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Small Business Disaster Planning Guide Has your small business ever been affected by a natural disaster, such as a fire, flood, earthquake or tornado? Even if you’ve remained unscathed until now, severe weather incidents are increasingly affecting all parts of the U.S. From the “polar vortex” on the East Coast to
Last week two experiences forced me to re-examine my reality. First, while talking to an older relative (who shall remain nameless), I casually mentioned I was going to Google something. He admitted that he didn’t know what that meant or how to do it. This is someone who checks email
7-Step Checklist for Growing Your Business Given the ever-changing nature of our economy along with volatility in our capital markets, the challenge facing many business owners today is: how and when to grow? This question often leads to other questions which help define the path business owners should choose for their companies. In
Distribution 101 for Entrepreneurs When you start marketing a product, you have a lot of options. You can sell directly from a website or physical storefront, through channel partners or corporate B2B partners, or through distributors.
9 Keys to Building Great Business Teams 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.
All that Focus May Not Be All That Good 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
Creating a Safe Workplace Environment for Growth 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.
How to Cope With a Supply Chain Crisis 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
The way your customers shop and buy has changed. Are you keeping up? Recently, I needed to get my carpets cleaned after going way too long without doing so. I went online to get in touch with the company I’d used several years ago, only to find out they no longer serve my area. Frustrated,
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.

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