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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Small Business Contract Enforcability

First, let me state that I am NOT an attorney. However, I’ve signed many, many contracts. I have written contracts (using past contracts as reference) and had an attorney review and edit them. I’ve also negotiated quite a few. Why am I saying all of this? Because I received the following question, which I subsequently…

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How Do You Know Your Competitive Business Advantage If You Are a Start-up?

Q: How do you know what your “competitive advantage” is if you are a start-up? A: Competitive advantage is defined as that function, service, or other strategic offering that sets you apart from and above your competitors. If you are just beginning, you will not know what actually sets you apart from your competitors since…

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Targeting a Market Niche

I want to call attention to a video I saw about niche marketing. When I talk to companies about strategy, part of that strategy involves knowing who your market or target market is and how to get to them. The broader the market, the more difficult the messaging. If you have a broad market, you…

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