Work/Life Balance

It is a widely held notion that truly successful entrepreneurs have achieved that coveted success by virtue of an unwavering focus on their goal.

However, if we peruse the bios of just a handful of self-made billionaires, it becomes clear that a laser-like focus may not be the hallmark of success we believe it to be. In fact, just the opposite may be true.

Richard Branson, for example, can hardly be credited with being an intensely focused entrepreneur, having started out in Christmas tree sales, then magazines, followed by the record industry, nightclubs, films, publishing, video games, hot air balloons, condom manufacturing, book publishing, radio, personal financial services, cosmetics, clothing and most recently, space travel…and, by the way, this is not a comprehensive list!

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Andrew Cravenho, CEO - CBAC & Factor AuctionAndrew Cravenho is the CEO of CBAC LLC & Factor Auction. As a serial entrepreneur, Andrew focuses on helping both small and medium sized businesses take control of their cash flow. Prior to CBAC, Andrew founded an annuity financing company relieving tort victims of financial hardship.

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.

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Michael Acosta headshotMichael Acosta is a partner at Acosta & Williams LLC. As an attorney, he specializes in the areas of pharmaceutical litigation, personal injury, premises liability, auto and truck accidents, toxic torts, property and air contamination, and wrongful death. He is licensed to practice in the courts of Pennsylvania and New Jersey. Connect with Michael on Twitter and Google+.

Broward SCORE supports South Florida Minorities

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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.

This being Thanksgiving week, we are reminded that as small business owners, we especially have much to be thankful for.

Our families: Of course at the Thanksgiving table when everyone shares what they are thankful for, usually the first and main thing is the love of family. I think this is even truer for the small business owner.

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Steve Strauss, Founder - TheSelfEmployed.comSteven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: © Steven D. Strauss


       I own a software development company. While I wouldn’t consider myself disorganized,
at the end of most days I can’t help feeling I haven’t accomplished what I set out to do that day.
What can I do to better manage my time?

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       This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly
70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one
business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer
opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S.
Small Business Administration.

SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, gives considerations for starting a new venture with your spouse.

Starting a business with your spouse may sound like a dream come true—but it can just as easily turn into a nightmare. Before launching a business with your husband or wife, consider it carefully, and take these steps:

Steve Strauss, founder of, gives tips for beating the effects of time zone changes in your business travel.

Steve Strauss headshotQ: My business travel is really upsetting both my work and home life. Twice a month I fly from the west coast to the east for business. I have no choice. But I can never sleep on the planes, I am too wired to sleep when I arrive and I am usually kinda useless the next day. Any suggestions? 



About the Author

Steven D. Strauss is a lawyer and writer and is one of the country's leading experts on small business as well as an international business speaker. The best-selling author of 17 books, his latest is the all-new 3rd ed. of The Small Business Bible. You can listen to his weekly podcast, Small Business Success Powered by Greatland, visit his new website for the self-employed, TheSelfEmployed, follow him on Twitter, and "like" TheSelfEmployed on Facebook. You can e-mail Steve at: © Steven D. Strauss

SCORE's CEO, Kenneth R. Yancey, gives advice for maintaining motivation and focus in your home office.

Running your small business from home has many benefits—from saving money to saving time to never having to wear a suit and tie. But for many entrepreneurs, working from home also leads to some serious motivational challenges. With everything from the refrigerator to the TV to your next-door neighbors tempting you to goof off, how can you get motivated and focus on your business? Try these tips.

6 Tips to Help You Juggle the Stresses of a Busy Life


Workshop about handling priorities and stresses of a busy life

In a hectic world where we all try to balance personal lives and careers, see how one of the top female executives at a global company manages to juggle all aspects of a busy life.

Learn how to:


Your volunteers are the lifeblood of your organization. Keep motivation high and show your appreciation with these great ideas.

1. Make volunteers feel included. As soon as volunteers join your organization, introduce them to other volunteers and staff so they get to know everyone. As they feel settled in the organization, ask their opinions or involve them in the decision-making process when possible, so they feel personally invested in the project.

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