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Give Thanks

This is the time of year when we get a bit nostalgic. The holidays have a way of making us stop, take stock, and think about what is ahead. Since the holiday season seems to officially start with Thanksgiving I decided to stop and give thanks. It’s not your typical list but maybe it will […]

Speak up

Speak Up

Like many business owners I get asked to speak on different topics to a variety of groups. I did a count and have been averaging about one speech per week for the past few months and traveling around the country.  A fellow business owner reached out with some questions about accepting and charging for speaking […]



“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” Franklin D. Roosevelt   Today, as voters go to the polls, I decided to post my favorite quote about voting. If you are like most of […]


Think Like an Inventor

Shark Tank, it’s that popular TV show where entrepreneurs and inventors try to get the celebrity panel to invest. All the attention on this show is inspiring individuals to take their ideas to the next level. Every day across the country people are playing out that show, off the big screen. In fact, the US […]


Women Strengthening Michigan

This past week I had the opportunity to participate in a panel discussion for Michigan Governor Rick Snyder called “Women Strengthening Michigan.” It was one of a series of discussions held around the State which brought together women educators, business owners, physicians, and government officials. To see the various discussions, click here. There is no […]

New Year

Happy New Year!

I know, I know. You think I am a bit early… but, like many businesses, our year-end was September 30th.  Since the business opened its doors on September 10th, 1987 our accountant picked the closest quarter end. So I actually get to celebrate the New Year twice! As I ended the year and looked forward […]

Who says there's no such thing as a free lunch?

Who Says There Is No Such Thing as a Free Lunch?

This is the story of an amazing example of customer service and marketing.  I was in Chicago for a Board meeting and here is what happened. A group of us went to lunch at a wonderful little restaurant called The Gage on Michigan Avenue. One of my fellow travelers visits the city often and this […]


Is Small Business Better off Today?

The news has been terrible for years so small business owners are hungry for some good news. They got it. In a recently released survey by the National Small Business Association (NSBA), there was a sense of confidence that finally things might be on the upswing.  If you want to check out the whole report, […]


Fall Leave?

All the local news channels in our area are in the “back to school” programming mode. There are features about how to get kids back on a regular schedule, school safety, and buying back-to-school supplies. With all of the attention, I had to stop and go back to count how many days I had taken […]


Selling to Small Business

I recently had the opportunity to talk to a group of individuals who are focused on selling to small and medium size businesses. I was trying to give them a snapshot of the profile of a small business owner and why we are very different than the large, complex, customers they typically serve. While one […]