Member Spotlight-Heartland Office Systems

Office Equipment, Supplies, And Services

If you need office equipment and supplies at affordable prices, you need to call Heartland Office Systems, LLC. They pride themselves in providing you with good old fashion customer service and quality products at a competitive price.

Your single source for office machine supplies!
Find a huge selection of quality copiers, fax machines, and printers to fit your business needs. Save money on premium quality office equipment supplies. Get OEM performance and page yield without the OEM price.

Make them your one stop shop for office equipment. Call Heartland Office Systems, LLC today at 620-343-7470 or 800-279-8671 or visit us at 626 Commercial Street.

Heartland Office Systems
626 Commercial Street
Emporia, KS

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The Keys To Achieving Your Goals

Another year and another set of resolutions. If you’re like most people, you’ll probably forget your goals by mid-February. So how do you make your resolutions actually happen this year?

First, keep in mind that goals are dreams; but don’t stop at just dreaming. Turn your dreams into bite-sized pieces that will gradually create a big event in your life. If you’re waiting on an outside variable to change your life, you have a long wait. You have to do something. It’s your responsibility to fix your life, not someone else’s. It’s time to sit down, make some goals, and take control.

Goal setting is how you win. Once you’ve made your resolutions, they will drive you forward. The goals will motivate you to seek activities that will help you succeed. It’s not always fun, but those exercises bring you closer to your goal and make you a winner.

If you want to actually achieve your goals this year, then consider the following:

 

  1. Be specific.
    When setting goals, be specific in what you want to achieve. Vagueness will only cause you to feel overwhelmed, and you will just give up.
  2. Make your goals measurable.
    In order to know if you achieved the goal, it must be measurable. For example, if you want to lose weight, don’t simply write down “lose weight” as a goal. How much weight do you want to lose? Or don’t just write “spend more time with family.” How much time do you want to spend with your family every night?
  3. Are they your goals?
    Only you can set your own goals. If your spouse, co-worker or friend sets a goal for you, you’re not going to achieve it. Taking ownership will give you more incentive to meet your goal.
  4. Set a time limit.
    Setting a time frame will help you set realistic goals. For example, if you want to save more money, list how much money a month you want to put into your savings account.
  5. Put them in writing.
    Putting your goals in writing will make you much more likely to achieve them. Write down your goals and review them often. This will give you motivation to make them a reality.

This is the process to succeed. Successful people reassess their lives and then start living intentionally, in writing, on paper, on purpose. Make your resolutions a reality in this year!

8 Lessons From Christmas Movie Characters

I just LOVE Dave Ramsey and this was on their blog yesterday and I thought it was cute and wanted to share it!

Don’t you just love Christmas movies?

Few things can get us in the Christmas spirit like a good film, whether it’s a cheesy love story, holiday musical or a comedy. There’s just something about this time of year that makes movie watching so fun.

With that in mind, we thought we would take a look at some of the more memorable characters from Christmas movies and ask the question: What can they teach us about money and success?

Oh, you don’t think you can learn anything from Buddy the Elf? Think again!

 

Buddy the Elf (Elf)

Famous Quote: “Smiling is my favorite.”

We think Buddy was on to something. Debt got you down? Tired of collector calls? Does your 401(k) keep getting smaller? All of these things can get in the way of your joy and Christmas spirit—which, if you watched Elf, you know is what fuels Santa’s sleigh. So no matter what’s going on in your life, remember what Buddy said: “Smiling is my favorite.”

Cousin Eddie (Christmas Vacation)

Famous Quote: “Oh, that there’s an RV. Yeah, yeah, I borrowed it off a buddy of mine. He took my house, I took the RV. It’s a good-looking vehicle, ain’t it?”

Cousin Eddie can teach you a lot. For starters, never trade your house for an RV. And second, while you might spend a lot of time with family this Christmas, at some point they might need a gentle nudge out your front door .

Clarence (It’s a Wonderful Life)

Famous Quote: “Remember, George: No man is a failure who has friends.”

