SpikeTV and SCORE Offer New Resource for Food Entrepreneurs

SpikeTV —  which just launched its Sunday night series “Bar Rescue” — and SCORE the non-profit small business mentoring association, have customized a toolkit called “Serve Up Success” available free of charge at http://www.score.org/restaurants/spike-tv-serve-up-success   in order to help aspiring entrepreneurs and struggling businesses find success despite this challenging economic climate. The toolkit is particularly timely as … Continue reading

Expert Tips on Raising Capital

Richard Singer, co-founder and CEO of RaiseCapital.com and RaiseCapital TV, both outlets for entrepreneurs with start-ups, or existing businesses, to connect and share ideas with an array of investors regardless of geographic location, says that besides a killer business plan and concept, there are keys to attracting funding. He shares a few tips for success: … Continue reading

Women – Time to Take The Plunge

There are more women entrepreneurs in the U.S. today than ever before, but until the recent worldwide financial crisis, it was still a different set of rules for women than for men. Can women entrepreneurs come out of the global recession having reset those rules? Absolutely! Before the onset of this economic breakdown, women entrepreneurs … Continue reading

Free Learning Tools to Make Your Business More Tech Savvy

It’s astounding how many fantastic free resources are made available by some of the big technology vendors out there.  It’s even more astounding to discover how many people fail to utilise, or even know about, these resources! So in this post, let me introduce you to a couple of resources you never knew about.  These … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons To Start Your Business In A Down Economy

Everything is cheaper – From raw materials to real estate, these are the lowest prices you’ll see. You can hire more and better-qualified people – Obviously… People are looking to change suppliers if they can find one offering a better product or service for a lower price. Ownership equals tax incentives related to business deductions … Continue reading

Don’t Rely on your IT Guy

My heading might appear to be a strange statement to make considering I run an IT company.  But I stand by it.  Let me explain:  Many small businesses I come across are initially hesitant to meet with me or my staff.  “But we already have an IT guy”, they declare.  And indeed they do;  It’s … Continue reading

Website Budget versus Marketing Budget?

This is going to be a relatively short post, but one that hopefully inspires some long thoughts on the topic. A Website should complement your marketing plan, a Website by itself is not a marketing plan. With that said……. In my humble opinion, when you are budgeting for a Website, always spend more time and money … Continue reading

Top 10 Most Common Mistakes that Entrepreneurs Make

No Business Plan – If you rely on instinct to guide your business instead of a written plan, you’re headed for trouble. A plan helps you see where your company is, where it’s going, why and how you’re doing along the way. 2. No Sales Plan – Without a sales plan, you lack the ability … Continue reading

Four Ways To Determine If a Candidate Is a Good Fit For Your Company

Wouldn’t it be nice to ask one question that uncovers at least four areas of your candidate’s general personality, giving you an idea of their overall behaviors, traits and values? Well, you can. On your next interview, guide the conversation towards personality and ask, “Tell me about a time when a co-worker gave you advice.” … Continue reading

Turning Your Idea in to a Business – Fast!

How many of us are full of great business ideas?  I know I am.  Laying in bed late at night I’ve solved global problems and brought to market cutting edge products and services – all in my head.  Without so much as a fleeting thought about a real plan, I’m already dreaming of the luxury … Continue reading

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan – Part One

You have a GREAT idea for a new business – one that you’re convinced will be the next BIG thing and your raring to go. But wait – an advisor you respect and trust has told you that you MUST have a Business Plan before you proceed. Do you listen to her? Here are my … Continue reading

Making Time to Network

If you consider yourself serious about growing your business through networking, you should ask yourself: 1. How much time will I dedicate to networking each week? 2. What % of my marketing budget will I dedicate to word of mouth? 3. How many meals each week will I eat with someone else? 4. How many … Continue reading

Become a Catalyst

In networking, there are 3 kinds of people – those who wait and watch for things to happen, those who make things happen, and those who wonder what the heck just happened. A catalyst is one who makes things happen. Without a catalyst, there is no spark and nothing much gets done. There are 3 … Continue reading

Effective Communication…

Everyone wants to be heard – so why is it so difficult for us to listen? Perhaps it goes back to our early education where most of the focus is on reading and writing, a little focus on speaking, and virtually no focus on effective listening skills – taking notes doesn’t get it. One thing … Continue reading

Goals and Accountability

They go hand in hand – Goals describe the desired outcome or achievement – accountability makes it measurable, verifiable, and public. Why should one be accountable after setting a goal? Isn’t it enough to say to yourself “I’m going to … by the end of the week/month/year? No – it’s not enough. You know the … Continue reading

Leadership Styles – There’s More Than Just One!

Many managers mistakenly assume that leadership style is based on personality rather than choice. Instead of choosing the one style that suits their temperament, they should ask which style best addresses the demands of a particular situation. There are six basic leadership styles. Each derives from different emotional intelligence competencies, works best in particular situations, … Continue reading

How to Work With Friends and Family

OK – you’ve seen this before. You hired a friend because she needed a job and you had a position open. You reasoned that the personal relationship would make it easier because the trust was there and you’ve always liked her. Two months later, it’s a very different picture. Down the street, it’s a similar … Continue reading