Emerging Markets

According to the article, For Small Businesses, Recession Isn’t Over, small businesses “aren’t as adept at tapping the fast-growing emerging markets that larger companies are relying on to increase sales.”  They “don’t have the opportunity a public company does to exploit foreign markets that are growing faster”. Hmm. Food for thought. In the midst of…

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Curves franchises | 50% off 2005

I read an article in the Wall Street Journal (I know, the WSJ again!) about Curves. I was disappointed, not by the journalist but by what I read. I became a big fan of Curves’ founder, Gary Heavin, after reading a story about his awesome comeback. Briefly: He owned  2-3 gyms that went under in…

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Business Presentation Websites

  I came across an article regarding useful small business web sites in the Wall Street Journal.  I especially like the “making presentations” section which featured three (3) websites. Below I freely paraphrase portions of the WSJ article, Useful Sites for Small Companies. SlideShare SlideShare.net – I’ve read about them a few times, including a…

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WSJ Business Competition: Calling All Entrepreneurs

Small Business, Big Innovation A competition for America’s entrepreneurs. Entries must be received by September 5, 2011. Want to see your small business featured in the Wall Street Journal (WSJ)? Want to attract some business publicity free of charge? The WSJ is “looking to hear from U.S. businesses that took a hit when the economy…

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United Way VIP – Atlanta metro

I am a big advocate of the Volunteer Involvement Program (V.I.P.). Someone told me about it in 2009 and I participated (and graduated) in 2010. It was a wonderful experience. If you have considered nonprofit board participation, this is the program for you. It’s no cost to you, but you do have to raise $500…

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Why Good Workers Quit

Ever wonder why good workers quit and what you can do to prevent good employees from leaving? Watch a presentation video I made on the subject for answers (or at least, helpful hints!).

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Employee Discount Programs Offer Employees Great Perks

Employee Discount Programs Offer Employees Great Perks   Employee Discount Programs Offer Employees Great Perks By Alexander Baink The use of employee discount programs as a tool for recruiting, retaining, and motivating top employee talent is becoming increasingly common among corporations. As the costs of healthcare and other common benefits continue to rise, some companies…

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The Official Board

I just discovered the website, The Official Board, when I was trying to find the corporate organizational structure of a very large multi-national Fortune 500 company. I read a couple of the company’s 10Ks and 8Ks, searched the web, searched LinkedIn, etc. and was still having difficulty making sense of what the major divisions of…

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Be Coachable

Check out this excerpt from, How to Pitch Investors: Four Tips from TechStars New York. ‘Be coachable. These professional or semi-professional investors pride themselves on “adding value,” to the companies they invest in. They want to know you’re interested in their industry knowledge, technical savvy and contacts, not just their money. Billings notes that several…

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Strategic Risk

Companies deal with a number of risks – competitor risks, regulatory risk, commodity risk (if you deal with commodities), foreign exchange risk (if you do significant business in foreign locales), credit risk, etc. However one that is re-emerging to the forefront is strategic risk. It’s always been there but when the credit and capital markets…

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