Posts Tagged ‘business advice’

Idea to Implementation: Launching Your Small Business Idea

Idea to Implementation: Launching Your Small Business Idea
Somers L. Martin I meet with entrepreneurs and aspiring small business owners on a regular basis and one of the questions I receive from time to time is, “I have this great idea. How do I get started?” My quick answer to that is to tell the individual to first determine if the idea is a sustainable...
March 13th, 2015 | Chamber Connection | Read More

5 Ways to Increase Your Concept’s Odds for Success

5 Ways to Increase Your Concept’s Odds for Success
It can cost a lot less to start a new company today than it would have cost ten years ago. Advances in technology—cloud computing, online distribution channels, open software, 3D printers, and the “pay as you use” SaaS model—are continuing to drive down the dollars required to get a startup...
October 1st, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More

Four Pillars of Business Growth

Four Pillars of Business Growth
Have you been island hopping recently? No, I don’t mean sitting on the beach, sipping fruity drinks in far off tropical locations. I mean, have you been jumping from one new business idea to the next without a plan to connect the dots? It happens more often than business owners care to admit,...
July 15th, 2014 | Systems for Growth | Read More

Three Things to Consider Before Offering Discounts

Three Things to Consider Before Offering Discounts
As a small business owner, you know that offering discounts or coupons is a great way to get customers in the door. For special holidays or anniversaries, discounts can be a great way to thank your customers for their loyalty to your business. However, there are many aspects of using discounts that you...
June 5th, 2014 | $traight Talk | Read More

It’s All About Communications

It’s All About Communications
“It was impossible to get a conversation going, everybody was talking too much.” – Yogi Berra If the first time potential investors hear about your company is when you are ready to raise capital, you are not ready to raise capital. While you are busy building your prototype and choosing the...
June 4th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More

The Rise of the Intrapreneur: Succeeding Within an Organization

The Rise of the Intrapreneur: Succeeding Within an Organization
There is a certain romanticism to entrepreneurship—the long nights, early mornings, pots of coffee, the determination, the risk and the potential reward—but startup life isn’t always for everyone. For whatever reason you may have for not starting your own company, you are not alone. Perhaps you...
May 29th, 2014 | Tips of the Trade | Read More

Learning from the Right Advisors is Like Getting a Second MBA

Learning from the Right Advisors is Like Getting a Second MBA
“You can observe a lot just by watching.” – Yogi Berra Like the best catchers, successful entrepreneurs watch and learn from every play. There’s no better way to do this than to build a trusted team of advisors and then watch what they do and listen to what they say. What should an entrepreneur...
May 7th, 2014 | Capital Access | Read More

Three Tips to Make Payroll Easier

Three Tips to Make Payroll Easier
In addition to your daily duties as a small business owner, you know that there are many monthly financial tasks, such as doing payroll or logging mileage, that can be time consuming. Whether you’re just starting your business, hiring your first employee or can’t keep up with payroll tax changes,...
April 3rd, 2014 | $traight Talk | Read More