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Welcome to our blog!  Here you'll find thoughts from our talented consultants and executives on a range of topics important to small and mid-sized firms. Whether it's current topics on management and leadership, winning more business, improving project management processes or increasing operational efficiencies, we'll cover the topics that help your firm grow. We welcome dialogue and look forward to your comments.

Not Your Mama's HR: Driving Growth with Talent Management

Posted by Susan Patrick

If you are managing your human resources functions the same way as ten, five, even two years ago, you are at risk for losing a major competitive advantage. The way we treat the HR aspects of our businesses has changed dramatically. It’s not all touchy-feely moments and benefits. Talent management has direct ties to the overall profitability and success of a company. Forward-thinking executives understand this connection and seek tools that provide greater accountability and visibility within their workforce.

In response to this executive need, a steady development of talent management software has hit the market. These HR platforms offer a centralized location to incorporate talent acquisition, performance, development, learning, and compensation. The goal is to streamline and automates the entire employee lifecycle.

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Topics: Talent Management, Human Resources

5 Reasons to Take Control of Your Project Information

Posted by Susan Patrick

Regardless of your firm size, the ability to manage and share information is essential to the success of a project-oriented business. Speaking with A/E firms across the country, we find that many are working in an environment without a dedicated project information management system. And while firms acknowledge needing a system, finding a way to enhance the collaboration of your team while effectively managing information can prove difficult. In this blog, we look at two project-related issues and how taking a strategic management approach can provide a competitive advantage.

The Inefficiency of Email

If you have a love/hate relationship with email, you are not alone. The overwhelming amount of e-communications sent and received every day becomes a maze of inefficiency. Email represents the highest volume of documents within a firm and must be strategically managed to be effective.

More and more professional services firms are utilizing software to create a centralized hub for project-related information, including emails. When you manage email, and the slew of attachments that come with it, you free up time to focus on your billable work. By centralizing your project emails, your project managers can review the latest conversations at one time – elevating the transparency and accountability of your team.

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Topics: Project Management, Union Square, Email Management

Acuity Business Solutions Announces Gold Sponsorship of Deltek Insight

Posted by Heather Zecher

Bringing together clients, partners, and industry experts for one exceptional week.

York, PA September 20 - Acuity Business Solutions (a division of Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions) announces their Gold-level sponsorship of the Deltek Insight conference to be held on November 14-18 at the Gaylord National Resort & Convention Center in National Harbor, Maryland (Washington, DC metro area). Insight is the premier event for project-based businesses to learn how to grow their business, improve performance, effectively manage projects and maximize their product and service investments.

Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions Managing Partner Steven Hake commented, “Sponsoring Deltek Insight provides us with an opportunity to connect with project-based firms and demonstrate how Vision products and solutions can be used to win business, deliver projects, and manage their organization more efficiently. Additionally, our team enjoys having the chance to meet with our clients in an environment filled with action-oriented sessions by top notch presenters.”

In addition to being a Gold sponsor, Acuity Business Solutions' Senior Deltek Vision Consultants Barbara Bunting, and Jeff Stanley as well as Director of Consulting, Melissa Garner will showcase their industry knowledge and Deltek experience as featured speakers at this year’s conference presenting a total of five sessions.

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Topics: Deltek Insight

Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions Team Grows with Addition of Mike Williams

Posted by Heather Zecher

Mike Williams joins Deltek Vision sales team as Sr. Solutions Advisor


York, PA July 14, 2016
- Acuity Business Solutions, a division of Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions (SNBS) has announced the addition of Mike Williams to its Deltek Vision sales team. Williams, a Senior Solutions Advisor will work exclusively with Deltek Vision solutions designed specifically for professional services firms.

Applying his experience in sales and marketing, Mike will work closely with clients to identify their unique needs and match them with solutions that will improve efficiency, optimize performance and maximize profitability.

SNBS Managing Partner Steven Hake says, “We are excited to have Mike join our award-winning Acuity team. His enthusiasm and sales experience are a welcome addition and will benefit our clients as Mike works with them to improve overall business performance.”

