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  • 5 Things I Wish I Had Together Before I Started My Own Business
    When I finally made the decision to give up the network news anchor life — and the stability that came with it — to  start my own business , I wasn’t scared. I was relieved. That’s because getting to the point where I was ready to bring my business to life was a feat in itself. I started my multimedia production... Read more »
  • 5 Financial Steps To Take When Starting A Business
    By  Kevin Simpson Starting a business can be one of the most satisfying experiences of your life, if you are able to handle the challenges that come your way. Becoming an entrepreneur is a key goal for many people, but staying in business takes effort. According to the Small Business Administration, roughly  30%... Read more »
  • Five year-end steps to take while closing out this year
    Do you have the discipline to set up your business for a clean and fast start on January 1? While you're pushing 2018 over the goal line, here are five steps you can take for a great beginning in the new... Read more »
  • 5 Things Retailers Need to Consider Heading Into the 2018 Holiday Shopping Season
    Shutterstock photo For most retailers, the 2018 holiday shopping season will present their biggest opportunity of the year to engage with customers. It will also represent the bulk of their annual sales.  As a result, this time of year is crucial for retailers to achieve success. With that in mind, current... Read more »
  • What if your customers went away for a month - or more?
    The storm surge is the most devastating element of a hurricane. Everybody knows that. But that maxim was compromised when Hurricane Harvey's surge onto the Houston area lowlands became just an opening act. For days, Harvey hovered over almost a dozen counties in the region, causing decisions by local watershed... Read more »
  • 3 Reasons Why Loyalty Is More Important Than Ever
    Loyalty isn’t about points or miles or discounts. It means more than collecting an email address in exchange for a discount. Today, loyalty is about the journey and the relationships that brands create with their customers. That’s why loyalty programs take on added importance in the Age of the Customer. Because... Read more »
  • Small Businesses Need Their Bankers More Than They Realize
    It’s easy to see why entrepreneurs are bonding with alternative lenders. What’s not so easy to see is why they’re leaving bankers out of the loop. However, with renewed trust in each other, both institutions are finding mutual benefits. What’s more — the B and B called “Business and Bankers” is finding a renewed... Read more »
  • This Is How To Turn Your Hobby Into A Thriving Business
    According to Gallup,  half of employees  are ready to leave their jobs. Some of these individuals might even go on to start their own businesses. While statistics indicate that  half of those startup attempts  will be unsuccessful, right now the small business optimism index is at its  highest level  since its... Read more »
  • The First 3 Years of Self-Financing Your Business
    By  Judy McNary, CFP When running a business, the first three years set you up for future success. Therefore, if you are self-financing, or bootstrapping, it's important to prepare yourself for financial success during these first three years. Those who opt to self-finance a new enterprise may do so for a... Read more »
  • How The 80/20 Rule Applies to Premium Loyalty
    We all know about the 80/20 rule—80 percent of a brand’s sales come from 20 percent of its customers. These 20 percent are a brand’s best and most valuable customers, and they are the ones who will appreciate a better experience than the other 80 percent of customers. But what does that have to do with premium... Read more »
  • 4 Tips To Keep Personal And Business Finances Separate
    Shutterstock photo If you haven’t separated your business finances from your  personal finances  yet, you’ll want to move that up to the top of your list. Keeping personal and business finances separate can help you stay organized and provide plenty of peace of mind especially around tax time. If you’ve... Read more »
  • 5 Entrepreneur Mistakes You Might Not Realize You're Making
    We all make mistakes. The key is recognizing those mistakes and  taking steps to learn from them  — before it’s too late. But are you making entrepreneur mistakes you’re not even aware of? You might be. Before these mistakes sink your business, take a step back and see if you’re falling into any of these traps: 1.... Read more »
  • 4 Pieces Of Financial Advice Every Budding Entrepreneur Needs To Hear
    Promising businesses go under all the time. Unmotivated teams and stiff competition can drive startups to close shop, but  research from CBInsights  found that cash flow problems knock out 29 percent of  failed small businesses . Without money to keep the lights on and employees paid, even a business with a great... Read more »
  • Financial Advisors: A Unique Approach Is Essential When Advising Entrepreneurs
    Getting to know a client in advance is a sound business approach; getting to know an entrepreneur client in advance is essential. From the first meeting, be relatable and accessible. They want you to advise them, so, take an interest in their professional and personal life. Entrepreneurs can’t be put in a box –... Read more »
  • Are you prepared for the inevitable business disruption?
    This week marks an ignominious anniversary. On August 13, 2003, a single outage in the electric grid cascaded across eight northeastern states, putting 55 million people in the dark for days, and thousands of businesses out of business. The Great Blackout of ’03 was a catastrophic reminder that we’re all one nosy... Read more »