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Karie Bennett

What's Your Silver Lining?

As any small business owner will agree, the changes that our economy has been through in the past few years have been challenging at best. Tightening our entrepreneurial belts has been an unfortunate fact of business life in order to weather the downturn. Some say things are turning around and we're on our way back up. Did we learn anything from the experience? Was there a silver lining?

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Behind the Scenes at the Oprah Show

The recent departure of Oprah Winfrey from network television after 25 years has left us with a gap in our DVRs, but the last few months were filled with exceptional "lasts," including a last makeover show that brought some of the top ...

How To Let Go of a Client

As part of her ongoing blog series, Owner's Forum, Karie Bennett, owner of Atelier Salon Spa in San Jose, tackles a reader's question about difficult clients.

How-To Holiday Party

As part of the ongoing blog series, Owner's Forum, Karie Bennett, owner of San Jose's Atelier Salon Spa share her thoughts and plans on creating a holiday celebration for her staff:

Handling Salon Chores

Dusting retail shelves, folding towels, sweeping the floor—all those thankless daily salon tasks that must be performed but ones that no one wants to do. In this installment of Owners' Forum a reader asks how we get these accomplished at Atelier. I share my story, then turn the tables and invite you to share your own suggestion.

Skincare Retail Sales

Skincare retail sales can really boost your bottom line, but it’s area where many salons struggle—even those who excel at retail on the salon side. For this Owner’s Forum, I was prompted by a question I received by Don Weisse, who works in national salon development for Aveda. I decided to dig a little deeper into how consumers buy skincare products and exactly what can trigger a purchase. --Karie

Dealing with Disgruntled Staffers

How do you deal with a disgruntled employee? Remember that your employees are the first customers you need to make happy. So once you find out what the issue is, think about how you would resolve the issue with a customer. Modify that resolution to work with your employee. Of course, there are certain situations that may require some tough love, or a difficult decision, but as a business owner, it's important to face the harder situations head on. they don't get better if you ignore them.

First-Time Philanthropist

Partnering with a charity to host an event not only raises money for a good cause, it can generate some goodwill, welcome publicity and new clients for your business.

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