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26 Feb 2014

The Value of Industry Certification

Blue Ribbon-Gold MiddleCertifications are become more prevalent today, especially in the home-based business sector. There are certification programs for home organizers, pet sitting, photograph restoration and organizing, even for creating pet fashions.

The asset inventory industry also has a certification; inventory professionals can achieve designation as a Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS) through the National Inventory Certification Association.

Some professionals are required to achieve certification, and maintain it with continuing education (accountants and insurance agents, for example). If your industry does not require certification to perform your services, why should you spend your time and money?

Leadership

Being considered a leader in your industry comes with certification, especially when it is not a prerequisite to being in business. You have chosen to go above and beyond what is required of you.

Trust

A Code of Ethics is often included with membership in many industries. This gives a comfort level to your clients. Additionally, by achieving your designation, you are making a statement to others in the industry that they can trust you, and thus refer business to you, without hesitation.

Professional and personal development

Most certification programs include or offer continuing education. By always learning, you are growing your knowledge level. This extra effort again makes the statement that you are serious about your business, and choose to be among the top in your industry.

Expertise

Often a prospective client will be considering other service providers in addition to you or your company. Your certification can be the detail that encourages them to choose you.

Pride

When all is said and done, there is one key reason to be certified. Pride in yourself! No matter the profession, knowing you achieved a goal, knowing that you stand out from the crowd, knowing that you strive to excel, brings a sense of pride that will show in your attitude, your work, and the way you interact with others.

Certification sets you apart from those who are not certified. You show your fellow professionals and your prospective and current clients that you are a leader in your industry. And that is value!

12 Feb 2014

Forrest Gump Your Networking

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In our continued effort to assist new business owners gain knowledge and skills that will help create a successful company, we are pleased to announce our most recent addition to the National Inventory Certification Association Book Store.

Networking is often a confusing process to a new business owner or sales representative.  Once you start this business-building process, are you getting business from all the networking you do?

Forrest Gump Your Networking with Best Practices for Networking Success can help you.  “Stupid is as stupid does.” The line from the iconic movie Forrest Gump suggests that you have control over your results and it is never as true as it is in using business networking as a marketing strategy to grow your business.

Just collecting business cards isn’t enough

Going to networking events and collecting business cards does not bring you more business!

In order for networking to be the strategy that does bring you business, you have to know what to do, how to do it, when to do it, and what the reason is for the steps you are taking.

In this audio and booklet, Jack Klemeyer, business consultant and coach, gives you the strategies and tools proven successful time and time again with clients in several industries. If you use networking to grow your business, you need to make networking a profitable activity on your schedule. With this program you’ll clearly understand how everything works together and what you have to do before, during, and after a networking event to see a real change for your business.

What you will learn about networking

Here are some of the things you will learn:

  • What essential tools you must take with you to every event (and not just networking events)
  • How to create a clearly defined goals and targets for each event
  • What goes into turning prospects into clients and how to strategically make that happen
  • The importance of (and steps how to) systemizing your network activities
  • And much, much more!

This audio program was presented to a national association group by premier business coach and consultant, Jack Klemeyer. Join him and turn your networking into a moneymaking machine.

Included: audio, booklet, and worksheet, all for only $24.95.

07 Jan 2014

What Is A CEU?

ceuWith the implementation of the improved certification process, the National Inventory Certification Association has assigned CEUs to our courses and so-to-be offered seminars and webinars offered by the Inventory Institute. So, what does this mean?

CEU stands for Continuing Education Unit. A CEU is a unit of measure assigned to each course, seminar, and webinar that can be applied toward your requirements for certification and re-certification. One CEU is equal to 10 clock hours (50-60 minutes) of approved education for the asset inventory industry. Therefore, a one-hour CEU-approved seminar or webinar earns you 0.1 CEU.

Courses are assigned CEUs according to the length and level of the content. Each course description includes the number of CEUs earned by successfully completing that course.

The International Association for Continuing Education & Training (IACET) is the organization that establishes these standards. Sara Meier, executive director, states “IACET grew out of a national task force on continuing education and training commissioned by the Department of Education in 1968. The task force developed the CEU and determined universal guidelines for continuing education and training.”

