Local Philanthropists Donate $50,000 to Save Animals’ Lives

Posted: Jun 05, 2012 in Business, Charitable, Personal by Blake

A $50,000 donation from a group of several Midlands business leaders will allow Pawmetto Lifeline to help even more homeless pets in the Midlands find permanent homes this summer.  Jan Jernigan of Morgan Stanley, Blake DuBose of DuBose Web Group, Kim Inman of Columbia Conference Center, Fowler and Carlynn Cary of CCM Investment Advisers, Stewart and Deloris Mungo of Mungo Homes, Mike and Debra DuBose of the DuBose family of companies, and Clyde, the cat, gathered to present Pawmetto Lifeline... 

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Will Leap Motion change how we design websites?

Posted: May 22, 2012 in Technology by John

Touch screens have come a long way from their initial prototypes. Hand gestures combined with other technology has really opened the door on what touch screen devices are capable of. From the iPhone to the large assortment of tablet devices and now even desktops, touchscreens are the future. But what if you didn’t even need a touchscreen at all – what if you could control your computer naturally with your hand movements. I always think of the movie, “The Minority Report” with Tom Cruise, where... 

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Business Loans: They’re Back!

Posted: May 02, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose USA Today Business Editor Steven Strauss once wrote, “Cash flow is your business oxygen.” Indeed, business owners need ready access to liquid cash to make payroll for their employees, pay bills, and keep their companies alive. However, many people underestimate how much money is needed to operate their businesses and suffer problems when the bank account registers empty. The best course of action is to seek more money and credit than you think you need before... 

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Making Your Business Magical

Posted: May 02, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose If there’s one thing Disney is known for, it’s creating magic for customers young and old alike. Walt Disney World employs nearly 60,000 “Cast Members,” the organization’s term for its employees, and entertains more than 16 million “Guests,” or customers, annually. Every cast member, from those donning Goofy suits to those cleaning the bathrooms, is expected to provide exemplary service to every guest. Cast members are inspired to make this kind of customer... 

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Is Someone Stealing from Your Business?

Posted: May 02, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose It’s all over the news: almost a half-million dollars is missing from the South Carolina Hospitality Association, most likely due to embezzlement. The scandal has raised many questions, like “How could that amount have disappeared without being noticed? How often do things like this happen?” The answer: more easily and more often than you’d think! According to FBI statistics, there are 726 pending fraud investigations from 2011, and the rate of such crimes has... 

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Building an Ethical Company

Posted: Mar 15, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

In the current recession, being profitable and saving money are top priorities for many companies. Leaders are pushing staff to perform beyond their limits with fewer resources, and as they struggle to find shortcuts, employees may feel pressured to behave unethically.      Most of us would say that ethical behavior means doing the right thing and being honest. Many think of a famous C.S. Lewis quote: “Integrity is doing the right thing, even when no one is watching.” Even in dire times,... 

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What We Can Learn from Steve Jobs

Posted: Mar 07, 2012 in Business, Technology by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose Apple may be the most admired company in the world. Valued at $170 billion, much of the company’s success is owed to its late founder, Steve Jobs, who is often called one of the most influential business leaders of the early 21st century. Many people have sought to understand Jobs, a complicated but brilliant man whose flaws and idiosyncrasies played out alongside his genius and foresight. Walter Isaacson’s new biography (authorized by Jobs before his death),... 

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Putting Out the Burnout Fires

Posted: Jan 24, 2012 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

In this bear economy, entrepreneurs, leaders, and employees are working extra hours to complete work that once was the responsibility of two or more people. Combined with high stress levels and layoff threats, it can become too much to handle. People burn out and productivity diminishes. Stressed leaders cannot muster energy to motivate themselves, much less their staff, and employees on all levels begin to dread coming to work. They just try to “get by” until 5 PM—and then, you’d better not... 

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Embezzlement - Is Your Company At Risk?

Posted: Nov 03, 2011 in Business, The Bottom Line by Mike & Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose Embezzlement rarely registers as a concern for most business leaders. Few talk about it or realize that it can happen to them, yet it is more common that most people think! A business colleague recently shared a depressing story about a highly-paid bookkeeper with a long tenure at his company. The person was a strong spiritual model, friend, church leader, and a very nice person. She had also stolen large amounts of money from the business, paying her... 

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Selecting the Right Web Design Company

Posted: Sep 22, 2011 in The Bottom Line, Web Design, Web Development by Blake

By Blake DuBose and Mike DuBose “How did I ever get myself into this mess?”Who in the private or public sector has not had that painful thought? We sometimes develop partnerships based on first impressions and early conversations, only to face costly nightmares later! Of all the horror stories we have heard since starting our family of companies in 1981, many complaints (and regrets) surround technology, especially Web design. The following comments were made by angry readers and customers... 

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