DNAinfo — A Small Company with a Big Impact

By now, most people know DNAinfo has been shuttered. DNAinfo was inspiring, uplifting, smart and current. In just 9 years, the company grew from nothing to over nine million monthly readers and a total of 118 employees in New York and Chicago. The CEO, Joe Ricketts, billionaire founder of TD Ameritrade (whose family owns the […]

Patagonia – A Better Way

Anyone interested in business can learn from the clothing manufacturer, Patagonia. Patagonia has been a family business owned by husband (Yvon) and wife (Malinda) Chouinard since its inception. Not Your Typical Business Executives Yvon never wanted to be a businessman. Born in Maine and growing up in California, his passion was rock climbing, He started […]

Lessons from Webvan

Whether just starting a small business or looking to expand your existing business, you want to make sure you take the right steps to succeed. One way is to look at how other successful companies did it. But you can often learn just as much looking at business failures. Webvan is generally considered one of […]

Small Businesses and The Gig Economy

You may not be familiar with the name but you have probably used the services available through it.  It is growing quickly and poses a threat to small businesses in the United States. What is it? The Gig Economy In the gig economy people have no job security, no benefits, and no stability. They are […]

Factors Affecting Feasibility Study Pricing

Large consulting firms prefer to work with Fortune 1000 companies with tens of thousands of employees, multi-billion dollar revenues, and multi-million dollar consulting budgets. Their clients — large multi-national corporations and governmental organizations — are used to hiring consulting firms, and generally have a pretty good idea of what to expect from consultants. They are […]

Small Business — The Key to Reviving Local Economies

The level of discontent in America is high today. Most people feel the country is not moving in the right direction, and they blame politicians for the mess. Their anger is justified, but politicians are not the only problem. Big businesses and banks play a major role too. More directly, a steep drop in the […]

Slow Food – The Battle for Quality Food

Americans are constantly on the go, with little or no time to relax. People cram their days with activity after activity. With such a fast-paced lifestyle, eating a leisurely meal is rare. In 2016, 44% of Americans ate fast food every week The meal of choice is usually a hamburger or chicken sandwich with fries, […]

Strategic Planning in For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations

Every organization has a mission. The mission of a typical for-profit company is to grow the business and make money. The mission of a non-profit organization is to take care of an unmet need in the community, state, nation or world. Strategic planning is the process of mapping out goals, resources, market conditions, and ultimately […]

Avoid These Costly Facilitation Mistakes in Strategic Planning Sessions

Every successful organization needs a strategic plan. Planning sessions are a key component, and an experienced facilitator can make or break the process. The Right Facilitator – The Key to Every Successful Strategic Planning Session A company has to have the right facilitator run each of its strategic planning meetings. This person has to be able […]

Strategic Planning During Uncertainty

Times Have Changed Not long ago a business could plan five, 10 or even 20 years into the future. They could set goals on sales and profits. Often they would reach or exceed them. Everything has changed. The financial crisis of 2008 shook businesses to the core. It became more difficult, if not impossible, for […]