Published Oct. 18, 2013
Steve Strauss looks at the trend that is dominating the world, Entrepreneurship.
Faithful readers of this column (thank you very much!) know that every year I post a two-part Top Trends in Small Business piece. It is always interesting to see what is coming down the pike, and it is equally interesting to notice how much, and how little, the list changes every year.
Published Oct. 1, 2013
I started my refrigeration repair business six months ago and am now at the point of
needing to interview candidates for my first employee. I’ve never done this before. What tips can
Published Sep. 19, 2013
No matter the small business, each entrepreneur faces one similar issue: Pricing. Are you out pricing your customers? Are you under pricing yourself? Is the difference between a year in the red or the black as simple as your price tag? This month SCORE helps you find the answers to these questions.
Few people are better qualified to discuss this issue than Ann Logue, who spent 12 years as a financial market analyst before turning her talents to writing. She also shares her expertise as a lecturer in finance at the University of Illinois at Chicago, teaching both undergraduate and MBA students about corporation finance and international financial markets. Ann will go over the finer points of pricing to help you maximize your pricing for profitability.
Pricing is something that all small businesses wrestle with, particularly those just getting started. What are the fundamentals for determining the ideal price for a product or service?
The Young Entrepreneurs Academy, or YEA!, is an innovative program that guides students through the process of starting their own real business. The Boca Chamber and partner FAU Adams Center for Entrepreneurship are excited to announce the start of the Boca Chamber YEA! Program at the FAU College of Business for the 2013-2014 school year.
Published Aug. 29, 2013
Steve Strauss, founder of www.theselfemployed.com, offers advice for young people who are deciding their next step in life.
Bill Gates famously dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft. Before teaming up with Steve Wozniak to start Apple, Steve Jobs left Reed College during his second semester and traveled through India and dropped acid. And we all know that Mark Zuckerberg started The Facebook at Harvard before leaving early to follow his entrepreneurial dream in California.
Published Aug. 28, 2013
I’ve never been the most organized person, but it’s reached the point where the clutter in
my office is starting to hinder my productivity. How can I get a handle on the paper monster
that’s threatening to consume me?
Published Aug. 19, 2013
Are you on the road to greatness? The first step is to know you want to be a leader! Now, see what it takes to be the boss.
Learn how one of Zipcar’s youngest leaders got his start in corporate America as he describes the decisions that defined his career path, gives solid advice about mentors, and applies 360° leadership as defined by Maxwell.
Published Jul. 30, 2013
The smartphone is changing how consumers make buying decisions. With just a few taps, you can find a contractor, schedule an appointment, or make a purchase and have it shipped to your house. Mobile commerce is so quick and easy that eMarketer™ predicts that more than 77 percent of all U.S. online shoppers will use a smartphone or tablet to buy at least one item by 2017.
This dramatic growth presents a big opportunity for small businesses that can use this sales and marketing channel to their advantage. Many have already realized the potential: Nearly three-quarters of the businesses surveyed in the 2013 AT&T Small Business Technology Poll are increasing their mobile marketing budgets this year. Mobile is not just for retail shops and restaurants. Professional services firms, medical practices, and other businesses also need to master how to use it.