IACET sets the standards and assists organizations in creating and administering the programs that provide their member professionals with their individual continuing education opportunities. NICA follows these standards now, preparing for the ultimate goal of achieving accreditation in the future.

Some inventory professionals choose not to work towards certification, but see the value in continuing education none-the-less. All industry professionals are welcome to take any of the courses offered here. If you choose to become certified at a later date, these CEU-qualified courses, seminars, and webinars will be able to be applied toward your certification.

23 Dec 2013

Goal Getting – Creating Your Blueprint for Success

GoalGetterPkgCoverandCDsTiltGoal Getting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of the future into reality.

In short, the process of setting goals is just the beginning to choose where you want to go. By knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your attention and efforts.

Are you not making the progress towards your yearly goals like you wanted? “People don’t plan to fail, they fail to plan.” That is a statement that is unfortunately overused too much by too many, but the fact is, failing to plan is in effect planning to fail. You develop that plan through goal setting.

Goal Setting DOES NOT Guarantee Goal Getting!

Goal Getting is a powerful process for thinking about your ideal future and for motivating yourself to turn your vision of the future into reality. In short, the process of setting goals is just the beginning to choose where you want to go and by knowing precisely what you want to achieve, you know where you have to concentrate your attention and efforts.

What you will learn about Goal-Getting

– The Goal-Setting strategy used by super-goal achievers.
– A step-by-step, Goal-Getting process that can be implemented immediately.
– A Goal-Getting strategy that they can use to break through any barriers to their goal-achieving success.

Get the 2 audio files (more than 90 minutes), book, and worksheets presented by highly acclaimed and sought after coaches and training professionals, Jack Klemeyer and Tommy B. Richardson.

16 Dec 2013

Home Inventory – A Guide for Homeowners and Renters

EbookCover-Home InventoryNational Inventory Certification Association is serving as a site to help people learn more about the asset inventory industry. Home inventory is the foundation of the “asset” umbrella, and one of the reasons we are offering this ebook in our bookstore.

This website is designed to serve members of NICA, other asset inventory professionals, business owners, and renters and homeowners, we knew it was imperative that we include this book in our online book store. Feedback regarding the information is that people are learning (and surprised) that home inventories are not just for disaster preparedness.

The authors share a decade’s worth of knowledge and experience as they discuss the various reasons homeowners and renters have chosen to hire their professional inventory services. Real experiences add to the conversational tone in this educational but easy-to-read ebook.

For the do-it-yourselfer

If you are a do-it-yourself type of person, Home Inventory – A Guide for Homeowners and Renters is for you! This ebook comes with full-size templates, which will help you complete your home inventory. Learn how to create a thorough, detailed record of your belongings, how to keep it updated, and where and how to store it safely. A variety of options are included, so you can choose the process that works best for you, based on your time and your purpose for creating the inventory.

A resource for many professionals

This ebook is a great resource for accountants, CPAs, estate attorneys, financial planners, insurance agents, and professional organizers. It would also be a thoughful gift for new clients or to add to the end-of-year-planning packets.

Order your do-it-yourself guide for home inventories in our book store. For bulk purchases, contact the authors.

About the Authors

Cindy and Mike Hartman founded their home and business inventory service, Hartman Inventory™, in 2004. Lessons learned from life experiences were the driving factors in the decision to enter the asset inventory industry.

After years of refining their processes, they founded Nationwide Inventory Professionals™. This Business Package and Licensing Agreement assist new business owners to achieve a faster startup and receive continued support.

Recognized leaders in the industry, Cindy and Mike help ensure consistency through ownership of National Inventory Certification Association™, which offers certification, continuing education courses, and professional development through a variety of options in the book store.

All three companies serve the Hartmans’ mission statement: “To help others achieve success.” Whether they are providing an inventory for a home or business client, assisting others as they begin and grow their own inventory company, or overseeing the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist™, the Hartmans are living their passion.

09 Dec 2013

Why Is My PC So Slow?

Why is My PC So Slow coverHome-based business owners, entrepreneurs, and small business owners rely heavily on their computers to conduct business on a day-to-day basis. This E-book is a great resource for business professionals in all industries, and will make a great gift for a new business owner!

A PC self-maintenance guide

You depend upon your computer to keep your business running so when it slows down, so does your income!

