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Plan for success; assume failure: intriguing way to look at small business innovation

Plan for success; assume failure: intriguing way to look at small business innovation

Late in 2014, we conducted a study to find out, in part, whether or not small business owners saw themselves as entrepreneurs – and the answer was a resounding “yes.” So, you can expect more news from us in 2015 that is tailored for the entrepreneurial mind. […]

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Small business financial trends for 2015: growth is expected

Small business financial trends for 2015: growth is expected

As we began searching the Internet for the most intriguing small business trend predictions for 2015, one by SmallBizTrends.com definitely caught our eye. According to a CAN Capital Small Business Health Index survey, 58% of small business owners expect growth in 2015. The article shares helpful steps […]

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Happy Holidays from MP Star Financial

Happy Holidays from MP Star Financial

May the spirit of the season be with you. Best wishes for you and your family! Was this Helpful ? yes   no

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Ready to make more money? Exercise – and eat a healthy lunch

Ready to make more money? Exercise – and eat a healthy lunch

Workers who regularly exercise average 9% more in pay than non-exercisers, according to the Journal of Labor Research. Why? Researchers aren’t sure, although some speculate that it’s because exercise increases mental function and energy levels, and improves mood. This makes employees who exercise more attractive to employers […]

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Small business technology: stories from around the web in December 2014

Small business technology: stories from around the web in December 2014

We’ve been tweeting a story about a business saved by technology that really grabbed our attention – an IT services company in Buffalo that kept its business running as usual, even in seven feet of snow! Only half of TxMQ’s staff could get into the office during […]

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Do Americans value business entrepreneurship and risk taking more than the British do?

Do Americans value business entrepreneurship and risk taking more than the British do?

Have you ever read survey results that left you scratching your head? That happened to us recently, when we read about a survey conducted by AXA Business Insurance. The survey asked 342 British small business owners whether or not they identified themselves as entrepreneurs and: 45% of […]

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What on earth do hedgehogs have to do with small business success??

What on earth do hedgehogs have to do with small business success??

  You may be wondering what a small spiny animal (with 5,000 to 7,000 quills . . . ouch!) has to do with small business success. This notion was created by Jim Collins, author of Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap . . . […]

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Small business promotion mistakes: importance of promoting without bragging

Small business promotion mistakes: importance of promoting without bragging

One of the best ways to increase the visibility of your small business, of course, is to promote it – and that’s an accepted (and even expected) business practice. But there’s a fine line between promoting and bragging – and then between bragging and borderline arrogance. Bottom […]

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Small business employee retention challenges: AMP up your efforts

Small business employee retention challenges: AMP up your efforts

Last month, we shared information about the hiring environment in the United States. As with most issues, there is good news – and there is bad news. The good news is that more hiring is taking place, which is a hallmark of a revitalizing economy. The bad […]

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Small business tips learned by listening to Walt Disney

Small business tips learned by listening to Walt Disney

We were browsing Twitter to find news of interest – and we came across a story by Michael W. Freeman in the Orlando Sentinel about how studying Walt Disney can teach small business owners plenty about running their own companies. In this article, he interviews Jim Korkis, […]

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