Run & Grow a Business

You have a successful business but you want to take it to the next level. Perhaps you want to hire employees, perhaps you are thinking of opening a new office, or perhaps you are looking to invest in a new innovation. In this section you will find articles from experts in many different business areas to help you make the best decision.

Leadership

  • Creating A Strategic Plan This free online business workshop will help you create a strategic plan for your company. It
  • 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. During the most recent school year, JA programs influenced over 4 million students in nearly 200,
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    Business Plans

  • Creating A Strategic Plan This free online business workshop will help you create a strategic plan for your company. It
  • Developing a Business Plan This free online business workshop provides step-by-step instruction on how to successfully
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    Office & Operations

  • Assessing Your Company’s Financial Needs This free online business workshop will help you determine the financial needs for your small
  • Top 5 Ways to Find High-Paying Freelance Work Online When looking for work, freelancers find the Internet a double-edged sword. While it seems to
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    Legal Issues

  • To Patent or Not to Patent Top Intellectual Property (IP) Question: Do I always need a patent for my business idea? The quick answer is no, not always. But for
  • Intellectual Property Best Practices Intellectual property (IP) is the untapped potential of a business that is completely wasted if left unharnessed, but can be a goldmine when An average startup with financial constraints will not prioritize IP protection in the belief
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    Success Stories

  • Balance and Strength: Client Success Story – Circle Studios In this month’s client success story, Kari Neigebauer-Koch, founder and owner of Circle
  • Client Success Story: Keep It Simple Syrup® In celebration of National Business Women’s Week, this month’s client success story
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    Growth Strategies

  • LIVE Webinar 3/19: 8 Urgent HR Tips for Growing Businesses - Part II As your small business grows, your team will become increasingly more critical to your success.
  • LIVE Webinar 3/17: 8 Urgent HR Tips for Growing Businesses - Part I As your small business grows, your team will become increasingly more critical to your success.
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    Human Resources

  • 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 Luckily, engaging your employees doesn’t have to involve fancy tools and tricks. All you
  • Affordable Care Act Engagement Guide: Ways You Can Help Amplify Open Enrollment On March 23, 2010 President Obama signed the Affordable Care Act into law, putting in place comprehensive reforms that improve access to affordable Additionally, Seventy-six million Americans with private health insurance can finally get
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    Green Business

  • How to Make Your Bar or Restaurant Green(er) Download this article for tips on having a green(er) bar or restaurant! Consumers today want to feel good about the places they go and where they spend their money. Not
  • Serving the Greater Good with a Triple Bottom Line Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy you are also providing a public benefit by Whether your business is a non-profit or for-profit, if you have a green business strategy  
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    Innovation

  • Nonprofit Innovation Toolkits: Methods To Invent, Adopt, and Adapt Ideas to Deliver Better Results Lately, I’ve been obsessed with methods for facilitating innovation for nonprofits. It
  • What You Can Learn from the Secret of Silicon Valley Wouldn’t it be great if your startup or business could be as successful as Silicon Valley
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    Selling a Business

  • 10 Ways to Boost the Value of Your Business If you hope to sell your business someday – even far into the future – the time to think about increasing its value is now, not when Here are 10 ways to make your business more valuable: 1.   Don’t let it be just
  • What You Must Know About Business Valuation What’s your business worth? That’s a potentially important question for many reasons, not just selling. But most owners have only a Professional appraisers who regularly conduct business valuations say that owners err on both
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    Government Contracting

  • How to Register for Government Contracting Here is a basic introduction to the steps necessary to get your business ready for government contracting. Register for Government Contracting Federal, state and local governments offer businesses the
  • SCORE Tip of the Week: How to Contract With the Federal Government Steve Feinman of SCORE Michigan offers tips for how to secure federal contracts for your small business. If you’re selling it, the U.S. government is buying it. In 2012, the federal government
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