Posts Tagged ‘smallbiz’

Small Business and Startups: Thinking About Business Plans (again)

Mike | January 13th, 2014

I am thinking about starting a new business and beginning to focus on planning, financing, marketing, launching and operating the thing. I have already done a fair amount of market research and determined that there is a demand for it, created a spreadsheet with financial projections that I am confident in, put together a bunch of […]

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Small business and the Affordable Care Act: It’s Here!

Mike | January 6th, 2014

About six months ago, I wrote in a post here reasons why Obamacare could prove helpful to small businesses and startups. This past summer the Supreme Court determined that the Affordable Care Act of 2010 (dba Obamacare) was indeed constitutional and could proceed to implementation. And, despite the god-awful rollout of the Healthcare.gov website, last week saw […]

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New Years Resolutions For Small Businesses and Startups

Mike | December 30th, 2013

I love New Years Day. It is a day to look back on the year just past and then quick pivot to anticipate the year to come. It is about summing up and also about new beginnings; it is a time for reflection as well as planning. This makes New Years day a dynamic and […]

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Breaking the Ice: Things Entrepreneurs Can Learn From Jay Leno

Mike | December 16th, 2013

This is the season of holiday parties, get-togethers, casual drinks with colleagues, and networking events galore. It is highly likely, nay inevitable, that you will find yourself at some event, chatting with somebody who you may not know well or may not even know at all. This is where your networking prowess should kick in, […]

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Small Business and Startups: Give Thanks (and Coupons)

Mike | December 9th, 2013

Holidays are upon us, folks and it’s time to give thanks. every business large and small owes a debt to those who have helped over the year and there is no better time to gift than now: your investors and lenders deserve a note, a bottle of wine or other small token to show your […]

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Small Business and Startups: Where to Learn

Mike | December 2nd, 2013

Resources for entrepreneurs are widely available and easy to access, but you need to know where to look and who to visit. First time entrepreneurs in particular have tons of questions and hunger for mentors, confidants, cronies, and fellow travelers. Anyone with an idea for a business can find a place to turn, an article […]

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Small Business and Startups: End-of-Year Mishegoss, 2013!

Mike | November 25th, 2013

Every year I have to sit you down and explain to you the importance of preparing for the end of year madness that every small business is required to experience. There is a ton of work to be done, myriad details to attend, and fun that must be had; this I need like a loch in […]

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The Right Tool For The Job

Ross | November 19th, 2013

A few days ago, my son and I replaced an old, leaky faucet in our laundry room. We planned on 90 minutes, but we ran into a problem and ended up spending more than four hours to replace the faucet. Our struggle with the faucet reminded me about the importance of having and using the […]

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The Pricing Dilemma: Finding the Right Balance

Mike | November 18th, 2013

There is a tension inherent in the relationship between a business and its customers when it comes to pricing of a product or service. Customers look at prices with a complex eye in determining whether the tradeoff between cost and value is a fair one for them to make. The value proposition that your business […]

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Customer Service and a Culture of Helping

Mike | November 4th, 2013

“Thanks for contacting us with your question.  We’ll reply within 3 business days.” When people discuss the “helping” careers, they are usually referring to honorable fields such as social work, teaching, and psychotherapy. Rarely does selling shoes come into the mix. Yet Zappos has built an online empire, growing in little more than a dozen years […]

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