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Hiring Boom in 2018? Be Ready

Hiring Boom in 2018? Be Ready

This year appears to possibly be headed for a hiring boom. A recent article in Forbes reports that some business sectors, particularly transportation, utilities, hospitality, and leisure, could hire as many as 24-26% additional staff to their workforce. Even if you...

De-Mystifying the Print Ad for Small Business Success

De-Mystifying the Print Ad for Small Business Success

You may know that today, there are more ways to advertise than you can imagine. But one thing is almost certain -- at some point, you will need to use print advertising. This post will give you the essential elements of successful print ads,...

Step-By-Step Brand Strategies For Small Service Businesses

Step-By-Step Brand Strategies For Small Service Businesses

The term “brand” has become greatly overused in today’s business lexicon. Like anything that is overused, its true meaning has become clouded, which leads to a loss of understanding of what a “brand” or effective “branding” really is. First, think of a cultural...

Do You Make These Mistakes in Your Elevator Speech?

Do You Make These Mistakes in Your Elevator Speech?

I have a few things I’ve learned over the years when people ask me what I do.  Before I was married, and when the inquiry came from an attractive member of the opposite sex, I fancied responding that I was a rocket scientist or a champion mixed martial arts fighter. ...

What Should Small Business Owners Be Measuring and How?

What Should Small Business Owners Be Measuring and How?

As a small business owner, you may feel like analytics and tracking are reserved for the bigwigs of the industry. If you’re not performing at high levels, it can seem unnecessary to really monitor the data related to your business. Instead, you may only look at your...

Why You Need Business Insurance

Why You Need Business Insurance

Insurance is something we purchase but hope to never need to use. While it may be annoying to pay a premium each month it will be much more so (notice sarcasm here) if disaster strikes or you have to settle a lawsuit or repair severely damaged property with your own...

Employment Law: What Small Business Owners Must Know

Employment Law: What Small Business Owners Must Know

As a small business owner, your employees rely on you to keep their environment safe and for things to be fair. To be sure you’re creating a healthy space for your employees, there are certain rules and regulations you must comply with. From the hiring process to...

The Only Type of Employees Small Businesses Should Hire

The Only Type of Employees Small Businesses Should Hire

As a small business owner, you rely heavily on your staff to move the company forward. In order to secure the most clients and make the most sales, you need to have employees who are passionate about the work they’re doing. Hiring the right staff is crucial for...

How to Be an Accountable Small Business Owner

How to Be an Accountable Small Business Owner

If you’re a small business owner, you probably have some idea of what you’d like to achieve in the next few months, year, five years, ten years and so on. But knowing where you want to go isn’t enough to get there. You need to set goals for yourself and hold yourself...

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