February 11, 2015

Characteristics of Successful Entrepreneurs

We recently came across an article from Entrepreneur on the 10 Steps to Becoming a Successful Entrepreneur. It started us wondering if our business owner clients would agree with their list. Contributor Larry Alton suggests that the following will lead one down the path of successful business ownership: 1) Love what you do 2) Take baby steps 3) Learn from others 4) Learn to self-promote 5) Constantly take action 6) Make a plan 7) Build a reputation 8) It’s never […]
November 21, 2014

The Internet of Things: What Does This Have to Do With Your Business?

You may have been hearing lately about the latest buzzphrase, “the internet of things”, and wondering what it has to do with your business. In a recent post on Forbes.com, contributor John Rampton notes that the ambiguous term has led to a lot of confusion among business owners. What is clear however, is that the pervasiveness of the internet into our everyday lives has led to a new era of doing business. From buying your morning coffee with your smartphone […]
November 19, 2014

10 Strategies to Increase Your Productivity

In a recent article in Entrepreneur, contributor Thai Nguyen offered 10 strategies that can lead to working smarter. Unlike many “10 best” articles, his suggestions not only made sense, but they appear doable! Many business owners will applaud the first strategy named Parkinson’s Law. According to Cyril Northcote Parkinson, a 20th century naval historian,”If you wait until the last minute, it only takes a minute to do.” Feel free to pull out that quote the next time someone complains about […]
October 10, 2014

Implement Digital Tools to Keep Internal Communications Flowing

When your business is just starting out with a few employees, internal communications can be pretty straight forward. Email, quick phone calls and meetings tend to keep everyone on track. However as your team grows, managing the flow of information becomes more complicated. Recently, one of our team members attended a meeting of local business owners where the main topic of conversation centered around the direct relationship between a strong internal communication process and a positive customer experience. The attendees […]
September 26, 2014

Building the Future of Women Entrepreneurs

When we think of Girl Scouts, our minds tend to go immediately to those colorful boxes of delicious cookies. Meant as a major fundraiser for the organization, the cookie program also serves as a way to teach the girls about business, finance, logistics and sales. With an eye to expanding the entrepreneurial skill set of young women, Girl Scouts of America has partnered with Barnard College in New York City to create a summer program for the Girl Scout Leadership […]
August 15, 2014

Infograph: Aha Moments of Successful Entrepreneurs

When you first meet an entrepreneur, it is likely you will have a conversation about the aha moment that launched their business. It could stem from a problem they were encountering, an experience with a product or service they knew they could do better, or a recognition of an unmet need in the market place. Regardless of the reason, it was something that sparked within them a passion strong enough to make them take the entrepreneurial leap! Below is an […]
August 8, 2014

Compelling Videos by Top Entrepreneurs

We recently ran across an article in Entrepreneur magazine, offering their top 10 videos from Stanford University’s business school’s YouTube Channel. It turns out this not well-know gem is filled with videos from successful entrepreneurs offering advice, sharing stories and providing guidance to those who are traveling along the same path. Click here to visit the channel. Regardless of their industry, business leaders can value from hearing the experiences of their peers, or of those they aspire to emulate. Although […]