internet access (DIA) and voice services in support of its mission to improve lung health awareness ...
March 1, 2011
The San Diego Chapter of the American Marketing Association is hosting the annual AMA Cause Marketing Conference March 15-16, 2011. For the 13th consecutive year, attendees can participate in workshops covering many of the challenges facing the cause marketing industry at the West Coast's largest partnership event for non-profit and business executives.
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February 28, 2011
Superintendent Jody Weis of the Chicago Police Department is leaving his job immediately, officials said Tuesday.
February 28, 2011
From Virginia Automotive Association WILLIAMSBURG — The Virginia Automotive Association will hold its annual convention and trade show here in April, the group announced today.
February 28, 2011
The Illinois Sheriff’s Association will award 105 scholarships throughout the state of Illinois to students pursuing higher education during the 2011-12 academic year. 
February 28, 2011
The Chandler-based non-profit organization, the Si Se Puede Foundation, operates a low-cost soccer league for Chandler kids.
February 28, 2011
NEW YORK — Economists are forecasting faster growth than they were in November, according to a quarterly survey from the National Association for Business Economics.Although economists say the U.S. economy will continue to expand through next year, boosted by rising consumer and business spending, joblessness is expected to remain high and the pace of the housing recovery will be sluggish.The 47 ...
February 28, 2011
Aman Singh last month registered Major Housing Association with the Tenant Services Authority. It is the first time that a registered provider and its parent company has been run for profit since new rules allowing profit-making associations came into force last April.
February 28, 2011
Bloomington, IL—The Illinois Soybean Association (ISA) witnessed the original vision for its SoyCam website - funded by the Illinois soybean checkoff - come to fruition in early January.
February 27, 2011
CHICAGO - The Chicago Blackhawks have locked up another key member of their organization, signing defenceman Brent Seabrook to a US$29-million, five-year contract extension on Sunday.
February 27, 2011
CHICAGO, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- Chicago police said the suspects in the slayings of two people in a North Side apartment were possibly involved in other drug-related homicides.
February 27, 2011
The Travelers Protective Association of America, Post A Grand Rapids, a non profit, civic-minded organization is sponsoring its third annual spaghetti dinner from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, March 15, at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1140 Muskegon Ave, NW, Grand Rapids.
February 27, 2011
Question: My wife and I recently purchased our first home, which is in a neighborhood supposedly governed by a neighborhood association. After moving in and hearing nothing from the homeowners association in a couple of months, I asked a few neighbors about it.
February 26, 2011
CONYERS — As many as 100 new and veteran umpires will be in the area next weekend when the Rockdale Softball Umpires Association hosts an Amateur Softball Association of America certification school at Johnson Park.
February 26, 2011
Cory Johnson scored 18 points to lead Valparaiso to a 79-65 victory over Illinois-Chicago in the final game of the regular season for both teams on Saturday night. The Crusaders (21-10, 12-6 Horizon) led the entire way, including by as many as 15 points just before halftime. Brandon Wood added 14 points while Howard Little pulled down a game-high 10 rebounds for Valparaiso.
February 26, 2011
Members of a new Texas association are starting a college scholarship program for a group of students they say do not have as many scholarship options as others -- white men.
February 26, 2011
Heather Spaniol loved living with a homeowner's association for eight years - until three years ago, when the harassment began.
February 25, 2011
Elizabeth Mhangami, a Zimbabwean, attended college in Chicago and returned home determined to make a difference there. A nonprofit that helps AIDS orphans is her latest venture.
February 25, 2011
ClearStar Logistics, a leading background screening industry services provider, today announced open integration to Shared Confidence, its new non-profit volunteer background screening program. Integration to Shared Confidence services is available to any background screening company on any technology platform. (PRWeb February 25, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com ...
February 25, 2011
Illinois, known for its wayward politicians and back-door political dealings, is in the odd position of having become the Switzerland on the Prairie as lawmakers fleeing votes in Wisconsin and Indiana take refuge in its borders.
February 24, 2011
YORK — This year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will award one nonprofit organization in York a $10,000 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant. Since 2008, Blue Cross has awarded $233,000 in Wellness Grants to organizations across Greater Nebraska in support of health and wellness programs.
February 24, 2011
The Illinois High School Association is feeling the recent expansion of the Big Ten Conference .
February 24, 2011
HOBART | The consolidation of the builders associations in Lake and Porter counties comes at a time when homebuying in Northwest Indiana is expected to grow, leaders of the newly formed organization said.
February 24, 2011
National report shows CPS trailing other urban schools A new national study on science proficiency indicates Illinois students are on par with their peers across the U.S., but Chicago students are lagging well behind counterparts in other large urban school districts.
February 24, 2011
MONMOUTH — Members of the editorial staff of Monmouth College’s student newspaper, The Courier, have received three awards from the Illinois College Press Association (ICPA).
February 24, 2011
The Illinois High School Association is looking for a site for the football finals in odd-year seasons beginning in 2013, the IHSA announced Thursday.
February 24, 2011
The Junior Women's Club of Fairfield is accepting applications from nonprofit organizations to receive funds raised at the club's 2011 "A Visit to Santa's House" event.
February 24, 2011
SHIRLEY LIN Today staff MacDonald Island Park got the green light funding for design of its outdoor stadium and non-profit hub. As part of a number of 2011 capital budget amendments approved Tuesday night, MacIsland got that $2 million funding.[...]
February 24, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 24, 2011
Illinois lawmakers said today they will fight a move by Republicans in the U.S. House to scrap funding for a key railroad improvement project designed to increase capacity and eliminate a notorious freight and passenger train bottleneck on Chicago's South Side.
February 24, 2011
97 Percent of Certified Community Association Managers Working Full-Time (PRWeb February 24, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/Community_Association/Management/prweb8160110.htm
February 23, 2011
YORK — This year, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Nebraska will award one nonprofit organization in York a $10,000 BlueHealth Advantage Wellness Grant. Since 2008, Blue Cross has awarded $233,000 in Wellness Grants to organizations across Greater Nebraska in support of health and wellness programs.
February 23, 2011
The association joined other Arbor homeowners associations – including Arbor Roses, which is suing the developers for $8.12 million -- earlier this month in a mediation session. The groups had hoped the mediation sessions would bring a resolution without a trial.
February 23, 2011
High gas prices are becoming a worry for non-profit agencies in Knoxville. If gas prices continue to rise changes will have to be made.
February 23, 2011
Anticipating a Census undercount, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. released its own estimated of Detroit's population this morning - 850,259 - based on market research conducted by the non-profit group Social Compact.
February 23, 2011
Jacksonville police arrested one of their own lieutenants this morning on charges of stealing money from the non-profit where he volunteered as the treasurer, Undersheriff Frank Mackesy told the Times-Union.
February 23, 2011
New existing and proposed laws make it easier for associations to siphon rent payments from deadbeat owners Florida law allows community associations to demand tenants of owners behind in maintenance payments to hand over rent payments — or face eviction. But does that mean your community association should jump into the rent collection business?
February 23, 2011
Anticipating a Census undercount, the Detroit Economic Growth Corp. released its own estimated of Detroit's population this morning - 850,259 - based on market research conducted by the non-profit group Social Compact.
February 23, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 23, 2011
The American Fertility Association , a national non-profit organization, will hold its 9th annual Illuminations LA fundraising event on March 5th at the Sunset Tower Hotel, the Art Deco masterpiece on Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood.
February 22, 2011
COMMENTARY | Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn's deep cuts to substance abuse programs within the state may cost Illinois more money in the long run. Quinn slashed the state budget and eliminated funding for substance abuse treatments not covered by Medicaid which, according to the Illinois Alcoholism and Drug Dependence Association (IADDA), will ultimately discharge approximately 55,000 substance abuse ...
February 22, 2011
Illinois residents have been watching gas prices continue to rise, and southern Illinoisans saw the price go up by 10 cents on Tuesday -- to reach $3.299 in Williamson County. The national average gas price is $3.175 per gallon but in Illinois, state and local taxes have raised the average state price to $3.286. Prices closer to the Chicago area are higher -- ranging from $3.69 to $3.79 per ...
February 22, 2011
NASA is looking for a non-profit organization to manage non-NASA science research on the U.S. part of the International Space Station.
February 22, 2011
Illinois High School Association boys Class 1A and 2A sectional tournament brackets involving area teams:
February 22, 2011
Cheers. Salud. Prost. L'Chaim. The Brewers Association-the national non-profit association representing the majority of today's U.S. breweries, and publishers of CraftBeer.com-will celebrate American Craft Beer Week May 16-22, with local events held nationwide.
February 22, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 21, 2011
BNote bills could only be used at area businesses, keeping value in city A Baltimore group wants to put civic pride in your wallet. The Baltimore Green Currency Association, a nonprofit that aims to help small restaurants and mom-and-pop retailers fend off the big chains, is trying to build an alternative economy — mostly in Hampden. To do so, the group plans to issue a local currency called ...
February 21, 2011
Lynchburg, VA - It is a finger lickin' good way to raise money for local organizations. All day Monday, Buffalo Wild Wings in Lynchburg teamed up with Presbyterian Homes and Family Services to raise money for the non-profit.
February 21, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 21, 2011
DENVER, Feb. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a national family-building non-profit organization, is heading to college campuses around the country to educate young men and women about infertility - a disease affecting one out of 6 couples in the U.S. The 2011 College Tour Series kicks off on March 4th at the University of Colorado in Boulder. Students will ...
February 21, 2011
The American Fertility Association (The AFA), a national family-building non-profit organization, is heading to college campuses around the country to educate young men and women about infertility - a disease affecting one out of 6 couples in the U.S. The 2011 College Tour Series kicks off on March 4th at the University of Colorado in Boulder.
February 21, 2011
Hungarian financial market regulator PSZAF on Monday said it signed cooperation agreements with seven professional associations with the aim of improving the quality and implementation of decrees it makes.
February 20, 2011
One hundred and four million dollars — that’s how much money sat in the 3,507 campaign funds controlled by state and local politicians and political-action committees at the end of 2010, Illinois State Board of Elections records show.The richest campaign fund: Rahm Emanuel’s. The Chicago mayoral candidate ended the year with more than $8.3 million available to spend on things like commercials ...
February 20, 2011
CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- The bill that will stop problem police officers from moving from department to department now has the backing of two prominent police officer associations. The West Virginia Troopers Association and the West Virginia Sheriffs Asso...
February 20, 2011
The builders associations in Porter County and Lake County have merged into one entity, the Home Builders Association of Northwest Indiana. The merger, they said, is due to the poor economy and the need for a stronger, combined voice.The newly combined association has scheduled a news conference for 5:15 p.m. Thursday at the Avalon Manor in Hobart to announce the merger and unveil its logo.“This ...
February 20, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 20, 2011
Editor's note: The Hechinger Report, a nonprofit education news outlet, and the Education Writers Association partnered with 36 news outlets - including the Tulsa World - in 27 states to investigate ...
February 19, 2011
Rural hospitals do more than just provide health care.
February 19, 2011
CHICAGO Matt Howard scored 19 points Saturday to lead Butler to its sixth straight victory in a 79-52 decision over Illinois-Chicago.
February 19, 2011
Matt Howard scored 19 points Saturday to lead Butler to its sixth straight victory in a 79-52 decision over Illinois-Chicago. Andrew Smith added 16 points for the Bulldogs (20-9, 12-5), percentage points out of second place in the Horizon League. Shawn Vanzant scored 11, and Shelvin Mack had 10 points for his 13th consecutive game in double figures.
February 19, 2011
Certain private non-profit organizations (PNPs) suffering facility damage from severe winter storms, flooding, and debris and mud flows from December 17, 2010 through January 4, 2011 may be eligible for reimbursement from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA).
February 18, 2011
EDINBURG — UTPA didn’t always play its best during its 5-4 win against the University of Illinois-Chicago on Friday at Edinburg Baseball Stadium, and Broncs coach Manny Mantrana was OK with that. Mantrana wants his team to be at its best later in...
February 18, 2011
A non-profit agency that receives millions in state funding to provide housing and work for people with developmental disabilities has agreed to repay $353,000 its managers and employees used for personal use, including taking two cruises with clients, according to the Department of Human Services.
February 18, 2011
A local non profit association is sending out a warning to Texomans. The association said a female is going door to door, in a neighborhood near Sheppard Air Force Base, wanting to clean people homes, with proceeds going to the association.
February 18, 2011
CHICAGO -- Illinois Governor Pat Quinn has released his budget proposal that would look to cut the number of Illinois public school districts by a dramatic amount. There are currently 869 school districts in the state and if Quinn's proposal goes through, it would limit the number to no more than 300. The governor has stated that he would work intensively with a hired commission to redraw ...
February 18, 2011
St. Louis, MO January 19, 2011The Midwest U.S. - China Association MWCA, a nonprofit, bipartisan organization led by former Missouri Governor Bob Holden will increase its efforts to champion the 12-state regions economic promise as part of Chinese President Hu Jintaos much anticipated visit to the Midwest this week.Governor Holden is slated as a panelist at the U.S. - China Trade and...
February 18, 2011
The Football Association of Slovenia has installed 43-year-old lawyer Kranju Aleksander Ceferin as its new president after the governing body's assembly in Brdo Pri.
February 18, 2011
The Conservative Party's Central Office takes control of the North Somerset Conservative Association after a row that has divided local members.
February 18, 2011
SAUGERTIES — A recently formed non-profit corporation is working to turn Opus 40 into a recognized museum and run it as a cultural and arts facility, the town supervisor says.
February 17, 2011
The Formal Dreams Foundation, a non-profit group, is giving away prom gowns to Magnolia students.
February 17, 2011
The sponsor of an Illinois bill that would require homeschooling families to register with the State Board of Education has tabled the legislation. Senator Edward Maloney (D-Chicago) tabled the bill on Thursday after intense opposition.
February 17, 2011
YouTube is launching its 5th Annual DoGooder Non-Profit Video Awards with a brand new award aimed at spurring online participation. The competition is a collaboration between YouTube and See3 with participation from Flip and NTEN.
February 17, 2011
The National Rifle Association’s Institute for Legislative Action (NRA-ILA) is reorganizing some key personnel as it continues its fight for Second Amendment freedoms.
February 16, 2011
Courtney Stanley's 3-pointer at the buzzer gave Loyola of Chicago a 67-66 overtime victory over Illinois-Chicago Wednesday night. Dipanjot Singh had given the Flames a 66-64 lead with 6 seconds remaining before Terrance Hill passed to Stanley for the game-winner. Hill made a pair of free throws with 5 seconds left in regulation to tie it at 59.
February 16, 2011
NAPERVILLE, Ill., and SPRINGFIELD, Ill., Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) President Maryjane A. Wurth issued the following statement about the Governor's FY2012 state budget proposal, which includes a $552 million reduction in Medicaid funding (from a 6 percent rate reimbursement reduction) for hospitals, nursing homes, and many non-institutional ...
February 16, 2011
The Museum of Art and Digital Entertainment (MADE), a non-profit dedicated to the preservation of video games and the presentation of games as art, is raising money to create a small starter museum location in the San Francisco Bay Area. MADE's planned location will host its existing collection of works, and feature rare game prototypes, concept art from the creation of games, and playable ...
February 16, 2011
Kevin Roderick: Tom Unterman, the venture capitalist and former chief financial officer of Times Mirror who engineered the company's 2000 sale to Tribune, has been having discussions around town about starting a non-profit journalism venture that would partner with the L.A. Times on investigative and other projects.
February 16, 2011
Non-profit medical center in Jupiter closing
February 16, 2011
Most condominium owners have a set of documents that perform little practical function other than taking up space on a shelf or in a cabinet. That is, if they bothered to keep them at all. Those documents are the rules for the association. The rules; you will obey them or start getting warning letters from the management company.
February 16, 2011
Hispanics have become Illinois' largest minority group, 2010 Census data released Tuesday show, and the city of Chicago lost almost 7% of its residents over the past decade.
February 16, 2011
EDLink, the first professional community providing education and support exclusively for non-profit Executive Directors (EDs), is now connecting leaders from the non-profit sector worldwide at http://www.TheEDLink.org . (PRWeb February 16, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/02/prweb5069414.htm
February 15, 2011
Kota Kinabalu: All sports association registered under the Sabah Sports Council are urged to actively pursue their development objectives and continue implementing activities for the betterment of sports in the State.
February 15, 2011
Recycling is one of the many benefits one local non-profit agency brings to Shawnee residents.
February 15, 2011
A new non-profit in State College wants to help rid the world of waste and be more efficient with our resources. The New Leaf Initiative held their grand opening Tuesday evening.
