How to Make the Most of Groupon

I rarely post other’s articles here, not because I think I know everything (I most definitely do NOT), because you can read those elsewhere. However, I thought this one was worthy. One, apparently techcrunch diehards took on the task of bashing Groupon and finding former disgruntled employees. The continual negativity reminds me of how the…

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Offer Equity to C-level Executives as a Recruitment Tool?

Q: Should you offer equity (for free or for purchase) when enticing someone to join the company at the C-level? A: Some owners like to give up equity to key employees both to engender loyalty and commitment to the company and to bridge the gap between salaries in their area and what the company can…

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Benefits of a Franchise

I am neutral on franchises. I have a Wharton classmate who opened a total of eight Subway franchises in northern California. He loved it. It’s been about eight years since I last communicated with him. (I lost touch with him when I moved from the Bay area to Atlanta. I need to reconnect using LinkedIn,…

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Inspiration Becomes Products & Services

I read an article on Inc.com (and I am a loyal subscriber to Inc magazine) that inspired me. Years ago while at Wharton, one of my Entrepreneurial Management professors encouraged us to look for opportunities all day every day. Once you tell yourself opportunities exist everywhere, he said, your mind then begins seeking them out.…

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Acquisition Integration Plan: Prepare for an Acquisition

I’m a big advocate of acquisitions as a means of business growth. But it really depends on your industry, background, interests, goals, and strategy. Growth via acquisitions is a strategy, just as pure organic growth is a strategy, growth through partnering is a strategy, and growth through licensing is a strategy. If you do decide…

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The Financial Benefit of Health & Wellness Programs

I read an article on CFO.com, Healthy Returns from Wellness Programs, that  inspired me.  As someone who considers myself an athlete and who is a definite health advocate, I must have been subconsciously drawn to companies with strong health and wellness programs. I never considered this before. I have always known I was drawn to…

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5 Best Outsourced Employee Providers

Have you thought about hiring personnel for your team but cannot quite justify the expense? Or perhaps you don’t have the budget for a full-time employee or are afraid to make the commitment due to the time and expense of hiring, firing, then rehiring someone else if your first selection doesn’t work out? Have you…

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Good Communication First

I do consistently find myself in awe of technology. Through technology, we have turned the oven into the microwave, the telephone into the fax & cell phone, & the radio into an I-Pod. But there just isn’t a good substitute for plain old communication. People like to feel needed. They like to know their opinions…

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Business Makeover – a tv show

I’m a fan and believer of working on your business, not just in it. This is the difference between being strategic and running a lifestyle business – a small business that pays for your lifestyle but is not truly an asset separate from yourself. I also believe in learning from others’ mistakes whenever and where…

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Seeking Entrepreneurs for Venture Creation Program

I was looking at the Wharton alumni job board for a couple of friends and saw this posting. It’s for entrepreneurs – past, current, or wannabes but all definitely aspiring for the next big opportunity. Normally I don’t broadcast alumni opportunities but I believe in disseminating information that can help entrepreneurs and business owners achieve…

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