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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 […]


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 […]