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Industry Spotlight: Candy Manufacturers

Posted February 13, 2020 by Laura Stidham

The sweet smell of love is in the air…oh wait, no…that’s candy that I smell! The nation’s 1,700 candy manufacturers combine chocolate, sugar, and other raw ingredients to produce every imaginable variety of confection and chocolate-based product. And Valentine’s Day is one of their prime opportunities to shine.

Industry Spotlight: Jewelry Stores

Posted December 12, 2019 by Bill Walker

December is the month when the nation’s 15,200 jewelry stores really shine! Indeed, winter holiday shoppers can make or break a jewelry store, which has highly seasonal sales in December and around Valentine’s Day and Mother’s Day. Yet in recent years, jewelry stores have lost market share to a variety of channels, including...

The 3 Local Economic Indicators Every SMB Advisor Should Know

Posted August 29, 2019 by Vertical IQ

The economy is a hot topic lately, with pundits arguing over whether we are or aren’t heading into a recession. Whether you think an inverted yield curve is a recession bellwether or not, there’s no debate that there’s a lot to be learned by looking at economic numbers. But practically speaking, most small business success is...

2 Simple Ways to Wow Prospects at a Networking Event

Posted August 22, 2019 by viqadmin

Speaking with people you don’t know at a networking event can be a tricky proposition. Having a valuable conversation with a prospective client means making sure it is about them, not you. To do that, you need to be both inquisitive and insightful. Knowing something about a lot of different topics gives you a leg up. And that’s where...

Webinar Recap: Building Prospecting Momentum

Posted July 03, 2019 by Vertical IQ

Last week, we hosted the final installment in Vertical IQ’s free spring webinar series—a presentation entitled Building Prospecting Momentum, led by banking industry sales expert Ned Miller. Ned notes that banks can grow their book of business through effective prospecting, but it’s a competitive world out there when it comes to...

Webinar Recap: Save Me! Save Me Now!

Posted June 10, 2019 by Vertical IQ

Last week, we hosted the second installment in Vertical IQ’s free spring webinar series—a presentation entitled Save Me! Save Me Now! by small business banking expert Nick Miller, president of Clarity Advantage. Miller focused on smaller business’s fraud vulnerability—with an emphasis on red flags to look for with the way your banking...

Webinar Recap: What a Beer Cart Driver and Boutique Hotel Can Teach Us About Welcoming New Clients

Posted May 09, 2019 by Vertical IQ

Vertical IQ kicked off our free spring webinar series a few weeks ago with a great presentation by Jack Hubbard, chief experience officer of St. Meyer & Hubbard, entitled What a Beer Cart Driver and Boutique Hotel Can Teach Us About Welcoming New Clients. In it, Jack discussed what financial professionals should consider before taking...