Monday, October 31, 2016

It Ain't Easy Growing a Business Past the $1 Million Mark

According to Small Business Trends, entrepreneurship among women is on the rise. Women own 36 percent of all businesses. Yet, women get 33 percent less capital for their ventures.  Those numbers are according to the American Express report.

Women who start and run businesses, especially past the $1 million mark, do not let roadblocks get in the way.

Learn more:  The Truth About Women-Owned Business

Monday, October 24, 2016

How to Overcome Your Biggest Challenges

There are three (possibly four) primary lessons for small-business growth.  It starts with how to stay in business and revitalize the communities around you.  In addition:
  1. Know your numbers
  2. Engage in smart marketing.
  3. Ask for help.
Read more:  Robert Herjavec's 3 Lessons for Small-Business Growth

Monday, October 17, 2016

Should I Stay or Should I Go?

You're a CEO.  How do you decide whether to give an employee a raise or lay them off?  The article below reveals the arithmetic companies typically use to access employees' value.  Just remember, value and compensation are inextricably connected.

Read more:  I'm a CEO -- Here's How I Decide Whether to Give You a Raise or Lay You Off

Monday, October 10, 2016

In Building a Business, Keep It Honest

Jessica Alba (pictured), founder of The Honest Company, may have earned her first fame and fortune on TV and in blockbuster films over the past decade, but her true talent seems to lie in building a business.

Unilever started to express interest in buying The Honest Company, Alba’s five-year-old purveyor of plant-based diapers, organic dishwashing detergent and other “green” household products, but ended up acquiring Alba's rival Seventh Generation for as much as $700 million.

But the fact a multinational conglomerate would consider buying Honest is being cheered as a victory for women entrepreneurs. After all, Alba and her company may have turned down a 10-figure offer for their baby.

Read more:  Billion dollar baby:  Jessica Alba's Honest Company is her real entrepreneurial star vehicle

Monday, October 03, 2016

Where the U.S. Candidates Stand on Business Ownership Issues

Karen Kerrigan (pictured), president & CEO of the Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council, says:
"Entrepreneurs are critical to getting the economy back on a strong growth track, and successfully starting and growing a business is an important path that helps individuals achieve financial security and prosperity. Small businesses are responsible for the bulk of job creation, and their innovation and dynamism is what makes our economy so unique from the rest of the world." 
In the article below, she outlines the candidate's known or new positions on taxes and tax reform, health care reform and Obamacare, regulation and regulatory reform, trade, immigration, and energy.

Read more:  So, where do the candidates stand on small business issues?