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1 Sep vacation

Unlimited Vacation

As many are trying to squeeze in that last little bit of vacation before Labor Day it occurs to me that we as Americans are not very good at vacation. In fact, we trail behind

24 Aug EconomicReport

Mid-Year Economic Check Up

As summer winds down many business owners are beginning to gear up for the Fall, so I thought it would be a good time to dive into the NSBA’s Mid-Year Economic Report. This particular survey

30 Jul Failure

Failure 2.0

Some time ago I wrote about the courage that it takes to fail.  I recounted the story of “Honest Abe” and how many times he failed before he achieved success. In this world that is

21 Jul images

Summer Outings

This past week we held our annual summer company outing. This year, it was a good old fashioned ballgame complete with hot dogs and beer, games and giveaways for the kids, and great baseball. Everyone

8 Jul Question_mark_(black_on_white)

What’s Important to SBOs?

When it comes to what is important to small businesses different sources have different answers. They are all valid, just different. When the National Small Business Association asked small business owners about their number one concern

22 Jun Panel

Branded in Michigan

It has been said that the strength of America is its entrepreneurs. But, the statistics of those starting new businesses is downright disappointing. Have we lost our entrepreneurial spirit?  I don’t think so. In fact,

10 Jun Mendoza2

The Mendozas Go to Washington

Is entrepreneurship about nature or nurture? At NSBA’s Washington Presentation last week I saw something that made me think it is about both.  While the event had lots of great opportunities to connect with other

4 Jun IMG_2586

Up on the Hill

This week I attended the National Small Business Association’s Washington Presentation. I currently serve as the NSBA’s Vice Chair of Advocacy and also was part of the Michigan delegation. We participated in several activities aimed

28 May welcome-305504_640

Small Business Chill

A few weeks ago we celebrated National Small Business Week. There was a fair amount of hype, but the celebration was bittersweet for me. Yes, it is true that business owners are expressing more confidence

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