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8-21-2016 -- As the event took on its second day, courses continued with packed rooms full of eager-to-learn attendees. While topics like fabricating to factory fit and practical tuning for a profit went as expected to hit all points on the head, there were added bonuses to most courses that presenters could not have anticipated: great questions from attendees. As KnowledgeFest continues to grow, so does its potential for learning. It's become clear in the last few years that for attendees to maximize their experience, they need to participate in a more active manner. This is understood by presenters as well, as most make it clear that feedback is encouraged throughout sessions to help provide the best knowledge possible from each expert.  One example of this took place in the course, "Business Roundtable: Leveraging New Opportunities in Safety and Driver Assistance." The course consisted of a panel that included two retailers, Brian Layton of Sound FX and Mark Millar of Westminster Speed and Sound, and two manufacturers of safety and driver assistance products, Steve Witt of American Road Products and Phil Maeda of Rydeen Mobile Electronics. During the session, the presenters made their case for why retailers should get on…
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8-21-2016 -- Everyone wants success. But are you willing to change? Without change, there can be no growth. And in order to get what you’ve never had, you must become someone you've never been. Before you go into the woods, you'll need a map. Rest assured others have forged the route before you. Their experiences can help guide you to your own best you. Live forward by making a life plan. With "Living Forward: A Proven Plan To Stop Drifting And Get The Life You Want," authors Michael Hyatt and Daniel Harkavy help you begin to become the architect of your own life. Most of us make plans for everything -- vacations, dinner, our children's school functions. But rarely does a person make a life plan. If I asked you to summarize your life plan, could you tell me? Probably not. If you finally want to live with more intention and purpose in your life or become an entrepreneur now and not later, then your extraordinary life is on the other side of your life-planning design process. "Living Forward" offers solid advice in several key areas: Understanding why you need a plan (because as humans, we drift and get distracted). Learning how to create your life plan beginning…
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Turn a valueless business phrase into an experience that will define your business. 8-21-2016 -- No introduction, no names. When the phone picked up, I started right in.   "What is this noise?" I yelled over the incessant beeping, holding my phone up to the radio. I don't really know why I did that, since I was using the car's Bluetooth and the sound wasn't actually coming from the radio, but rather from the installed radar detector speaker. At the same time the two blue LEDs took turns lighting up my car's interior. With the factory red dash lighting, it was like getting pulled over, just inside-out.  I figure my dumb phone holding was either because of the frustration of not knowing what was going on, or the surprise that, at 11:36 p.m. California time on a Thursday, some guy named Brian in Chicago actually answered the phone. "It's the speed alert," he said, with all the patience I wasn't feeling. "It looks like you may have accidentally set it." Sure enough, I slowed to under 70 mph and the sound stopped. Yes, I was speeding. A little bit. "How in the heck did I do that?" I said, now feeling…
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Keith McCumber recommends more education as a way to advance your business, while Parish Tanner warns about the dangers of deceitful business partners. 8-21-2016 -- Never undersell your expertise. James Donaghy, High Output Audio, Garner, N.C.  I would tell anyone who is just starting out to plan for when you are one of the best shops in town. This would include increasing your staff and an organized plan to handle the increase of business. Eddy Lamour, DSP Audio and Video, Wheaton, Md. Anyone that has a issue and you're registered with iDatalink, all you have to do is call and they will go out of their way to make sure your problem is solved. Isaac Siegfried, Jam Audio, Brunswick, Maine We have had exposure to several thousand potential clients recently. I think if we were able to give accurate estimates and schedule appointments from there we may have done even better. Anonymous We're slimming product line offerings across all aspects of the shop. We have revamped our shop and reduced the brands we offer to a select few of quality which are the most profitable, best selling lines in our area. Doing so allowed us to reduce SKUs and overhead…
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Entrepreneur.com, 8-10-2016 -- Working as a senior vice president for a Fortune 100 company and running IT Services for 48,000 end-users on a global scale was a tough job. It was long hours, lots of pressure and difficult customers. But, even so it was nothing compared to joining the ranks of the entrepreneurs and starting my own business. Here are 10 things I wish I had known before I started as it would have helped me be better prepared for the important first few years of my entrepreneurial life. 1. Don't create new products, solve problems. Forty-two percent of product launches fail because there is no need for the product. That's right 42 percent fail because nobody wants the product. So instead of trying to develop new and wonderful products to look for problems to solve. Where there's a problem, there is a need. 2. Forget about being an overnight success. Even the companies regarded as the quickest overnight successes, Amazon and Yahoo, took at least three years to get there, and the majority of companies take up to 10 years to really make it. So if you're the goal is to be the next billionaire start-up owner then you need to…
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August Issue Feature, 8-10-2016 -- As an installer practicing in the 90s, Pacific Accessory Corporation was the name you knew for all the "little things" that made electronics integration work. Whether it was a timer, signal converter or turn-on delay, PAC had the solution. Today, they don't use the whole name anymore as the brand is now a division of a larger corporation, AAMP Global. It's simply called PAC. But despite the obsolete name, what is not lost is the 40 years of innovation the brand contributed to make the mobile electronics industry what it is today. As the anniversary number implies, PAC was started in 1976 by John Patterson, who saw a market opportunity to create a better antenna connection for CB radios. The package featured a hideaway antenna and slide mount adapter for the radio. Unfortunately, the window closed quickly as the government changed CB specs just as the units were being manufactured. Piggyback Ride to Big Boxes The company turned its attention to the burgeoning car stereo installation business, producing noise filters, crossovers, times and signal adapters for shops across the country. PAC developed strong ties with the specialist installation community and quickly became known for its…
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