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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 […]

CK House Reps

Testifying for Small Business

Every once in a while you get a rare opportunity to speak up, and maybe, just maybe, help others understand the challenges small business owners face. I got that opportunity this week. I was invited to speak before the House Committee on Small Business. It was a quick five minute testimony on behalf of the […]

Außenthermometer (2012) von Michael Sailstorfer

Economy Warms Despite Frigid Temperatures

Most of the country might be in the grip of cold, harsh weather but business owners are feeling warm and fuzzy about the economy. According to the National Small Business Association (NSBA) the 2014 Year-End Economic Report “shows a small-business community with a more positive economic outlook than they have had in several years.”  Twice […]


Running Start

This past week I had the opportunity to go back to school. Actually, it was a guest lecture at Michigan State University for a program called “Running Start.”  What made it interesting was the make-up of the participants. Generally I speak to business students and business owners. These were music performance and music education majors […]


Small Business Congress

Do you ever feel like you are on a treadmill dealing with the same concerns year after year?  I do when it comes to small business issues. First, a little background. In 2012, members of the National Small Business Association (NSBA) met in Washington, DC for the Small Business Congress to discuss an agenda for […]