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Talk of small business hiring is in the news: October 2014

Talk of small business hiring is in the news: October 2014

Plenty of journalists are talking about small businesses and hiring – and, for business owners, there’s good news and there’s bad news (isn’t that always the case?). The good news is that hiring is up, which is an indicator of an improving economy. The bad news for […]

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Social media for small business: what really works?

Social media for small business: what really works?

MP Star Financial asked people in the trenches what successful social media strategies they’re using and/or what tips they have to offer other small business owners. Here are just two of the many responses we received: Justyna Krygowska Justyna manages social media channels for a New Jersey […]

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Small business news from around the web: September 2014

Small business news from around the web: September 2014

This month, MP Star Financial brings you news about how to get a $150,000 grant to grow your business, plus reasons for optimism in the economy, factors that predict small business success or failure, and more. Let us know what you think! Entrepreneur reports Google-sponsored Mission Main […]

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Small business news from around the web: August 2014

Small business news from around the web: August 2014

You probably don’t have enough hours in the day to run your small business and read all of the latest news related to small business. So, we’re delivering news clips of recent relevant articles from top publications. Let us know what you think! Wall Street Journal touts […]

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Ready for small business growth? Innovate!

Ready for small business growth? Innovate!

If you’re a small business owner who is ready for growth, it’s crucial that you create a culture of holistic innovation. So says business consultant Mark Faust in his book Growth or Bust: Proven Turnaround Strategies to Grow Your Business. And, here are Mark’s seven key steps […]

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Small business owner – ready to revolutionize your company?

Small business owner – ready to revolutionize your company?

If so, honestly answer these two questions: 1)   Look at your current business practices and processes. If you weren’t currently doing them, would you start doing them? 2)   Look at each person in your business. Would you still hire that person? “After I ask the first question,” […]

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Corporate accountability: here’s a different twist on the culture of accountability

Corporate accountability: here’s a different twist on the culture of accountability

If you’re the president, CEO or owner of a company, it’s important to watch for the 10 warning signs of employee disengagement. Here they are, in descending order: 10. Information pipeline dries up. Leaders are the last to know what’s really happening. 9. Employee complaints increase. Grumbling […]

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Entrepreneurial personalities: small business owners, emphasize your unique strengths

Entrepreneurial personalities: small business owners, emphasize your unique strengths

Have you ever felt as though you were different from other people? Do you love brainstorming new ideas? Do regularly scheduled cyclical tasks bore you? If so, then author John Dini, an executive business coach for The Alternative Board (TAB), would most likely tell you that you’re […]

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Smart People Should Build Things: an MP Star Financial Book Review

Smart People Should Build Things: an MP Star Financial Book Review

Is America’s entrepreneurial spirit dead, wounded, or just resting? With the economy still lurching through a weak recovery, that’s a question worth asking. Business start-up rates have remained steady in recent years, but failure rates are staggeringly high, with 95% of new ventures not surviving through five […]

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Funding Start-Ups or Growing Companies: Frequently Asked Questions

Funding Start-Ups or Growing Companies: Frequently Asked Questions

Funding a start-up or early-stage company is tough. You know there’s money out there…but where? How much will you need? Are banks an option? And what’s the best funding arrangement for your particular situation? Here are some frequently asked questions and – we think – reasonable answers […]

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