Why not make this 3-day weekend a “staycation?”

Posted on July 1, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Tourism.

The past few months have been some of the most stressful ever for anyone in economic development and tourism industries. Along with supporting our communities, it’s important to also figure out how to support our teams, clients, and ourselves during this time! Taking some time off this summer is a great way to do that! …

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Mental health support tips for your team

Posted on June 24, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development.

We’re all aware of the physical health risks of COVID, as well as the economic impact. What isn’t talked about so much is the challenges to mental health at this time, such as: Isolation with little to no social contact Fear and overwhelm about our current world situation Oversaturation of media and social media Unknown …

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3 steps towards creating more diversity and inclusion

Posted on June 17, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development, Public Relations.

Earlier this year, I was a speaker at Interise 2020, a 3-day event where we explored sustainable solutions for closing the wealth gap and ending systemic inequality. Attending the event was an amazing learning experience for me and very eye-opening. Today, I’m sharing 3 takeaways from the conference which we can all apply while working …

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How I created my best team ever during the pandemic

Posted on June 3, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Blog, Business Development.

There are inherent challenges that come with communicating in the workplace, such as generational differences and different learning styles.  On top of that, over the past few months, many of us have had to adjust to working separately in our own homes. (Remember the good ole’ days when you could ask a coworker a quick …

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5 tips for hiring & managing interns – virtually

Posted on May 27, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Business Development.

Earlier this year, we planned on hiring a paid marketing intern for the summer. Then, COVID hit and the world changed almost overnight. Our team began working remotely from home. Our economic development clients became front-line responders and we worked alongside them to get information out to their communities as fast as possible. Amidst this …

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6 Promotion Tips for Travel & Tourism Week

Posted on May 1, 2020 by Sandy Sponaugle and filed under Advertising, Business Development.

National Travel and Tourism Week is coming up from May 3rd through May 9th. With travel and tourism so restricted, what can you do now to support your community’s tourism industry? As states slowly begin lifting restrictions, this is a time to plan, make adjustments, and help your community know what is available to experience …

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