Founder and managing partner of Xebec Enterprises Inc., in Washington DC, Benjamin Dalley oversees the firm’s business implementation consulting and project management work for a wide range of commercial and residential real estate projects. In his spare time, Benjamin C. Dalley is a devotee of good barbecue. Though many people have a single style of cooking in mind when they think of barbecue, the ingredients, flavors, and methods of barbecuing vary significantly according to geographical region.

North Carolina-style pork barbecue, for instance, relies primarily on salt and vinegar for its flavor. Often, the whole pig is slow cooked over a coal fire for 12 hours to achieve optimal flavor and preserve the meat’s natural juices. South Carolina-style barbecue also primarily features pork, which is often flavored with spicy mustard and vinegar. Chefs prefer local woods such as hickory, pecan, and applewood for smoking the meat.

Kansas City-style barbecue traditionally calls for a wider range of meats, with recipes for chicken, pork, beef, and even lamb. Chefs use rubs that include salt, sugar, and paprika and sauces that are tomato based. In Memphis-style barbecue, chefs use rubs that are both spicy and sweet, and the meat is usually smoked using cherry and hickory wood.

In Texas, beef is the primary meat used for barbecue. In place of sauces, cooks generally use a dry rub that has a base of cayenne peppers, kosher salt, and black pepper. As with the barbecue of the Carolinas, Texas barbecue calls for slow cooking over low heat.

Benjamin C. Dalley is the founder of the Washington, D.C. consulting firm Xebec Enterprises, LLC. Highly involved with growth and efficiency strategies, Ben Dalley utilizes his expertise to provide valuable insight to associates and clients alike.

When operating in the small business sphere, it can be difficult to increase the bottom line when expenses continue to pile up. The ideas outlined below stand out as a few helpful suggestions to decrease costs and improve your business’s financial outlook.

1. Put effort into finding out where money is being spent. Whether you find you are spending too much on supplies, or not purchasing efficiently, tracking can be the first step in recognizing opportunity for budgetary improvement.

2. While outsourcing can seem impersonal, it can actually prove to be a very effective way of increasing efficiency and productivity without raising cost. Whether it’s saving on office space, benefits, and other expenses, hiring in this way can prove to be a flexible and cost-effective measure.

3. When hiring employees, take special care in bringing on the right people. Turnover can eat into a small budget, and it should be avoided by getting it right the first time around.

Long involved in the Washington, D.C., community, Benjamin Dalley helped establish the 501(c)(3) charity Bike to the Beach (B2B). The inspiration for the annual fundraising event was an extended bike ride Benjamin Dalley took with his friend Joey to Bethany Beach, Delaware, in 1999. The following year, the pair was joined by a third member, with participants in the annual challenge expanding consistently over the years.

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In 2007, five core members joined together in establishing B2B as an official charitable organization. In particular, they sought to align their community-focused group with autism awareness building efforts. At the time, autism was an emerging area of national interest and funds raised initially went to Cure Autism Now (now part of Autism Speaks). Expanded beyond Washington, D.C., to include a New York ride in 2010 and a Boston ride in 2012, Bike to the Beach continues to raise significant funds, with Autism Speaks its primary beneficiary.

As a proud alumnus of Brown University, I enjoy sharing recent headlines from my alma mater. Below is a list I have compiled about the recent goings-on at Brown.

The Ivy League School’s 19th president, Christina Paxson, was inaugurated on October 27, 2012. Ms. Paxson is a noted economist from Princeton.

Brown University researchers have discovered the process by which ingesting silver causes a rare condition in which a person’s skin turns grayish blue, known as argyria. The team of scientists has been studying the environmental aspects of silver for years.

On October 17, 2012, the Dalai Lama delivered an address titled, “A Global Challenge: Creating a Culture of Peace,” as part of the Stephen A. Ogden Jr. ’60 Memorial Lecture on International Affairs series. His Holiness donned a Brown baseball cap and spoke to the youth in attendance, urging them to help bring about a better world through peaceful movements and to take responsibility for environmental causes.

About the Author: In 2004, Benjamin Dalley received his Master’s degree in Sociology from Brown University. He also attended Brown for his undergraduate degree in Sociology, during which time he was an active student leader and served as class president. Dalley is the founder and Director of Xebec Enterprises, Inc., a consulting company based in Washington, D.C., that specializes in start-up businesses and real estate projects.