Jodi’s Journal

Jodi’s Journal: In McDonald’s, observe the ‘experience of the future’

From how customers order to how they receive their food, McDonald’s has defined their “experience of the future.” Has your business?

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Jodi’s Journal: In best states for business, S.D. drops to No. 24. What happened?

South Dakota was CNBC’s top state for business in 2013. Four years later, it has dropped to No. 24.

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Jodi’s Journal: Faith in business takes on new meaning with ownership

Faith in business takes all kinds of forms, but when you own a business I’m realizing it can be particularly pronounced and not especially easy.

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Jodi’s Journal: Back to SoDak reveals new perceptions of Sioux Falls

Dozens of people considering moving back to South Dakota spent a weekend gathering new impressions of Sioux Falls. Here’s what you need to know about them.

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Jodi’s Journal: Want to hire top talent? Ask the right questions

I recently wrapped up several features on small family businesses that collectively made up this month’s cover story for the Chamber News. And – as often happens – that reporting led me to a story-within-a-story.

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Jodi’s Journal: Troubling signs in the startup world?

I’m not trying to say we’re in a bad place, but when I see warning signs, I think it’s important to point them out.

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Jodi’s Journal: As first quarter wraps up, a business motto to remember

As I told a crowd last week, I think I delivered 30 to 35 speeches last year. And when I announced I was starting my own business, I half-wondered if I’d ever be asked again.

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Jodi’s Journal: Rethink who you call competition

“You have to be aware of what others in your industry are doing. But I suspect it’s far more important to be aware of your audience or your customers – and to be more aware of them than your competition is.”

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Jodi’s Journal: Sandwich shop owners come home to build business

These new downtown businesses owners didn’t think they would ever move back to Sioux Falls. Now that they have, they can’t believe how it’s changed.

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Jodi’s Journal: Retail’s rocky start to 2017

My instinct – and plenty of data – tell me a shift is occurring in retail spending. But getting at precisely what’s causing it requires connecting dots that aren’t so obvious.

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