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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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www.eepulse.com

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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Incrrease sales

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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Incrrease sales

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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Hope in Business

Take Action on Scary, Month-End Sales Numbers

Are Your Sales Numbers Frightening? It’s Halloween so things are pretty scary out there. But if you are looking at low sales numbers as the end of the month grows near, that can be darn right terrifying! If this sounds familiar, I’ve got a few helpful tips for you. First of all, are you giving [...]

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Hope in Business

Avoid This 4-Letter Word in Business

 If you use this word as a crutch, your PR, SEO content strategy and marketing efforts can suffer! There are a host of frightful decorations and haunted houses popping up, and the busy, holiday season is already here. Yikes! This is scary stuff. But there is no reason to fear… unless… you use this four-letter [...]

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Does scalability really matter to a small business entrepreneur?

The use of the term scalability in business discussions has always amused me. In meetings with investors, I would watch the excitement escalate to an almost euphoric level. A common occurrence when investors and entrepreneurs meet to discuss business ideals. Just as the participants were ready to pop open the champagne bottle someone would exclaim, [...]

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Couponing

Reality TV Entrepreneur Starts Quick Couponing

How a Mother of Four Turned her Quest for Saving into a New Business If you are a struggling entrepreneur who is trying to take care of your family, save money and be a rock star business owner, you’ll love this story. Meet Pamela Davis. When her grocery bills skyrocketed, she decided to do something [...]

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Business Writing

I Need Writing Help! Sound Familiar?

Take Advantage of Content Management – Even without a Budget! If you are a business owner, you know the importance of content marketing and SEO, or search engine optimization. It helps you: Provide value to customers and the search engines. Stand out from the competition. Build customer word-of-mouth. Boost credibility and sales and more! Who [...]

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SEO

SEO Pays Off For New Business Owner

Meet Robin Kuriakose of Direct BS/MD Programs After applying and being accepted into medical school, Robin Kuriakose saw a need to help others go through this difficult process. With this in mind, he started Direct BS/MD Programs, www.directbsmd.com, while going to school and working. He recently shared some of his tips with me on how SEO [...]

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Enjoy Summer More by Outsourcing

Hire Outside Experts to Boost Sales Summer is flying by and August is here. With this in mind, what are you doing to make your life easier during these warmer months? As a business owner, it’s easy to want to control every aspect of your business. But you can actually save time and accomplish more [...]

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