February 15, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL--(Marketwire - 02/15/11) - Statement from Ken Swanson, president Illinois Education Association: Rarely a day goes by where we don't hear that America's public schools are failing because of bad teachers. When teachers, through their organizations, push back on this, those criticizing public school teachers take a paternalistic tone. "Don't worry," they say. "We're not talking ...
February 15, 2011
The 9th annual Hong Kong PolyU Winter School, co-organised by The Hong Kong Polytechnic University's (PolyU) School of Hotel and Tourism Management (SHTM) and the Hong Kong Hotels Association, and sponsored by the Pacific Asia Travel Association, the Royal Garden and the Institute of Hospitality, was held over two weeks on 17-29 January 2011. With a decade of providing executive training to ...
February 14, 2011
KOTA KINABALU: The Sabah Timber Industries Association welcomes the move taken by the state government in opening up recruitment of foreign workers from four other source countries namely Bangladesh, Nepal, Myanmar and Vietnam.
February 14, 2011
2/14/2011 - TRIB/TIA Announce Tire Thumper Contest Winner The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and the Tire Industry Association announced the winner of their "Guess the Pressure" contest at the Technology & Maintenance Council's Transportation Technology Exhibition on February 10....
February 14, 2011
The show won't go on for Vista's annual Winterfest celebration and annual summer concert series, according to officials with the Vista Village Business Association who said they're dropping those programs to save money and boost attendance at the group's more popular events.
February 14, 2011
TORONTO - The association that represents most of Canada's mutual fund companies is revising and reducing the amount of information it releases to the public.
February 14, 2011
TORONTO - The Patients’ Association of Canada, which officially launches this week, has been established to provide a national voice for patients in public discussions about the country's health-care system and how it can be improved.
February 14, 2011
Just weeks after signing a major tax increase into law, Gov. Pat Quinn gets the privilege of telling Illinois lawmakers and taxpayers that the state's budget is still a mess.
February 14, 2011
Washington February 14, 2011 The Building Owners and Managers Association BOMA International has hired Environics Communications to promote the associations 360 Performance Program nationwide.Founded in 1907, BOMA is an international federation of more than 100 local associations and affiliated organizations. BOMA International's members are building owners, managers, developers,...
February 14, 2011
On Wednesday, February 23, 2011, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) and the WaterReuse Association will co-sponsor a webcast titled, "Water Reuse: A Call to Action."
February 14, 2011
2/14/2011 - TRIB/TIA Announce Tire Thumper Contest Winner The Tire Retread & Repair Information Bureau and the Tire Industry Association announced the winner of their "Guess the Pressure" contest at the Technology & Maintenance Council's Transportation Technology Exhibition on February 10....
February 13, 2011
A Grand Junction based non-profit is entering it's 5th years of operations. What started as a husband and wife team has now grown into a worldwide organization.
February 13, 2011
DATUK Mohd Ilyas Zainol Abidin was elected as president of the Asean Hotel and Restaurant Association (AHRA) for the term 2011 – 2013 at the AHRA annual general meeting held in Phnom Penh, Cambodia recently.
February 13, 2011
Purdue vs. Illinois recap from game played on February 13, 2011
February 13, 2011
At Chicago, for the first time this season, UWGB men's basketball coach Brian Wardle had to question the effort of his team. His Phoenix was outplayed in almost every way during a loss at the Gentile Center on Saturday afternoon.
February 13, 2011
CHICAGO -- Anthony Hill scored a career-high 32 points to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee in a 70-59 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Hill made 12 of 23 tries from the field and 8 of 9 from the free-throw line in 28 minutes for the Panthers (15-11, 10-5 Horizon).
February 12, 2011
Benjamen Von Glan of Vail is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.
February 12, 2011
CHICAGO, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- An Illinois man swindled investors out of $105 million in a Ponzi scheme, federal authorities charge.
February 12, 2011
Benjamen Von Glan of Vail is a new junior member of the American Angus Association.
February 11, 2011
The non-profit Vets and Their Pets is holding a benefit rummage sale in Scottsdale today for a program that helps needy veterans keep and care for their pets.
February 11, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) — Robo Kreps hit a driving runner as time expired in overtime, lifting Illinois-Chicago to a 63-61 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night.
February 11, 2011
COMMENTARY | A bill recently introduced to the Illinois General Assembly by Senator Ed Maloney (D-Chicago) is attempting to keeps track of homeschoolers within Illinois. Senate Bill 136 would require homeschooling families to register with the Illinois State Board of Education.
February 11, 2011
CHICAGO This trip to Illinois already is going better than last season.
February 11, 2011
CHICAGO This one will hurt for a while.
February 10, 2011
The Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of digital pathology applications, announces the addition of Eric F. Glassy, M.D., and Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D.—both practicing pathologists—to its board of directors, adding to the existing roster of influential leaders from the digital pathology industry. Indianapolis, IN (Vocus/PRWEB) February 10 ...
February 10, 2011
The Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of digital pathology applications, announces the addition of Eric F. Glassy, M.D., and Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D.—both practicing pathologists—to its board of directors, adding to the existing roster of influential leaders from the digital pathology industry. Indianapolis, IN (Vocus/PRWEB) February 10 ...
February 10, 2011
Robo Kreps hit a driving runner as time expired in overtime, lifting Illinois-Chicago to a 63-61 victory over Wisconsin-Green Bay on Thursday night. Kreps, who had 21 points, came off a screen near the top of the key, drove left and converted an up-and-under move for the game-winner. Paul Carter added 22 points and nine rebounds for the Flames (7-19, 2-12 Horizon), who had lost 12 of their ...
February 10, 2011
JNC Association is a nonprofit organization that helps men interested in playing in a softball league in the Norwin area.
February 10, 2011
LENOIR COUNTY State Auditor Beth Wood found that Kinston non profit wasted taxpayer dollars
February 10, 2011
The Digital Pathology Association (DPA), a non-profit organization committed to the advancement of digital pathology applications, announces the addition of Eric F. Glassy, M.D., and Sylvia L. Asa, M.D., Ph.D.—both practicing pathologists—to its board of directors, adding to the existing roster of influential leaders from the digital pathology industry. (PRWeb February 10, 2011) Read the full ...
February 9, 2011
For the second year in a row, the MB Area Hospitality Association will not host a spring job fair, citing a lack of interest by employers and new ways for companies to seek job candidates on their own.
February 9, 2011
CORPUS CHRISTI (Kiii News) - Funding for non-profit groups are shrinking causing them to tighten their belts. A program called Score is holding a workshop that aims to help non-profit organizations during tough times.
February 9, 2011
SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 9, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- With the majority of headlines focusing on Facebook and Twitter these days, one would expect budget-stretched companies to take advantage of these free tools. However, a recent survey of more than 500 non-profit staff members and volunteers finds organizations are slow to adapt. The survey, conducted by Zoomerang, an easy and cost-effective online ...
February 9, 2011
CHICAGO — The Illinois Wind Energy Association has invited wind power developers working in Wisconsin to focus their efforts on Illinois, where Gov. Pat Quinn and the Illinois General Assembly have worked to streamline regulations for the wind energy business.
February 8, 2011
Amalia Schwerdtmann, board chairman of the Illinois Scholarship Association, announced that Bridal Elegance, Illinois' largest bridal and prom store, has partnered with the Illinois Scholarship Association, a duly-accredited state scholarship pageant in the Miss America Organization. Jan Ferracuti, owner
February 8, 2011
Some hospitals in Washington state are paying their executives so much that the hospitals may no longer quality for business tax breaks.
February 8, 2011
How much money Illinois would receive unclear, but all Midwest rails lead to Chicago Illinois' long-shot bid to introduce faster passenger trains by 2014 received a potential boost today from a White House proposal to spend $53 billion over six years to create a national high-speed rail network that would eventually be within reach of 80 percent of the U.S. population.
February 8, 2011
In March of 2007, then-City Manager Don Blubaugh and staff developed a policy for allocating funding to certain non-profit, Martinez-focuses community groups and budgeted $25,000 annually in available funding through the 2009: $10,000 was intended to be distributed by former Arts and Library Commission, while the City Council doled out the remaining $15,000. The Council, at that time ...
February 8, 2011
Readers ask can associations cut off pool from everyone? Can I inspect association insurance records? Can an HOA place a lien on an owner's car? Can a condo board bar pool access to every owner when a few don't pay maintenance fees? Does a condo owner have a right to inspect an association's insurance records?
February 8, 2011
Kansas City - KANSAS CITY – February 7, 2011 – In celebration of International Coaching Week (February 7-13), the Kansas City Chapter of International Coaching Federation (ICF), Heartland Coaches Association (HCA) announces Heartland Habitat for Humanity as recipient of their 2011 Non-Profit Coaching Service Grant.
February 7, 2011
Members of the Illinois Wheat Association will be gathering at Southern Illinois in February for that group's annual Winter Wheat Forum. The IWA will host a series of educational programs from 9 a.m. to 2:45 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 15,
February 7, 2011
Shelvin Mack scored 17 points and Butler beat Illinois-Chicago for the ninth straight time, 72-65 Monday night. Read more at www.WISHTV.com
February 7, 2011
Shelvin Mack scored 17 points and Butler beat Illinois-Chicago for the ninth straight time, 72-65 Monday night. Khyle Marshall added 11 points, and Zach Hahn and Ronald Nored each had 10 for the Bulldogs (16-9, 8-5 Horizon). Robo Kreps scored 22 points to reach 1,500 for his career, and Paul Carter finished with 17 points and 11 rebounds the Flames (6-19, 1-12).
February 7, 2011
Butler defeated Illinois-Chicago this evening at Hinkle Fieldhouse 72-65, but the real story was not the final score. Rather, the eye injury sustained by Matt Howard just before the half is the concern shared by all Bulldogs fans. Howard did not play in the second half. Once again, here's Howard's bloody face (via Twitter ): Butler had several turnovers (15) and almost gave the game away. But ...
February 7, 2011
The former head of a Seattle-area non-profit is headed to federal prison for stealing $625,000 from hundreds of needy, disabled clients.
February 7, 2011
The San Diego Apartment Association has instead contracted with the National Apartment Association and hired two well-known housing lobbyists to represent the group in the California Legislature. The local apartment association also is beefing up its legislative presence by forming an alliance with several other rental associations in Southern California.
February 6, 2011
Travis homeowner, association tangle over solar panels
February 6, 2011
The West Virginia Auctioneer's Association hosted it's 50th anniversary convention this weekend.
February 6, 2011
In the wake of an historic blizzard that shut down Chicago's lakefront highway, Illinois' senators asked federal officials on Sunday to discuss ways to better protect the city's shoreline.
February 6, 2011
The Hospitality Association of NZ is delighted to announce the appointment of Astrid Fisher as the Upper Northern North Island Regional Manager. Astrid has a strong sales and marketing background, and good relationship management experience, predominantly ...
February 6, 2011
A Colorado nonprofit has canceled a Sarah Palin fundraiser for military families citing safety concerns after an "onslaught of negative feedback."
February 5, 2011
The West Virginia Auctioneer's Association hosted it's 50th anniversary convention this weekend.
February 5, 2011
Vaughn Duggins scored 28 points to lead Wright State over Illinois-Chicago 69-63 on Saturday night. The Raiders (16-9, 9-4 Horizon League) led 37-23 at halftime after ending the half on an 18-6 run. Wright State was 5 of 9 from 3-point range (55.6 percent) and made all four of its free-throw attempts in the first half.
February 5, 2011
Chase Simon scored 28 points Saturday to pace Detroit to an 81-71 victory over Loyola of Chicago. Simon went 3 of 6 from 3-point range for the Titans (13-12, 7-6 Horizon League), who manufactured their first winning streak since beating Loyola and Illinois-Chicago on Jan. 6-8. LaMarcus Lowe, Ray McCallum and Eli Holman scored 10 points apiece, and Lowe grabbed nine rebounds.
February 5, 2011
TAMPA, Fla. (March 21, 2008) -- Executives from charitable agencies seeking to hone their business skills – and apply them in the non-profit arena – are invited to apply for a $20,000 scholarship to the Executive MBA program at the University of South Florida in Tampa.
February 5, 2011
Awards NCA announces award winners in ceremony The Nevada Contractors Association, a nonprofit industry trade group, recently named the winners of its 11th annual Contractor of the Year Awards. Las Vegas Paving Corp. was named 2010 Contractor of the Year
February 4, 2011
The first bank failure in Illinois in 2011 came Friday when Community First Bank-Chicago was closed by state banking regulators, the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. said.
February 4, 2011
As a result of the fire which devastated Willcox High School, a Fire Recovery group was formed to receive donations to assist WHS during this difficult time. This group has now formally organized into a non-profit charity, Willcox Working Together for Education (WWTE).
February 4, 2011
As a result of the fire which devastated Willcox High School, a Fire Recovery group was formed to receive donations to assist WHS during this difficult time. This group has now formally organized into a non-profit charity, Willcox Working Together for Education (WWTE).
February 4, 2011
CHICAGO and NAPERVILLE, Ill., Feb. 4, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois (BCBSIL) and the Illinois Hospital Association (IHA) are joining forces to reduce Illinois hospital readmissions through a new quality initiative—Preventing Readmissions through Effective Partnerships (PREP). Partnering with nationally-recognized experts from the Division of Hospital ...
February 4, 2011
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is in Chicago Friday, meeting with Illinois business leaders in hopes of luring them to his state.
February 4, 2011
2/4/2011 - NAFA Opens Submissions For 2011 Sustainable Fleet Awards The NAFA Fleet Management Association has opened submissions for its 2011 Sustainable Fleet Awards....
February 3, 2011
The president of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Association says music director Riccardo Muti has been treated for superficial facial injuries after fainting during rehearsal.
February 3, 2011
2/3/2011 - Parts Suppliers Submit Comments on Heavy-Duty Fuel Efficiency Standard The Motor & Equipment Manufacturers Association submitted comments this week to the Department of Transportation and the Environmental Protection Agency regarding the agencies' coordinated effort to establish the first-ever standards for fuel efficiency and greenhouse gas emission standards for medium- and heavy ...
February 3, 2011
Ray McCallum snagged a double-double, scoring 12 points and making 10 assists, to boost Detroit to a 77-63 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night. The score was tied at 35 at halftime, but the Titans (12-12, 6-6 Horizon) went on to shoot 54.8 percent from the field in the second half and led by as many as 16 points.
February 3, 2011
As a result of the fire which devastated Willcox High School, a Fire Recovery group was formed to receive donations to assist WHS during this difficult time. This group has now formally organized into a non-profit charity, Willcox Working Together for Education (WWTE).
February 3, 2011
The Cancer Association of Anderson and several other nonprofit groups received a total of $35,500 in donations Thursday from a local holiday lights display and a multi-state bicycle relay.
February 3, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The National Sheriffs’ Association (NSA), a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice and public safety fields, has formed an educational alliance with Capella University (http://www.capella.edu). Capella is an accredited online university* that has built its reputation by ...
February 3, 2011
The National Sheriffs’ Association , a non-profit organization dedicated to raising the level of professionalism among those in the criminal justice and public safety fields, has formed an educational alliance with Capella University .
February 2, 2011
A winter blizzard of historic proportions wobbled an otherwise snow-tough Chicago, stranding hundreds of drivers for up to 12 hours overnight on the city's showcase lakeshore thoroughfare, halting air traffic and giving many schoolchildren their first ever snow day Wednesday.
February 2, 2011
A winter blizzard of historic proportions wobbled an otherwise snow-tough Chicago, stranding hundreds of drivers for up to 12...
February 2, 2011
Shirley Lin Today staff Wood Buffalo's leading minds huddled together to brainstorm better ways to develop the non-profit sector in the region.[...]
February 2, 2011
As a result of the fire which devastated Willcox High School, a Fire Recovery group was formed to receive donations to assist WHS during this difficult time. This group has now formally organized into a non-profit charity, Willcox Working Together for Education (WWTE).
February 2, 2011
1/25/2011 - Moving Association Honors Safe Fleets, Drivers The nation's top moving van operators and safest company fleets have been honored by the American Moving & Storage Association....
February 2, 2011
A center to help non-profit groups get started is expected to open in April as part of a larger revi
February 1, 2011
Illinois joined five other states Monday in legalizing civil unions, a move that will give same sex couples many of the legal protections that are now granted to married couples.
February 1, 2011
ELK GROVE VILLAGE — A nonprofit organization founded by a northern Illinois family is shipping 7,000 pizzas to U.S. troops for Sunday's Super Bowl.
