Who Will Bail You Out?

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 9, 2015
The word “bailout” has become a virtual household jargon considering the recent decision by congress to bailout the crippling U.S financial market. As specifics of the bailout provisions trickle down to the average “Joe the Plumber,” it is critical that small business owner start thinking about their own bailout plan. The million dollar question is, […]
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Choosing the Right Accountant for Your Small Business

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 9, 2015
As with any key employee, choosing the right accountant for your small business is one of the most important hiring decisions you can make. The fact is that access to accurate and timely financial information can mean the difference between success and failure. Unfortunately, many small business owners do not consider selecting their accountant to […]
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Keep Score in Your Business with Financial Dashboard Reports

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 9, 2015
While talking with a group of friends, a novice golfer claimed that he had more fun playing golf when he didn’t keep score. Many small business owners may feel the same way about their finances. Often they are afraid to keep score, afraid of what the numbers may say. Ultimately, it’s just more comfortable to […]
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Customer Service is Easy Money

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 9, 2015
It’s gone! It has disappeared! It doesn’t exist anymore! “It” is customer service, or just plain service. Calling it nonexistent is a little bit of stretch, because there are still some companies that do practice this art, but there are a lot fewer than there used to be. That’s sad for two reasons: Lack of […]
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Defining Customer Service

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On February 9, 2015
When I work with s mall business owners on marketing issues, they invariably state that they provide “excellent customer service” as one of their unique selling points. The benefits of superior service are clear: loyal customers, more sales, and increased market share are among t he many gains for businesses with a positive service culture. […]
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GrowSmart

  • Posted by Marketing Intern
  • On January 8, 2015
Whether you’ve been in business for twenty years or two years, SBDC GrowSmart™ can align your vision for your business with the steps to get you there. Create a framework to improve the performance of your business and shape the success of your business for years to come. Work ON your business, not just IN […]
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Should I Buy a Franchise? What to Consider.

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On December 19, 2014
If you’re thinking about buying a franchise, it’s important to understand the franchise system and then decide whether you will be happy operating a business within that system. This is by no means a complete list, but here are some important things to consider. Buying a franchise means you are buying a proven system. You […]
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Small Businesses May Be Flying Blind?

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On September 10, 2012
You are taxiing out to the runway. The pilot’s voice comes over the intercom, “Welcome aboard. For today’s flight there will be high winds and poor visibility. Expect strong turbulence.” You tighten your seatbelt and prepare for flight, but you’re not worried. You simply focus on those tropical drinks waiting at your destination. Sitting at […]
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