Good old Clarence. George Bailey might have been the star of It’s A Wonderful Life, but Clarence was the angel that made George shine. Clarence helped George realize that we have the ability to affect people and make a difference in their lives even when we don’t realize it.

Ralphie (A Christmas Story)

Famous Quote: “I want an official Red Ryder carbine-action, two-hundred-shot, range-model air rifle!”

Ralphie’s obsession with getting a BB gun for Christmas is a great reminder of how much we like stuff, even if it might make us blind in one eye. In 30 years, that BB gun might be a new truck or designer purse.

The Grinch (How The Grinch Stole Christmas)

Famous Quote: “Blast this Christmas music. It’s joyful and triumphant.”

The Grinch is bitter, angry and cynical. He even hates Christmas music. Gasp! But the lesson the Grinch teaches us is that Christmas is about much more than materialism and shiny gifts we’ll forget about soon enough. It’s about giving, family and friends.

Rudolph (Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer)

Famous Quote: “Rudolph, with your nose so bright, won’t you guide my sleigh tonight?” —Santa Claus

If your friends are making fun of you, then you’re on the right track. Just ask Rudolph. Prancer and Dancer might be “normal” when it comes to how noticeable their noses are, but where did that get them? They ended up with a clean view of Rudolph’s hindquarters for hours and hours while Santa delivered presents. Rudolph might have been the “weird” one, the one with the bright, shiny nose, but Santa handpicked him to lead the way on Christmas Eve.

Bob Wallace (White Christmas)

Famous Quote: “May your days be merry and bright, and may all your Christmases be white.”

Bob Wallace was played by famous crooner Bing Crosby, and some people believe it’s not really Christmas season until you’ve heard Crosby sing a tune. In the movie, Bob Wallace and his friends have to make some adjustments when they arrive in Vermont for Christmas—only to discover that there’s not even a hint of snow on the ground. Bummer. The lesson? If you’re traveling during Christmas, remember that a little bit of planning can save you a lot of grief.

Mr. Potter  (It’s a Wonderful Life)

Famous Quote: “George, I’m an old man and most people hate me, but I don’t like them either so that makes it all even.”

Old Mr. Potter. Some people might think he’s more of a villain than the Grinch and Mr. Scrooge combined. The problem Mr. Potter has is that he puts money over people. He might be the richest man in Bedford Falls, but he has no friends, no one to drink a warm cup of eggnog with. Why? Because making a lot of money doesn’t automatically make you a friendly, classy person.

So many great Christmas movies include so many great characters. What are some of your favorite Christmas characters, and what have they taught you?

7 Easily Avoidable Reasons Why Entrepreneurs Fail-by Jeff Haden

You have no excuse not to see these potential hurdles coming–so don’t let them trip you up.

Failure–and the importance of failing quickly and often–is a trendy topic.  Learning how to overcome obstacles and setbacks is in fact incredibly important, but at the same time failure can also be incredibly painful, both financially and emotionally.

Lessons learned aside, when you own a business and it’s your money and your future on the line, failure sucks.

That’s why no one sets out to fail–unless, of course, they do one of these things:

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1. Assume easy entry equals great opportunity.
Some businesses are easy to start. For example, anyone with a little time on their hands can build an e-commerce website and sell products that others will fulfill. E-commerce is easy to do, hard to make money doing.  The same is true with apps. One guy makes $400,000 off a game he developed in a week, so thousands of people try to create their own apps. Creating apps is easy to do, hard to make money doing.  Businesses that are easy to enter typically only pay off well in the early stages of a new industry. Excess profits breed ruinous competition–and so does easy entry.  Taking the hard road is generally the best way, if only because a lot fewer people will be walking that hard road with you.

 

2. Go contrary without a plan.
Every trend starts with people who go against the crowd. Dell ignored in-store retail. FedEx introduced speed where there was no existing demand. eBay predicted buyers wouldn’t need to actually touch what they purchased. I can list hundreds of examples. So can you.  All of them went contrary–but they all had a plan.  Think you can succeed by launching a Web design business even though that service has largely become a commodity? Think you can open a funky little clothing store downtown even though many local retailers have gone out of business because foot traffic is down and unemployment is up?  You can but you better have a plan.

