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Martin Luther King Day is a national day of citizen action volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. I can think of no more appropriate topic than to highlight the truly inspiring community contributions of many entrepreneurs. For years I have had the privilege of hearing the quiet stories of
This time of year we’re all thinking about gifts—shopping for them, wrapping them, enjoying them. So it’s an apropos time to think about the gifts you can give your staff in the coming year. I’m not talking about holiday gifts or bonuses, but lasting gifts in the way
SMB owners have hundreds of questions they’d like answered, in order to better run their business. Does being pet-friendly give me a competitive edge over the other boutique down the street? Should I be launching new variations of my product every year, or only when I have a major change to
You can’t do it all alone! This saying is especially true in small business marketing. There are many situations where partnering with another service or company to jointly “hawk your wares” would produce better results than if you were to simply market on your own. If you
It’s sometimes hard to admit it, but as we get older we have to acknowledge that mom often did know best. With Mother’s Day just behind us, I thought it would be worth revisiting some lessons our moms taught us that can help not only in life, but also in business. Clean up. Mom
Some business owners are eager to learn what customers have to say about their company, but many may overlook an important audience for feedback: their employees. Do you know how your employees feel about your technology? Even if you suspect you might get less than satisfactory feedback on your
I received an email from a frantic newbie entrepreneur using Wicked Start. Let’s call her Christine and she was scared to death about taking the leap - I could hear it in her email.  With so many challenges, should Christine quit her day job to follow her dream of starting an
Are your employees happy in their jobs, or are they looking to jump ship the first chance they get? Competing against big companies for qualified employees has never been easy for small companies. But during the recession, some entrepreneurs may have gotten complacent, confident that their staffs
Developing a Succession Plan Continuing a business beyond one generation of leaders requires planning. Whether through private shares transferred to a senior manager, or a leadership transfer to family members, a succession plan smoothes the way for continued business success.
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