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Finding Paradise: Build a Business, Not a Job For 20 years David Finkel has lived by the mantra of “build a business, not a job,” and his clients are converts that have seen annual growth of 32.4% annually. David’s company “Maui Mastermind”, helps business owners build sustainable companies they love owning.
Sourcing Responsibility to Vendors Could Be Your Biggest Mistake In a recent survey, the Institute of Internal Auditors Research Foundation found that third-party vendors play an important role in about two-thirds of businesses across the country. For small businesses especially, this business practice has become the norm, and for good reason. Vendors can cut
You started your small business because you wanted to be your own boss - not necessarily because you wanted to be a manager. But here you are, growing your team with some really promising new hires. In fact, things are going so smoothly, so quickly that you barely have time to stop and review
This free online business workshop will help you create a strategic plan for your company. It provides the components needed to implement a strategic plan such as: a mission statement, goals, objectives and an action plan.    
An Update for Youth Entrepreneurship Program Junior Achievement (JA) – a non-profit youth program that fosters entrepreneurship – has been inspiring students for nearly 100 years. It’s how I got my first exposure to starting and running a business as a teenager long ago and I often look back on the experience as pivotal.
How to Improve Your Communication and Strengthen Employee Commitment Unfortunately, hiring good employees isn’t enough to make your small business successful. You need to make sure those top-notch workers make a real commitment to your organization — it’s the only way they’ll stick around and grow your business. 
Why is Business Intelligence Important? Getting ahead in business is a constant struggle. Competing within certain markets, dealing with already established businesses and competing with big name companies are just a few hurdles a new venture has to deal with on a daily basis. Beyond having to deal with the constant struggles of
Interview With Santa One of the best parts of this gig is that I get to meet so many interesting people and entrepreneurs. Starting next week, I will be reporting on what many of them shared with me over the course of the past year as I begin my annual two-part, Top Trends in Small Business column. So stay tuned.
7 Ways to Boost the Value of your Business In the constant quest to improve profitability, small business owners explore many options. They ramp up marketing, improve service, hire sales reps and try to upsell existing customers. These and other things can certainly have a positive impact on short-term profits.
What to do BEFORE Negotiating Anything While most articles on negotiating (include one I recently wrote) focus on tactics during negotiations, less attention is paid to preparing yourself before negotiations ever get underway. This negotiation “advance work” is just as important – if not more so – than what you

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