February 1, 2011
A center to help non-profit groups get started is expected to open in April as part of a larger revi
February 1, 2011
YEKATERINBURG, February 1 (Itar-Tass) -- Russian President Dmitry Medvedev considers it right to develop non-profit organizations, which help children in Russia.
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January 31, 2011
A nonprofit organization based in Colorado, the American Humane Association, donated $20,000 on Monday toward caring for as many as 700 of the James Leachman horses on private and Crow Reservation land east of Billings.
January 31, 2011
CHICAGO - Gov. Pat Quinn signed legislation Monday legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples, making Illinois one of about a dozen states that extend significant legal protections to same-sex couples.
January 31, 2011
Jamie Lenfestey says "music is not dying in Santa Fe" For years, Santa Fe concert promoter Jamie Lenfestey posted a sign on his bulletin board saying, "Go nonprofit, you jackass." That day has finally come. Lenfestey, who ran his own FanMan Productions for 20 years offering concerts by acts ranging from the Grateful Dead's Bob Weir to James Brown to Pat Metheny, has joined Heath Concerts, part ...
January 31, 2011
CHICAGO - Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn has signed a bill legalizing civil unions for gay and lesbian couples. Hundreds...
January 31, 2011
A non-profit group wants to take your used electronics and appliances off your hands and put them to good use.
January 31, 2011
Louisville, Ky. (WHAS11)-  A Louisville businessman is now facing jail time after police say he used his sports marketing business to rip off a non-profit organization. David Judd claims to be one of the top organizers of Golf Charity Events in the Southeast. He claims to use his connections to help raise thousands of dollars for charities, but police say they believe he actually used his ...
January 31, 2011
ELK GROVE, Ill., Jan. 31 (UPI) -- A retired Air Force master sergeant living in Illinois said his non-profit is shipping 7,000 pizzas overseas to U.S. service members for the Super Bowl.
January 31, 2011
OTTAWA - Carleton University's student association has upheld its decision to ban a campus anti-abortion group.
January 31, 2011
The Association for Women in Technology (AWT), a non-profit organization dedicated to empowering women in all fields of technology, presents “Social Media: Hype or Holy Grail for Business?” technology networking forum.
January 29, 2011
Brad Birton and Paul Carter had double-doubles to lead Illinois-Chicago to its first conference victory of the season with an 83-61 decision over Youngstown State on Saturday. Birton had 14 points and 14 rebounds while Carter had 14 points and 10 rebounds for the Flames (6-16, 1-9 Horizon League), which had dropped nine in a row since upsetting Illinois on Dec.
January 29, 2011
Although the economy is still much in its recovery phase, the unemployment level in the Chicago-Naperville-Joliet area dropped to 8.6 percent in December. While Chicago Business reports that overall unemployment declined to 8.8 percent in Illinois, the official report from the Illinois Department of Economic Security indicates that the level of unemployment is currently at 9.3 percent. Whatever ...
January 29, 2011
Christina Ramsey of River City Management Group is working with the Mississippi Hospitality and Restaurant Association to reactivate the DeSoto County chapter of the association.
January 29, 2011
Non-Profits can Receive Immediate Savings from over 55 Best-In-Class Vendors San Diego, Calif. (Vocus/PRWEB) January 27, 2011 Non-Profit Purchasing Group , the only group purchasing organization dedicated exclusively to non-profit organizations nationwide and in Canada, announced today that for five days only, non-profits can join NPPG at half the regular price at http://www ...
January 28, 2011
Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become the next mayor of Chicago is outflanking the competition by millions of dollars, most of it raised before a new Illinois law went into effect to limit contributions from donors.
January 28, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan 28 — Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago, the Illinois high court ruled unanimously yesterday, overturning a lower court ruling earlier this week to exclude him. Some residents of Chicago challenged Emanuel’s residency, saying his stay in Washington, DC as President Obama’s chief of staff ...
January 27, 2011
Norris Cole scored a game-high 22 points in Cleveland State's 63-49 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night. The Vikings (19-3, 8-2 Horizon) trailed 31-29 at halftime but pulled ahead in the second half on 50 percent shooting from the field. The final score was their largest lead. Jeremy Montgomery added 13 points for Cleveland State.
January 27, 2011
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago, the Illinois high court ruled unanimously on Thursday, overturning a lower court ruling earlier this week to exclude him.
January 27, 2011
Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, will remain on the ballot for Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled unanimously.
January 27, 2011
CHICAGO — Illinois' highest court put Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor today, three days after a lower court threw the former White House chief of staff off the ballot because he had not lived in the city for a full year.
January 27, 2011
Illinois' highest court put Rahm Emanuel back in the race for Chicago mayor Thursday, three days after a lower court threw the former White House chief of staff off the ballot because he had not lived in the city for a full year.
January 27, 2011
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago, the Illinois high court ruled unanimously on Thursday, overturning a lower court ruling earlier this week to exclude him.
January 27, 2011
Former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel can run for mayor of Chicago, the Illinois high court ruled unanimously on Thursday, overturning a lower court ruling earlier this week to exclude him.
January 27, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court ruled Thursday that Rahm Emanuel can stay on the ballot for mayor of Chicago, saying in a unanimous decision that he meets the state's residency requirements despite spending most of the last year as White House chief of staff.
January 27, 2011
Maine's non-profit sector was on display at the State House today. The event gave some organizations the chance to show lawmakers the importance of the services they provide to their communities. Organizers said it was a day to recognize Maine's non-profit organizations and all the work they do. . . .
January 27, 2011
Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become Chicago’s mayor may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled, ending a week that turned the city upside down.
January 26, 2011
Rahm Emanuel’s bid to become Chicago’s mayor may proceed, the Illinois Supreme Court ruled, bringing an end to weeks of debate over whether he was qualified for the ballot.
January 26, 2011
COLUMBIA - The Intersection, a non-profit organization that provides a safe place for kids, is currently competing to win $250,000 through the Pepsi Refresh Project. The organization wants to make several improvements if it wins the money.
January 26, 2011
An area non-profit group is trying to show what homelessness looks like in the community.
January 26, 2011
Australian of the Year Simon McKeon is determined to use his position to inspire people to become involved in the non-profit sector.
January 26, 2011
Chicago — Illinois' highest court agreed Tuesday to take Rahm Emanuel's appeal of a decision that threw him off the ballot for Chicago mayor and ordered election officials not to print any mayoral ballots without Emanuel's name.
January 25, 2011
Chicago — Illinois' highest court agreed Tuesday to take Rahm Emanuel's appeal of a decision that threw him off the ballot for Chicago mayor and ordered election officials not to print any mayoral ballots without Emanuel's name.
January 25, 2011
Non profit organizations across Joplin are feeling the brunt of funding cuts.      the city council reached the decision after a work session this week.       Fox 14's Chantee Lans talked with the mayor and the two organizations that will get the biggest cuts.
January 25, 2011
Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, won an expedited review by the Illinois Supreme Court of his disqualification from Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election.
January 25, 2011
NEW ORLEANS -- A burglar broke into a neighborhood center Uptown and stole five computers from a nonprofit that teaches people how to use computers and learn job skills. A surveillance video shows the burglar walking onto the property in the 4600 block of Freret Street. Minutes later he leaves loaded down with stolen goods, including five computers – three of them desktops – a printer and a ...
January 25, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, against his disqualification from Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election.
January 25, 2011
Rahm Emanuel's name can appear on ballots printed for the Chicago mayoral election, the Illinois high court said on Tuesday, as it considers whether to reverse a lower court decision to exclude him.
January 25, 2011
An employee of a Houston non-profit organization dedicated to helping kids in after-school programs is being held on accusations of possessing and distributing child porn
January 25, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court agreed to hear an expedited appeal from Rahm Emanuel, President Barack Obama’s former chief of staff, of a decision disqualifying him from Chicago’s Feb. 22 mayoral election.
January 25, 2011
The Illinois Supreme Court announced Tuesday afternoon it will take up Rahm Emanuel's bid to stay on the ballot in the Chicago mayoral race. The case, which will be expedited, focuses on whether Emanuel meets residency requirements for the race. The move comes just hours after the court issued a "stay" in the case, blocking [... ]
January 25, 2011
PROVIDENCE, R.I. - The founder of the celebrated Newport jazz and folk festivals is taking them non-profit in an effort to make sure the events he's been producing for six decades live on after he is gone.
January 24, 2011
A court in Illinois ruled that President Barack Obama's former chief of staff Rahm Emanuel is ineligible to run for mayor of Chicago in next month's election.
January 24, 2011
Does a non-profit church have to file a tax return? - P.J., Rancho Palos Verdes A: Research indicates that synagogues, churches and similar such entities are not required to file tax returns.
January 24, 2011
Former Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel added another former title to his resume: former Chicago Mayor contender. An Illinois appellate court found the one-time Chicago resident was just that -- a former resident who lost his status when he pulled up stakes to work in Washington. For Tweeters, it was the perfect day's post.The Daily Beast's Howard Kurtz got the news on the fly ...
January 24, 2011
An Illinois appeals court threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor Tuesday because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election. The decision cast doubt over Emanuel's candidacy just a month before the election. He had been considered the front-runner and had raised more money than any other candidate. The court voted 2-1 to overturn a ...
January 24, 2011
Candidate appealing to the Illinois Supreme Court
January 24, 2011
An Illinois appellate court on Monday threw former White House chief of staff Rahm Emanuel off the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election.
January 24, 2011
CHICAGO — Just days ago, Rahm Emanuel seemed to be steamrolling the entire field of candidates for Chicago mayor. He had millions in the bank, a huge lead in the polls and abundant opportunities to show off his influence, including meeting with the visiting Chinese president.
January 24, 2011
CHICAGO - An Illinois Appeals Court has ruled that Rahm Emanuel's name can't appear on the ballot for Chicago mayor because he didn't live in the city in the year before the election.
January 23, 2011
An organization designed to promote Carrboro business was forced to change its tax status after receiving notice from the federal government. Formerly a nonprofit, the Carrboro Merchants Association filed to become a for-profit corporation in December after IRS notification that the group didn’t qualify as charitable.
January 23, 2011
Economic development groups in northwest Indiana are taking steps to recruit businesses from Illinois including an advertising campaign highlighting the area's transportation infrastructure, proximity to Chicago, work force and facilities.
January 23, 2011
Boulder police have arrested a bookkeeper who is charged with embezzling $160,000 from the educational non-profit organization she worked for.
January 22, 2011
SEBRING The Highlands County Tennis Association has acquired six courts and the land surrounding them from the Country Club of Sebring.
January 22, 2011
Geoff McCammon hit five 3-pointers among his 19 points to lead Loyola of Chicago to a 68-59 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Courtney Stanley scored 13 points and Ben Averkamp 12 for the Ramblers (12-8, 3-6 Horizon League), who won their second in a row. Andy Polka had 11 rebounds and four assists, and Stanley matched that assist total.
January 21, 2011
Mayor Daley’s long effort to build ties with the world’s second-largest economy seemed to pay off last week as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived for his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.Hu focused on economic ties between China and Chicago during his whirlwind overnight visit to the city. Experts said the attention from China has been the envy of other ...
January 21, 2011
Mayor Daley’s long effort to build ties with the world’s second-largest economy seemed to pay off last week as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived for his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.Hu focused on economic ties between China and Chicago during his whirlwind overnight visit to the city. Experts said the attention from China has been the envy of other ...
January 21, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas, Jan. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Texas House budget leaders announced plans to slash the state budget designed to care for frail elderly Texans. Proposed plans cut the overall Medicaid budget for nursing home residents by 34 percent. The announcement was made in response to a state budget that is in a $27 billion shortfall. Faced with this announcement, Texas non-profit ...
January 21, 2011
A non-profit group in Charlottesville is working to give kids a brighter future, but it takes hundreds of volunteers.
January 21, 2011
Chicago's mayor courted Chinese President Hu Jintao on Friday during a whirlwind visit that included a tour of a local high school and stop at a business expo in an effort to boost economic ties between the world's second-largest economy and companies in Chicago and elsewhere in the Midwest.
January 20, 2011
PICKING up from where it left off in the 25th Southeast Asian Games, the Amateur Boxing Association of the Philippines kept the punches coming in the year 2010.
January 20, 2011
Mayor Richard Daley's long effort to build ties with the world's second-largest economy seemed to pay off Thursday as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived for his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.
January 20, 2011
Mayor Richard Daley's long effort to build ties with the world's second-largest economy seemed to pay off Thursday as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived for his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.
January 20, 2011
The city of Chicago saw home sales edge down 1.6 percent in 2010 from 2009, with the median home price dropping 8 percent to $207,000, according to a Realtors’ report out today.Throughout the nine-county area, home sales stayed about the same in 2010 as the previous year, while median prices declined 5.6 percent, to $185,000, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.Though foreclosures ...
January 20, 2011
The city of Chicago saw home sales edge down 1.6 percent in 2010 from 2009, with the median home price dropping 8 percent to $207,000, according to a Realtors’ report out today.Throughout the nine-county area, home sales stayed about the same in 2010 as the previous year, while median prices declined 5.6 percent, to $185,000, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors.Though foreclosures ...
January 20, 2011
Mayor Richard Daley's long effort to build ties with the world's second-largest economy seemed to pay off Thursday as Chinese President Hu Jintao arrived for his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.
January 20, 2011
A collection of twenty game-related companies from Northern France and Belgium have formed a new non-profit organization devoted to "enhancing business opportunities in the region." Game IN, as the organization is called, includes leading French studio and Dofus developer Ankama, accessory maker Bigben Interactive, game-focused school Supinfogames and other publishers, distributors and ...
January 20, 2011
Mayor Richard Daley's long effort to build ties with the world's second-largest economy seemed to pay off Thursday as Chinese President Hu Jintao made his first visit to Chicago, his only stop outside Washington during this trip.
January 20, 2011
The Jessamine County Beef Cattlemen Association has helped many non-profit groups in the past with cookouts. Recently, several beneficiaries received their checks.
January 20, 2011
Tagoras today released Association Virtual Conferences: State of the Sector, a comprehensive report on the adoption of virtual conferences by trade and professional associations as an approach to educational events and meetings. The report will be discussed in a free Webinar today at 1:00 PM ET. Details and registration information for the Webinar are available at https://www3.gotomeeting.com ...
January 19, 2011
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announced today that it will award more than $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the state to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2011-12 academic year.
January 19, 2011
The Illinois Sheriffs’ Association announces that it will be awarding over $53,000 in college scholarships throughout the State of Illinois to students wishing to pursue higher education during the 2011/2012 academic year.
January 19, 2011
(Ivanhoe Newswire) -- Like many organizations, the American Heart Association has fears about the ramifications of a troubled economy. Their recent statement, "American Heart Association and Nonprofit Advocacy: Past, Present and Future," contains a recommendation that advocates support for the medical advancement of heart disease and stroke by centering their pleas around the patients of those ...
January 19, 2011
KALISPELL - The city council has approved the final hurdle for a non-profit agency which is looking to sell lots in a subdivision near Denver Avenue.
January 18, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan. 19 (UPI) -- The MacArthur Foundation, based in Chicago, has announced the 11 recipients of its grants for creative and effective non-profit organizations.
January 18, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Alzheimer's Association joins the Shriver family and the nation in mourning the passing of Sargent Shriver. Few people have had the impact on our nation that Mr. Shriver did. His unwavering dedication to the excellence and the ideal of public service laid a groundwork that Americans continue to follow to this day. A veteran of the Unites ...
January 18, 2011
The Northern Nevada Community Housing Resource Board, a Reno-based non-profit, is pleased to announce the grand opening for Autumn Village Apartments, a new 43-unit affordable housing rental development being constructed on Gentry Way and Wrondel.
January 18, 2011
AUGUSTA, Maine -- (NEWS CENTER) Heart attacks are still one of the leading causes of death in Maine and the country.  The American Heart Association has an idea to help reduce the number of deaths: train every high school student in basic CPR before they graduate.
January 18, 2011
Mayor: Converting Memorial to non-profit will allow it to grow, prosper - More than 100 people have e-mailed Mayor Lionel Ri
January 18, 2011
The American Heart Association has, for the first time, published a statement, "American Heart Association and Nonprofit Advocacy: Past, Present, and Future," that documents the association's longstanding commitment to improve heart and stroke-related public policy.
January 18, 2011
WAKEFIELD, Mass., Jan. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Paul Pescatello has been re-elected as Chairman of the New England Biotech Association (NEBA) at the organization's annual meeting. NEBA is a non-profit, member-driven organization comprised of state biotech associations, companies, academic institutions, and other organizations in the six New England states with a collective mission to support and ...