 

3. Mistake your social media networks for your safety net.
Building a network of friends and connections certainly can be helpful. But face it: If you lose your job, most of your LinkedIn connections will not ride to your rescue. If you need financing, most of your Twitter followers aren’t going to open their checkbooks.  Only your old-school personal connections will pick you up when you’re down.   Absolutely spend time building social media networks, but spend more building old-school connections. Your Facebook friends might commiserate with you but your real connections will have your back.

 

4. Assume somehow, some way, your mileage truly will vary.
I’m willing to bet there’s a building in your town that’s housed four or five different restaurants in the past years: the Greek restaurant fails; another entrepreneur revamps the décor and opens an Italian restaurant (re-using all the fake columns, of course), and it fails; another entrepreneur gives the building a facelift and opens a trendy little sushi place… the cycle goes on and on.  Each assumes somehow his venture will be different, ignoring fundamental problems like a terrible location, limited parking, no real market potential, etc.  Assuming that your venture will be different just because it is your venture never works. If others have failed, understand why they failed and then determine the steps you can take to make sure you succeed.  The same is true with business careers. Most follow a typical path, and yours won’t be markedly different unless you are willing to do things differently than the typical entrepreneur.

 

5. Confuse advice with knowledge.
Say you have an idea. You ask a friend for input. He says, “Oh, no, I wouldn’t do that.” You’re discouraged.  Don’t be: You haven’t learned anything.  Ask more questions. If you want to open a manufacturing facility and your friend says the capital requirements are too high, ask why. Ask how he arrived at a figure. Ask what you can leave out. Ask how you can acquire facilities or equipment without making purchases. Keep asking follow-up questions.  Eventually you’ll learn one of two things: You may find out your friend doesn’t have a clue about manufacturing and his advice is worthless. Or you may gain greater insight into start-up costs and financing.  Never ask for advice unless you’re willing to ask plenty of questions to uncover the reasoning behind that advice.

 

6. Play covert operations.
Several times a month someone says to me, “I’ve got a great idea for a business. I can’t tell you about it right now, but you’ll see… it will be awesome.”  Why the secrecy? They’re afraid someone will steal their idea.  Please. Ideas are a dime a dozen. Implementation is everything.  Most people keep their ideas a secret simply because they don’t want to hear conflicting opinions, since conflicting opinions spoil the dream. If an idea can’t survive the cold light of day then they think it’s not a great idea.  Talk about your ideas. Talk about them a lot. At the very least you’ll get helpful input.  You may even find a partner.

 

7. Let ego override reason.
A friend admitted the main reason he wanted to open a business was because he loved the idea of being able to decorate his own office. He didn’t love the idea of selling, running an operation, and leading people.  Another opened a winery because, well, owning a winery seemed pretty darned cool.  Lots of people start businesses with their ego as the primary consideration, but offices and tasting rooms quickly pale when you don’t enjoy the core of what you do.  Ego doesn’t pay the bills. Success pays the bills, and success is based on making objective decisions.

Don’t worry: Work hard to be successful and your ego will do just fine.

 

Jeff Haden learned much of what he knows about business and technology as he worked his way up in the manufacturing industry. Everything else he picks up from ghostwriting books for some of the smartest leaders he knows in business. @jeff_haden

Ribbon Cutting at Solid Ground Counseling

Last Thursday we had a Ribbon Cutting at Solid Ground Counseling.  Kim had yummy soups, hot drinks, and delicious treats!  We are really happy to have her and her team as members here at Coffey County Chamber and we believe that what she does is very important in our community.  If you haven’t attended a Ribbon Cutting you should consider doing so, this is a great opportunity to network with other business owners and employees as well as learn more about business in our community.

