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Curt Mercadante
Works at Gravina Online Strategies, LLC
Attended University of Iowa
Lives in Charleston, SC
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My latest post at the Chicago Tribune's Bly Sky Innovation Hub blog...
Do you have a mantra in life? Many people do and while it sounds dumb or silly to a lot of people, having a motto to live by can actually be very helpful. Anytime you feel particularly stressed or lost, you can remind yourself of it. Mantras can give purpose and be a grounding force. If you don’t have a ...
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We talk a lot on our blog about how to be more productive. In many ways, we often associate productivity with how much we can jam into a certain period of time.

For many people, the more things they accomplish, the more productive they deem themselves to be.

While this is often true, it isn’t always the case. Productivity is hard to measure and sometimes we only think or count the tangible things – such as how many reports we finished, errands we ran, or emails we replied to. But at the same time, we have to think about the things are aren’t tangible. Being truly productive encompasses much more than just checking things off a to do list.

Read more: http://www.curtmercadante.com/2014/03/13/yes-you-too-can-be-productive/

#productivity #GTD   #GettingThingsDone  
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As an #entrepreneur, I rely on a number of apps to keep me productive. Over the years, apps have come and gone.

The app that has gone the distance? #Evernote.

Here's why it's my killer app:
http://ow.ly/tth6Z
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From Henry Ford to Bill Gates, entrepreneurs all possess certain traits that make them great at what they do:  http://buff.ly/1em0xnK
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Great news!  The Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation Hub is now syndicating our content!

Here's our first post: http://buff.ly/1bHR0D0
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My latest post on the Chicago Tribune's Blue Sky Innovation Hub blog...
We talk a lot on this blog about how to be more productive. In many ways, we often associate productivity with how much we can jam into a certain period of time. For many people, the more things they accomplish, the more productive they deem themselves to be. While this is often true, it isn’t always the case. Productivity is ...
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Are you a night owl who thinks it's impossible to transform yourself into an Early Bird?  Not so.

Here are some simple tips to help you do just that...
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Spring cleaning's around the corner.  That means you should take time to "spring clean" your inbox, as well.  Here are some tips to help you do it right....

#productivity #inboxzero
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Principal and founder of Merc Strategy Group, LLC and Gravina Online Strategies, LLC
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  • Gravina Online Strategies, LLC
    Principal, present
  • Merc Strategy Group, LLC
    Principal, 2005 - present
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Charleston, SC
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Chicagoland
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Husband, father, entrepreneur, White Sox/Notre Dame/Nationals fan.
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Curt Mercadante is a veteran communications strategiest and serial entrepreneur who has founded three successful companies in the midst of an economic downturn: Merc Strategy Group, LLC; Gravina Online Strategies, LLC; and, Gadsden Media Group, LLC.

Merc Strategy Group is an integrated communications firm; Gravina Online Strategies is a digital public relations and advertising firm; Gadsden Media Group is an online publishing company.

He also publishes a self-titled blog — CurtMercadante.com — that focuses on entrepreneurship, productivity and technology.

Mercadante previously served as director of political and state affairs for the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Institute for Legal Reform (ILR), one of the nation's largest business advocacy organizations. At ILR, Mercadante helped direct public and voter education campaigns in targeted states throughout the country. 

Mercadante served on Capitol Hill, working as communications director for two members of Congress. He also directed strategic communications for the Corn Refiners Association, a major Washington, DC-based agribusiness association. 

Mercadante also worked as an executive with L.C. Williams and Associates, a leading Chicago public affairs firm, where he worked on a number of clients in the energy, financial services and government sectors. His team directed the communications program that supported the City of Chicago's $200 million "Revive Wacker Drive" reconstruction project. Their efforts garnered numerous awards, including the Platinum Award and Golden Trumpet Award (Publicity Club of Chicago); the Silver Quill Award (International Association of Business Communicators); and, the Skyline Award (Public Relations Society of America/Chicago chapter). 

Mercadante has also worked on a number of political campaigns at the local, state and national levels. He holds a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Iowa.
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  • University of Iowa
    1997
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