January 18, 2011
Virtual, Inc., a technology-focused association management company, today announced the date of its initial 2011 webinar as part of the company’s ongoing webcast series on a variety of association management-related topics.
January 18, 2011
BENTON -- A judge in southern Illinois has ordered a Chicago man to spend more than 20 years in federal prison in connection with a marijuana-growing operation.
January 18, 2011
Ron Wolf, former Georgia Restaurant Association (GRA) founder & CEO, has unveiled a new hospitality industry trade association, the Georgia Licensed Beverage Association (GLBA), in Georgia.
January 17, 2011
Las Vegas, NV (KTNV) - A local non-profit helping senior citizens continue to live their life to the fullest, was the target of a burglary.  Unfortunately, this is at least the third non-profit hit by thieves this month.
January 17, 2011
The Illinois Association of Agricultural Fairs (IAAF) crowned Jackie Driscoll, Miss Henry County Fair, the 2011 Miss Illinois County Fair Queen Sunday evening.
January 17, 2011
Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.There were 857,282 households enrolled last month in what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ...
January 17, 2011
ATLANTA, GA--(Marketwire - January 17, 2011) - Former GRA Founder & CEO, Ron Wolf, has launched Georgia's newest hospitality industry trade association, the Georgia Licensed Beverage Association (GLBA). The GLBA is a non-profit trade association whose members are on-premise alcohol beverage licensees, and industry vendors throughout the State of Georgia.
January 17, 2011
1/17/2011 - AMSA Expands Membership to Agents of Arpin Van Lines All 140 agents in the Arpin Van Lines family across the U.S. will join the American Moving & Storage Association in 2011, the two organizations announced....
January 16, 2011
A national trade association for people who run bed and breakfast-style inns soon will call Charleston home.
January 16, 2011
Two local youth nonprofits with Vail roots were recognized among hundreds of other organizations by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).
January 16, 2011
Two local youth nonprofits with Vail roots were recognized among hundreds of other organizations by the Outdoor Industry Association (OIA).
January 16, 2011
Non-Profits Now Have a Better Way to Purchase Thanks to an Organization that is Looking Out for Their Best Interests Calgary, A.B., Canada (Vocus/PRWEB) January 13, 2011 The Non-Profit Purchasing Group of Canada announced today that non-profit organizations and charities nationwide have an opportunity to save money on their everyday purchases of products and services through a discounted website ...
January 16, 2011
Boards in California burdened by expenditures should look into trimming expenses, not opting out of rules set by the Davis-Stirling Act. Directors can also invite owners to weigh in on cuts. Question: I'm an owner and board director for my homeowners association of less than 25 units. For four years our association has been fighting — to the tune of thousands of dollars per month in attorney ...
January 15, 2011
Starting on January 20, 2011 at 1PM EST, Action Strategies and the Centre for Excellence in Public Sector Marketing CEPSM will be launching a year-long webinar training series for professional and cause related nonprofit associations.These two organizations, specialists in the field of nonprofit marketing communications and lobbying strategy, have named the series Successful Association ...
January 15, 2011
Julie Wojta scored 23 points, Kayla Tetschlag had 18 and No. 23 Wisconsin-Green Bay defeated Illinois-Chicago 60-51 on Saturday.
January 15, 2011
What's Your Reaction? Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they've continued to see more people asking for help.
January 15, 2011
Rahmon Fletcher scored 20 points and Alec Brown had a double-double Saturday as Wisconsin-Green Bay kept Illinois-Chicago winless in the Horizon League with a 74-50 victory. Fletcher's output included three 3-pointers, and Brown had 11 points and 10 rebounds for the Phoenix (10-9, 4-3), which won its fourth straight game.
January 15, 2011
Despite the fact that the economy is beginning to turn around, the number of Illinois households receiving food stamps hit record levels in December, and local food pantries have also revealed that more people are asking for help. Last month, 857,282 households were enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program--which is commonly known as food stamps--a figure that is up 12.7 percent ...
January 15, 2011
Even as the economy grew and the unemployment rate began to shrink, the number of Illinois households getting food stamps hit record levels in December, showing no signs of an economic recovery, and area food pantries say they’ve continued to see more people asking for help.There were 857,282 households enrolled last month in what is now called the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ...
January 14, 2011
Democrats in the Monroe County Legislature today released a statement in which they said the facility formerly known as the ESL Sports Centre, which they said is a non-profit entity controlled by Monroe County, provided illegal campaign contributions to Republican state legislators.
January 14, 2011
One grievance is the seminary's view that a church in the association doesn't adhere to Baptist teaching that homosexual conduct is sinful.
January 14, 2011
Joseph Philippe discusses his efforts to improve the lives of others in Haiti to a representative of Sawa Global, a Vancouver-based non-profit organization.
January 13, 2011
Community Activist helps local non-profit even in death. Harrel Fletcher asked that all donations in his memory be made to VTC Enterprises.
January 13, 2011
Improving the quality of dementia care is one of four priorities to be examined at a Legislative Breakfast to be held at 9 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 20, at the Alzheimer’s Association -- Central Illinois Chapter, 606 W. Glen Avenue, Peoria.
January 13, 2011
Tony Meier scored 22 points to lead Wisconsin-Milwaukee to an 87-75 victory over Illinois-Chicago Thursday night. Anthony Hill had 18 points and a team-high six rebounds before fouling out for the Panthers (9-9, 4-3 Horizon League). Tone Boyle added 17 points and Kaylon Williams had 14 for Milwaukee. Robo Kreps led Illinois-Chicago with 19 points.
January 13, 2011
After reviewing a pool of 35 nominations, Ramona Chamber of Commerce has selected 10 finalists for its 2010 Ramona Citizen of the Year, Ramona Business of the Year, and Ramona Non-Profit Organization of the Year awards. Stephen Brindley, Ray Cardona, and Ken Dower are citizen of the year finalists; Hurricane & Poway Fence Company/EPS Hardware/EPS Lumber, NuLite, and Ransom Brothers True ...
January 13, 2011
Published 01/13/2011 - 11:58 a.m. After reviewing a pool of 35 nominations, Ramona Chamber of Commerce has selected 10 finalists for its 2010 Ramona Citizen of the Year, Ramona Business of the Year, and Ramona Non-Profit Organization of the Year awards.
January 13, 2011
As states across the country face mounting budget deficits, Illinois is preparing to hike taxes on its residents in order to cover a $15 billion state budget shortfall. Democrats say it's needed to keep state programs operating, but Republicans argue that it will kill jobs. What do you think?
January 13, 2011
The Arkansas Realtors Association says Mark G. Marchand, the former CEO of the Pacific Southwest Association of Realtors, has joined the ARA as its new chief executive officer.
January 12, 2011
Only 3% of the pharmaceutical industry's research and development budget goes to diseases in the dev
January 12, 2011
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn defended a 67 percent income-tax increase from criticism by business leaders and Chicago’s mayor, saying it was needed to steer the state away from insolvency.
January 12, 2011
The Healthcare Billing & Management Association , a non-profit educational/informational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and practice management billing professionals, announced today the election of the officers and new members of the 2011 HBMA Board of Directors.
January 12, 2011
Mark Michaelson has learned the hard way that a community association may take away your home for not paying maintenance fees.
January 12, 2011
Mark Michaelson has learned the hard way that a community association may take away your home for not paying maintenance fees. Florida foreclosure laws and court-ordered auctions give homeowner and condo associations the opportunity to strip titles of delinquent owners and take possession of their properties.
January 12, 2011
The Direct Gardening Association (DGA) is the new name of the largest nonprofit association of gardening companies selling directly to consumers via print catalogs and websites. Elkridge, MD (Vocus/PRWEB) January 11, 2011 The Mailorder Gardening Association (MGA), a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing support, education, and information to its member gardening companies, has changed ...
January 11, 2011
(01-11) 15:05 PST New York (AP) -- The executive director of a state-funded community organization with strong ties to a veteran assemblyman lied to federal authorities investigating the non-profit's finances,...
January 11, 2011
The executive director of a state-funded community organization with strong ties to a veteran assemblyman lied to federal authorities investigating the non-profit’s finances, prosecutors alleged Tuesday. A complaint unsealed in federal court in Manhattan accuses attorney David Griffiths of producing falsified records in response to a grand jury inquiry...
January 11, 2011
CHICAGO (Reuters) - Illinois was poised to become the first state since 2009 to abolish the death penalty after the state Senate on Tuesday approved the ban and sent it to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
January 11, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan 11 (Reuters) - Illinois was poised to become the first U.S. state since 2009 to abolish the death penalty after the state Senate on Tuesday approved the ban and sent it to Democratic Governor Pat Quinn for his signature.
January 11, 2011
Sabrina A. King appointed managing vice president, Human Resources CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dental Association (ADA) recently announced the appointment of Sabrina A. King as its managing vice president for Human Resources/Organizational Development effective Jan. 18. As leader of the ADA's Human Resources Department, King's responsibilities will include ...
January 11, 2011
The SBE Council is urging state lawmakers to reject the proposed tax hikes, which will hurt small business owners and the state's economy.
January 11, 2011
Thomas J. Williams on Jan. 27 will begin a one-year term as president of Cumberland County Bar Association. Williams served as association president-elect in 2010. Williams is a partner at Martson Deardorff Williams Otto Gilroy & Faller and has practiced law in Carlisle for more than 30 years.
January 11, 2011
The Direct Gardening Association (DGA) is the new name of the largest nonprofit association of gardening companies selling directly to consumers via print catalogs and websites. (PRWeb January 11, 2011) Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2011/1/prweb8056317.htm
January 10, 2011
More than half (52 percent) of Illinois companies responding to a survey said they plan to hire new workers or recall laid-off staff this year, compared to 23 percent who had such plans in 2010. And 68 percent of employers plan to give raises to current workers, up from just 31 percent last year, the survey by the Management Association of Illinois also found.Just under 4 percent of Illinois ...
January 10, 2011
Illinois middle linebacker Martez Wilson will skip his senior season and enter the NFL draft. Illini sports information director Kent Brown said Monday that Wilson has filed paperwork to enter the draft. Wilson led Illinois with 112 tackles this season. The Chicago Simeon graduate also had four sacks and an interception in the kind of season Illinois has been waiting for since he came to ...
January 10, 2011
Accra, Jan. 10, GNA - Colleges of Education in Ghana have formed a sports association aimed at promoting and developing sports in the country= 's education training colleges.
January 10, 2011
New York, NY, (January 10, 2011) – The North American Merchant Advance Association (NAMAA), a 501c non-profit industry association that provides guidance and helps influence and shape the merchant cash advance industry through leadership, education and the sharing of information, announced today the addition of four new members to its organization as well as the election of new officers. (PRWeb ...
January 9, 2011
Good intentions and a desire to help people are not enough to run a nonprofit, especially in this economy.
January 9, 2011
Chicago's hospitality industry sees signs of slow recovery Wendy Pashman's catering business held steady during the Great Recession by focusing on the luxury social scene when the corporate market faltered.
January 9, 2011
STORE giants given boost as association giant joins the fight against offshore web shopping.
January 9, 2011
The non-profit National Private Duty Association (NPDA) will host its Annual Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, March 2-4, 2011. The theme for the event, held at the Planet Hollywood Resort, is Take the Gamble Out of Home Care. Papillion, NE (PRWEB) January 7, 2011 The non-profit National Private Duty Association (NPDA) will host its Annual Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, March 2-4, 2011 ...
January 8, 2011
Ray McCallum scored 17 points, and his put-back with 2 seconds left clinched Detroit's 72-69 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Paul Carter scored with 7 seconds left to draw the Flames (5-12, 0-5 Horizon) within 70-69. UIC's Robo Kreps then fouled Chase Simon, who missed two free throws.
January 7, 2011
Middle Earth, a nonprofit organization in Bridgewater, has been serving local youth for almost four decades. Bridgewater - Middle Earth, a nonprofit organization that has served local youth for almost four decades, is competing to win a $25,000 grant from...
January 7, 2011
Neotrope, a brand identity, PR, and marketing firm established Jan. 1983, is donating $36,000 in free public relations and newswire services to worthy non-profit and charitable organizations to celebrate its 28th anniversary.
January 7, 2011
CompTIA, the global non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the global non-profit association for the storage industry, announced recently they are collaborating to develop and market a new professional certification for IT workers responsible for storage networking and information management.
January 7, 2011
1/7/2011 - Women In Trucking Partners with Navistar to Honor Trucking's Most Influential Women The Women In Trucking Association and Navistar Inc. have created an annual award to honor the trucking industry's most influential woman....
January 6, 2011
Vaughn Duggins scored 22 points and N'Gai Evans added 21 as part of Wright State's 71-63 win over Illinois-Chicago on Thursday night. The Raiders (10-6, 3-1 Horizon) began with a 9-0 run and led by as many as 12 points early in the first half on their way to a fourth straight victory. The Flames (5-11, 0-4) powered back to tie it with 2:55 left in the half.
January 6, 2011
What's Your Reaction? The Better Government Association filed a lawsuit challenging the Chicago Police Department's refusal to release documents the public has a right to review under the Illinois Freedom of Information Act.
January 6, 2011
ONTARIO, Calif., Jan. 6, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- Prime Healthcare Services, Inc. ("Prime Healthcare") donated 100% of its ownership interest in Montclair Hospital Medical Center ("Montclair Hospital"), a 102 bed acute care hospital which was ranked among the Top 100 Hospitals® in 2009, to the Prime Healthcare Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit public charity effective December 31, 2010. As a result ...
January 6, 2011
The Better Government Association is asking a judge to order the Chicago Police Department to release records about Ald. Edward Burke’s security detail. The BGA, a not-for-profit corporation, claims the Chicago police refuses to release documents about the protection and transportation of Burke (14th) as requested in an Aug. 24, 2010, Freedom of Information Act request, according to the ...
January 6, 2011
CompTIA, the global non-profit association for the information technology (IT) industry, and the Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA), the global non-profit association for the storage industry, announced recently they are collaborating to develop and market a new professional certification for IT workers responsible for storage networking and information management.
January 5, 2011
1/5/2011 - APRA Partners With Summit Safety The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association has partnered with Summit Safety Group to offer workplace safety and environmental consulting services at a discounted fee structure to APRA members....
January 5, 2011
The Better Government Association is asking a judge to order the Chicago Police Department to release records about Ald. Edward Burke’s security detail. The BGA, a not-for-profit corporation, claims the Chicago police refuses to release documents about the protection and transportation of Burke (14th) as requested in an Aug. 24, 2010, Freedom of Information Act request, according to the ...
January 5, 2011
The Better Government Association filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the Chicago Police Department alleging that the agency wrongfully denied the nonprofit's Freedom of Information Act request for records related to Ald. Edward Burke's security detail. The organization filed the FOIA request in August, requesting the names of the officers assigned to Burke and their titles, salaries, time sheets ...
January 5, 2011
The agency that runs Chicago's Navy Pier announced Wednesday that the popular tourist attraction is getting some new management. A newly-formed non-profit will take control of the Pier on July 1, with an eye toward making it even more family-friendly. Since 1989, Navy Pier has been run by the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority, commonly known as McPier. The agency, whose board is ...
January 5, 2011
For the second time in less than a year, a Bergen County non-profit is among the finalists in Pepsi’s Refresh Contest – a monthly online competition in which charities battle each other for grants ranging from $5,000 to $100,000.
January 5, 2011
Devices like e-readers, tablets and smartphones could get faster storage as early as next year with the new SD 4.0 media card specification, the SD Association said.
January 5, 2011
Associated Press - January 5, 2011 12:44 PM ET CHICAGO (AP) - Chicago's Navy Pier is getting a new manager. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced Wednesday it will...
January 5, 2011
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's Navy Pier is getting a new manager. The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority announced Wednesday it will turn over the popular tourist destination to a new non-profit corporation with a board made up of 13 civic leaders.
January 4, 2011
Chicago aldermen responded coolly Tuesday to a lone bidder’s proposal to charge Taste of Chicago patrons a $20 admission fee — and up to $65 for tickets to a music stage that draws the biggest-name talent to the lakefront festival.Celebrate Chicago LLC — a joint venture that includes the Illinois Restaurant Association, JAM Productions and AEG Live — is pressuring City Hall to move quickly to ...
January 4, 2011
1/3/2011 - APRA Launches Second Edition of BuyReman Online Buyer's Guide The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) is producing the second edition of its online buyers guide....
January 4, 2011
LAS VEGAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)®, owner and producer of the International CES, today donated $75,000 to Green Chips, a non-profit organization promoting carbon neutrality, to support sustainable energy in southern Nevada. “This donation illustrates CEA’s commitment to sustainability in the Las Vegas area as we launch another successful International CES ...
