Small business

Small Business Tips: Engaging Customers (Sell, Sell, Sell)

Mike | August 11th, 2014

Last week I wrote about building lasting relationships with your customers and the critical importance of nurturing and maintaining strong ties over time with those most important to the well-being of your business. Today, I thought perhaps we could start from the beginning, with a discussion on how to start those relationships. Perhaps the hardest thing […]

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Small Business Tips: 5 Steps to Building Great Customer Relationships

Mike | August 4th, 2014

You started a business and slowly, surely you have been acquiring new customers. They buy your products, they pay their bills. And they bring you their problems. Not the kind of problems they share at home with their spouse or on the couch with their shrink. Rather they share the problems they have with whatever […]

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Small Business and Startups: 7 Habits of Me

Mike | July 14th, 2014

Steven Covey started it all with his seminal book, “7 Habits of Effective People.” His work has spawned hundreds of blog posts – a quick search turns up the “21 Habits of Successful Entrepreneurs,” and the “7 Habits of Effective Managers,”  even the “10 Habits of Happy Mothers.” All of this exploration of habits and success, […]

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Small Business and Problem-solving: Take a Walk

Mike | July 7th, 2014

Sometimes I wake up in the night thinking about my company. On occasion it can be difficult to get back to sleep, especially when some recently wrestled-with and unresolved issue is nagging at me. My mind gets stuck on a problem or a question and sleep can be elusive from that point forward. I think this […]

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Small Business and Leadership: Thinking About Dad

Mike | June 16th, 2014

I spend a lot of time thinking about leadership and how to encourage the best  from the team. There are thousands of books on the topic, a quick google search on “business leadership” returns 971,000 results and I figure there must be a hundred million or more Tweets posted on the subject. But lately (especially with Father’s Day yesterday) my thoughts have been […]

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Small Business and Startups: What Would You do Differently?

Mike | June 9th, 2014

Mom told us to learn from our mistakes. The world’s great religions teach us that our transgressions will be forgiven. Redemption is all around us every wherever we look, whether as a plot-line in a movie or in the world of politics. Entrepreneurs make mistakes every single day, many of them completely unforced errors. Sometimes these mistakes have a negligible impact on […]

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Content Marketing Will Fail Your Business If You Keep Doing This

Ross | June 3rd, 2014

Content marketing can be a valuable marketing strategy for just about any type of business. By giving your customers and prospects actionable content through great storytelling, you can help your brand increase trust, credibility and ultimately, sales. But there’s an important caveat: the moment a brand tries to push a direct sale through its content […]

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Listen Close: 5 Tips for Small Business and Startups

Mike | June 2nd, 2014

People who run businesses tend to talk. A lot. We chair meetings, we advance our opinion, we write memos, we give marching orders, we articulate strategy, and we manage tactics. We are excellent at communicating our thoughts and wishes. What we don’t do quite as well is listen. As important as it is to be […]

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How Typography Affects Conversions and Sales

Ross | May 21st, 2014

  Do you give much thought to the typography you use on your website or marketing materials? You should! Typography plays an important role in influencing people’s decisions. For example, Tahoma is the most legible font at size 10, Courier is the most legible at size 12 and Arial is the most legible at size […]

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5 Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Superheroes!

Mike | May 19th, 2014

To many people out there (investors, business students, politicians) entrepreneurs are heroes of the first degree. They are lionized, studied, imitated, and held up as shining examples of American ingenuity and creativity. But truly, entrepreneurs are heroes of the second degree. Although their creativity can not be denied, their energy borders on legendary, their resourcefulness […]

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