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Getting the kinks out

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Imagine a nice piece of lumber — strong and dry, ready to be of service in any construction project. It’s strong, and it will be strong every day. Good ol’ reliable lumber. Now cut that lumber on an angle and add a bracing plate. It’s still strong, but it’s not as strong. Now replace the… Continue Reading Getting the kinks out

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Entrepreneurs have the courage and ability to seek out, identify and capitalize on opportunities. At the same time, of course, entrepreneurship is not easy. It comes with assorted challenges, like staying focused on the customer, finding the right employees, keeping costs under control, innovating, gaining access to necessary credit and capital, and dealing with government.… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that works, Part II: Crowdfunding

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Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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Warren Buffett is super-rich, one of our American billionaires who is ready to exit stage left. As he’s planning to depart, he has given the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation the responsibility of disposing of his billions for good causes. Delegating is an art, not a science, and Buffett seems to be masterful at finding… Continue Reading Warren Buffet and our Regional Building Dept.

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I was recently in a client’s office and observed a supervisor asking one of his direct reports, “Can I give you some feedback?” The supervisor had a smile on his face, his body language was open, and I thought his motives appeared sincere. The direct report initially seemed happy, but once the question was asked… Continue Reading Feedback & feedforward: effective leadership tools

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You hear a lot about work/life/balance these days. In fact, a Google search on that combination of words yields more than 36,000,000 results. People are busy and none more so than business owners. Busy entrepreneurs have to balance running their companies with having quality family and personal time, taking care of their health, and simply… Continue Reading Life, work, family — How full are your tanks?

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Book Review: “The End of Money”

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by David Wolman, c.2012, Da Capo It was hardly worth picking up. Yep, there was once a time when that penny you spotted on the pavement was worth something more than just one cent. You could buy lots of things for a penny back then, and saving them was rewarding on many levels. Now they’re… Continue Reading Book Review: “The End of Money”

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Is Congress capable of broad bipartisanship that would benefit the economy and the nation? Amazing as it might seem these days, the House of Representatives recently showed that constructive bipartisanship is possible. Consider the Private Property Rights Protection Act (H.R. 1433). Jim Sensenbrenner is a conservative Republican member of the U.S. House of Representatives from… Continue Reading Congressional bipartisanship that makes sense, Part 1 of 2

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SBA: Customers want green

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Green dry cleaners, Green energy. Green puppy food. Green car washes. Green wall paints. Green grease removal. Green: It’s everywhere. It’s taught in the first grade. It’s at the center of many corporate manufacturing and marketing policies. And whether you believe in climate change or still have doubts, consumers are now demanding GREEN. Adopting environmentally… Continue Reading SBA: Customers want green

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There’s an old expression in business that “cash is king” and it’s so true. Cash is the lifeblood of any business because you can’t operate without it. In recent years, cash flow has consistently been listed as one of the top reasons why businesses fail, although that may be improving according to The Gallup Economy… Continue Reading Give yourself advantage by projecting weekly cash flow

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2012 is the year of the website redesign. After three years of conservative spending on websites, this year we’ve seen an explosion of activity. I am assuming this is because businesses have realized three things; first, Facebook is not going to replace the corporate website as a medium. Second, the recession is getting better and… Continue Reading How to keep your Web designer from killing you

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