Articles on: Small Business

Business from a bug’s perspective…

Chris is spending a couple of weeks with family in Montana – which inspired this week’s blog post. In a bug’s world, the Pine Bark Beetle may be considered a larger insect. But when you compare them to the great pine tree forests out west, at best, they are minuscule in size. Considering the size […]

25 Great pieces of Advice for Start-ups

From the Kauffman Foundation’s Sketchbook – Three Things! This week we are celebrating the 3rd annual Global Entrepreneurship Week, started by our hometown Kauffman Foundation.  With all the focus on generating great ideas and starting up businesses, I wanted to pass along some great advice from business owners and entrepreneurs who made their jump in […]

Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt

photo by Tub Gurnard  I came across three different blog entries today that loosely (alright…very loosely) fell under a convenient category of Fear, Uncertainty and Doubt (FUD – which according to Wikipedia here was first coined by Gene Amdahl after leaving IBM to describe the Big Blue sales approach.) Anyway, as someone that’s observed a […]

Are you on the Marketing Fast Track?

photo by Amnemona There are a lot of great ways to market your business, but a lot of really effective, inexpensive marketing ideas are related to networking. In the book Endless Referrals by Bob Burg, Networking is defined as follows: The cultivating of mutually beneficial, give and take, win-win relationships. The first couple of steps […]

8 keys to Business Success (or how to stand out in your field)

Photo by Hamed Saber I’ve been thinking a lot recently about a workshop that I’m pulling together that will help small business owners build on their success.  As you know, running a small business is really complicated. There are a lot of hats involved.  Marketing, Sales, Finance, Leadership – and that’s just the stuff you […]

Have you referred anyone today?

Networking is a tough thing to do – or at least it’s tough to do well.  If you were to look at the whole thing objectively, the primary reason to network is to benefit yourself or your business.  After all you want to grow your business, that’s the point. However, the catch-22 is that if […]