How to Handle Employee Training in Your Small Business


In a start-up, the issue of employee training either comes up very late or not at all as you are building the business. Development and learning takes the backseat as the focus is on attracting customers and developing your product or service. This is why startups usually go for skilled talent who are already trained, […]

As a Leader, Are You Ahead or Behind the Curve?


On September 22, 1842, twenty years prior to reading the Emancipation Proclamation, Abraham Lincoln was challenged to a duel. Lincoln had written a blistering, attack type letter in the Illinois Sangamo Journal against James Shields, a democrat who had defeated Lincoln for the Senate seat a few years prior. Shields took the ridicule seriously and […]

Would CRM Software Benefit Your Small Business?


There are few arenas where small businesses have the upper hand over their larger counterparts. One area where they shine is in building and managing customer relationships. The friendly neighborhood restaurateur, or local shopkeeper, hold special places in the hearts of local customers. However, much like anything else, more and more customer relationships are becoming […]

How to Leverage Cross Selling In Your Small Business


Have you ever ordered something from Amazon and noticed other options in the “Customers Who Bought This Item Also Bought” section? The general idea is that a person looking for a $120 smartphone may not readily buy a $520 phone, but will appreciate a combo deal on a screen guard, protector case and MicroSD card […]

Weekend Checklist for Small Business Owners


With the long hours, frustrations of managing employees, payroll and the occasional setback, it’s hard enough being a small business owner – let alone an efficient one. With the many hats needed to be worn, it’s easy to miss something. With the advent of the Internet and search engines, you now also need to maintain […]

3 Signs Your Cash Flow is in Trouble


As a small business owner, you’ll hear a thousand times over that “cash flow is the lifeblood of your business.” Even if you’re sick of hearing it, it’s important for you recognize why the saying is so popular. Cash flow management will literally make or break your small business. According to Dun and Bradstreet, 90% of […]

How To Win Federal Government Contracts


Many small businesses often overlook, readily discard, or become immediately intimidated by federal contracting, but the federal government is one of our nation’s largest purchaser of goods and services. One of the biggest misconceptions is that it’s TOO hard to win a government contract. That’s not true. By failing to see the lucrative possibilities afforded […]

How Your Parenting Skills Can Help You Run Your Small Business


Running a new business? Don’t put away those parenting books…Yet. We all know raising kids is a full-time job with around-the-clock duties and tasks that never end. While diaper changing, hair braiding and helping with homework are niche skills, parenting requires a set of guiding principles that are helpful to another audience: small business owners. […]