Small Business Consulting

Historic Figures Re-cast as CEOs

Historic Figures Re-cast as CEOs

Some of our greatest business leaders are also remembered as historic icons (e.g., Ford, Disney, Edison), but the opposite isn’t usually true. Most history texts focus on political, military and artistic accomplishments, so the titans of commerce – unless they’ve dramatically altered human events – tend to […]

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How to Screw Up Your Company without Even Trying

How to Screw Up Your Company without Even Trying

Sometimes you can’t appreciate what’s good until you shine a little light on what’s really bad. Example: A friend who probably spends too much time thinking about these things claims that you don’t really know what a good movie is until you’ve sat through a few bad […]

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Entrepreneur Ideas: The Case Against Bad Profits

Entrepreneur Ideas: The Case Against Bad Profits

Being able to think in terms of “good profits” and “bad profits” might seem like a luxury you just don’t have when your company is struggling to grow. After all, profitability is the goal, so any business profit must be good, right? Not necessarily. There are at least […]

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Three Legal Aspects of Small Business

Three Legal Aspects of Small Business

It’s no fun being paranoid, and there is no intent to make you worry unnecessarily here, but the fact is that as a small business owner or operator, you need to watch your own back when it comes to potential legal troubles. The chance of legal action […]

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Succession Plan: Finding Your Successor

Succession Plan: Finding Your Successor

In the movies, the scene opens with the retiring owner of the prosperous, privately owned company calling his son or daughter, or some astoundingly loyal long-term employee, into his private office. It’s early evening, and the other employees have left for home, leaving a quiet, understated atmosphere. […]

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Business Book Review from the MP Star Financial Bookshelf: To Sell Is Human

Business Book Review from the MP Star Financial Bookshelf: To Sell Is Human

We’re all in sales. Really, we are. At least, that’s the premise of Daniel Pink’s new book, To Sell Is Human: The Surprising Truth About Moving Others (Riverhead Hardcover. December 2012). Sales titles have always performed very well in the business category. That’s fine except that with […]

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The Pros and Cons of Summer Internships

The Pros and Cons of Summer Internships

A business associate about to hire a summer intern for the first time couldn’t believe what he was about to do. “It seems like I was just an intern myself,” he said. It had actually been about twelve years, but if you were fortunate enough – or […]

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US Immigration Law: “Deferred Action” Brings Uncertainty

US Immigration Law: “Deferred Action” Brings Uncertainty

Issues affecting small business include illegal immigration and undocumented workers – and here’s how those problems might impact YOUR company… Deferred Action Immigration Illegal immigration. Undocumented workers. Not many public policy issues can match the controversy generated by these two. Whatever your feelings on the matters, and […]

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Five Tips for Better Hiring

Five Tips for Better Hiring

There is no sure thing when it comes to hiring decisions. But a little creativity and preparation can help tilt the odds in your favor, and that is good for both you and for the right candidate. The hiring process can be as stressful for a company […]

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Illegal immigration and the US economy: What’s the effect on small business?

Illegal immigration and the US economy: What’s the effect on small business?

Hiring illegal workers might seem like a quick fix to your short-term labor shortage, but the risks can far outweigh the benefits. Few issues confronting the country are as complicated and controversial as the matter of illegal immigration. The government estimates there are roughly 12 million illegal […]

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