 

Solid Ground Ribbon Cutting

Monday Member Spotlight – The Pizza Parlor

This week’s Member Spotlight is the Pizza Parlor!  They serve some of the best pizza around, and come on who doesn’t like pizza?  If you are one of those crazy people, they have something for you too.  They serve a full salad bar, calzones, spaghetti, sandwiches, bread sticks, and soups!  If you are looking for a great home town restaurant make sure you head over to visit the Pizza Parlor at 608 Main St LeRoy, KS 66857.

THE PIZZA PARLOR
WINTER HOURS
SUN – THURS       11 AM – 8 PM
FRI – SAT           11 AM – 9 PM
SUMMER HOURS
MAY 1ST – SEPT. 1ST
SUN – SAT            11 AM – 9 PM

608 MAIN STREET
620-964-2100

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Treadmill Desk

Ever thought that a treadmill desk could kill two birds with one stone?  Well I have “thought” that but still have yet to try it.  Instead of spending long hours at your desk then hitting up the gym afterwards to only put in more time, maybe it is time to try to do both at once.  Phoenix, Ariz.-based Dr. James Levine, an endocrinologist at the Mayo Clinic says “Individuals who sit at their desks all day long are prone not only to obesity, but diabetes, blood pressure problems, cancers, depression and premature death.”

We live in a world where the lines from home to work and work to home are very blurred; why not start to incorporate your active time with your work?

Levine is the brain behind the “treadmill desk” — a standing desk that is built around a treadmill and is designed to help office workers counteract the negative effects of sitting. “I analyzed the data [on the harmful effects of sitting all day] and thought the difference between someone who’s lean and someone who has obesity is 2 ¼ hours of walking time,” says Levine, who built the first treadmill desk prototype in 2005 out of a hospital tray and a $300 treadmill.

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In a recent study Mayo Clinic researchers estimate that overweight office workers who replace sitting computer time with walking computer time for two to three hours per day could lose 44 to 66 pounds a year (!!!) walking at a slow pace, without even breaking a sweat.

“I really wanted to maximize the amount of activity I do and integrate it into my day,” says Levine. The treadmill desk has benefits that go beyond the physical. “People feel more energized, productivity improves, people with back and joint problems get better, and people feel brighter,” says Levine.

I don’t think that I will be running out to buy a “treadmill desk” however this is defiantly food for thought (pardon the pun).

‘Tis the Season for Area Holiday Activities

The holiday season is a perfect time to host an open house in your business. Invite all of your customers and clients. Provide food and beverages as a show of appreciation. For example, you might put out several cheese plates and offer wine poured from a local vineyard. Then during the open house you can chat with your customers and demonstrate or inform them about your new products and services. They will walk away from the open house well fed and with new information about what your business has to offer. An open house also encourages potential new customers to stop in.

Now, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas with festive holiday activities taking place all around the county. Tonight, Gridley’s Christmas in the park begins at 5 pm, and Everything’s Fabulous is hosting a Holiday Decorating Event from 6 – 8 pm. This Saturday, December 8th, Lebo has scheduled a variety of events around town all day, beginning with a Chris Cakes breakfast fundraiser at the Lebo school commons area at 7 am. Burlington’s annual Homes for the Holidays tour will take place from 1 – 4:30 pm, and LeRoy’s Christmas in the Park begins at 5:30 pm.

Area churches have been busy preparing for children’s programs, cantatas, and special services to be presented this month. If your church has a special event scheduled, you can call our office at 620-364-2002 and we will add it to our calendar.

The Burlington Lighted Christmas Parade will be held on Thursday, December 13th, at 6:00 pm. If you are interested in entering the parade, contact Patty Sanborn 620-364-5810 or Ronda Gilbert 620-364-8895 by Friday, December 13th. Bring the family for Santa’s arrival in Burlington!

The Grand Prize Drawing for “Christmas on Us” will take place on Wednesday, December 19th, at 6:30 pm at the Burlington Fire Department. Winning tickets must be presented at the Grand Prize Drawing to claim prizes.

Be sure to check the events calendar at www.coffeycountychamber.com during the holiday season for current information.

