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Giving Thanks

Little Thanks

It’s traditional to give thanks at this time of year and I like tradition. Usually I am thankful for big things like health, wonderful employees, and great customers. I am grateful for all those things however this year I am giving “little thanks.” To be specific I am focusing on all the little things that […]


Guest Post :: 5 Simple Ways Small Business Can Use SEO

by: Brad Shorr It’s hard for a small business to succeed in SEO, but it can be done. The key is to manage your efforts in the most efficient way possible, so I always look for SEO techniques that kill several birds with one stone. Here are five of the best: 1. Mobile-Friendly Website Google […]


Three Myths about Creative Businesses

Are all businesses created equal or are there some big differences?  There are some myths about creative businesses I would like to explore. First, here’s a little history. Economists tell us over the past decade many are choosing to steer clear of traditional work at large firms and opting to start a small creative business. […]

Plan and Pitch

Women Owned Business on the Rise

October is National Women’s Small Business Month. I have to be honest almost the whole month has gone by and this past week was the first I heard of the celebration. I understand the desire to put a spotlight on women because more and more of them are opening businesses. The U.S. Census Bureau cites business […]


Suddenly “Cool”

Twenty eight years ago I started Cynthia Kay and Company Media Production after having worked in television for many years. The idea for the business was the result of the many requests the TV station received from businesses who wanted video production outside of what the station aired for advertising purposes. They wanted video for B2B marketing. The station […]


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 […]