By Jan Bolick Jan Bolick is Founder and President of Business Class Inc which specializes in working with leaders to build positive, productive, results oriented service culture.
  • Traditions

    December 24, 2014 at 10:00 am

    There are all kinds of traditions at all times of the year. Whether it’s the tradition of having pizza on deadline night. Or quarterly team bowling tournaments. Or annual office clean outs. Traditions can be powerful. Reassuring. Grounding. Bonding. The holidays are especially full of traditions. And sometimes they need to change. A childhood friend […]

  • From 76 Koozies to Two Cars: Would You Like To Trade?

    November 14, 2013 at 6:00 am

    Students in the Business 500 class at Kenan-Flagler started with 76 koozies and want to finish with two cars by December 5th. Their story lured me out of retirement as a columnist for Did you read about the red paper clip guy? He had lots of ideas and plans, but wasn’t making any money. […]

  • Simple Problems: Simple Solutions

    April 10, 2013 at 6:42 pm

    The facilitator for the April meeting of the Chamber of Commerce Small Business Roundtable was Tori Williams Reid, Ph.D., co-owner of Right at Home – Durham/Chapel Hill, an in-home care and assistance company. During a session entitled Simple Problems: Simple Solutions, Tori invited participants to share current business problems and then for each one, she […]

  • Time To Bring The Bunnies

    March 27, 2013 at 7:43 am

    If you’ve had the pedal to the metal, pushing hard to make sales quotas, production schedules and tax deadlines, I encourage you to take a break for a morale and productivity boosting bit of nonsense. And if you need an off the wall, hoppin’ idea…this one certainly qualifies.   Several of the seventeen divisions of […]

  • Good Green Business At Open Eye Cafe

    March 6, 2013 at 10:03 am

    Who needs paper when you can just write someone’s order on the counter? Good green business by Open Eye Cafe; in Carrboro. Important keys to success: Dry erase markers Metal, glass or other surface from which dry erase markers will easily erase. Got any other examples of good green business? Tell me in the Comments […]

  • The Aveda Way

    March 1, 2013 at 10:26 am

    It was a gift card and my long time hairstylist being on maternity leave that finally nudged me in to Aveda Institute for something other than Chamber of Commerce Business After Hours. When I walked in the door, a young woman greeted me, escorted me to the scheduler for check in and then to the […]

  • Ready To LAUNCH

    February 10, 2013 at 1:12 pm

    Have you heard about LAUNCH? It’s a fabulous collaborative effort between The Town of Chapel Hill, Orange County, UNC-Chapel Hill and the Chapel Hill Downtown Partnership. It will help entrepreneurs develop new ideas into businesses that will grow and stay in Chapel Hill. At last week’s Friends of Downtown meeting, entrepreneur and Chapel Hill-Carrboro Citizen […]

  • Ready to LAUNCH

    February 10, 2013 at 8:12 am

    This is the excerpt and I want it to be shorter.

  • Angels Everywhere

    December 31, 2012 at 8:41 pm

    I’m breaking a rule here on the last day of 2012.  Most of what I’ve written here did NOT take place in Chapelboro.   But it could happen here.  And it does.  And it could happen more.   It’s just that sometimes we forget or don’t even realize the impact we have.  The impact we […]

  • And the blanket total is…

    December 5, 2012 at 10:03 pm

    For the past 20 days, many individuals and businesses have contributed to the 9th annual drive to Blanket Orange County. Take a look at what BOC volunteer and Keller-Williams Realtor, Kim Solomon found when she went to pick up blankets donated at the YMCA.   That was last week. Darcy Gunn from the YMCA called […]

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