Top 10 Cybersecurity Tips

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 5, 2015
October is Cybersecurity Awarenes sMonth! Is your business prepared in the event of a cybersecurity breach? Now is the time to take stock of your cybersecurity health, including the importance of securing information through best cybersecurity practices; identifying your risk and the types of cyberthreats; and learning best practices for guarding against cyberthreats. Protect against […]
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The Financials – Friend or Foe?

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 4, 2015
Daily at the SBDC (Small Business Development Center) we have the privilege of working with entrepreneurs from a broad range of industries.  Although the industries may vary, many of the challenges entrepreneurs face are common, no matter what the industry.   One such challenge we often see relates to numbers and financial statements.  When it comes […]
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High Deductible Plans

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 2, 2015
High-deductible insurance plans pose new challenges for medical practices.  The end result is that patient collections are shifting from third-party insurers to medical practices.  This added collection burden spawns other obligations that medical practices might not want to tackle, but in the end will have to face:   Patient Education Most people with high-deductible plans […]
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Successful Entrepreneurship 101: Being less Busy and More Productive

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 2, 2015
Entrepreneurs often profess to be stressed out and “so busy” that they never have time for anything, even their own families and friends. When I ask many of my former clients about leaving their business to their children, many respond that their children don’t want the business. They just don’t want to work the long […]
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13 Tips for a Successful Business

  • Posted by Stacy Johnson
  • On October 1, 2015
Here are 13 tips to help your business grow and succeed.   1. Invoice and collect on a timely basis Don’t forget to check your accounts receivables and aging reports for any balances that are outstanding. If after 30 thirty days you have failed to receive payment, set up a template and a reminder on […]
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The Entrepreneurial DNA and the Keys to Success

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 30, 2015
In the eighteenth century, the typical entrepreneur was defined simply as one who started a business. This definition has over time expanded to include other attributes such as one who is a risk taker as well as one who possess the ability and skills to manage scarce resources.  In today’s global environment, the DNA of […]
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7 Tools From Google to Boost Your Brand

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 21, 2015
Who doesn’t want to boost their brand and elevate your online exposure? Well, you’re in luck! Google offers ginormous selection of tools that make “brand boosting” possible for your small business. While some of these services are well known, others are a bit hidden. Regardless, the major commonality of these tools are that they can be a […]
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New Authority Will Bolster Women-Owned Small Businesses

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 11, 2015
The U.S. Small Business Administration put out a press release today stating the following: WASHINGTON – The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) today issued a final rule authorizing federal agencies to award sole-source contracts to women-owned small businesses eligible for the Woman-Owned Small Business (WOSB) Federal Contract Program. Effective October 14, 2015, the rule levels […]
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Finding the Cash You Need for Your Business

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 10, 2015
Cash is the life blood of any business, large or small. Like an elite athlete requiring a gulp of oxygen to finish the drill, most businesses need outside sources of cash for top performance – to purchase equipment, enter new markets, or meet payroll. If you need cash to start or grow, what are the options? Equity investment is […]
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Let’s Help Banks Help Us

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 10, 2015
In working with many small businesses in the middle Georgia area on a daily basis, I hear recurring questions. The most popular ones seem to be “Why can’t I get a loan?” Or “Why won’t my bank approve my request?” From that, it usually becomes, “My bank doesn’t want my business anymore,” or “This bank […]
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