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Many business owners have had to tighten their belts in the past few years and bootstrapping has become a hot topic. In fact, a Google search of the phrase “business bootstrap” showed more than 3 million entries. For those of you who didn’t grow up hearing about people “pulling themselves up by their bootstraps,” the… Continue Reading In hard times, bootstrap to conserve your cash

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SpectWare owners Eric and Tabitha Skinner were en route to the biggest construction expo in the country and their stomachs were in knots. They were about to debut their new crane inspection management software, SpectWare Pro, to 120,000 experts in the crane and rigging industry at the March 2011 ConExpo in Las Vegas. Everything they… Continue Reading Crane software sees lift in national business

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I think about “it” every day, but I just can’t seem to get “it” done. I know how important “it” is to my business, but I just can’t seem to get around to “it.” I feel stressed because “it” is hanging over my head. If you’re like most business owners, you’ve got an “It.” We… Continue Reading There are different ways to go about getting “It” done

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‘How to Get Out of Your Own Way’ By Tyrese Gibson Grand Central Publishing$24.99 275 pages They say the economy’s getting better. They say things are looking up, that business is starting to recover. But they couldn’t prove it to you. For months now, you’ve been spinning your wheels in the sand, your dreams on… Continue Reading Book Review: ‘How to Get Out of Your Own Way’

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The more things change, the more they seem to stay the same. About 10 years ago, I wrote in my book Building Trust at the Speed of Change that: “We…find ourselves at the mercy of forces beyond our control… we have lost a sense of community. We now live in a virtual workspace where relationships… Continue Reading There’ll be times of despair, times of hope

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The thermometer on the giant coffee roaster at Gold Hill Java Downtown coffee shop is broken. But, this is of no concern to roast master and coffee shop owner Paul Clarkson. He knows his beans and he knows how they smell when they are roasted to perfection. Once a week, he fires up the bean… Continue Reading Gold Hill moves coffee, roasting operation downtown

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Terry and Jennie Henderson, owners of Boulder Street Gallery, refuse to participate in the economic recession. That’s their mantra. Every day they open their shop, which is actually located on Tejon Street, and imagine new ways to defy the lagging economy. And that’s exactly what they’ve done. They’ve expanded the business from a custom framing… Continue Reading Boulder Street Gallery connecting government with art

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Unless you live under a rock, you’re familiar with social media. Everywhere you turn, people are LinkedIn, Facebooked, Twittered and blogged. Virtually anyone involved with modern marketing will tell you it’s a must-do for business. But is it? Clients frequently ask what they should be doing in this area and the answer is almost always… Continue Reading Social media a big help or monumental waste of time?

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Best practices for changing a culture

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If you have moved from one organization to another anytime in your career, you know that every company has its own unique culture. Culture is defined as the beliefs, values, norms, and attitudes that form a group’s patterns of thought and action. Put another way, culture can be thought of as “unwritten rules about the… Continue Reading Best practices for changing a culture

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Take care when taking on a partner

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“Give me golf clubs, fresh air and a beautiful partner, and you can keep the clubs and the fresh air.” — Jack Benny. A terrific life partner is a beautiful thing and that’s also true of business partnerships. The challenges are also pretty much the same — making sure you’re actually getting a great partner… Continue Reading Take care when taking on a partner

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