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Taking the leap to bring a business idea into fruition is one of the most admirable characteristics of small business owners. Part of the process to becoming successful is building a foundation for human resources, one of the most challenging aspects of running a business. Below are some key
Small business owners are a frugal bunch. Even when looking at hopefully “growth” oriented activities, a recent 2013 survey by BrightLocal and the Chamber of Commerce demonstrates very conservative numbers: The average spend on marketing by SMBs is $400/month. 32% of SMBs
With many provisions of the Affordable Care Act going into effect next year, business owners are asking a lot of questions about the cost of offering a benefit program to their employees. Dollars spent on benefits are taken directly from the profits of the business. However, small business owners
6 Tips and Tactics for Hiring Seasonal Help Millions of small businesses in the U.S. hire seasonal, summer, holiday or other part-time and temporary help. But finding such workers – especially good ones – isn’t easy and comes with a unique set of requirements compared to full time employees.
Your new business has gotten off to a good start. You’ve proven a real demand for your product or service, and the future is promising. And then you suddenly realize, OMG, there are too few hours in the day, you’re having difficulty managing priorities and you’re not able to
Workforce training has become a critical component to maintaining a competitive workforce. It can be vital to the individual employee as well as the business as a whole. Training takes place every day, in numerous ways, and can be used to serve many purposes. In its simplest form, it teaches
How to Run Your Business from a Browser It’s never been easier to start and run a small business. Not easy, mind you, but much easier thanks in large part to a wide range of low-cost, easy-to-use cloud-based applications. 
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.
A Growth and Startup Program that Really Rocks A few years after launching the Charleston Cookie Company in 2003, Judith Moore, CEO, enrolled in a little known but highly effective program called FastTrac (www.fasttrac.org) that helps both startups and existing owners grow their businesses. 
Seasonal business owners have many more challenges than your typical business. Being ill prepared and not correctly navigating the off-season can be fatal. So what are some of the ways to succeed as a seasonal business? 1.  Budget, budget, budget. Forgetting to make a budget or not

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