Published Apr. 14, 2014
Business owners and entrepreneurs often need to be team builders as well. It might be a project-based team, a team of advisors, employees or problem-solving group. Whatever the team purpose, it’s essential to build it well to achieve the best results.
Here’s some savvy team building advice from Rich Karlgaard, author of “The Soft Edge: Where Great Companies Find Lasting Success” (Jossey-Bass, 2014), and publisher of Forbes magazine.
Published Apr. 2, 2014
When initially launching a business, many entrepreneurs and stakeholders consider sacrificing safety and comfort to save every cent they can. Entrepreneurs and their supporters will often gladly work their fingers to the bone to be part of something special, unique, and hopefully, profitable.
Companies created and run on shoestring budgets may eventually transform into successful businesses with real employees and real workspaces.
Broward SCORE Participated in South Florida Minority Supplier Development Council’s 29th Annual Business Exposition on March 21st, 2014.
SCORE Volunteers Angelica Love Valentine and George Gremse informed attendees about SCORE services and discussed business counseling and workshop programs.
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Veritas Marketing has prospered in an extremely competitive, fast-changing industry in the Twin Cities market, which boasts several of the nation's largest advertising firms and dozens of others. The agency's creativity and marketing savvy have been recognized with numerous national and international awards. In addition, Holly and the agency have devoted their time and talent to helping a number of non-profit organizations, including Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Greater Twin Cities, Courage Kenny Rehabilitation Institute, Survivor Resources, and the Minneapolis Chapter of SCORE.
What's Great About My Mentor?
Besides Tommy Thompson, Holly Jo has been helped by the following list which keeps growing: Dean Swanson, Randi Luoto, Loren Herbst, Virgil Dissmeyer, Dan Shidla, Bruce Becker, Richard Parrish, Jim Handy, Marty Worth, Greg Boettner, Marshall Jones, Mark Ratner, David Miller, Rick Barkley, Wayne Herivel, Brian Alwin and others.
How SCORE Helped
SCORE counseled Holly in developing a business plan for Veritas. She said her long-time SCORE mentor, the late Tommy Thompson, helped the firm navigate through a legal situation with their former employer and was an invaluable sounding board for many years. Also, he advised Holly when her two partners decided to leave the firm.
Published Mar. 13, 2014
Have you ever ordered something online from a store you’ve never bought from before? Have you waited and wondered why your order didn’t arrive in a timely manner?
For customers, this experience is frustrating, and as a small business owner, disruptions in your supply chain that inhibit your ability to fill customer orders can be devastating.
How do you keep things afloat without losing your hard-earned market share? It’s important to understand what can go wrong in a supply chain and how to recover from problems when they do arise.
External Factors That Impact Supply Chains
For several years, China and the Far East have been marketed as the smart bet for outsourcing manufacturing due to lower labor costs and fewer regulatory barriers. Most companies choose these suppliers to reduce costs, but there are several disadvantages that make overseas suppliers risky in the long run.
Published Mar. 5, 2014
I’m a retired sales and marketing guy who’s recently purchased a local convenience store. What are some of the key numbers I should be monitoring to successfully manage the business’ finances?
By Bruce Michalski – SCORE Mentor
As your business grows, so too do the complexities of its operation. You may well reach a point where certain functions are costing money or compromising efficiency, and diverting your attention from more critical core aspects.
Published Feb. 20, 2014
Spring is (finally) here and there’s no better time to embrace new concepts, ideas and markets to propel your small business. Find out what business trends you should incorporate into your company, what markets are driving sales and how you can give your business a spring cleaning.