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Topics: Press Release

Acuity's Parent Company SNBS Named to Bob Scott's Top 100 VARS List

Posted by Heather Zecher

Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions moves up two spots for Deltek Vision and GCS Sales

York, PA June 15, 2016 - Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions (SNBS), the parent company of Acuity Business Solutions, has been named to the Bob Scott’s Insights Top 100 VARs for 2016. The Top 100 Value-Added Resellers are chosen from organizations specializing in the sale and implementation of Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) and accounting software.

“We are very proud to be included in the 2016 Top 100 VARs list,” said Steven Hake, Managing Partner of SNBS. “It is a direct reflection of our dedication to supporting the needs of the professional services space. By offering a full suite of services, we are able to bring clients customized solutions that both enhance their profitability and support their growth strategies.”

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Topics: Press Release

Deltek Clarity Tour, Grow Your A&E Firm

Posted by Cheryl Smyers

Acuity Road Show highlights Deltek’s 37th Annual A&E Industry Study Results. Clients can benchmark and set goals using metrics from more than 380 firms.

Applying the Clarity Benchmarks

York, PA April 7, 2016 - Discover how your competitors in the U.S. and Canada performed last year and set your firm ahead of the curve!

Acuity Business Solutions (Acuity), a Division of Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions, plans to host a road show this spring in the Pennsylvania/Maryland area to discuss highlights from Deltek's 37th Annual A&E Industry Study. This presentation includes financial statistics, market outlook, business development, and project management metrics from more than 380 firms.

Event Highlights will include these sessions: 

    • Grow Your A&E Firm: Applying Survey Benchmarks
    • What's New with Deltek?
    • Ask the Experts
    • Networking

Stops on the Road Show include:

    • Central PA on May 11 at the Bent Creek Country Club, Lititz
    • Baltimore, MD on May 24 at the Center Club
    • Pittsburgh, PA on July 26 at The Rivers Club

All attendees will receive a complimentary copy of the 37th Annual A&E Industry Study.

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Topics: A/E, Marketing, Strategy, Deltek Vision, Executive, Finance

Acuity Business Solutions Named 2016 Deltek Vision Partner of the Year

Posted by Cheryl Smyers

Acuity's consistent, demonstrated excellence in marketing, selling, implementing, and supporting Deltek solutions has captured the firm the 2016 Deltek Vision Partner of the Year Award. Both Deltek and Acuity celebrate this positive impact to Deltek's business and customers.

York, PA, March 8, 2016  Acuity Business Solutions (a division of Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions (SNBS)) has been named the 2016 Deltek Vision Partner of the Year. This prestigious annual award celebrates Acuity’s positive impact to Deltek's business and its customers and signals a strong collaboration with Deltek sales and services teams.

Deltek Vision is a leading enterprise software solution designed for professional services firms to improve business performance, streamline operations, and win new business. Deltek Vision integrates end-to-end business processes by automating the marketing, financial management, planning, tracking, and administration of resources and projects.

Acuity, an award-winning Deltek Premier Partner, has consistently demonstrated excellence in marketing, selling, implementing, and supporting Deltek solutions in 2015. The company focuses on helping project-based businesses such as Architecture, Engineering and Environmental, Construction (AEC) firms, Government Contractors, and Professional Services firms find opportunities, win business, deliver projects, and manage their organizations.

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Topics: Press Release

Acuity Business Solutions honored as Deltek Vision Premier Partner for the Fourth Consecutive Year

Posted by Cheryl Smyers

Acuity Business Solutions' continued excellence in sales, implementation, consulting, support, and customization services for project-oriented Professional Services organizations garners recognition as Deltek Vision Premier Partner for fourth year in a row. 

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Topics: Press Release

We're Thankful For...

Posted by Cheryl Smyers

One of the best things about Thanksgiving is the opportunity to take a breath … to pause in reflection about what gives our lives real meaning. It is easy to focus on our personal lives – our families and friends and the many ways we enjoy the wonderful times we spend with them. But we also need to step back from our busy schedules at work and give credit to those who give us professional inspiration and fulfillment.

Our deepest gratitude extends to:

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Jessica Daniele Joins SN Acuity Business Solutions as Deltek Vision Consultant

Posted by Cheryl Smyers

York, PA, October 9, 2015 – Jessica Daniele of Bel Air, MD has joined the Acuity Business Solutions Deltek Vision Consulting Team. Acuity is a division of Stambaugh Ness Business Solutions (SNBS).

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Topics: Press Release

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