Category: Communications

With the end of supply chain bottlenecks and inflation increases nowhere in sight, most businesses see price increases as an inevitable outcome. And before taking action, it is an important topic to discuss and dissect. In part 1 of this series, ECS Partner Ajay Joshi covered the building blocks to developing a pricing strategy. Now…

The news that last month’s consumer price index posted its largest monthly increase since 2008 has many businesses concerned. That, against a backdrop of acute supply chain shortages and escalating cost increases (which includes everything from lumber, steel, pulp, plastics) plus a shortage of qualified labor, make our environment an unusual one. As a result,…

A recent edition of Dave’s World features Francine Harris, a newer member of our team as well as one of our Directors of Marketing. ECS’s Dave Posten engages Francine in some lively discussion about communications. Watch the episode here: Francine spends time talking about the challenges that businesses are having – and will continue to…

Welcome to the premiere episode of Dave’s World with ECS Partner Dave Posten! In this episode, Dave introduces this new series and shares that he will discuss topics on the mind of business owners today in our ever-changing world. In coming episodes, Dave will welcome guests and have rapid-fire discussions on a variety of topics…

Michelle recently joined the ECS team. She is an avid believer in giving yourself permission to just trust the journey and embrace all of the things that life has in store – making the title of this series especially apropos for her introduction. Heading In My Own Direction Anyone who has ever met me would…

Seeking your next book? Look no further – the ECS team has you covered with both fiction and non-fiction ideas! Our team loves great reads, podcasts, movies, music and more – this blog covers some book recommendations that our team has read over the last few months. And we are always searching for the next…

I grew up in an entrepreneurial-driven family.  In 1972, my grandfather, after spending his life at Ford Motor Company, retired.  He decided it was time to become a business owner with support of my parents, along with my uncle and aunt.  And from here, Keck Hardware was born in Trenton, Michigan. For over 40 years…

It is critical to start planning now for how you will return to post-pandemic business operations.  While now may not feel like the right time to you, just trust me when I say you should be actively figuring out how you will ramp back up. You need to develop contingency plans, and consider and outline…

At ECS we’ve been fielding a lot of questions on how to handle all different aspects of business in light of our current environment. This is new territory for us all. No topic is more important than HR, as great people are the engine to your business and do truly help fuel our economy. HR…

Our world, at least for the time being, is changing rapidly and dramatically. In-person interaction is retracting or ceasing altogether, depending on where you are located. (And expect things to change again this afternoon or tomorrow morning.) This is an unprecedented step in the business world. For me, the wake-up call hit me smack in…