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July 26, 2022

Tips to Help Win More Proposals

You have landed the opportunity to present your proposal to a prospective new client.  You should always have a game-plan and the following preparatory and presentation tips should help tip the scales in your favor. Do the proper research. Learn as much about the prospective client before meeting as you can.  “Google is your friend.” 

April 25, 2022

How to Be a Creative Entrepreneur

There’s a great line in Alice in Wonderland when the Queen says, “Sometimes I think of 6 impossible things before breakfast.” I think you’ll agree that this has to be creativity at its best! As a small business owner this is an ideal you really need to strive for … but how on earth can

March 22, 2022

How to Get a Patent

Have you invented the next big thing?  Built a better mousetrap?  If you invent or discover a new and useful “process, machine, manufacture, or composition thereof” you can apply for a federal patent to protect your invention from being used by others without your permission. Do you remember the first video arcade game, Pong? Invented

February 21, 2022

Excellence is Never an Accident

“Excellence is never an accident; it is always the result of high intention, sincere effort, intelligent direction, skillful execution and the vision to see obstacles as opportunities.” The above anonymous quote was displayed prominently in an office, where, oddly enough, it seemed to attract very little attention. In any case, it has made enough of

January 27, 2022

4 Styles of Leadership

Capable leadership is one of the most important traits of a successful business owner, manager or executive.  However, different circumstances call for different management styles.  This article discusses four basic types:  Directive, Participative, Laissez-faire and Adaptive.  Directive: This is the perhaps the oldest form and is relatively autocratic.  Someone using a directive style tells people

October 26, 2021

Nothing Stays the Same – Be the Gardener

Nothing ever stays the same. On the one hand we despise change yet on the other we don’t want to stagnate and become boring. Yet our habits keep us locked into a course of action day after day, year after year. The way we think, the way we behave, the way we experience things, the

September 29, 2021

8 BIG Small Business Mistakes

Here’s an interesting notion: Do you realize that there are mistakes you can make at various stages of your business’ growth that can be slowly killing it for months or even years if you don’t watch for them? Well, these mistakes do exist, and they are not just reserved for the rookie companies. Many working

September 17, 2021

Innovation is a State of Mind

You probably know the myth of innovation as a sudden flash of insight that comes from nowhere. We read about that “aha” moment, or that light bulb turning on in the mind of some inventor or innovator, and this is true to an extent. Einstein really did get flashes of insight while shaving in the

Impulse Buy
August 23, 2021

Impulse Buys

  What Are Impulse Buys? We most commonly associate impulse buying in the traditional retail setting.  Typically, impulse items are those small pieces of merchandise that crowd the retail sales check out area and aisle ways.  They include candy bars, batteries, magazines, salty snacks, cold soda pops and other beverages, and other assorted items.  These

August 10, 2021

Adapting to the Pandemic – What Comes Next?

The Covid-19 pandemic forced many small businesses to become resourceful and innovative about how they conducted business.  While we are all still on the road to recovery, some of the hybrid business models used to adapt that came from necessity may be here to stay.  Below are four ways small businesses adapted in response to