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18 May Mobile and tablet business communication usage

Guest Post :: How Mobile Apps Can Be Used To Streamline Business Processes

By: Paul Francis Mobile apps have become so pervasive that every arm-chair entrepreneur has a “great app idea.” Many of these apps rely on micro-transactions, ads, or small up-front fees, combined with large user bases

5 May SBA_NSBW2015_FINAL_v2

CK’s Top Ten Reasons to Own a Small Business

It is National Small Business Week, a time to celebrate and connect with fellow small business owners. Every entrepreneur knows it takes a lot of sacrifice to build a business and we do it willingly.

27 Apr Tax Day

Tax Day Aftermath

Tax day has come and gone but small business owners are still thinking about taxes. OK, let me be blunt- owners are still reeling from all the time and money it takes to deal with

16 Apr Trade Show

Are Trade Shows Just for the “Big Guys?”

This past week I attended the National Plastics Exposition (NPE) to capture video for a client. As I walked the massive show at the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando I marveled at the booths.


Spring Break for Business

No doubt about it. It is Spring Break. My email is filled with mostly junk. The phone is eerily quiet. Staff is out. My LinkedIn is filled with requests from people who obviously have time

31 Mar every day is sunday

Life After Business

I recently had the chance to attend a great presentation by the author of a book entitled, “Every Day is a Sunday.”  Nathan Sachs is a business owner and consultant who explores the topic of

6 Mar CK House Reps

Testifying for Small Business

Every once in a while you get a rare opportunity to speak up, and maybe, just maybe, help others understand the challenges small business owners face. I got that opportunity this week. I was invited

24 Feb Außenthermometer (2012) von Michael Sailstorfer

Economy Warms Despite Frigid Temperatures

Most of the country might be in the grip of cold, harsh weather but business owners are feeling warm and fuzzy about the economy. According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) the 2014 Year-End

16 Feb IMG_1233

Running Start

This past week I had the opportunity to go back to school. Actually, it was a guest lecture at Michigan State University for a program called “Running Start.”  What made it interesting was the make-up

12 Feb SBC

Small Business Congress

Do you ever feel like you are on a treadmill dealing with the same concerns year after year?  I do when it comes to small business issues. First, a little background. In 2012, members of