Interview with Helena Swyter at SweeterCPA

We met Helena Swyter from SweeterCPA through a mutual business connection after attending a networking event. Most small business owners are too busy to handle  taxes, bookkeeping, and anything else having to do with the IRS. Often they start out doing the work themselves, but soon find themselves overwhelmed and finally hire a bookkeeper and […]

Two Ways to Grow Your Business

At some point, you are going to think about expanding your business. Hopefully, your business has been very successful and you want to take it to the next level. You may have a vision of what it can be and want to make that a reality. If that’s the case, there are two general approaches: […]

The Driving Force of the US Economy

Most of the time in the business world, the focus is on large corporations – quarterly earnings or losses, their newest product, the latest corporate scandal, or their latest complaint about taxes. We rarely hear anything about small businesses, often defined as businesses with less than 500 employees. Yet, if you look more deeply, you […]

What Goes Into a Restaurant Feasibility Study

While restaurants may not have the highest failure rate of any industry, they are certainly up there. Depending on timing — before, during or after a major economic downturn — and a number of other variables, experts peg restaurant failure rates at somewhere between 17% and 90% within the first year. Inexperienced owners with limited […]

Business Assessments – A Critical Component in Your Company’s Success

When your company began operations, you or the founders had a vision. You pictured what your company could become, and the impact it could have. Hopefully, you then developed a business plan mapping out how the company would accomplish this. If you were not the owner or one of the founders, you likely adopted the original vision and […]

Interview with Valerie Drame’ at Drame’ Designs

Melissa Leger interviewed Valerie Drame’ in May 2018. She met Valerie Drame’ at an evolveHer and Women’s Creative Co. summit, and noticed her great bag. Melissa made a comment about the bag and then learned that Valerie’s accessory was her business. It seems in the era of social media and the gig economy, there are fewer […]

Why Restaurants Fail

Walk around your city and you’ll probably see at least a few “for lease” signs in empty restaurant windows. According to a recent study by two economists using United States Bureau of Labor Statistics data, only 17% of restaurants fail within their first year – far less than the 90% restaurant failure rate claimed by some […]

Great Business Leaders Delegate and Empower

(This is the second in a series of posts on great Business Leaders) “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you […]

The People Behind Great Business Leaders

Look at great leaders in any field – politics, medicine, academics, business, non-profits, etc. Most have a tendency to believe these people got where they are on their own. They did it all by themselves. They naturally knew what they had to do and they did it. But when you look more closely at them, […]

Could Your Business Benefit from a Strategic Alliance?

Do you want to take your business to the next level? Is limited capital or other resources holding your company back? A strategic alliance may be the solution. A strategic alliance is an arrangement between two or more businesses where they agree to work together to achieve certain objectives. Normally each business continues to be separate […]