The problem with a lot of technical information is that it’s – well, technical. As an instructor for over 20 years, Debbie’s students have repeatedly told her that she has a gift for breaking down the technical into easy, simple to understand content. So whether you’re a novice or a 98 year old, you can do this.

PC maintenance made easy

Why is My PC So Slow? is an easy-to-understand 45 page E-book. You’ll read why you need to maintain your PC, how often you should do it, and most importantly – find out how to do it! Not only are there easy step-by-step directions, screen shots of what you will actually see as you go through the process are included.

Here’s just a sample of what you can expect:

  • The Five Most Important Rules You Need to Know!
  • How to Create Windows Bootable Disks (don’t worry, it isn’t hard to do!)
  • Maintenance How-To (the main section)
  • A Maintenance Frequency Calculator
  • A PC Self-Maintenance Checklist
  • My Personal Tried & Tested Resource List

For the cost of just one ‘dangerous’ software subscription you will have peace of mind knowing that you’re keeping your computer safe, secure, clean and running at optimum speed at all times. And the best news of all? You did it all yourself!

This is a Windows 7 version PDF sized to fit your Kindle or any other device. Just $29.99 in our bookstore!

Meet the Author

Long before viruses and security were front-page topics, Debbie Mahler was educating the public and reporting on them. It was this early groundwork that earned her the title of Symantec Software Partner and Security Specialist. A graduate of National-Louis University, and with over 20 years in the PC repair business, Debbie not only continues to repair and build PCs for her clients, she has educated end-users and educators in local community colleges for more than 15 years. Mahler is an online instructor for Ed2go, a division of Cengage Learning. She teaches introductory and advanced PC Security courses for all English-speaking colleges and universities.

Ms. Mahler is the owner Internet Tech Specialists, a full service technology and training company specializing in strategies centered on the needs of entrepreneurs, solopreneurs and small-to-midsized businesses. From web development and graphic design, to social media support and management, they help you navigate the new digital landscape!

05 Dec 2013

A Business Guide to Asset Inventory

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As we build the NICA bookstore for asset inventory professionals, we will also provide a variety of resources for business owners and business professionals in all industries. This book is a perfect fit, as it covers the need for an inventory, and is written to assist those who are responsible for protecting their business’ assets.

Protecting your company assets

Whether you are starting, building, or maintaining a business, your time is valuable. This inventory guide covers the many reasons to have an itemized list and photographs of your business assets. You will read what other business owners experienced and how not having an inventory hurt their business, or how having this document was extremely beneficial. If you have the time and desire to create your own inventory, this guide will walk you through the process. However, most business owners do not have the time or resources to create an inventory. Therefore, a guideline of how to choose the right company to serve as an outsourced inventory service provider is also included.

Meet the authors

Cindy and Mike Hartman founded their home and business inventory service, Hartman Inventory™, in 2004. Lessons learned from life experiences were the driving factors in the decision to enter the asset inventory industry.

After years of refining their processes, they founded Nationwide Inventory Professionals™. This Business Package and Licensing Agreement assist new business owners to achieve a faster startup and receive continued support.

Recognized leaders in the industry, Cindy and Mike help ensure consistency through ownership of National Inventory Certification Association™, which offers certification, continuing education courses, and professional development through a variety of options in the book store.

All three companies serve the Hartmans’ mission statement: “To help others achieve success.” Whether they are providing an inventory for a home or business client, assisting others as they begin and grow their own inventory company, or overseeing the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist™, the Hartmans are living their passion.

02 Dec 2013

Building to Excellence – A Guide to Building Authentic Success

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In an effort to provide resources for all small business owners, not just those in the asset inventory industry, we have chosen this book that guides you through a step-by-step process to achieve excellence!

Do you ever wonder why some people are wildly successful and others stumble through their days looking for success and never finding it? Well, there is no great secret that only a certain few know. But there is an underlying process that only a certain few follow diligently and with their eye on their target to find the success others only dream about.

Learn the step-by-step process

Now you have the opportunity to learn the step-by-step process to build an authentically successful life and business. And the beauty is its simplicity that keeps you living and growing true to your values, your beliefs, your desires and ambitions.

Discover what a positive difference Building to Excellence will have in your life.

