July 2018 Workforce Report

LinkedIn publishes a monthly analysis of employment trends in the USA workforce.  The report is divided into two sections:  a National section that provides insights into hiring, skills gaps, and migration trends across the country, and a City section that provides insights into localized employment trends in 20 of the largest USA metro areas.  In its newly-published July report, LinkedIn shared that Charlotte ranked among the top 10 cities in two different categories.  Learn more here.


Congrats to 2018’s “CFO of the Year Finalists”

The Croixstone team looks forward to celebrating with 2018’s “CFO of the Year Finalists” at the Charlotte Business Journal’s CFO of the Year Awards this evening. Congrats to Ryland Beard of Clean Juice, Tod Creech of Edifice Inc, Jessica Dorsett of Siemens, Dan Gotte of ImagineSoftware, Steve Hennen (formerly of DyStar), Steve Klueg of Wastequip, Richard Linneman of Carolina Water Service Inc. of North Carolina, Alex Pease of CommScope, Richard Russell of #FuelSportsManagementGroup, Cass Ward of Spiracle Media, Joel Wilhite of AvidXchange, Inc., Mark Zeidman of Roundpoint Mortgage Servicing, and Jean Zoutewelle of WFAE – University Radio Foundation, Inc.


Expert Economy Growth

Croixstone’s business model is firmly founded in the “expert economy” as an “on demand” provider of highly-experienced, well educated consulting professionals.  According to a recent article published by Forbes, the growing on-demand model offers many companies access to a diverse talent pool that doesn’t exist in-house and would never make sense to build.  Read more here.


Walk With Croixstone

Although pancreatic cancer is the 3rd leading cause of cancer-related death in the U.S., most people know little about the disease.  Croixstone Consulting is a huge supporter of the Charlotte Affiliate of the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, a nonprofit dedicated to fighting the world’s toughest cancer on all fronts:  research, clinical initiatives, patient services and advocacy.  So why does Croixstone passionately fight to rewrite the future of this disease?  Patti Weber lost her father in 2005 to pancreatic cancer, and Mark Weber lost his mother to the same disease in 2012.  We invite you, your friends and loved ones to join us at PurpleStride Charlotte, the walk to end pancreatic cancer, on September 15 in Uptown Charlotte.  Join our team here.


Blockchain Disruptor

LinkedIn, the social network that currently boasts 560 million members, works hard to monetize all of those profiles with sales of data to third parties.  While the professional networking site continues to grow in size, there are many who believe the LinkedIn business model is ripe for disruption.  Omar Zaki, a Yale graduate and CEO of MYBS (pronounced “moe-bee-uh-s”) is one of those disruptors.  Learn how MYBS believes that blockchain is the key to disrupting LinkedIn’s business model here.


New LinkedIn Feature…QR Codes

As a holding of Microsoft, LinkedIn continues to evolve and add new features. Here’s something new to try at your next networking event. On June 28, LinkedIn added a QR code generator to help professionals swap details when they are not already connected on the social media platform.  LinkedIn suggests that the QR code can effectively become the replacement for the business card for people at in-person events.  Read the LinkedIn Blog to learn more. 


Value Creation…Intrapreneurship

Entrepreneurship isn’t just for start-ups – corporations need it now more than ever. Intrapreneurship is acting like an entrepreneur within an established company. It is about creating a new business or venture within an existing organization.  Read this article from the MIT Sloan School of Management to learn more about the importance about intrapreneurship and why you should care.