Financial Projections Expand and Support a Savannah Tradition

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On September 13, 2016
By all accounts, the Gretchen Greene School of Dance is a Savannah tradition. Founded in 1969 by a Savannah native who danced as a Radio City Music Hall Rockette, the school now teaches the children and grandchildren of many an aspiring young ballerina and tap dancer who first graced its studios. So many new young […]
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Using a VRI Analysis for Strategic Planning

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On April 19, 2016
Why do some companies perform better than others in the same industry? A large portion of the answer lies in understanding what sets businesses apart from each other by looking at their resources and capabilities. Being able to identify how businesses that offer similar products or services are different, allows for consumers to distinguish and […]
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Lessons From a Small Business Owner

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On December 15, 2015
There is certainly no shortage of business advice out there, and I read just about everything I come across. But sometimes it leaves me scratching my head and wondering who exactly is the person giving the advice and have they ever actually owned a small business. So as my holiday gift to you, I am […]
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Can You Raise Money through Crowdfunding?

  • Posted by Ashley Panter
  • On October 21, 2015
Although there have been many successes, there is a lot of misunderstanding out there about how crowdfunding may help small businesses. If you are considering crowdfunding, here are some ways to improve your chance of success. See a CPA and attorney Crowdfunding is not free money. The crowd typically gets a “perk” for their contributions. […]
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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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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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Leadership in the Workplace — the Beginning

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On July 8, 2011
When I retired from the Army after 34 years, I decided to do some consulting work, especially to companies involved in the food industry. My last military job was director of the Army’s commissary command (a grocery chain). I was familiar with many of the key players and companies, and I knew I could help […]
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Business Owners vs. Business Leaders

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On July 6, 2011
Many business owners become successful business managers but few grow to the next level – a business leader. I have worked with many small business owners during the past 20 years. I have noticed a path that the small-business owners who become business leaders travel. In fact, there are numerous books on the subject, and […]
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Ongoing Learning Critical

  • Posted by Clare Ursillo
  • On June 30, 2011
There are numerous “entrepreneur quizzes” to help people evaluate their chances of being a successful entrepreneur. Many of the questions deal with personal traits such as innovation, initiative, stamina, risk taking and adaptability. But even if small-business owners have personal traits that match well with the typical traits of a “born entrepreneur,” this does not […]
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