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7 Cornerstones of Small Business Success

7 Cornerstones of Small Business Success

Only about one of every 10 businesses started will reach a 10th anniversary and most failures happen within the first few years. Lots can go wrong: an ill-conceived business idea, poor planning or execution, bad business model, lack of capital, ineffective leadership, and poor location, among others. But business owners who succeed know how to […]

9 Time Saving Tips for Your Small Business

9 Time Saving Tips for Your Small Business

Most small business owners and start-up entrepreneurs hate wasting time. They know from experience that starting and growing an enterprise takes head-down, get-it-done dedication and efficiency.  There just aren’t enough hours in the day to waste them. But even the most focused business owners can struggle in the day-to-day world with all of the little […]

7 Warning Signs Your Business is Aiming Too Low

7 Warning Signs Your Business is Aiming Too Low

Not many business owners strive to be second-rate. Most businesses at least pay lip service to a desire for being their customers’ or clients’ first choice. But all too often, their actions say otherwise. The solution is actually quite simple: If you put your customers first, they are far more likely to put you first, […]

5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

5 Ways Business Owners Scare Their Employees

Whether you know it or not, being a business owner also requires being a leader – especially if you have employees. If you don’t display good leadership skills, you won’t get the most from your employees, and your business will suffer. Despite good intentions, many business owners and managers unknowingly strike fear into employees simply […]

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

6 Preventive Steps That Could Save Your Business

In our fast-paced, ever changing business world, the notion of “prevention” – which generally means doing something you don’t absolutely have to do right now – often gets lost or set aside. But with so much riding on how smoothly things run at your business, that ounce of prevention can indeed far outweigh a pound […]

4 Technology Keys to Guiltless Getaways

4 Technology Keys to Guiltless Getaways

It’s an ongoing dilemma for millions of business owners: How to take vacations or other time off and still keep business on track. Not only do Americans take far fewer vacations than workers in other countries (hundreds of millions of vacation days go unused in the U.S. annually), but studies show that business owners take […]

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

12 Tips for Naming a Business, Brand or Product

When it comes to finding a great name for a business, brand, product or service, it really comes down to this:  A good name should make someone smile or nod, not scratch their head in confusion. But this notion, mind you, is not universally held. Many businesses – and the branding agencies they hire to […]

10 Ways to Amp up Loyalty for Your Business

10 Ways to Amp up Loyalty for Your Business

Is customer or employee loyalty lagging at your business these days? Even under the best circumstances it can happen if you take your eye off the ball for even a short while. With so many things to focus on, many business owners sometimes lose sight of just how important customer as well as employee loyalty […]

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

8 Keys to Re-energizing Your Business

It’s a tough world out there. Customers are demanding more. Competition is keen – sometimes from unexpected places. Your business must work harder and smarter to improve profits. And on top of it all, there always seem to be new taxes and regulations to deal with. Sometimes however (not that this includes you, of course), […]

5 Ways Mistakes Can Make a Business Better

5 Ways Mistakes Can Make a Business Better

With little cash, and even less wine industry experience, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey launched Barefoot Wine in – where else – their laundry room. They built the brand and later sold it to wine giant E&J Gallo. Now the business owner duo share what they learned along the way with other business owners. One […]