January 4, 2011
The Consumer Electronics Association ®, owner and producer of the International CES, today donated $75,000 to Green Chips, a non-profit organization promoting carbon neutrality, to support sustainable energy in southern Nevada.
January 4, 2011
Posted by John Byrne at 7:42 p.m. A key alderman today called for public hearings on a proposal to charge Taste of Chicago attendees $20 on peak days to get into the traditionally free annual summertime lakefront smorgasbord. The Illinois...
January 4, 2011
It’s hard to imagine the city turning down the reported sole bidder to run Taste of Chicago and its other outdoor summer festivals. Given the qualifications of that bidder – Celebrate Chicago, a partnership that, according to published reports, includes experienced concert promoters Jam Productions and AEG Worldwide, plus the Illinois Restaurant Association – accepting the bid offers not just a ...
January 4, 2011
CompTIA, the global non-profit association for the information technology industry, and the Storage Networking Industry Association , the global non-profit association for the storage industry, announced today they are collaborating to develop and market a new professional certification for IT workers responsible for storage networking and information management.
January 4, 2011
The Sun-Times reports: Taste of Chicago patrons would pay a $20 admission fee--and up to $65-a-head for a music stage that draws the biggest-name talent--if City Hall accepts the only bid it got to take over lakefront festivals. That bid came from Celebrate Chicago LLC, a heavy-hitting joint-venture comprised of the Illinois Restaurant Association and two of the biggest names in the production ...
January 3, 2011
1/3/2011 - APRA Launches Second Edition of BuyReman Online Buyer's Guide The Automotive Parts Remanufacturers Association (APRA) is producing the second edition of its online buyers guide....
January 3, 2011
The Illinois Republican Party is hoping to use the upcoming centennial anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s birth and a developing 2012 race for the White House to generate campaign cash at an event next month.
January 3, 2011
An American Lung Association report released Monday makes a case for a $1-per-pack increase in Illinois cigarette taxes. The association's report, conducted by the University of Illinois at Chicago, says that tacking an extra $1 onto every pack of cigarettes could make $377 million a year for the state.
January 3, 2011
Illinois lawmakers will try this week to accomplish in a few days what they have been unable to do in the past two years -- resolve the state’s worst financial crisis.
January 3, 2011
The University of Illinois Flash Index climbed for the seventh month in a row, signaling some optimism about the state's economic recovery, although the high unemployment rate is still a concern. read more
January 3, 2011
The proportion of Minnesota nonprofits reporting an operating deficit grew from 34 percent in 2007 to 48 percent in 2009, according to the most recent Minnesota Nonprofit Economy Report (PDF), issued by the Minnesota Council on Nonprofits. The report, issued in mid-December, warns that nonprofits’ continued employment growth during the recession “may be coming at a cost to the financial health ...
January 3, 2011
CHICAGO — Graduating high school seniors from across Illinois have the chance to apply to attend the National Youth Science Camp this summer in West Virginia.
January 3, 2011
The HUGS project is a non-profit organization that sends cooling neckties and care packages to troops in the Middle East.
January 2, 2011
Origin Coffee in Rocklin is a non-profit coffee shop dedicated to fighting human trafficking.
January 2, 2011
A public relations, marketing/advertising, association management, and public policy consulting firm located in Salem, Oregon. Founded in 1967, the firm has had a long and successful history as an association management company (AMC) and government relations firm, working with both trade and non-profit associations. More recently, VPR has also distinguished itself as one of Oregon's most ...
January 1, 2011
Trevon Harmon scored a career-high 24 points and Cleveland State breezed to an 83-59 win over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Harmon was 7 of 10 from the field, going 4 of 7 from 3-point range, and made 6 of 8 free throws for the Vikings (15-1, 4-0 Horizon League), who won their 12th straight home game.
January 1, 2011
CHICAGO, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- An Illinois congressman says he dropped out of the Chicago mayoral race in order to bolster the campaign of another contender, former Sen. Carol Moseley Braun.
January 1, 2011
(CNN) - Democratic Rep. Danny Davis of Illinois ended his bid for Chicago mayor Friday night and, in a call...
January 1, 2011
Jess Thompson of Old Bridge has renewed her ABC consultant membership with the Association of Bridal Consultants.
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December 31, 2010
Illinois and federal officials will join a nonprofit group in launching public service announcements promoting railroad crossing safety.
December 31, 2010
Portage la Prairie's many non-profit groups are already making plans for the year ahead. The Herman Prior 55-plus Centre, Portage and District Arts Centre and Portage Community Revitalization Corp.[...]
December 30, 2010
The recession has people putting off all kinds of expenses - including dental visits. But it hasn't hurt Sarrell Dental Clinic, which offers care to needy kids across the state.
December 30, 2010
Growing Our Own Teachers on Kaua‘i has helped 32 aspiring publicschool teachers join the professional ranks, according to KaniBlackwell who formed the organization. Believing that “goodteaching is the single most important factor in how well a studentwill learn and achieve,” the non-profit organization invests in theeducation of teacher candidates so that they can give back tofuture generations.
December 30, 2010
Ashen Ward scored a career-high 26 points and Youngstown State defeated Illinois-Chicago 71-69 Thursday night.
December 30, 2010
Ashen Ward scored a career-high 26 points and Youngstown State defeated Illinois-Chicago 71-69 Thursday night. Vytas Sulskis put the Penguins (6-6, 1-2 Horizon League) ahead for good on two free throws with 15.7 seconds left. The Flames (5-9, 0-2) had two chances to tie or take the lead in the waning seconds.
December 30, 2010
KALISPELL- As the last few days of the year wind down, local non-profit agencies want to remind you of a possible tax break. The Kalispell United Way wants to encourage people to dig deep inside their pockets to help support non-profit agencies in the Flathead Valley for the added tax reduction.
December 30, 2010
Illinois Governor Pat Quinn signed into law a pension overhaul that his fellow Democrat, Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley , had complained would result in the largest property-tax increase in the city’s history.
December 30, 2010
Portage la Prairie's many non-profit groups are already making plans for the year ahead. The Herman Prior 55-plus Centre, Portage and District Arts Centre and Portage Community Revitalization Corp.[...]
December 30, 2010
There are only 2 days left to vote for the HUGS project, which is a non-profit group that sends out cooling neck ties and care packages to troops overseas in the Middle East.
December 29, 2010
The Colorado Department of Revenue seizes a downtown restaurant slated to cater a New Year's Eve party for a non-profit.
December 29, 2010
The Miss Illinois Pageant is moving from St. Charles to theMarion Cultural and Civic Center for the June 28 to July 2event.
December 29, 2010
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December 29, 2010
An Illinois congressman who is running for mayor against Rahm Emanuel in Chicago is warning former President Bill Clinton to stay out of the race or risk alienating the black community. Rep. Danny Davis, a longtime Clinton ally, said in a statement issued Tuesday that he is "seriously concerned and disturbed" by reports that Clinton [... ]
December 29, 2010
The Miss Illinois Scholarship Association will relocate its annual princess competition to Marion in addition to teen, pre-teen and Miss Illinois pageants.
December 29, 2010
Steve Vary of Arion, chair of the Crawford County Community Foundation, reminded Crawford County nonprofit organizations that grant applications are due no later than February 1, 2011.
December 29, 2010
PROVO, Utah, Dec. 29, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- ParentLink ® today announced that it will be a Diamond Sponsor for the upcoming SIF Association Annual Meeting to be held January 19-21 in Washington, D.C. This three day event will be held at the Washington Marriott and will include group discussions, presentations and working meetings for participants who come from across the U.S. and overseas. The ...
December 29, 2010
Charlotte - LM Board Member Doris R. Bray Receives Greensboro Bar Association Award for Distinguished Service Lawyers Mutual Board member Doris R. Bray of Guilford County was honored by the Greensboro Bar Association as a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award.
December 29, 2010
Washington, D.C. - The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, announced today that Johnstone Baguma of Uganda is the grand-prize winner of the Africa Rural Connect (ARC) 2010 ideas competition.
December 28, 2010
It's almost the end of the year, and for lots of us, that means it's time to make our year end donations to non-profit organizations. But the reason why might surprise you.
December 28, 2010
TEHAMA COUNTY A Red Bluff non-profit says they are out of money and are in desperate need of help.
December 28, 2010
MORE than 500 members of the Johor Baru Senior Citizens Association (JBSCA) attended a dinner party in conjunction with the association's 22nd anniversary recently.
December 28, 2010
SCHAUMBURG, Ill., Dec. 28, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Verizon Wireless recently activated 30 new cell sites throughout the state of Illinois, which improves voice and data coverage in and around parts of the following communities: Champaign County: Thomasboro Cook County: Chicago, Des Plaines, Hanover Park, Hoffman Estates, Lincolnwood, Western Springs and Wheeling DuPage County: Aurora, Downers Grove ...
December 28, 2010
Latvia's economy looks to have stayed just out of the red this year, as the Baltic nation emerges from the world's deepest recession, Prime Minister Valdis Dombrovskis said Tuesday.
December 28, 2010
Steve Vary of Arion, chair of the Crawford County Community Foundation, reminded Crawford County nonprofit organizations that grant applications are due no later than February 1, 2011.
December 28, 2010
The Woodhaven Homeowners Association initiates a citizen patrol program in an effort to fight against crime.
December 27, 2010
THERE have been reports that the Malaysian Association of Tour & Travel Agents (Matta) may be deregistered over its internal strife.
December 27, 2010
The Chicago Bears signed Matt Toeaina and Patrick Mannelly to contract extensions on Monday.
December 27, 2010
CHICAGO — According to a press release from the Illinois Wind Energy Association, two new wind farms will be built in Illinois over the coming year thanks to a renewable energy procurement event completed this month by the Illinois Power Agency. These new projects are expected to create hundreds of jobs in construction and maintenance during the next 18 months.
December 27, 2010
(Ivanhoe Newswire) – The American Heart Association’s new recommendations say that strictly controlling the heart rate of patients with atrial fibrillation provides no advantage over more lenient heart rate control. Atrial fibrillation is an irregular heart rhythm that occurs when the heart's two upper chambers beat erratically, causing the chambers to pump blood rapidly, unevenly, and ...
December 27, 2010
Steve Vary of Arion, chair of the Crawford County Community Foundation, reminded Crawford County nonprofit organizations that grant applications are due no later than February 1, 2011.
December 27, 2010
For the second year, the Recycling Association of Minnesota is collecting unwanted Christmas lights.
December 26, 2010
NEW ULM - A new non-profit in the City of New Ulm is working hard to raise public awareness about the services it offers for women with unplanned or unwanted pregnancie.
December 26, 2010
SEKAMA Community Associa-tion is calling on the state government to allocate a piece of land for the development of the association’s permanent office and government-run pre-school, Tabika Kemas.
December 26, 2010
After missing out the past two seasons, Illinois is back in a bowl game. The drought between bowl appearances has been much longer for Baylor. With both schools in the midst of a resurgence, the Illini and Bears meet in the Texas Bowl in Houston on Wednesday. Baylor (7-5) clinched its first winning season since 1995 and earned a bowl bid for the first time since losing 10-3 to Washington State ...
December 26, 2010
Congress approves Obama's bipartisan tax deal extending the Bush tax cuts for wealthy Americans. Don Smith, Director of the non-profit, faith-based charitable organization Works of Life International Ministries issues a statement saying that the new tax deal will encourage charitable giving from wealthy Americans. (PRWeb December 26, 2010) Read the full story at http://www.prweb ...
December 25, 2010
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a non-profit organization, prepared a total of 4,000 free Christmas meals for the homeless at five locations in the Valley: three in Phoenix, one in Mesa and one in El Mirage. Volunteers at one Phoenix location, 10th Avenue and Jackson Street, had been preparing about 800 meals since 4:30 a.m. Friday, said dining-room manager Jerry Castro. He expected they ...
December 25, 2010
The Society of St. Vincent de Paul, a non-profit organization, prepared a total of 4,000 free Christmas meals for the homeless at five locations in the Valley: three in Phoenix, one in Mesa and one in El Mirage. Volunteers at one Phoenix location, 10th Avenue and Jackson Street, had been preparing about 800 meals since 4:30 a.m. Friday, said dining-room manager Jerry Castro. He expected they ...
December 25, 2010
Property where firefighters died among 16,000 such structures, many with unaddressed problems and unpaid fines The South Shore building where two firefighters died Wednesday is among an estimated 16,000 vacant buildings in the city, a number that has grown as the economy has withered, adding to the burden for city inspectors who also need to stay on top of the city's occupied properties.
December 24, 2010
KALISPELL - A local non-profit organization needs a little extra help this holiday season. The Friendship House sells luminaries each year to help raise money for its low income assisted living home.
December 24, 2010
Los Angeles HR firm announces list of non-profit organizations that will receive financial donations. [PR.com]
December 23, 2010
For a third straight month, the unemployment rate dropped in Chicago and every other metropolitan area across Illinois in November compared with a year ago.It’s the first time that’s happened in four years — “further evidence that the Illinois economy is on the right path,” Maureen O’Donnell, director of the Illinois Department of Employment Security, said Thursday.In Chicago, the rate fell from ...
December 23, 2010
Illinois state Sen. James Meeks withdrew his candidacy for Chicago mayor on Thursday, and he urged other African-American candidates to follow his lead and rally what he called a divided black community around a single candidate.
December 23, 2010
For a third straight month, the unemployment rate dropped in Chicago and every other metropolitan area across Illinois in November compared with a year ago.
December 23, 2010
12/23/2010 - Introducing the Retread Tire Association TheRetread Tire Association (RTA) is now OFFICIALLY in business with all i's dotted and t's crossed, making RTA a legally recognized Non-Profit Organization....
December 22, 2010
12/22/2010 - 2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit Rescheduled for June 20-21 in Washington, D.C. The Automotive Aftermarket Industry Association's 2011 Aftermarket Legislative Summit has been rescheduled for June 20-21, 2011...
December 22, 2010
The Beavers' defense is much better, Cunningham and Nelson light it up, and Illinois-Chicago goes down in ... Flames
December 22, 2010
After key foul, Tigers pull away in final minute to stop the Illini ST. LOUIS — Beforehand, Illinois coach Bruce Weber said he wouldn't mind too much if his Illini lost to Missouri if they gave him a "great effort" after losing in embarrassing fashion to Illinois-Chicago on Saturday.
December 22, 2010
Jared Cunningham scored 22 points and Roberto Nelson added 14 to lead Oregon State to a 74-54 win against Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night. In their final tuneup before Pac-10 Conference play, the Beavers (5-6) led by 20 at halftime, and Illinois-Chicago got no closer than 17 afterward. Robo Krebs had 21 points and seven rebounds, and Paul Carter scored 19 points for the Flames (5-8), who...
December 22, 2010
BAR HARBOR — The nonprofit Island Connections service organization has eliminated its executive director position, citing budget constraints.
December 22, 2010
The best way to maximize a non-profit board's expertise is to ensure the board fully understands its governance responsibilities and the parameters of its leadership role.
December 22, 2010
The Wachovia Wells Fargo Foundation donated $100,000 to a non-profit's efforts to spruce up a Greensboro neighborhood and promote home ownership. Housing Greensboro's work in the Glenwood neighborhood is the latest example of the organization's mission to renovate houses.
December 22, 2010
Sales of existing homes in the Chicago area plunged more than 30 percent in November, according to the Illinois Association of Realtors, as the housing market continues to cope with the end of a government tax credit.
December 22, 2010
Illinois' nine-year run of dominance finally was snapped last season when it was defeated by Missouri 81-68 in the annual Braggin' Rights game in St. Louis.
December 21, 2010
12/16/2010 - ATA's Moskowitz Named Chairman of Consumer Energy Alliance American Trucking Associations' Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Counsel, Rich Moskowitz, was recently selected as first-ever Chairman of the Consumer Energy Alliance, an organization focused on showcasing the needs consumers and the overall economy have for a long-term U.S. energy policy....
December 21, 2010
A late 18-2 blitz by Illinois-Chicago on Tuesday propelled the Flames to a 74-65 win over Bradley, snapping BU’s four-game winning streak. BU (7-4) trailed 34-32 at halftime, but a sluggish start to the second half saw the Braves fall behind 44-38. BU did rally to within 50-48 with 9:23 left.
December 21, 2010
The CEO of Equality Illinois, the state's largest advocacy group for lesbians and gays, acknowledged this week that the recent departure of outspoken co-founder Rick Garcia has shaken Chicago 's gay community, but he said the agency will push forward next year with an aggressive strategy. Garcia, 53, the group's longtime public policy director whose hard-hitting political style has at times ...
