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How’s That New Year’s Resolution Going?

Work on business goals instead If you go to the gym, you may have noticed that there are less people there than the first week of January, and classes have dwindled down to the “regulars” once again… it seems like many “fitness” resolutions fizzled out. Big surprise. This happens every year. What about you? Did [...]

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Lemonade Stand, Business Lessons

Lessons Learned from a Childhood Lemonade Stand

Small towns are inherently entrepreneurial. Family owned businesses support the local community rather than the typical big city retail chains. I grew up in a small rural community with approximately 2000 people at the time of my childhood. Large stores and restaurants simply did not exist. The closest grocery store was approximately 40 minutes away. [...]

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Money

3 Quick Content Tips to Boost Sales this Year

Want to start 2014 with some great content for your customers? It’s the beginning of 2014, and that means potential customers are looking for new content and information to help them reach new goals. What kind of content are you providing? By offering valuable information your target, audience members can actually use, you’ll earn credibility [...]

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Business Leader

Where Did My Business Model Go?

In 1942 Joseph Schumpeter in his work entitled “Capitalism, Socialism and Democracy” coined the phrase “Creative Destruction” defined as a “process of industrial mutation that incessantly revolutionizes the economic structure from within, incessantly destroying the old one, incessantly creating a new one.” Once again this concept is gaining popularity and being quoted by economist as [...]

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Money

How Much Should Content Cost?

Find The Right Writer for Your Needs How much should you pay for someone to write your content? Many business owners ask me this question, and there are three, main things you should consider to find the right writer. 3 Quick Tips to Find the Right Writer 1. Specify Your Goals. What are your overall [...]

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local marketing

Local Marketing in 2014: 3 Tips to Thrive on Main Street

Brick and mortar retail may have lost its strength in recent years with the dominance of digital giants like Amazon, but local services on main street are alive and well. Hundreds of billions of dollars are spent every year in the U.S. at local businesses like hair salons, spas and even yoga studios, and those numbers [...]

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Business Ideas

2014 Response Expo Offers Great Opportunity for Inventors

If you’re an inventor with a potential “As Seen On TV” product, consider exhibiting at the 2014 Response Expo – one of the best trade shows for inventors in the Direct Response Television (DRTV) industry. A booth at the Response Expo “Inventors Pavilion” brings the right people directly to you, all in one place over [...]

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Small Business Success | Company Performance

Four Steps to Improve your Company’s Performance in 2014

1. Know your Financials Companies are dynamic organizations with a myriad of business functions occurring simultaneously. In order for the company to grow, each business function must operate collectively to produce an output in excess of the input. Gross Profit, Net Profit and Cash Flow monitor these relationships. They provide vital information about the health [...]

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Business Planning | Strategic Planning

Business Planning for 2014. Five Reasons Strategic Plans Fail.

Most organizations fail on strategy execution, not formation. Setting unrealistic expectations, including initiatives, measurements and milestones is one of the major causes of failure. The remaining most common reasons for failure are: lack of discipline and planning, rigidity- not allotting for situational shifts, lack of understanding and lack of buy-in or company-wide implementation. Lack of [...]

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Small business public relations

Small Business Public Relations is Not Small

Think Big for Bigger Results. If you are an entrepreneur, you may be looking for “small business public relations.” But the truth is, public relations strategies and tactics are the same for large corporations as they are for small business owners. You both have specific business goals, targeted media members to pursue and the need [...]

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International Home Housewares Show

Should You Exhibit at the International Home + Housewares Show “Inventors Corner”?

The International Home + Housewares Show with roots dating back to 1906, has earned its reputation as the best venue for companies to introduce their housewares-related products to the Industry. The Show is the largest housewares-only fair in the world, boasting over 60,000 home goods professionals in attendance with over 20,000 buyers. Of particular interest [...]

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Strategy

Planning Your Company’s Growth

In order to survive long-term, companies must develop a unique and sustainable competitive advantage—what will set your company apart from your competitors. Additionally, independent of size or time in business, companies have limited resources for deployment and must determine how best to invest scarce resources. The main resources are human capital (the people and their [...]

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Improve Employee Energy and Productivity with these Tips from Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D.

Employee Energy is Key to Small Business Success An Interview with Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D. of eePulse, Inc. Theresa Welbourne, Ph.D. decided to take her research on employee energy and firm performance and turn it into a technology business to help organizations improve productivity. In the process, her company, eePulse, Inc, www.eepulse.com, grew and became successful [...]

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Create a Selling Organization

Argumentatively sales is the lifeblood of a company. However, if not properly staffed and managed the sales department can also be a liability. In smaller organizations, the sales department is often understaffed, consisting of the owners and possibly one or two other individuals. This creates a company dependency on just a few key individuals. Moreover, [...]

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Blogging

Blogging Does Not Need to Be a Hassle!

3 Ways to Write a Killer Blog in Minutes You know you need a blog. Your competitors have one, and you know it’s a great way to provide insights and valuable information to your target market. You actually wrote a few blog entries… several months ago. And then, well, other priorities just came up. No [...]

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College Dropout Starts Private Money Blueprint

Successful Real Estate Investor Now Educates Others Recently, I received an e-mail from Patrick Riddle of Private Money Blueprint, www.privatemoneyblueprint.com, talking about his history of dropping out of school to pursue a new dream of becoming a real estate investor. Like some of the top business owners in the country, Patrick made his entrepreneurial dreams [...]

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Competitive Advantage

“Secret” Tactics to Beat the Competition

I don’t know about you, but I deal with many kinds of people on a weekly basis. Some are hard-core sales people trying to push their products on me. Others are telemarketers, young interns, people who have been on the job far too long, etc. who really don’t like their job and are just going [...]

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Are your Financial Relationships in Harmony?

Companies are dynamic organizations with a myriad of business functions occurring simultaneously. In order for a company to grow, business functions must operate synergistically to produce an output that is in excess of the input. For example, sales must be higher than the cost to produce. The difference between the selling price and the price [...]

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