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25 Jun 2014

Who Are Your Teammates?

baseballWhen you hear the word team, most people think of sports. I remember playing baseball when I was young. All the kids in the neighborhood played, and we kept the same teams all summer long.  We knew that we would all get better if we continued to play with the same teammates – we would learn their strengths and weaknesses, which developed a stronger team.

The camaraderie that developed made for months of summer fun. We played hard and wanted desperately to win. We’d encourage our teammates when they did well. We also congratulated the winners of each game, and at the end of the day, we all remained friends.

Our team

In the business world, team is also a term that applies. The National Inventory Certification Association has a great team; without them, the association would not have accomplished what we have in such a short time.  This team of players are not rookies – they have experience in their specific industries, each bringing MVP quality to the association.

Members – fans are pertinent for a sports team to thrive. The same is true with the association. Without members, there is no need for an association. We have received a lot of great feedback from our members and will continue to look for their input so the association provides the services they want and need. They are solid professionals, realizing the value of continuing education.

Directors – our two directors have over 30 years each holding management positions in various corporate levels and 10 years as owners of their own home and business inventory service company.

Content writers – all courses are written by those with experience in their fields, as well as a firm knowledge of the asset inventory industry.

Editors – they are either professional writers or have years of experience in copy writing. Helping to ensure we have quality, well-written courses is a top priority.

Instructional design professionals – knowing the importance of creating the correct type of questions for exams, these team members either have a degree in education, have successfully completed instructional design courses, or both.

Webmaster – we have  put a lot of pressure on our webmaster, owner of Internet Tech Specialists, and she takes the ball and runs with it. In addition to developing our website and maintaining it, her company has tested and helped us determine the software that would be best for the continuing professional education courses, certification, and membership management. This software enables us to offer online self-paced courses for our busy inventory professionals. Her guidance and expertise makes her an all-star!

The Inventory Institute – NICA is the designated education and certification organization by the Inventory Institute, to the point that they have made us an Exclusive Business Partner. Our continued collaboration on the needs of the industry, how we can help each other’s organizations meet members’ needs, and play as a team rather than look at each other as opponents, has helped us, together, establish industry standards and a code of ethics, and work together so each member of this industry wins.

As you can see, we have a great team. If you’re a professional home inventory provider, we welcome you to join us. It’s a large playing field, so there is plenty of room for everyone!

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!