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Although "disaster preparedness" often triggers images of hurricanes, tornados and floods, there are dozens of "disasters" that have nothing to do with weather which can send your business into a tail spin. But If you have a plan for dealing with them, you can reduce their
So, You Want to Be an Entrepreneur? Starting a small business is a big commitment, and it can be intimidating if you aren’t sure if you’re cut out for it. But successful entrepreneurs share a number of common traits, and, while having these characteristics doesn’t guarantee success, you may have a better chance if
I recently wrote on this blog that some U.S. Millennials are finding student debt a hurdle to their startup plans. But not all of the Millennial generation are letting debt hold them back. A new global study of highly successful, high-net-worth entrepreneurs of different generations spotlights a
It’s been said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results. Unfortunately, too many small business owners are stuck in this trap. Here are some warning signs your business may be in a rut—and ideas for how to change things up. You
Six Good Ways to Shake up Your Business in 2016 Does your small business seem to be on a treadmill? If so, maybe it’s time for a makeover to shake things up in 2016 and get your revenue growing. 
Do you make New Year's resolutions for your business? Every small business can use a little reset from time to time, and there's no better time than the beginning of the year to vow to improve or eliminate the habits that are holding you back. But business resolutions are much like
Ingredients: Poster Board (at least 2’x3’ for display) Assorted magazines, newspapers, calendars,… not necessarily business related, with images Scissors Glue Sticks, tape or pins to affix images A clear mind An open creative workspace Time: 1-2 hours 1
This is the last, but certainly far from the least, main reason that plans fall flat and do not achieve the desired goals.  Kicking off a new year and assembling your team to envision the future is an energizing experience. Teams leave planning meetings with a high level of optimism and
Keys to Understanding Vision, Values, Goals and Strategy Business owners and startup entrepreneurs often spend a great deal of time defining their vison, values, goals and strategy. And that’s good since it’s critical to understand these things.
Picking the right people is critical to a productive planning session.  Including too many and you will have a hard time getting to a distilled set of initiatives.  Inviting too few may leave out important insights and buy-in.  Here are a few tips to help you get your invite list

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