Business Planning for Success

We all want a packaged solution that will solve our problems quickly, painlessly and at low cost. Need to get somewhere faster? Buy a new car. Need to lose weight? Sign up for a diet service. Need to boost business revenues? Call a consultant. I wish I could always solve my clients’ problems quickly and easily. […]

Where Do We Go From Here? Small Businesses and Coronavirus

We all need to plan for the unexpected, but we also need to change our plans when the unexpected happens. While many epidemiologists and public health experts have been warning about a possible pandemic for decades, most of us were blissfully unaware of the danger. Then came coronavirus. Hopefully it will run its course with […]

How International Conditions Can Affect Your Small Business

Most business owners read their local newspaper and keep up, at least to some extent, with national and international affairs through magazines, radio, television and the Internet. They see military battles, random violence, floods, fires, heat waves, political instability, climate change, species extinctions, regulation and deregulation, the increasing pace of automation − and then shrug […]

Ten Things to Do For Your Business During the Holidays

  Most businesses slow down once or twice a year, typically either around the holiday season starting in November, or in late summer. Whenever your slow season is, it is a good idea to take advantage of this time to regroup, reconnect, and recharge. Here are ten things you can do to get the most […]

Selecting the Right Firm, or What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

Eventually, every business, no matter how well run, hits a rough patch. While large businesses are used to hiring consultants, and have people and processes in place to get the most out of such consulting engagements, most small business owners do not. Consider the following – fictitious, but unfortunately all too common − story about […]

Will Impeachment Affect Your Business?

On Tuesday, September 24, 2019 the Speaker of the House – Nancy Pelosi – announced that the United States House of Representatives was opening formal impeachment hearings on President Donald Trump. To many people, this was a long time coming, for others this is more of the same. The impetus for the proceedings was the […]

Should You Scale Your Business?

OK. So you started your own business, grew it to the point where you are now making a modest income, and you finally went on a vacation for the first time in five years. Revenue has increased for the past few years, the business is generating a small profit, and you have several employees. Are […]

15 Tips to Protect Your Small Business on the Internet

If you operate a business today in the United States, you have exposure to hackers, scammers, malware, phishing schemes, and much, much more. Experts estimate that 60% of small businesses that experience a major cyberattack fail within six months. That’s a pretty scary statistic. See https://smallbiztrends.com/2017/01/cyber-security-statistics-small-business.html Here are a few ways to make yourself a […]

Bright Shiny Object Syndrome

Con artists long ago mastered the art of distracting their “marks” with bright shiny objects. Once they get the victim’s attention, they exploit his or her weaknesses to get what they want —- a suitcase, a wallet, a watch, or a purse. Con artists distract intentionally and purposefully, and they are extremely good at it. […]

Interview with Cecelia Hamilton

Cecelia Hamilton is the founder and owner of Heartfelt Catering, a Chicago-based catering business with a focus on simple, fresh, healthy southern-influenced cooking. Could you tell us a little more about Heartfelt Catering? What inspired you to start this business? Several years ago I was working on a personal project that required lots of creativity. […]