December 21, 2010
The Motel Association is deeply disappointed and disturbed by the announced increase in ACC levies for the Accommodation sector, said Michael Baines Chief Executive of the Motel Association.
December 21, 2010
J. Craig Busey appointed chief legal counsel CHICAGO, Dec. 21, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Dental Association (ADA) has announced the appointment of J. Craig Busey as its Chief Legal Counsel, with responsibilities for managing the organization's Division of Legal Affairs. "We are extremely pleased that Craig will be leading our legal affairs efforts," said Kathleen O'Loughlin, D ...
December 20, 2010
Illinois coach Bruce Weber knew exactly how to describe the crushing disappointment of Saturday's surprising loss to Illinois-Chicago: "You talk about a lump of coal for Christmas -- we got that."
December 20, 2010
The Chicago Film Critics Association has awarded the “The Social Network” its top prize for best picture, the group announced Monday.
December 20, 2010
At a time of year when British Columbians are opening their wallets to support charities, there has been much debate about the legitimacy of a nonprofit society that says it is collecting money from across Metro Vancouver to feed single-parent families.
December 19, 2010
Friday December 17, 2010 Excellent column o non-profit boards Kudos to Don Keelan’s column, ("To serve on a board," Nov. 19) for highlighting the need for more formal board training in Vermont. As Keelan suggests, our nonprofit organizations can only be a strong as their volunteer boards.
December 19, 2010
About a mile from its campus, Illinois-Chicago pulled off one of the biggest wins in school history yesterday, rallying from eight points down in the second half and stunning No.12 Illinois 57-54 at the United Center in Chicago.
December 19, 2010
Illinois-Chicago pulled off one of the biggest wins in school history Saturday, rallying from eight points down in the second half and stunning No. 12 Illinois 57-54 in the United Center.
December 19, 2010
Darrin Williams scored five points in the final 1:10 Saturday and Illinois-Chicago rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to stun No. 12 Illinois 57-54, ending the Illini's seven-game winning streak. Illinois (10-2) had won 12 of the 13 previous meetings with the Flames (5-7).
December 18, 2010
CHICAGO -- About a mile from its own campus, Illinois-Chicago pulled off one of the biggest victories in school history Saturday, rallying from eight points down in the second half and upsetting No. 12 Illinois, 57-54, at the United Center.
December 18, 2010
CHICAGO (AP) - Party on, UIC. The Flames deserve to celebrate. About a mile from its own campus, Illinois-Chicago pulled off one of the biggest wins in school history Saturday, rallying from eight points down in the second half and stunning No. 12 Illinois 57-54 at the United Center.
December 18, 2010
Kreps, 1-3-1 zone hand Illini a baffling loss Behind guard Robo Kreps and a new zone defense, Illinois-Chicago claimed a shocking 57-54 victory over 12th-ranked Illinois on Saturday at the United Center in a game that left the Illini bewildered and the Flames rejuvenated.
December 18, 2010
CHICAGO (AP) -- Party on, UIC. The Flames deserve to celebrate.
December 18, 2010
Darrin Williams scored five points in the final 1:10 Saturday and Illinois-Chicago rallied from an eight-point second-half deficit to stun No. 12 Illinois 57-54, ending the Illini's seven-game winning streak.
December 18, 2010
Party on, UIC. The Flames deserve to celebrate. About a mile from its own campus, Illinois-Chicago pulled off one of the biggest wins in school history Saturday, rallying from eight points down in the second half and stunning No. 12 Illinois 57-54 at the United Center. "Amazing," said first-year Flames coach Howard Moore.
December 18, 2010
Illinois vs. Ill-Chicago recap from game played on December 18, 2010
December 18, 2010
Illinois-Chicago's Darrin Williams scored five points down the stretch to lead the Flames to a 57-54 upset victory over the Illini on Saturday at the United Center.
December 17, 2010
Illinois has not lost in a month, but Bruce Weber would like to see a little more focus from his team in those seemingly winnable contests. The 12th-ranked Illini have another chance to satisfy their coach Saturday while trying for an 11th consecutive win over Illinois-Chicago at the United Center in their final tune-up before facing a Top 25 rival next week.
December 17, 2010
BENTON HARBOR - A charity run by Benton Harbor City Commissioner Eddie Marshall is in its 15th year, and though the nonprofit corporation is registered with the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth, it is not registered as a charity with the Michigan Attorney General's Office or with the Internal Revenue Service.
December 17, 2010
If your homeowner association community is looking a little bedraggled, don't be surprised.
December 17, 2010
Here are two encouraging signs that Illinois’ economy is improving: Unemployment and foreclosures both dropped last month, according to reports released Thursday.
December 16, 2010
Newschannel 3 takes a look at this non profit organization to see if it's too good to be true. Threats and name calling, from the classroom to the internet, bully behavior has hit West Michigan.
December 16, 2010
WEST MICHIGAN (NEWSCHANNEL 3) – Newschannel 3 has uncovered questionable behavior at a West Michigan non-profit. A high-level executive at Planned Parenthood is accused of using donations for personal expenses, and not just a few bucks either.
December 16, 2010
Here are two encouraging signs that Illinois' economy is improving: Unemployment and foreclosures both dropped last month, according to reports released Thursday.
December 16, 2010
12/16/2010 - ATA's Moskowitz Named Chairman of Consumer Energy Alliance American Trucking Associations' Vice President and Regulatory Affairs Counsel, Rich Moskowitz, was recently selected as first-ever Chairman of the Consumer Energy Alliance, an organization focused on showcasing the needs consumers and the overall economy have for a long-term U.S. energy policy....
December 15, 2010
Douglas Bruce is back in the local headlines, this time opposing plans to convert city-owned Memorial Health System into an independent non-profit organization. A majority of Colorado Springs City Council members approved a resolution late Monday night supporting a Citizens' Commission recommendation to turn Memorial Health System into a community non-profit.  The issue is likely to come ...
December 15, 2010
New Layout, Online Community and Better Navigation Enhance User Experience CHICAGO, Dec. 15, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Yesterday, during Holiday Showcase 2010, Association Forum of Chicagoland announced the launch of its new and improved website, www.associationforum.org , where visitors will discover a new layout, easy-to-use navigation, more features and ...
December 15, 2010
The American Sociological Association (ASA) announced today that it will move its 2011 Annual Meeting from Chicago in response to a labor dispute involving hotels in the city, including those that had been scheduled to host the meeting.
December 15, 2010
As part of a weeklong event the Chicago Tribune has dubbed "Rahmfest," Rahm Emanuel spent 12 hours testifying on Tuesday before the Chicago Board of Elections to determine if he meets the city's residency requirement to run for mayor. Emanuel has spent the last eight years as an Illinois Congressman and, more recently, as President Barack Obama's White House Chief of Staff. Emanuel announced his ...
December 15, 2010
M Hunter Harvath, director of customer service for Monterey-Salinas Transit, was given the Hospy award Tuesday by the Monterey County Hospitality Association. The award is given for volunteer efforts for the hospitality industry.
December 14, 2010
Xavier Silas scored 40 points Tuesday night and Northern Illinois held on to beat Illinois-Chicago 80-78. Silas was 8 of 18 from the field, including a pair of 3-pointers, and 22 of 24 from the free-throw line for the Huskies (3-4), playing for the first time in 12 days. Silas scored 28 points in the second half, including Northern Illinois' last seven points from the foul line.
December 14, 2010
Report: Illinois fares worse than most states when it comes to preparing for disease outbreaks, bioterrorism and other disasters.
December 14, 2010
Officials with the non-profit 4 Rivers Ministry International, Inc., plan to take a stand in the fight against obesity by urging young people to adhere to a healthy diet, and develop a regimen of physical fitness, to get –– and stay –– in shape.
December 14, 2010
The American Cycling Association, a Denver-based sanctioning body, has appointed a new executive director with experience in non-profit and retail management and bicycle component manufacturing. Chris McGee, who will take over the position from Jon Tarkington, has worked for the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Denver, the Arthritis Foundation, The Sports Authority and the LH
December 14, 2010
Q: I am on the board of a charity group here in Harvey County. A few months ago we learned of the risk of losing our non-profit status because of new IRS regulations.  I just learned that apparently we still dropped the ball and have not completed the paperwork to comply with these regulations. Is there anything we can do at this point?
December 14, 2010
An effort to turn city-owned Memorial Health System into an independent non-profit has a new adversary: Colorado Springs anti-tax activist Douglas Bruce. “I’m going to vigorously, publicly oppose the biggest giveaway in state history of public...
December 14, 2010
DAYTON — There is still time to donate new and unwrapped toys to the Good Neighbor House , 844 S. Patterson Blvd.The non-profit organization is collecting the toys for its Operation Christmas Wish campaign.
December 14, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 13, 2010
Founded to foster and advance the art and science of plastic surgery, the Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons has elected a new President, Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar. Downers Grove, Illinois (PRWEB) December 12, 2010 The Illinois Society of Plastic Surgeons (ISPS) has elected Dr. Sandeep Jejurikar ( http://www.drjejurikar.com ), a plastic surgeon in suburban Chicago, as ...
December 13, 2010
(Oslo, 14 December 2010) This year it will also be possible for non-profit organisations to benefit from the Christmas shopping rush. A new IT solution from EDB ErgoGroup, known as Formålssparing (saving for good causes), will make it possible …
December 13, 2010
Auckland’s Waipuna Hotel & Conference Centre will be abuzz in February 2011 with a topic-specific, one day only, conference being held specifically to help non-profit industry executives, trustees and office bearers.
December 13, 2010
PIERRE (AP) -- Bill Slovek of Philip has been elected president of the South Dakota Cattlemen's Association.
December 13, 2010
Pinellas County Community Association Attorney Joins 12-Member Advisory Council Guiding Efforts of Statewide Not-for-Profit Group Advocating for Florida Condo & Homeowner Associations
December 13, 2010
The Association of National Advertisers spent $270,000 in the third quarter lobbying on marketing issues ranging from the loud volume of television commercials to the stealth technology used to track peoples' online interests.
December 13, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 13, 2010
The Illinois Association of Teachers of English has named Fremd High School English teacher Tony Romano as "2010 Illinois Author of the Year." Romano was recognized for his achievement by the District 211 Board of Education on Dec. 9.
December 13, 2010
Times may be tough, but the Framingham Union Aid Association still has grant money available for nonprofit MetroWest individuals and organizations in need.
December 13, 2010
The Delaware Association of Nonprofit Agencies, an agency that focuses on strengthening local nonprofits, has teamed up with United Way of Delaware to promote volume discounts for nonprofits, offered through the Nonprofit Purchasing Group of Delaware.
December 13, 2010
The American Fertility Association, a 501 national non-profit organization, recognizes the holiday season can be difficult for hopeful parents. Expectations often outweigh the reality, old family dynamics can re-emerge, and the focus on kids can be extremely painful for those experiencing their own fertility challenge.
December 12, 2010
Position: Chief executive of American Forests, a nonprofit conservation organization based in the District.
December 12, 2010
With over 25,000 registered charities and 35,000 registered incorporated societies, the non-profit sector is a major contributor to the New Zealand economy, contributing about 2.6 percent to New Zealand's gross domestic product (GDP), and to the local ...
December 12, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 12, 2010
Illinois, desperate for relief from its budget woes, is considering a massive casino expansion including one in Chicago that could leave neighboring states playing for smaller stakes and even squeeze out some competition from within.
December 11, 2010
Austin Hill scored 15 points Saturday night to lead Illinois State to a 53-43 victory over Illinois-Chicago. Hill was the only player in double figures for the Redbirds (7-3) in the low-scoring contest. Both teams were 18-of-49 from the field, or 36.7 percent. The difference was at the free-throw line, where Illinois State was 14-of-24 while Illinois-Chicago was 4-of-6.
December 11, 2010
The Chicago area and much of Illinois is due for some ugly weather today, tonight, and tomorrow, with rain, snow, high winds, and cold all coming together. The rain hit first this morning, and is expected to stay with us through the evening, with the possibility of a small lull that includes some freezing drizzle this evening, according to the National Weather Service. A  winter storm warning ...
December 11, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 11, 2010
The Carver Alumni Association soon will have a website for alumni to get information.
December 10, 2010
A local grassroots non-profit organization held a Christmas party in downtown Jackson to bring more awareness to their group.
December 10, 2010
CHICAGO — The Illinois Department of Insurance is planning a series of web-based seminars on health insurance exchanges.
December 10, 2010
Raleigh, North Carolina December 14, 2010 Capital Business Solutions www.capitalbusiness.net, a non-profit software and consulting services company based in Raleigh, NC, announced it has hired Steve Glauber, CPA, a 30 year non-profit industry veteran, to head the companys growing Serenic Navigator practice. Prior to joining Capital Business Solutions, Glauber worked ...
December 10, 2010
MANILA, Philippines - The International Air Cargo Association (TIACA), the International Air Transport Association (IATA), the International Federation of Freight Forwarders Associations, and the US National Industrial Transportation League have committed to work towards the formation of an industry advisory group facilitated by TIACA to ensure the air cargo industry has a strong, unified voice ...
December 10, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 10, 2010
Fat-and-oil commodities producers of Russia, Belarus and Kazakhstan founded the non-commercial organization – the Association of fat-and-oil industry of the Customs Union.
December 9, 2010
Atlanta - The ‘Commercial Real Estate Show’ topic this week is “National Commercial Real Estate Associations.” Listeners can tune in online nationally at www.CREshow.com, or on air at biz1190AM WAFS in Atlanta. The show airs Saturday, Dec. 11 at 10 a.m. EST.
December 9, 2010
Teaser:  While thousands of attendees were flocking to attend to the Welcome Reception of the first night of Dreamforce 2010, the annual Salesforce event, some people attended the nonprofit session to tackle projects launched by the Salesforce Foundation. To begin this session, some members of the Salesforce Foundation came onstage to dance to a famous hip hop hit - a way to show us the energy ...
December 9, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 9, 2010
CHICAGO (Dec. 9, 2010) -- The Chicago Riot of the Major Indoor Soccer League announces today a marketing and technical partnership with the Illinois Youth Soccer Association (IYSA).
December 9, 2010
The Bay County Home Builders Association has recognizing Nathan Smith, of Nathan Smith Builders LLC, as the 2010 "Builder of the Year." The association annually recognizes one of its members, who is dedicated valuable time, leadership, overall support to the association and the building industry, with the recognition.
December 9, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 9, 2010
A new association will give Delaware County a stronger voice in state and regional debates and help its elected leaders communicate with one another, planners say. The Delaware County Local Government Association was announced Tuesday. The nonprofit, non-partisan organization plans to meet quarterly and represents cities and townships in the county as they try to jointly solve common problems.
December 8, 2010
Gabe Kindred scored 17 points and Loyola of Chicago snapped a two-game losing streak by beating Southern Illinois-Edwardsville 78-50 on Wednesday night. Terrance Hill added 12 points for the Ramblers (8-2), and Andy Polka pulled down a game-high 12 rebounds. Courtney Stanley had six assists. The Cougars (1-9) were led by Cornelius Chatt's 12 points.
December 8, 2010
The Center City Commission and Downtown Neighborhood Association have partnered to ask citizens to donate this season to the Hospitality Hub, a Downto...
December 8, 2010
The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits recently recognized state Sen. Donald DeFronzo, D-New Britain, for helping non-profit groups improve their community service.
December 8, 2010
   SPRINGFIELD, Ill. (AP) -- Cash-strapped Illinois is considering a massive casino expansion in Chicago and elsewhere that could leave nearby competitors playing for smaller stakes.    With most state governments facing serious budget problems amid plunging tax revenues, expanding or even adding gambling can seem like an attractive solution. It brings with it not only the possibility of more ...
December 8, 2010
The Dental Group Practice Association , a non-profit industry organization representing Dental Service Organizations , announced it has grown to 22 members since 2008, as more dental practices adapt the DSO business model.
December 8, 2010
More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania (MOWAPA). MOWAPA is an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc. (MOWAA).
December 8, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 7, 2010
Jennifer Payne, a University of Southern Mississippi speech communication graduate, has accepted the position of associate director for external affairs with the Southern Miss Alumni Association.
December 7, 2010
Pyongyang, December 7 (KCNA) -- A meeting and an art performance co-sponsored by the Federation of Friendly Organizations of Vietnam and the Vietnam-DPRK Friendship Association took place in Hanoi on December 1 on the occasion of the 45th anniversary of the formation of the association.
