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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 […]


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 business owners and elected officials, the highlight of my trip was something that was not even on the agenda. It […]


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 at providing small-business owners the latest updates on federal legislation, as well as increasing policymakers’ awareness of critical small-business issues. […]


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 in the economy. Small businesses are still creating jobs. And, we are even getting credit from Federal Reserve Chair Janet […]

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 to make money. However, this is not the only way a company can improve their profits through mobile apps. When […]


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. Why? Everyone has their own reasons for choosing this path as opposed to going to work for someone else. I […]

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 taxes! Here are a couple of interesting statistics. According to NSBA, which recently released its 2015 Taxation Survey, 1-in-4 small […]

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. One had a machine that was literally as big as a house. Others had smaller, but still impressive, equipment, videos, […]


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 on their hands to go searching for new contacts.  While many are taking a much needed break, often somewhere warm, […]

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 how to design a blueprint to transition from your business to the rest of your life.  The book is a […]