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Breakfast provides brain food for small business leaders
by Chamber News on May 29th, 2012

Audits on the rise, a disengaged workforce and negative peer talk were just some of the problems addressed at the Chamber’s Small Business Breakfast last week. Held during National Small Business Week, attendees heard from three dynamic speakers on issues to address for increased success.

According to Amy Hightower, CPA and Senior Tax Manager for Carr, Riggs & Ingram Hightower, IRS audits are on the rise, and business owners need to make sure that they are paying themselves a reasonable salary.  The IRS has asked companies being audited to provide itineraries and programs to justify business-related travel.

Curt Fowler, Fowler & Company president, advised that having a values-driven workplace can dramatically improve the productivity and the profitability of a workforce.  Fowler stated that on average, 70 percent of a workforce is disengaged.  It is important that a company has values and stays focused on those values; furthermore, all employees should know the vision of the company.

Bob Ganzak, Performance Consultant and Trainer, Folkner Training & Associates, Inc. providers of Dale Carnegie Training® painted several portraits of leadership for the audience.  Ganzak discussed the importance of communication and how effective communication can unleash the potential inside your employees.  He advised that leaders should never speak negatively about one employee in the presence of another employee.

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