December 7, 2010
Crestview- You can find just about anything in the non-profit thrift shop for next-to-nothing prices--anything except heat. That's because someone stole the store's two outside heating units Friday night.
December 7, 2010
Cash-strapped Illinois is considering a massive casino expansion in Chicago and elsewhere that could leave nearby competitors playing for smaller stakes.
December 7, 2010
A new association in Delaware County hopes to help local and county governments work together.
December 7, 2010
In its latest series of regulatory judgements, the social housing regulator found Bedfordshire Pilgrims Housing Association and Eden Housing Association are both ‘vulnerable to deterioration’.
December 6, 2010
12/6/2010 - Optimism Pervades Used Truck Convention Optimism was in the air in Jacksonville, Fla. last month as more than 500 Used Truck Association members gathered for group's 11th annual convention, themed Boot Camp 2010....
December 6, 2010
The Association for Children with Disabilities (ACD) serving Morgan County is a non-profit organization that has been serving residents of Morgan County since 1973.
December 6, 2010
The Rancho Santa Fe Association board approved a few changes to its bylaws at its Dec. 2 meeting and the changes were sent out to Covenant members for review. The last time the board updated its bylaws was 2006 and of the six proposed bylaw changes, the majority were due to a change in California law that regulates homeowners associations or simply to clean up wording.
December 6, 2010
DALLAS, Dec. 6, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The American Heart Association's Heart360.org - an online health management system that allows users to track and share their health information with their healthcare provider - has been upgraded with functions that make it easier to use and more robust. (Logo: http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20100222/AHSALOGO ) To view ...
December 6, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 6, 2010
Four students from LSU-Shreveport have been awarded national scholarships that will allow them to take internships in non-profit companies.
December 5, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 4, 2010
Dance to confidence is now offering ballroom and Latin dance lessons to people who live in the Chicago, Illinois, area. They offer lessons for Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, and more! Downers Grove, IL (PRWEB) December 3, 2010 http://www.dancetoconfidence.com is pleased to announce that they are now offering ballroom and Latin dance lessons to the ...
December 4, 2010
Mamadou Seck scored 17 points and Southern Illinois beat Chicago State 75-61 Saturday. The Salukis (4-4) outpaced the Cougars 18-5 on offensive rebounds and had a 20-6 advantage on second-chance points over the Cougars (2-7). Seck, making his first start for the Salukis, had 14 rebounds, two assists and was 7 of 11 from the field.
December 4, 2010
Nikola Cvetinovic hit a layup with 19 seconds left to break a tie and lift Akron to a 54-52 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Saturday. Cvetinovic finished with 19 points to lead the Zips (4-2) while Brett McClanahan added 10. The Flames (4-5) were up by as many as 13 points early in the second half, but Akron hammered away during the period with 44.8 percent shooting.
December 4, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 4, 2010
Associated Press - December 4, 2010 3:24 AM ET FRIDAY'S RESULTS NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Boston 104, Chicago 92 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
December 4, 2010
Associated Press - December 4, 2010 3:24 AM ET FRIDAY'S RESULTS NATIONAL BASKETBALL ASSOCIATION Boston 104, Chicago 92 WOMEN'S COLLEGE BASKETBALL
December 3, 2010
Money used to pay for meals on wheels and transportation for local senior citizens, turned up missing from a local non-profit.
December 3, 2010
Release More than 185 non-profit Meals on Wheels providers within the state of Pennsylvania will have the opportunity to join forces to be a part of a new association, the Meals On Wheels Association of Pennsylvania, an independent organization incorporated under the commonwealth of Pennsylvania and affiliated with Meals On Wheels Association of America, Inc.
December 3, 2010
Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn won't say if he will sign new pension legislation that has Chicago officials upset over increased costs they say could drive up property taxes.
December 3, 2010
A non-profit modeled on Teach for America is sending young programmers to local governments.
December 3, 2010
Nonprofit offers T-shirts, coffee mugs, tote bags, and more to commemorate fifty-years of Volunteers Washington, D.C.- The National Peace Corps Association (NPCA), the nation’s leading nonprofit organization supporting Returned Peace Corps Volunteers and the Peace Corps community, is offering an array of Peace Corps-themed gifts for the holidays on its online store through Cafe Press.
December 3, 2010
Dance to confidence is now offering ballroom and Latin dance lessons to people who live in the Chicago, Illinois, area. They offer lessons for Waltz, Tango, Foxtrot, Rumba, Cha Cha, Swing, Salsa, and more!
December 3, 2010
Chicago--The Illinois Nurses Association applauds passage of an amendment that calls for tougher penalties for health care workers who commit felonies or sexual criminal acts while treating patients.The Illinois Senate this week passed an amendment to the Department of Professional Regulation Law of the Civil Administrative Code of Illinois that awaits signature by Governor Pat Quinn. The ...
December 2, 2010
Brandon Wood scored 19 points and hit the go-ahead basket in overtime as Valparaiso fought back for a 68-66 victory over Illinois-Chicago in a Horizon League opener Thursday night. The Crusaders (5-2) trailed by as many as 14 points and were down by 10 with 4:47 left in regulation. But they finally tied it 62-62 on Ryan Broekhoff's 3-pointer with 1:01 left in the second half.
December 2, 2010
Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan filed a lawsuit today seeking to shut down a Chicago -based organization called We Stop the Killings, saying it is operating illegally while soliciting charitable donations. Filed in Cook County, the lawsuit seeks to permanently bar the defendants -- Yolanda King, Warren Jackson, Armantha Kirkwood, Lisa Hendricks and Jeanne Taylor, all of the Chicago area ...
December 2, 2010
Chicago may face the biggest property tax increase in its history, according to Mayor Richard M. Daley , under a bill passed by Illinois lawmakers requiring greater contributions to police and firefighter pension systems.
December 2, 2010
Oversees non-profit association responsible for developing hospitality training professionalsWESTFIE...
December 2, 2010
CHICAGO — Illinois lawmakers approved legislation yesterday to allow civil unions, and the governor has indicated he will sign it.
December 1, 2010
WILKINSBURG (KDKA) — Six members of a non-profit group holding a meeting in Wilkinsburg were robbed by two men – one of them armed with a gun. The robbery occurred just after 8 p.m. Wednesday [...]
December 1, 2010
The George Washington Carver Birthplace Association has selected Krista L. Stark as its new director and development specialist.
December 1, 2010
MT. VERNON — A new association has formed to link all Juvenile Justice Councils within the state in an effort to make the councils more effective in creating policies and practices with youth who have had conflicts with the law.
December 1, 2010
CHICAGO, Dec. 1, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- The Illinois Lottery, in partnership with IDPH, legislative supporters and HIV/AIDS advocates, is once again working together to raise millions of dollars to help people living with HIV/AIDS in Illinois. In recognition of World AIDS Day, the Illinois Lottery and the Illinois Department of Public Health (IDPH) today unveiled a new Quality of Life scratch-off ...
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November 30, 2010
ACT Tertiary Education Spokesman Heather Roy today met with protesters from the New Zealand Union of Students Associations (NZUSA) against her Education (Freedom of Association) Amendment Bill.
November 30, 2010
Illinois would be among a handful of states to grant gay couples legal rights similar to those of married ones.
November 30, 2010
While their own prospects are improving, New Jersey companies have big doubts for the overall economy in the coming year.
November 30, 2010
A group of Crescent Springs businesses hope to revitalize the city's defunct business association.
November 30, 2010
Wright State struggled offensively throughout the game, shooting just 22 percent, as the Raiders dropped a 56-50 decision to Southern Illinois in the consolation game of the Chicago Invitational Challenge Saturday night at the Sears Centre in Hoffman Estates, Illinois.
November 30, 2010
The Healthcare Billing & Management Association , a non-profit educational resource and advocacy group representing third-party medical billers and billing professionals, today announced details of the association’s revised program for Certified Healthcare Billing and Management Executives .
November 30, 2010
The web is an enormously powerful tool for non-profit organizations. But rarely do they have the funds or the expertise to make the most of it. Webvanta, a web services company, is seeking a non-profit organization that the company can "adopt" for 2011.
November 29, 2010
Integrated payment processing and tax accounting further strengthens leading association management software service for Canadian associations
November 29, 2010
U.S. commercial property vacancies may have peaked, led by a rebound in apartment buildings, as an improving economy spurs more demand for space, according to the National Association of Realtors.
November 28, 2010
CHICAGO - Toledo nearly posted its first win of the season Sunday afternoon, but senior Robo Kreps hit a 3-pointer with 7.8 seconds remaining to lift UIC to a 63-62 triumph over the Rockets. "I thought we battled hard and played well," Toledo coach Tod Kowalczyk said. "We did all the right things we needed to do to win a basketball game." Sophomore Malcolm Griffin scored a career-high 18 points ...
November 28, 2010
Fire officials in Chicago, Illinois, are investigating an explosion that flattened a home on the city's far South Side and sent three people to local hospitals.
November 28, 2010
Business Professional Services Limited is a social enterprise, helping non-profits with the business side of what they do. Business Professional Services provides practical solutions for the non-profit sector including professional and trade associations, charitable trusts, clubs and societies.
November 28, 2010
A Mishawaka non-profit organization has launched a holiday fundraiser to help keep them going once the holidays end. The Res in Mishawaka is selling Christmas trees as way to not only raise money, but
November 28, 2010
Associated Press - November 28, 2010 6:44 PM ET CHICAGO (AP) - Robo Kreps' 3-pointer with 9 seconds to play gave Illinois-Chicago a 63-62 victory over Toledo on Sunday.
November 28, 2010
Robo Kreps' 3-pointer with 9 seconds to play gave Illinois-Chicago a 63-62 victory over Toledo on Sunday. The Flames (4-3) led most of the second half but Toledo took a 60-58 lead on Delino Dear's two free throws with 1:18 left. Paul Carter tied it with a layup for UIC with 1:07 left, but Malcolm Griffin made one of two free throws with 36 seconds to play and Dear made a free throw with 16...
November 28, 2010
KOTA KINABALU, 28 NOVEMBER, 2010: A substantial number of former army personnel have shied away from joining the Sabah chapter of the Malaysian Ex-Servicemen’s Association (PBTM).
November 27, 2010
Sunday, November 28th, 2010 11:50:00 GEORGE TOWN: The government has never imposed upon sports association leaders to honour their promise of delivering medals for the country for certain events or risk relinquishing their positions. Instead, the youth and sports ministry would leave it to the associations concerned to come up with a decision, its deputy minister, Datuk Razali Ibrahim said.
November 27, 2010
A local non-profit is having trouble paying its bills because of the economy. Now, some supporters are trying to help out.
November 27, 2010
Gene Teague had game highs of 17 points and 10 rebounds to lead Southern Illinois past Wright State 56-50 on Saturday in the Chicago Invitational Challenge. Mamadou Seck added 11 points for the Salukis (3-3). N'Gai Evans led the Raiders (3-3) with 11 points. Vaughn Duggins and Troy Tabler scored 10 each.
November 27, 2010
Hollywood has been searching for almost a year for a new chairman for the Motion Picture Association of America.
November 27, 2010
Hollywood has been searching for almost a year for a new chairman for the Motion Picture Association of America.
November 26, 2010
Boilermakers will take on Richmond in the tourney final Saturday night at Sears Centre It had been 25 years since Purdue and Southern Illinois met, but the Boilermakers picked up right where they left off with a 79-60 Chicago Invitational Challenge victory Friday night.
November 26, 2010
Ewe Association of Metropolitan Chicago Elect Mr. MacGeoffrey Kutor President for 2011-2013.
November 26, 2010
Despite a slow start on the offensive end, Illinois used stifling defense to rout its last opponent. That same combination worked fine for the Fighting Illini against Western Michigan last season. Playing their first true road game, the No. 19 Illini look to improve to 4-0 against the Broncos on Saturday at University Arena.
November 25, 2010
Alameda's four business associations - the Chamber of Commerce, the Greater Alameda Business Association (GABA), the Park Street Business association (PSBA) and the West Alameda Business Association (WABA)...
November 25, 2010
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla., Nov. 25 (UPI) -- A Florida homeowners association is being sued in federal court, accused of discriminating against a homeowner who is an Orthodox Jew, officials said.
November 25, 2010
Purdue coach Matt Painter is very familiar with Southern Illinois. After all, his success with the Salukis helped him land his job with the Boilermakers. Painter's past catches up to his present when his 10th-ranked Boilermakers play the Salukis in the Chicago Invitational Challenge at Hoffman Estates, Ill., on Friday night.
November 25, 2010
1888PressRelease The IL Bridge Fund believes in helping individuals, as well as businesses. An Ohio non-profit organization helps families with living necessities, such as food and clothing, but also helps them prepare for the future with job assistance, training and education. "In this time of economic uncertainty," Angelo Sferrazza of IL Bridge says, "we all need to extend a helping hand to ...
November 24, 2010
New Orleans - Our knock on the door of a New Orleans Health Clinic went unanswered yesterday as we tried to ask follow up questions after speaking with the non-profit corporation last week. Burnell Langie serves as administrator of the New Orleans Health Corporation.  It’s a non-profit formed in 1970.  “The mission of the New Orleans Health Corporation (NOHC) is to provide quality healthcare to ...
November 24, 2010
The culinary arts program at Orangeburg Consolidated SchoolDistrict Five's Technology Center got a boost toward successTuesday when President Tom Sponseller of the South CarolinaHospitality Association presented a set of the National RestaurantAssociation's most up-to-date textbooks to the school.
November 24, 2010
Freshman Trey Zeigler scored 17 points and Central Michigan used an 11-0 run to take the lead for good in a 62-52 victory over Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night. Jalin Thomas added 13 points and William McClure had a double-double with 12 points and a game-best 10 rebounds for the Chippewas (2-3), who broke a three-game losing streak.
November 24, 2010
PANTAI REMIS, 24 NOVEMBER, 2010: The Perak Fishermen's Association today denied any abuse of subsidised diesel that allegedly occurred in several Area Fishermen's Associations including in Manjung Utara as reported.
November 24, 2010
PANTAI REMIS, Nov 24 (Bernama) -- The Perak Fishermen's Association Wednesday denied any abuse of subsidised diesel that allegedly occurred in several Area Fishermen's Associations including in Manjung Utara as reported.
November 24, 2010
Charlotte nonprofit LifeSpan, which drew criticism last month for shutting down a therapeutic horseback riding farm, has sold the land for a windfall. LifeSpan also said the new owner will restore the riding lessons for disabled children and adults.
November 23, 2010
A nonprofit group controlled by D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. collected and spent more than $200,000 in donations while Thomas served as a legislator. The disclosure came Thursday after more than a month of wrangling with District authorities. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles is pressing...
November 23, 2010
A nonprofit group controlled by D.C. Council member Harry Thomas Jr. collected and spent more than $200,000 in donations while Thomas served as a legislator. The disclosure came Thursday after more than a month of wrangling with District authorities. Attorney General Peter J. Nickles is pressing...
November 23, 2010
HARTFORD, Conn., Nov. 23, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Connecticut Association of Nonprofits hosted more than 500 attendees at its sold out 8th Annual Connecticut Nonprofit Conference and sponsored by DonorPerfect Fundraising Software.
November 23, 2010
SAN FRANCISCO -- The Fibre Channel Industry Association , a non-profit international organization of manufacturers, systems integrators and vendors, today announced the completion of FCoE/8GFC Plugfest, which was held during the week of November 1st at the University of New Hampshire Interoperability Lab .
November 22, 2010
DALLAS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--This December the Dallas chapter of IABC will hold a luncheon for local non-profit organizations to receive free communication consulting from professional communicators.
November 22, 2010
On Tuesday, Dec. 14 the Dallas chapter of the International Association of Business Communicators will hold a special “Season of Giving” luncheon at Maggiano’s Little Italy, 6001 W.
November 22, 2010
  CHATHAM – Ball-Chatham School Superintendent Bob Gillum has been named the 2011 Illinois Superintendent of the year. 
November 22, 2010
Charles “Charlie” Bray, a veteran association and financial executive with more than 30 years of non-profit association experience, is joining the National Grocers Association team as executive vice president and chief operating officer.
November 22, 2010
Many of Arizona's charities, which make so much food, health care, research and culture available for the benefit of others, could use a helping hand themselves.
November 21, 2010
Associated Press - November 21, 2010 3:34 PM ET TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Paul Carter scored 21 of his 24 points in a big second half for Illinois-Chicago as it defeated Rhode Island 74-68 on...
November 21, 2010
Paul Carter scored 21 of his 24 points in a big second half for Illinois-Chicago as it defeated Rhode Island 74-68 on Sunday. The Flames (3-2) made 20 of 28 from the field in the second half (71.4 percent) and Carter and Robo Kreps combined to score 38 of their 52 points after the break.
