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Do you have an export marketing plan?

Your export marketing plan covers your export objectives and strategy. It is both a master plan and a tool for tracking your progress. It should be concise and well organized so you can focus on the work at hand.

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Preparing to transition from production to processing in 6 steps

Agricultural producers shifting into processing must follow a painstaking process that includes analyzing the industry, the target market and their personal abilities. Production and processing are 2 complementary but very different industries, so thorough preparation is the key to success.

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How to interact with current and potential customers through social media

Social media is a way for you to hear from current and potential customers. It's important to have a social media presence to find out what they are saying about you but also so other people can see and get to know your company.

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10 phone solicitation tips

Solicitation will be part of life as an entrepreneur. Not comfortable with solicitation? That's normal. Try to be yourself. Don't push to make the sale at all costs. Talk to your future customers enthusiastically about your business and chances are you'll win them over.

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Do you know what your business is worth and how to maximize its value?

It takes a chartered business valuator to determine the market value of a business. Because every business is different, determining a business's value is not an exact science, and there are no set formulas. A chartered business valuator can help you determine a realistic value for your business.

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Volunteer management: resolving problem situations

Managing volunteers, just like managing employees, is not always easy. Sometimes situations can degenerate to the point that the coordinator must intervene. Taking an efficient, disciplined approach will make it easier to resolve these situations.

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Screening volunteers in 10 steps

Screening volunteers is a key step in your recruitment process. You should also screen volunteers whenever they want to take on new duties involving vulnerable clients. Screening ensures an optimal match and enhances the quality and safety of the programs and services your organization offers.

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How to supervise volunteers

A good volunteer coordinator knows that supervision fosters volunteer satisfaction and improves retention rates. By providing the necessary training, support and followup, the organization equips volunteers to accomplish their tasks more effectively and independently.

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