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  • Think of basketball or soccer. In both of these popular sports, dribbling is what the players do to move the ball in the right direction. It's not the point of the game, it doesn't score baskets or goals, but it's an important skill, right? I think of dribbling as a great analogy for...
    January 24, 2013
  • January is the month when we promise ourselves we will change for the better…we say we will eat better, work out more and spend more time with our loved ones. And by February, we find ourselves right back into our old habits. If you’re really lucky, the holidays may have provided a...
    January 22, 2013
  • Business cards? Didn't those go out with the dinosaurs? Actually, no. In fact, according to an Ipsos poll conducted last fall, business cards are still one of the most effective marketing methods available to small business owners. Surprisingly, 60 percent of the small business owners surveyed...
    January 16, 2013
  • Did you know that a DUNS number is the most widely used number for identifying companies in the United States? Did you also know that suppliers and creditors alike pull a Dun and Bradstreet (D&B) credit check on your business when you apply for credit? Part of establishing a creditworthy...
    January 10, 2013
  • Funny, isn’t it, how the grass tends to look greener from the other side. It’s the same in business as well as in personal affairs. If I look around, I can spot five companies in five minutes that “seem” to be doing better than mine. They appear to have accomplished more,...
    January 08, 2013
  • Will great things finally start to happen in franchising in 2013?Should you become the owner of a franchise business in 2013?What are some of the trends in franchising?Let’s dig in...                  ...
    January 03, 2013
  • The storm that hit the East Coast of the U.S. on October 29 created devastation for individuals and businesses. Many companies were forced to remain closed for days or even longer because of damage to business facilities, employees being unable to get to work due to the failure of public...
    December 21, 2012
  • The other day I had coffee with a former student, now in her late 20s, whose first taste of startups and entrepreneurship was in a class I used to teach at the University of Oregon. The class included—of course—a hard look at cash flow and business numbers. But she told me she had no...
    December 19, 2012
  • Now that 2012 is wrapping up, we have the opportunity to take a breath, evaluate where the year has taken us in relation to our business goals and create a game plan for how we will move forward towards success in the new year. A business mentor may just be the perfect means to helping you create...
    December 17, 2012
  •   Do you think it’s too late to attract holiday shoppers into your business? Whether you’re a retailer, a restaurant or a service provider such as a spa or hair salon, there are still plenty of holiday dollars to be had. The spending doesn’t stop after Christmas, either...
    December 14, 2012

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