November 21, 2010
Associated Press - November 21, 2010 3:34 PM ET TOLEDO, Ohio (AP) - Paul Carter scored 21 of his 24 points in a big second half for Illinois-Chicago as it defeated Rhode Island 74-68 on...
November 21, 2010
Paul Carter scored 21 of his 24 points in a big second half for Illinois-Chicago as it defeated Rhode Island 74-68 on Sunday. The Flames (3-2) made 20 of 28 from the field in the second half (71.4 percent) and Carter and Robo Kreps combined to score 38 of their 52 points after the break. Kreps, who scored 17 points in the second half, finished with 27 in the 2K Sports Coaches vs.
November 21, 2010
Many of Arizona's charities, which make so much food, health care, research and culture available for the benefit of others, could use a helping hand themselves.
November 21, 2010
Since the Association for the Advancement of Creative Musicians (AACM) became established in Chicago 45 years ago, the organization has continually reaffirmed that experimentation and collaboration are enduring musical ideals. The AACM anniversary events on Friday and Saturday celebrated what all of this has meant for jazz, especially in this city.
November 20, 2010
Leshoure a big-league run producer as Illini claim title as Chicago's team David Haugh: The truth is Illinois beat Northwestern in an uncomplicated, timeless manner that would have worked the last time they played each other on this Wrigley field in 1923. The Illini gave the Wildcats an old-fashioned whipping. More coverage here
November 20, 2010
David Haugh: As much as any factor in a game that wasn't as close as the score indicates, Illinois came committed to questioning truth in advertising. "When I heard NU called 'Chicago's Big Ten team' all week, yes, that bothered me," Illinois and Simeon graduate Martez Wilson said.
November 20, 2010
Andrew Goudelock scored 26 points and Jeremy Simmons scored 11 of his 17 in the second half as College of Charleston defeated Illinois-Chicago 78-66 on Saturday in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer. Goudelock, a senior guard, scored 17 of his points in the first half, when the Cougars (3-2) led by as many as 18 points before taking a 40-29 halftime lead.
November 20, 2010
Andrew Goudelock scored 26 points and Jeremy Simmons scored 11 of his 17 in the second half as College of Charleston defeated Illinois-Chicago 78-66 on Saturday in the 2K Sports Classic benefiting Coaches vs. Cancer.
November 20, 2010
Homeowners are facing yet another tax in Illinois, and some of them are fighting it. The Community Association Manager Licensing Act went into effect July 1, and was the subject of much criticism at the November meeting of the Naperville Area Homeowners Confederation. “We’re introducing a bill to eliminate the …
November 20, 2010
The president and executive director of the Louisiana Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association stand accused of rigging a 2008 election to retain control of the well-funded nonprofit, which federal prosecutors say they were bilking for hundreds of thousands of dollars....
November 20, 2010
Can one association refuse to pay their share?
November 19, 2010
By ZACH SILKA BLADE SPORTS WRITER A pair of slow starts and a lack of execution at the free throw line doomed the University of Toledo men’s basketball team against Illinois-Chicago Friday night in coach Tod Kowalczyk’s first home game. The Rockets (0-3) missed their first six shots before redshirt freshman forward Hayden Humes scored on a lay-up 5:17 into the contest, and UT hit another ...
November 19, 2010
Robo Kreps scored 20 points and Paul Carter added 14 as Illinois-Chicago held off Toledo 57-51 on Friday night in the Toledo subregional of the 2K Sports Classic.
November 19, 2010
Robo Kreps scored 20 points and Paul Carter added 14 as Illinois-Chicago held off Toledo 57-51 on Friday night in the Toledo subregional of the 2K Sports Classic. Illinois-Chicago (2-1) led 27-22 at halftime, but struggled to find any rhythm offensively as the Flames shot 19 of 48 (39.6 percent) from the field.
November 19, 2010
The Keokuk Area Community Foundation awarded grants totaling $50,764 Thursday at First Christian Church, Keokuk, to 16 non-profit organizations and charities serving the Tri-State Area.
November 19, 2010
The friendly confines of Wrigley Field are a little too tight for the Big Ten. The league announced Friday that Illinois and Northwestern had agreed to some drastic and unusual changes for Saturday's game at the historic home of the Chicago Cubs -- including running all offensive plays toward the end zone that doesn't happen to come within a foot or so of a padded brick wall.
November 19, 2010
CHICAGO, Nov. 19 (UPI) -- Former White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel's absentee ballot cast in Chicago proves he is considered an Illinois resident, an aide said.
November 19, 2010
Foreclose - or else. That's a new message being sent to banks by a lawyer representing condo associations in Florida. Increasingly, the associations are stuck in unpaid-dues limbo when banks delay foreclosure on a unit owner, not wanting to assume the liability for unpaid condo dues and taxes. An...
November 19, 2010
11/19/2010 - Cuomo Announces Transportation Transition Committee New York State Motor Truck Association Executive Director Kendra Adams has been named to the transition team of New York Governor-elect Andrew Cuomo....
November 18, 2010
Food donations to charities are down this fall and it could mean needy families and the homeless may not have turkey dinners this year. Donations are down at Second Harvest Food Bank which supplies around 550,000 lbs. of food a month to non-profit organizations throughout Southeastern North Carolina.
November 18, 2010
We asked you to help us find the C.E.O. of a local non-profit company accused of failing to pay its bills and employees. You provided tips that led 12 On Your Side to Brenda Lee -- the chief executive officer of, "Changing Minds Community Service". After weeks of trying to find her, we caught up with her yesterday.
November 18, 2010
Just as doctors and pharmacists have done, Maine medical marijuana caregivers are forming a trade association to give them a unified voice in the state. But its members say it also will help to ensure good prices for the pain-easing drug and advocate for patients.
November 18, 2010
WASHINGTON, DC--(Marketwire - November 18, 2010) - The Housing Opportunity Fund, a National Association of Realtors ® grant program, has presented $50,000 to 15 local and state Realtor ® associations. Those associations will use the funds to promote and expand affordable housing opportunities in their communities.
November 18, 2010
The Myrtle Beach Area Hospitality Association gave out awards to its industry members at the organiz
November 17, 2010
Loyola (3-0) vs. Eastern Illinois (0-2) November 18, 2010 - 7 p.m. CST Gentile Center - Chicago, Ill. Radio: WNTD (950 AM), WAUR (930 AM), WWCA (1270 AM) TV: Lakeshore Public Television - (John Fitzgerald and John Tracy) www.horizonleaguenetwork.tv
November 17, 2010
All Chicago Public Schools principals are paid six-figure base salaries, with 17 earning a top wage of $154,000, according to data released by the school system this week. CPS divulged the base salaries and other benefits of every CPS official with an administrator's certificate based on an Illinois law intended to blow the lid off hidden benefits in top educator salaries.
November 17, 2010
A non-profit organization that reaches out to immigrants and the homeless is now fighting to stay afloat. The Village - El Pueblo has launched a campaign to raise $100,000 over the next few months. Officials say because of funding shortages, they've already had to cut some programs.
November 17, 2010
TUCSON - One non-profit organization in Tucson is making this holiday season a little brighter for military families. A year ago, putting gifts under the Christmas tree was challenging for Debbie Davies, especially with her husband deployed overseas.
November 17, 2010
A non-profit group’s proposal to build 13 two-family homes and one apartment building for low- to middle-income residents has sparked concern in the Cornhill neighborhood where some would be built.
November 17, 2010
The United States Attorney's Office for the Western District of North Carolina indicted a former executive of a non-profit agency on health care fraud charges on Wednesday.
November 17, 2010
The Association of Atlantic Universities is siding with the University of Prince Edward Island in a dispute with the provincial government.
November 17, 2010
The association is the latest high profile organisation to join Businessmagnet’s Industry Associations Program (IAP) in order to deliver extra value for its members.
November 16, 2010
The San Jose City Council will learn more details about a troubled non-profit organization accused of not using city funds properly.
November 16, 2010
The California School Boards Association released a 26-page review of the non-profit's fiscal and governance policies Wednesday evening in hopes of repairing its damaged reputation.
November 16, 2010
A Western Illinois University student charged last month with making a bomb threat at a dorm was arrested by the FBI this morning in Chicago . Cameron McKoy, 18, is to appear in U.S. District Court in Peoria on federal charges of making a bomb threat. He already faces felony disorderly conduct charges filed by local prosecutors last month. Authorities say McKoy made an anonymous call from his ...
November 16, 2010
WASHINGTON, Nov. 16, 2010 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Association of Climate Change Officers ("ACCO") recognized the winners of its first annual Climate Leadership Award at its first annual Climate Leadership Awards Gala, which was attended by 100 climate action leaders from across sectors this week. The winners, Bonneville Environmental Foundation (non-profit), Iberdrola (corporate), and ...
November 15, 2010
Chicago lost its bid to host the Olympics, Oprah Winfrey is leaving town, and even Mayor Richard M. Daley is stepping down. Yet some of the city’s restaurants are collecting stars -- Michelin stars.
November 15, 2010
Paul Carter had 24 points and nine rebounds and Robo Kreps added 20 points as Illinois-Chicago defeated Roosevelt 94-54 Monday night. Carter and Kreps combined for five of the team's nine 3-pointers, and Zavion Neely contributed 10 points for the Flames (1-1). Paul Tometich led the Lakers (1-4), an NAIA team, with 20 points.
November 15, 2010
“I’m skeptical of the whole proposal,” Quinn told reporters today at the McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. “They haven’t shown it to me.
November 15, 2010
CHICAGO (AP) -- Chicago's convention business got another boost after a new state law helped cut costs at the mammoth McCormick Place. City and state officials announced Monday the National Restaurant Association signed an agreement to keep its annual convention in Chicago through 2016.
November 15, 2010
SEATTLE – Magnuson Park’s Building 30 has survived for decades, but it may not survive the economic downturn. “Our hope is the city can find some funds,” says Joan Amatucci, of the Friends of the Library.  Her non-profit organization uses the building to host a used book sale twice a year. But, the Seattle Parks Department says the building is not up to code, and it needs to spend a significant ...
November 15, 2010
The National Restaurant Association will keep its convention in Chicago with a new state law cutting costs at McCormick Place.
November 15, 2010
By Kathy Bergen Posted yesterday at 8:08 p.m. The National Restaurant Association will keep its annual trade show at McCormick Place, with a new five-year commitment to be announced Monday, according to sources close to the situation.
November 15, 2010
The National Restaurant Association has signed an agreement to keep using McCormick Place for its annual trade show through 2016.
November 14, 2010
What's Your Reaction? CHICAGO — Illinois state Sen. James Meeks says he's running for mayor of Chicago. Meeks made the announcement Sunday at the University of Illinois at Chicago. The state senator is also pastor of a megachurch on the South Side.
November 14, 2010
A non-profit organization that combines education with community service wants to reach more young people.  South Coast Design Build held an open house earlier this week in Pass Christian. Officials said they wanted show what the program has offer to high school and college students interested in architecture.  
November 14, 2010
Illinois state Sen. James Meeks says he's running for mayor of Chicago.
November 14, 2010
Lextech Labs to Open NASDAQ with TechAmerica, Event Focused on Celebrating Innovation in Illinois Lextech Labs will join TechAmerica in New York City to open the NASDAQ Stock Market on Monday, November 15. The event, arranged by TechAmerica, will emphasize the Association’s Illinois Tech Index (ILTI), the winners of the 2010 Chicago Innovation Awards, and the growing innovation economy in ...
November 13, 2010
  Three new coal mines are expected to begin production next year in Illinois, including one near Hillsboro. 
November 13, 2010
ROCKFORD — The Northern Illinois Minority Companies Association held its 21st annual awards banquet Saturday night at Klehm Arboretum.
November 13, 2010
A non–profit that's spent the last ten years spaying and neutering feral cats let loose Saturday.
November 13, 2010
When Be Concerned's sixth annual pre-Christmas sale opened today, about 150 people were lined up outside the Covington non-profit to buy gently used Christmas decorations and hundreds of other heavily discounted items.
November 13, 2010
EDITOR'S NOTE: This article is based on a report of the Better Government Association, in cooperation with The Telegraph. BGA is an Illinois nonprofit, nonpartisan group that promotes good government through investigative journalism.
November 13, 2010
Marvin Comisky, former head of the Philadelphia Bar Association and a founding partner of the Blank Rome law firm, died yesterday. He was 92.
November 12, 2010
Art Colony Association (ACA) – the presenting organization behind the successful bi-annual Bayou City Art Festivals in Downtown Houston and Memorial Park – is encouraging local organizations to apply for their Nonprofit Partnership program.
November 12, 2010
Victor Scott scored 22 points to help Chicago State hold off Concordia, Ill., 79-75 Friday night. The Cougars won their first game under new coach Tracy Dildy, who served three years as associated head coach at Illinois-Chicago. Christian Wall added 18 points and Carl Montgomery 13 for Chicago State, which led 42-34 at halftime.
November 11, 2010
Pitt advanced to 2-0 on its young season by defeating Illinois-Chicago, 97-54, at the Petersen Events Center Wednesday night.
November 11, 2010
There can be few better qualified and more influential industry leaders to give a keynote address on ‘Tourism – the significance for the UK economy’ at the forthcoming 5th Annual BAHA Hospitality Finance, Revenue Management and IT Professionals Conference and Exhibition, than the new Chief Executive of the British Hospitality Association (BHA).
November 11, 2010
A Jefferson City non-profit group is celebrating its tenth anniversary of dressing women in interview attire.
November 11, 2010
Actor Lawrence Hilton-Jacobs is best known for his Freddie “Boom Boom” Washington character from Welcome Back, Kotter.  Fewer people know him from the popular black cinema classic Cooley High.
November 11, 2010
PITTSBURGH -- Illinois-Chicago plays in the Horizon League, the same conference as NCAA runner-up Butler. Opening their season at No. 5 Pittsburgh, the Flames found themselves out of their league.
November 11, 2010
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November 10, 2010
ESPN3.com will broadcast the live game online; the game will be rebroadcast on Pitt Panthers Television on The Comcast Network at 9:30 p.m. (Channel 188 or 210); Pitt and Illinois-Chicago meet for the first time in series history.
November 10, 2010
Champaign, Ill.- Illinois head coach Bruce Weber announced today the signing of four student-athletes to national letters of intent in Tracy Abrams, Nnanna Egwu, Mycheal Henry and Mike Shaw. All four players hail from Chicago and are ranked in the Top 100 by various recruiting services, giving the Fighting Illini the No. 9 class in the nation by Rivals.com, No. 11 nationally by Scout.com and No ...
November 10, 2010
Nevada Non-Profits to Receive Immediate Savings on National Name Brand Goods and Services
November 10, 2010
Illinois-Chicago plays in the Horizon League, the same conference as NCAA runnerup Butler. Opening their season at No. 5 Pittsburgh, the Flames found themselves truly out of their league. Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points, Brad Wanamaker added 17 and No. 5 Pittsburgh opened an 18-point lead midway through the first half while cruising to its second victory in three nights, a 97-54 decision over ...
November 10, 2010
Ashton Gibbs scored 24 points, Brad Wanamaker added 17 and No. 5 Pittsburgh opened an 18-point lead midway through the first half while cruising to its second victory in three nights, a 97-54 decision over rebuilding Illinois-Chicago on Wednesday night.
November 10, 2010
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November 10, 2010
CHICAGO, IL--(Marketwire - 11/10/10) - The Illinois Technology Association (ITA) and over 20 local technology companies call on industry leaders to support the future leaders of technology. The ITA Fall Challenge Presented by BigMachines is an aggressive initiative to retain the best talent from the state's top universities, retaining these future thought leaders to build our local economy. A ...
November 10, 2010
SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - November 10, 2010) - A group of Chicago-area lawyers concentrating in real estate practice has formed the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys to share information and better help clients facing questionable foreclosures. The association is the first of its kind in Illinois.
November 10, 2010
SKOKIE, IL--(Marketwire - 11/10/10) - A group of Chicago-area lawyers concentrating in real estate practice has formed the Association of Foreclosure Defense Attorneys to share information and better help clients facing questionable foreclosures. The association is the first of its kind in Illinois. The group was established by Chicago area real estate attorney Erica Crohn Minchella in October ...
November 9, 2010
The 2010 midterm elections showed decisive victories for the GOP nationally, but showed mixed results in Illinois. Republicans picked up an astounding 60 seats in the US House of Representatives, claiming a majority of 239 seats in the House.
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