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The best apps for business!

It seems like every day someone is telling me about an awesome new app to download. With all of these new apps coming out each day, it is hard to tell which ones are really helpful and which ones are just a waste of time. Here is our list of our favorite apps at Accent Group!

Here on Biz: This app allows you to view which of your LinkedIn contacts are near you. When you request a connection, you can chat with your contact and set up an in-person meeting.

HootSuite: This app allows for all of your posts from social networks all at once. The days where you have to sign into Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, etc. all separately are long gone with HootSuite! It also provides help for you to manage your social media usage all together.

Dropbox: Dropbox gives you 2G storage for free with this app. So now you can store all of your files, images, videos, documents, all in one place for access anywhere anytime. You can also edit and sync all of your changes from anywhere.

Brewster: Have so many contacts and networking opportunities you don’t know what to do with? Use Brewster to take your contacts from all of your applications and create in-depth profiles for each contact. You can receive gentle reminders to contact someone and set up favorites with this fully searchable app. It also allows you to be able to note information about each individual so nobody gets lost!

We also suggest that Trello, UberConference and Evernote might be worth looking into as well.

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Setting Goals

A daily activity here at Accent Group is to set goals. Everyday we gather around and share our goals with everyone. This sets up our employees for success daily! By setting and sharing goals, it allows for everyone to learn from each other and contribute to each others success. Throughout the day, reminding each other of goals gives us a chance to realize the negatives and positives of the day and change anything that isn’t allowing us to pursue the goals. Check out this article from Entrepreneur.com about how to define goals.

http://www.entrepreneur.com/article/225655

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Accent Group supports Camp Casey!!

Accent Group will be pulling out their best boots and cowboy hats in support of Camp Casey, a nonprofit horseback riding program for children with cancer headquartered in Michigan!

The Detroit Pistons have selected Camp Casey as the charity recipient for their 50/50 Raffle!

We have volunteered to sell raffle tickets to the crowd while telling them about Camp Casey at the Pistions vs. Memphis Grizzlies game on Tuesday, February 19!

To learn more about this local chirity and how you can help out visit their website at: camp-casey.org

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The Self-Aware Leader

Everyone loves a good book recommendation right? Well I know we do here at Accent Group. My current assigned textbook in Team Leadership at Oakland University is The Self-Aware Leader: A Proven Model for Reinventing Yourself  by Daniel Gallagher. After reading just one chapter in the book I knew it was just something I had to share. Gallagher is a Fortune 100 Executive and he shares his distinctive approach on how to become the best leader one can be by increasing self-awareness from a business aspect. He offers a modern outlook on how management is always quickly changing. Two key points of the book is a new psychological structure on leadership that’s applicable to today’s business and concrete strategy to apply the new concepts and ideas into action.

6 Vital Decisions You Must Make to Succeed!

We here at Accent Group are filling Entry Level Event Representative Positions with the possibility for Management Positions for the right candidates. We feel that these 6 vital points will help individuals succeed on a business, as well as personal level. If you want to beat the odds and win in the start-up game, please review these 6 vital steps.

1. Set goals- When you start your venture, you most likely have nothing to offer the people who you will try to recruit.

Set three kinds of goals: For recruiting others, create a mission that give the new venture so much meaning to those recruits that they could not resist.

The mission will only get you so far though–you also need a long-term goal for investors–something like going public in five years or finding a corporate acquirer. And you will also need to set short-term goals that help you learn what you need to do to grow without burning through your resources.

2. Pick markets- If you can set goals, you’re far from out of the woods. After all, you need to figure out who will use or buy your product. And to do that, you will need to pick the markets that you’re going to target.

Two hints for picking the right market–you have to have a personal passion for solving that market’s problem and the customers in that market must see your product as a compelling answer to a problem that none of your competitors are solving.

3. Raise capital- It goes without saying that everyone has bills to pay. So if you are going to hire people or buy supplies, you will need money. But where can you get it?

The best place to look initially is probably your customers. If you can get them to pay you more for the product than it costs you to build it–and cover your fixed costs–you are going to be in a good position. You might also try to get your suppliers to extend you favorable payment terms. If neither of those suffices, you can try tapping your own bank account or your credit cards.

And I’ve found that you may want to match your efforts to raise money from other people (friends and family, angel investors, venture capitalists) to the stage of your start-up’s development, moving up that ladder as you ramp your sales.

4. Build the team- You can’t do it all yourself, but resist the urge to hire friends unless those friends have skills in areas critical to your venture’s success that complement your own. I found that the most successful ventures do a great job of dividing up the work that must be done among the most talented people. And they create a culture that binds them all together to focus on shared goals.

5. Gain market share, Recommended Videos, How a Disaster on Everest Inspired an Entrepreneur, What a Serial Entrepreneur Can’t Resist, Leader in Motion: How Choreographer Bill T. Jones Collaborates, To grow, you must get customers to use your product and eventually pay. But I found that many customers are afraid to get too dependent on a start-up that could go out of business and leave them in the lurch.

To overcome that, you have to offer the customer what I called a quantum value leap (QVL), a product that solves a problem that customers care about better than the competition, and to give that solution away. If that QVL actually delivers those early customers will tell all their friends. And you can eventually upgrade the product and start charging customers to use it.

6. Adapt to change- You might think getting those five decisions right would be enough, but you would be wrong. That’s because customer needs, technology, and competitors all evolve and the very success you achieve by making those first five decisions well could doom your venture to destruction.

Unless you can adapt to those changes- seizing new opportunities and guarding against evolving threats- your customers will flee and your venture will be decline. I found that winning ventures follow three approaches to keep this from happening- one of these is to craft a vision of the skills at which the start-up must excel and to make acquisitions and strategic hires to close the capability gap.

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Full of Eminence, Not Just Marginal.

Being number one isn’t just about rising to top. It’s about being a leader. Assessing your skill set and taking charge of your career includes a lot of poise and a ton of confidence. Being mediocre isn’t enough, but being the best-now that’s vogue. We were always taught “Never settle for less.” That’s why these few tips can help you succeed as an individual and get you out of the constant train of ordinary.

1.            Take constructive criticism. Without the attitude.

2.            Establish your goals and commit to them.

3.            Don’t be fake. Be yourself with a willingness to grow.

4.            Know how to communicate with people you don’t know.

5.            Inspire and be an idol.

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Be a leader!