Business Planning: Getting Started

WHY WRITE A BUSINESS PLAN? Your business plan is the tool that forces you to think through every aspect of your new business. It’s also a communication tool that you can use to show: Bankers – if you plan to take out a loan. Potential investors and venture capitalists – if you want to attract […]

Is 2018 the Year You’ll FINALLY Start Your Own Business?

Now that the new year is firmly on its way the resolutions we made a week ago have started to be tested.  This can be particularly true if those resolutions are those we’ve made year after year and failed to keep. If one of those resolutions was to start your own business, you’re in good […]

The Executive Toolbox: Building Effective Teams

Business owners and executives who enjoy long term success don’t necessarily need to be adept at team building but it’s certainly easier to be successful if you’re not going it alone. A team is a group of people who have a shared goal or goals. Those goals may be as simple as working together to […]

The Executive Toolbox: Listening

In the early days of cable systems a bus interface unit was placed between a remote dumb terminal and the network with a corresponding unit placed at the other end between the network and the mainframe computer. Much like people, these units couldn’t transmit and receive information at the same time. Yet we’re all guilty […]

Increasing Your Revenue: Become Your Customer’s Advocate

Being a small business owner can cause you to be so focused on your own business you overlook one of the most gratifying reasons for being in business in the first place, the opportunity to help other businesses grow. One method of doing that is to become your customers’ advocate. This practice isn’t just limited […]