Written by premier business and professional growth coaches and trainers Jack Klemeyer and Tommy B. Richardson, Building to Excellence will be one of the best resources you will own.  This ebook can be yours for only $24.95, available in the NICA bookstore.

25 Nov 2013

National Inventory Certification Association Launches New Website

New website offers certification, education, professional development, and referrals to meet the needs of members and the community.

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) has launched a new website to meet the needs of the continued growth of the asset (personal property) inventory industry. This new easy-to-navigate site offers a certification portal, membership directory, and a book store of resources for small business owners and the community in general.

NICA Managing Director, Cindy Hartman, stated, “We have the vision and commitment to provide education and referrals for our membership, as well as professional development materials that are relevant for small business owners in any industry.” Debbie Mahler, president of Internet Tech Specialists (http://www.internettechspecialists), is the technical and creative resource for this easy-to-navigate website. NICA contracted Mahler for this project after Hartman received exceptional results for other company websites, Hartman Inventory and Nationwide Inventory Professionals (http://www.NationwideInventoryProfessionals.com), that Mahler developed.

The new National Inventory Certification Association website contains key elements that will serve a variety of purposes.

Members Directory

Homeowners and business owners have become more aware of the need to protect their financial future through professional documentation of their assets. When seeking ethical and honest service providers, the Members Directory will assist in this search. All members of NICA are certified and have agreed to abide by the Code of Ethics, as outlined on the website.

Certification and Continuing Education

The certification portal is completely electronic, which allows each asset inventory professional seeking certification to work at his or her own pace. Designation as a Certified Inventory Specialist places them among the ranks who have chosen to be recognized as leaders in the industry. Soon-to-be available continuing education courses will cover home inventory procedures as well as business, boat, and structural inventories. Additional courses will be developed to meet the needs as the industry expands.

Professional Development

In addition to residential and business asset inventory ebooks, members and guests of the website can purchase ebooks, audio files, and workbooks on topics of marketing, goal-setting, and PC maintenance. Additional resources will continue to be added, offering topics pertinent to all small business owners.

Association- and Industry-related News

For industry professionals, and those interested in learning more about this essential service, the News page includes press releases and other current information regarding the industry and individual members of the National Inventory Certification Association.

Hartman concludes, “We spoke with quite a few asset inventory professionals prior to creating this website in an effort to serve their needs. The feedback we’ve received has assured us that we’ve done exactly that.”

20 Nov 2013

Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Inventory Professional Achieves Certification

National Inventory Certification Association congratulates Charles Will for achieving the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS).

The National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is pleased to announce that Charles (Anthony) Will, owner of Harrisburg Home Inventory, has earned the designation of Certified Inventory Specialist (CIS). Achieving this recognition from NICA confirms his knowledge and competence to provide quality contents inventory services.

A requirement for certification and membership with NICA is to agree to the Code of Ethics, which helps ensure that their clients are served with integrity, respect, and confidentiality. Harrisburg Home Inventory provides a full inventory documented of your personal property in a format that insurance companies prefer, using digital photography and video.

Born and raised in Savannah, Georgia, Mr. Will joined the US Army in 1989 and served in all three phases of the Gulf War. After ending his active service in 1995, he lived in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and joined the Army National Guard as a Federal Civilian Technician.

Continuing on his quest to serve others, he established Harrisburg Home Inventory to help people get organized, understand exactly what they have, and prove it in case of loss. Will’s intention is to “help educate others and make friends along the way.”

As the general public gains knowledge of the necessity and benefits of having a photographic and written record of their belongings, the asset inventory industry continues to evolve. The number of inventory service companies is increasing due to the demand for this professional service for both residential and commercial clients. Choosing to achieve certification will enable Mr. Will and Harrisburg Inventory to stand apart from other asset inventory professionals.

In addition to home and business inventories, his interest in boating, dirt track racing, and NASCAR encourages him to place an additional focus on assisting off road racing teams secure a thorough list of assets.

About National Inventory Certification Association

Established in 2011, the National Inventory Certification Association™ (NICA) is the officially recognized certification authority for the personal property/asset inventory industry. The certification and continuing education opportunities ensure that members have access to quality industry knowledge as well as business and professional development resources to help achieve the success they seek for their home and/or business contents inventory companies.