Top 10 Tips for Business Planning

I was asked once again for my 10 top tips on business planning. I can’t do that without noting the different uses of business...

Small Biz Interviews: A Passion for Pencils

The archetype of a pencil is fairly standard in the American mind—yellow, with a dark pink eraser nub, number 2 (and often required for standardized...

Thinking of Starting a Business? Don’t Rely Too Much on the Advice of Others

Everyone has advice. Sometimes it is good advice, sometimes not so much. Advice can be a great thing in many aspects of life, including...

10 Obstacles to Product Adoption That Kill Businesses

When entrepreneurs introduce new products to the market, their passion and conviction often leads them to assume that every potential customer will see the...

Narrow Your Focus

As you begin to look to at your marketing plan for the coming year, I’d like to suggest you adopt a theme of “narrow and deep”...

Half of New Businesses Don’t Survive the First 5 Years: Don’t Be One of...

At one time or another, most of us have thought about starting a business. The temptation of being your own boss, making your own...

7 Keys to Making a Micro-Business Your Success Path

In the last few years, I’ve heard more and more about a new type of small business, called a “micro-business” (or micro-enterprise). These are...

How Kickstarter Can Give You New Business Ideas

Before I explain the theory behind this idea, as a bit of a disclaimer I do enjoy prowling through Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Largely out...

Yelp Killed the “Soft Opening”—What Can You Do About It?

I have a friend who spent most of his life in California. He lives in Tennessee now and loves it, but he’s always on...

Do It Right the First Time: 7 Tips to Take Your Startup to the...

Startups can experience tremendous growth when the owners make the right decisions early on. Here is a checklist for entrepreneurs who wants to take...

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