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Small Business Owners Need to Focus on Technology

I often believe that small business owners are flexible, responsive, and willing to try new things.  They are also pretty optimistic when it comes to their businesses as reported by the NSBA’s Mid-Year Economic Report. But the big question is are they optimistic enough about business to spend money? And, if so, where will they spend […]


Running Start

Making the transition from ivy covered walls to the workplace can be a challenge. That’s why I am happy to hear more and more educational institutions are trying to help students get prepared with various programs and experiences that go beyond traditional internships.  I had some firsthand experience this week when I spoke to Michigan […]


Hello? Anyone Listening?

Phone conferences have always been critical to getting the work done but it seems like I’m spending more and more time on phone conferences and less time in face-to face meetings. That is not surprising. The cost of air travel has skyrocketed making everyone think twice about booking that flight. The quality of audio conferencing […]

Labor Day

Time to Labor

With the holiday weekend behind us, the work begins in earnest. It’s a day many aren’t exactly looking forward to. Depending on the source you quote, 20-80% of employees hate their jobs. I find that discouraging. So much time and attention has been given to making the workplace better. There are consultants who spend endless hours working with […]


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 many European countries.  The truth is that if you are like most small business owners you probably don’t take a […]


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 is interesting because it really provides insight into how small business owners separate their views on the economy from their […]


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 so focused on success we have forgotten that the most successful people have failed many times, picked themselves up, and […]


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 was welcome so the youngest was not quite two and the oldest was…we won’t go there. Many firms have suspended […]


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 their response was taxes followed by access to capital. It seems reasonable. At the NSBA’s Washington Presentation I heard a lot […]


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, I had the chance to moderate a panel at the Small Business Association of Michigan’s Annual Meeting and the companies represented […]