Steve Jobs’s Tips for Hiring Your A-Team -Jay Elliott

Define the requirements but don’t be rigid.
At first glance, this point will sound painfully obvious. But too often, the person doing the hiring hasn’t given enough thought to defining the need precisely enough. You might be interviewing the perfect person and not realize it. Or the person in charge of filling the position might be looking for the wrong type of candidate. Worse, you run a high risk of hiring the wrong person.

Steve always had a very clear grasp of the need. Yet at the same time, he was not at all rigid about what qualifications he was looking for. Sometimes his choices surprised me, when he saw something in a candidate hardly anyone else would have seen — something that told him, “This is the right person for the job.”

That’s what happened with Susan Kare. At her high school in Pennsylvania, Susan had known Andy Hertzfeld, who would become one of the early Mac team members. Steve was captivated by the “graphical user interface” he had seen at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center, which used icons on the screen to make routine operations obvious and easy; you use such an icon every time you drag something to the trashcan symbol.

Who was going to dream up those icons, and the other parts of a pleasing and easy-to-use onscreen design? Andy suggested Susan, whom he knew had become an accomplished artist. Almost any other executive in those circumstances would not have agreed to let Susan come in for an interview: She was a creative artist who knew nothing about technology. She had “not qualified” written all over her.

But Steve saw in her a spark, the ability to catch on quickly and the kind of creativity that suggested she would be able to offer the kind of inventive contributions Steve was committed to having. He decided that Susan’s talent, passion and flair were more important than the fact that her background in technology was a big blank. He accepted her as a key part of the Mac team.

Don’t limit your search to the usual methods.
Steve’s accepting invitations to lecture to classes at Stanford University became part of his routine. The students considered it a rare privilege to be able to discuss real-life business problems with an entrepreneur whose start-up company was already in the forefront of the new industry of personal computers. But it was a two-way street. Steve felt inspired and energized by the students. And everywhere he went, he had his antennae up to find likely candidates for the Macintosh group.

Mike Murray was a 20-something MBA student at one of those sessions. Steve spoke plainly about Apple and how we were trying to change the world with personal computers. That was all Mike needed to hear; he wanted to be part of it. Steve was impressed, and Mike was given the job of heading up the marketing group for the Mac.

Bob Bellville was 21 in the spring of 1981 and about to graduate from Stanford. For some eight years, he had been working at least part time at Xerox. Steve saw that Bob had a deep insight into how to build technology into a total product. Bob also had valuable insight into how a company should operate, which Steve liked. He saw a very smart engineer who had independent thought and technical leadership abilities.

Someone at Stanford gave Steve the name of Mike Boich, a former Stanford undergraduate who had gone on to earn an MBA at Harvard. Steve got in touch with Mike and hired him. It was Mike Boich who tackled one of the toughest challenges facing the Macintosh when it was launched, coining the word “evangelists” for people on the team he helped assemble: Their job was to persuade software developers to create software programs for the Mac, and it proved to be a very successful effort — so crucial that the Macintosh might not have survived without the evangelists.

Talented people know other talented people.
Steve often said, “Make sure you’re hiring only A-players.” Hire a few B-players, he said, and they hire B’s and C’s, and pretty soon the whole operation is going to pot. Obviously not everyone can afford to hire only A-players. So how do you find people who are exceptionally talented and a good fit? One of the greatest sources is your own employees. Really sharp people generally prefer the company of other really sharp people. When you need to hire someone, you ask the people on the team to recommend somebody they admire.

Monday Member Spotlight – Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas LLC

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This week’s Member Spotlight is Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas LLC located at 419 Main Street in Gridley, Kansas. Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas offers the latest innovations in kitchen & bath design for your home with a proven record of excellence in designing and installing quality kitchens & baths. No matter the size of your project, the experienced professionals at  Kitchen & Bath Trends of Kansas will plan, design, construct, and install your project. Visit their website, www.kbtks.com, or call Johanna Snovelle or Cassie Dover at (620) 836-5741 for more information.