Nov. 23 2010
BIG FAMILY MANUFACTURING, Inc., had been struggling for some time to find the best direction to take for its mid-market, family manufacturing business, employing close to 100 people...
Nov. 23 2010
Bidding is the fight for your livelihood. Every time you bid a job, you put your company at risk. When the job is done, will there be enough to pay the bills and put money in your pocket?...
Aug. 19 2010
...Have your tools grown feet and walked out the door? ...Has your company gas bill doubled since last month? ..Does it take more time for your crews to finish work than it should? ...Are you ordering supplies...
July 13 2010
If you’re a small business owner and have weathered this economic downturn, you’re probably no stranger to tough decisions. Forget new copy and coffee machines for the office...
May 19 2010
By far, the most appealing of the four is freezing salaries. The problem is, no hard working employee wants to hear the words “Times are tough...
May 19 2010
Consider the story of Amanda, whose husband Tory was hit by a drunken driver while riding his motorcycle. Even though she had worked in their business, she was totally unprepared to replace Tory as its...
April 19 2010
Spring is here and the season is beginning. What are you doing to jump-start your business? Are you thinking to yourself, “What can I do to generate more revenue?...
March 16 2010
TAX TIME. It’s that time of year when some small business owners are scratching their heads wondering, “Should I have done things differently?"...
Jan. 18 2010
“Don’t work harder - works smarter” really has become a cliche. But cliches usually contain at least a kernel of truth. ...
Dec. 23 2009
SUCCESS DOESN’T HAPPEN BY accident. It has nothing to do with luck. It’s not a magic pill someone swallows or a wand someone waves which immediately manifests a revolutionary change in status...
Nov. 16 2009
A well-run office keeps customers happy and informed. It facilitates smooth scheduling and helps ensure you’re getting paid for all the work you do. Better yet, it can make it easier for you to do...
Aug. 14 2009
You may be questioning whether the American Dream, and the infinite promise it holds, is still a reality. In today’s day and age, with the economic crisis looming, doubts like this are not uncommon....
July 18 2009
In the face of economic stress, people react in different ways. Some hunker down, count their dollars, and do everything they can to hold onto what they have. Others do more; they look for opportunities
June 15 2009
The H-2B program was designed to legally and temporarily supply immigrant workers to American industries that struggle with labor shortages, especially those in the service areas (hotels, restaurants)...
April 16 2009
Many busy entrepreneurs get so caught up in day-to-day operations that they sometimes overlook tools that could make running their business a lot easier. Integrated business management software is one of...
April 16 2009
Having been involved in the green industry for more than 30 years, I am hard pressed to remember a time so difficult for our industry. In particular, we are facing a very challenging economy...
March 17 2009
You know the type. Maybe you are one. The manager who arrives in the morning before sunrise, who works through lunch and stays until 7:00 or 8:00 p.m., or longer. As a society, we often marvel at this...
Dec. 16 2008
STANDARD OPERATING PROCEDURES (SOPs) are the lifeblood of any successful company and should be developed for every process in your business. You should have procedures for everything from hiring new employees...
Nov. 11 2008
ABOUT NINE YEARS AGO, DALE VON Dohren, owner of San Jose, California- based Landmark Landscapes, had a successful woodworking business. Then he saw an opportunity in the landscaping business and decided...
Oct. 17 2008
Publicity can come from anywhere and in many different forms. It can be as simple as having a letter published in the editorial column of your local paper, or as dynamic as having a front-page article with...

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