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  • The Sports Facilities Advisory (industry consultant) and CEO Dev Pathik were featured in a Forbes Money video about the sports facility industry.
  • Illinois' Odeum Sports and Expo Center will host a special USA-Mexico indoor soccer clash featuring all-stars from the recent past.
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All-systems go for small businesses
Management Today
Small businesses are finally getting in on economic growth, with an index of small business activity at its highest level since it started in 2007. It's not just big retailers who'll be feeling more confident then.
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Are smartphones productive tools or distractive devices?
By C. Fredrick Crum
Many businesses provide leaders with smartphones or reimburse employees for their use of their private phones for business use so that productivity is increased. I have always wondered if this practice actually increased productivity or if having the world at your fingertips was a distraction. A group of researchers at Kent State University seems to have provided an answer in a study that has gained international attention.
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2014 Conference and Trade Show
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Registration is now open for the 2014 Conference and Trade Show! Individuals and exhibitors can sign up to attend this year's event in Louisville, Ky. This year's conference includes the Certified Arena Operator class as well as the popular facility bus tour. And don't forget to sign up for the post-conference celebration at Churchill Downs!
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Brains trump capital, a success mantra for small-to-midsize companies
Forbes
It is no secret that for top companies — from tech high-fliers like Google and Facebook to old, stable businesses like Proctor and Gamble and Goldman Sachs — retaining talented employees is a priority. But this strategy isn't just reserved for the Googles of the world. While smaller companies can't necessarily compete with larger competitors on salary alone, they should work just as relentlessly to attract talent and access expertise.
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SCORE4 survey for facility operators
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Be sure to take our current facility operators survey! Answer four quick questions about sports tournaments, and look for the results in the next issue of the E-Insider!
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10 favorite tools for small businesses to rock
Business 2 Community
Shelly Kramer says: One of the biggest challenges for small business owners is knowing which tools or platforms to use that can help them be more effective, more efficient and more profitable. I've owned a small business for 19 years now and am kind of a tool freak (shocker), so my team and I thought that sharing some of our favorites with you might be not only fun, but helpful as well. Here are some of our favorites.
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2014 Conference Speakers
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USIndoor is pleased to announce Kyle Schlegel, vice president of marketing for Hillerich and Bradsby Co., one of the oldest and most respected names in the sporting goods industry and parent company of the iconic Louisville Slugger, will provide the keynote presentation.
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7 ways to be a smarter manager
The Guardian
Entrepreneurs aren't always the best managers. Ask any what their best skills are and they'll often refer to their technical know-how, sales ability or industry knowledge. Few will claim to be a great manager or really good at HR. And, as new technologies emerge and remote working and flexible practices become the norm, some business owners feel increasingly at sea.
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Classifieds
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USIndoor.com offers an industry-specific location to place ads for job openings or merchandise and equipment for sale. Ads are available to both members and non-members and are posted to both the website and industry magazine GO Indoor. Ads, rates and instructions are available at USIndoor.com/Classifieds.
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The 'curse of competence' and rewarding individual achievement
The Business Journals
The Zen riddle of hiring and performance management is trying to distinguish individual performance from team performance. Over time, on any team, the stronger people will tend to draw the tougher assignments, the more productive people will tend to draw the bigger projects, and the smarter people will tend to draw the more complex problems. Managers might view that as good delegation, but team members often view it more like Dilbert, who calls it the curse of competence.
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