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Easy, DIY Stationary for the Summertime Camper

Kids headed to overnight camp this summer? They probably won’t have access to email or texting while they’re away. Teaching kids the art of letter writing can be fun. Sharing news or telling a funny story in your own handwriting just feels more personal. Especially if you write it on your own, custom stationery. So, […]

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Summer Selling: 5 Marketing Ideas to Keep It Sizzling

Ah, the lazy, hazy days of summer. They’re here, and while children around the nation are excited, business owners often dread the slowdown that accompanies the season. For some, like resort wear retailers, summer is the hot season. For others, the sizzle isn’t so hot. But with a little creativity and out-of-the-box thinking, your summer […]

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The Secret to Success Rests in the Minds of Your Customer

   In order to create an effective marketing strategy you must first define what truly sets your business apart.  Without your one defining core difference, you’ll be forced to compete on price alone, and that is never a smart way to run your business. But how do you discover what makes your business special in […]

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Getting “In the Game” – How to Re-Energize Any Team Dynamic

Introducing fun team building games is a great way to strengthen group dynamics. Whether you lead a team at work, school, at church or in sports, there is always a little time for fun and games! A fun and interactive game will get any office outing, family get-together or birthday party started, while keeping your […]

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Why Small Business Means Big Community Value

Even as a child, I understood and appreciated the value small businesses bring to a community. Back in the days before helicopter parenting was a thing, my friends and I used to walk every day from middle school to the local Olson’s Market, where we would buy penny candy and Twinkies, soda and Bubble Yum. […]

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Shipping Holiday Gifts? Pack and Ship at FedEx Office and Give to the Red Cross

The following is a guest blog from Richard Reed, senior vice president, Disaster Cycle Services at the American Red Cross The holiday season is a time of celebration and reflection, but most importantly, a time to give thanks and to give back. For the American Red Cross, it’s one of our busiest times because of […]

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Keep Co-workers Cohesive with Perfectly Planned Potlucks

My team at work is a little food obsessed. Okay, truthfully, we’re a LOT food obsessed. We start talking about lunch around 9:30 in the morning. So when it comes to team builders, we find there is nothing better than a potluck. A little time with colleagues with good food and good conversation can really […]

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Creating a Great Business Brochure

Recently, my cousin asked for help proofing a brochure she created, and as a student of journalism, I was happy to help. Upon first review, I noticed several layout and design elements that needed improvement. And that got me to thinking — I bet a lot of small businesses face the same issues. Making custom […]

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How to be Productive When Outside the Office

 Ah, winter. The days feel shorter, the cooler weather is approaching, the kids are in school and a holiday retreat is beckoning. But what about your responsibilities at the office? No worries! We here at the Out of Office blog have some tips to help conquer the frenzy that always arises in the days leading up to that glorious […]

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The Power of Small Business Partnerships

Too many small businesses owners have an “us against the world” mentality. They stay in their own bubble, focus on their closest competition, and work every day to be better than the competition. But if your focus is that narrow, you’ll miss opportunities to expand your business by working with other businesses. The truth is, […]

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Small Business Week Spotlight

National Small Business Week recognizes and celebrates the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners. From startups to mom-and-pop shops, small businesses everywhere are essential to the nation’s prosperity and economy. This year, FedEx Office showcased several small businesses – from a talent management consulting business to a live music event production company. From […]

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