Now Is the Time to Lead

Now Is the Time to Lead

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On September 1, 2011
I remember reading a quote that said “it is not necessarily the best or the brightest people who succeed but the ones that are most adaptable to change who succeed.” There is no doubt that in this current economy, it will be the adaptable business owners that succeed. If you are looking in your rear-view […]
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10 Tips on Ways to Grow Your Business

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 30, 2011
Small business owners often wonder what they can do to grow their business, especially in tough economic times. It can sometimes be difficult to come up with new ideas. Here are tips on how to find ways to grow your business. 1. Employee suggestions: Employees can be a wonderful source of information about what is […]
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Strategic Planning For Growth

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 25, 2011
Small-business owners who want to have a lasting, successful, growing business need to develop a strategic plan. Strategic plans focus on a future vision for the company that looks at how to position and manage the business for long-term growth. It can be difficult for small-business owners to do long-term strategic planning when they are […]
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Employees Are Your Most Important Asset

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 23, 2011
In dealing with small business, the first cry of most small-business owners is about the difficulty of accessing capital. The next cry is about finding and keeping good employees. Without a doubt, good employees are the most valuable asset any company can have. In these tough times, it is important to get the most out […]
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Use Job Description to Hire Right Person

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 18, 2011
“We can’t find any decent employees!” If you own a small business, you can probably relate to the frustration expressed by this statement. But often the real cause of the problem is not matching the right person to the right job. And many small-business owners have trouble defining the job, making it almost impossible to […]
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Strategic planning: A must in today’s environment

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 16, 2011
It seems as if business owners are having a much shorter lead time to react to market forces. If you don’t adapt quickly, you may not be around to make changes later. So how do busy entrepreneurs keep in touch with change? One way is to have a strategic planning process in place that is […]
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Act Now to Prevent Shoplifting

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 11, 2011
Sometimes retail business owners offer their customers free samples of merchandise as part of their promotional efforts. Unfortunately, some customers like to take “free samples” that the shop owner does not know about. This is especially true in a tight economy. It could be some time before the owner realizes the theft. He may not […]
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Successfully Marketing Your Home-based Business

  • Posted by Liz Overstreet
  • On August 5, 2011
Most people who start a home-based business have the ability to “do the job” well, but typically they have never had to market their product or service and frequently end up marketing too little or marketing ineffectively. Home-based businesses are often not visible enough to potential customers. Those who are aware of your business may […]
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Be Prepared When Seeking a Loan

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On July 26, 2011
In tough economic times, small-business owners find it more difficult to access loans for their businesses. But there are still funds available, and banks still want to make loans – they make their money from lending money. The key is how much risk the banker sees when evaluating you and your business. If you are […]
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Leadership in the Workplace — Part II

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On July 21, 2011
In my first article, I explained that after retirement from the Army, I started consulting and my first contract was for a large food distribution center. During my time on-site I saw a number of issues that caused me to realize the majority of their problems were caused by trying to manage people as though […]
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