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Lessons from the Olympics

I have to admit it. I am a sports junkie. I found myself glued to the Olympics the past two weeks watching sports, some I had actually never heard of…things like canoe slalom. While everyone is talking about the high points (The Final Five and the US medal count) and the low points (Ryan Lochte’s […]


Guest Post :: Debunking the Myths of PCI Compliance

Payment Card Industry (aka PCI) compliance is a set of practices that govern data security across an extensive series of credit and debit card payments. Businesses must comply with these requirements outlined by the PCI Security Standards Council in order for their merchant account to remain in good standing. Every business that accepts credit/debit cards […]


A Tribute to Mom

It is a tradition in my religion to do a short memorial service at various times after a family member dies. This week it will be three years since my mom, Ann, passed away and 40 days for my dear Uncle Clark.  As my cousin and I prepare to host the coffee hour following the […]

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Guest Post :: Using the Internet for Face-to-Face Networking

By: Tim Backes At Vetter, an online employee suggestion box, we live, breathe, and sleep all things virtual. In fact, one of the biggest value propositions that our product offers is that it’s cloud-based, allowing both employees and ownership access no matter where they are in the world. Vetter is just one example of an […]



You can’t get away from it. The endless political analysis – morning, noon, and night. Robo-calls. Junk mail. Email. Political conventions. I think of myself as a pretty engaged citizen, but like most Americans I am really tired of it all. Something struck me today. The one place I don’t hear anything about politics is […]


Guest Post :: Building a Brand from a One-Person Shop to a Global Business

By: David S. London, VP of Sales for CPV Manufacturing When CPV Manufacturing first started, our founder, Isaiah Engle, never imagined the company would reach such great successes. He also never thought the business would serve the US Navy. It was just a one-person shop dedicated to providing steam-driven reciprocating pumps with high-quality replacement valves. […]


Can you Spot the Owner?

Years ago, as a little girl, I remember going to Meijer with my dad. We were out in the parking lot and he stopped to chat with a man who was picking up bits of trash. Long story short, the man was Fred Meijer, the founder and owner of what was at the time Meijer […]


Guest Post: How a Mobile App can take your Small Business to the Next Level

By: Red Foundry A mobile app may be the one missing piece from your business marketing strategy. Having one could help you attract new customers and strengthen existing customer relationships. Explore how a dedicated business app can help you grow to the next level, even if you are the owner of a business that feels […]


NSBA Leadership Conference: The Recap

There is nothing like getting together with a group of small business owners from around the country to network, get critical updates on legislation and hear from thought leaders. That’s what I did this past week at the National Small Business Association’s Leadership Conference in Washington, DC.  I realize how lucky I am to be […]


Too Busy to Learn?

If you are like most business owners you are inundated with pitches for training, workshops, and seminars to attend. They tout things like: Learn the 7 Proven Ways to Grow Your Sales Create a Culture of Success and Overcome Obstacles One Day to Greatness Attend this one-day leadership institute to interact with other women business […]