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5 Ways to Deal with Startup Setbacks

setbackAs you build your startup you are bound to experience peaks and valleys, as every small business does. What separates successful businesses from those less likely to succeed is their ability to overcome adversity, and learn from their mistakes in order to reach the top of the mountain. Read more...

Your business needs an operating plan. Now.

Got a PlanAccording to Steve Smith, President and Founder of GrowthSource Coaching, a California company that educates business owners and other professionals about improving their companies, an operating plan is a “day to day map how to run a business.” An operating plan details the guidelines of how a company owner manages the day-to-day minutiae of running their enterprise. Read more...

Tips to get your business’s shipping into tip-top shape

shippingThere’s more to choosing a shipping option for your business’s precious cargo than merely going with the least expensive option, says Tarik Yousef, founder and proprietor of T.Y. Fine Furniture in Columbus, Ohio. “When you choose a shipper, you want to choose someone who will represent you well,” says Yousef, whose company sells custom-made wooden furniture such as headboards and tables as well as organic mattresses and sofas. Read more...

National Chamber Of Commerce Details State Of The U.S. Economy

graph with USA flagThere is a recipe for technology-based economic development and state governments must delve into how to intermingle those characteristics for businesses to succeed, according to Mark Schill, co-author of the National Chamber of Commerce Foundation's Economic study titled Enterprising States: States Innovate, released Oct. 20. Read more...

Careful Planning Imperative For Business Success

LeapThe well-worn cliché “look before you leap,” is appropriate when it comes to starting a new business, says Jay Wurtzler, executive vice president of Capital Growth, Inc., a private investment firm in San Diego. “Get back to basics,” Wurtzler urges would-be entrepreneurs. Read more...

Business Executives’ Optimism about U.S. Economy Drops for Second Straight Quarter

The percentage of business executives who are optimistic about the U.S. economy going forward dipped below 50 percent for the first time since early 2014, according to the third quarter AICPA Economic Outlook Survey, which polls chief executive officers, chief financial officers, controllers and other certified public accountants in U.S. companies who hold executive and senior management accounting roles. Hiring plans also continued to soften from late last year. Read more...

What’s in a name?

name questionAccording to an article in About.com, the name a company owner chooses for their business is of paramount importance. Not only will the entity’s name be a primary source of identifying it, branding materials designed to increase the company’s exposure will aim to remind consumers of your business, whether by name or at least by product. Read more...

Infographic: Improve Employee Collaboration

With 79% of small businesses planning initiatives to improve employee collaboration in 2015, many SMBs are actively seeking new ways to take collaboration to the next level. Read more...

How To Build Better Customer Relations Using Software

software choicesRunning a small business means more than simply stocking your store’s shelves and turning on the “Open” sign. Between ordering inventory, tracking communications with customers and suppliers, organizing client files, payroll and more, being the boss is more than just a 24/7 responsibility. Read more...

Is There A Link Between Your Company’s Workspace And Your Bottom Line?

Closed doors1 300x197There’s something to be said for the modern work environment dominated by flexible desk spaces and cozy, inviting seating. Communication and collaboration between members of a team is far more likely when people are in close proximity of one another versus when staffers are in individual offices behind closed doors. Read more...

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