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The right way to value a small business (Part 1)

By Cliff Ennico “I have a corporation which I own 50/50 with my sister. “We get along great, but our accountant is putting pressure on us to put together a shareholders’ agreement so we know what to do if one of us dies, becomes disabled, or gets divorced. Our business is a high technology startup, […]

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Lessons from my dads

By Dan Coughlin Dads have been on my mind lately. My father, Eugene Coughlin, passed away on March 18, 2009. I called him Dad. My father-in-law, Arnold Bizer, passed away on March 28, 2017. I called him Pa. For the first time, I do not have a father figure in my life. However, those two […]

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Lose the customer’s confidence and you’ll lose the customer

By Shep Hyken My wife and I were on the phone with our bank. They take care of our checking accounts and credit cards for our entire family, and we were having a problem transferring money from one account to another. The frustration began with 15 minutes of hold time. Once the customer service representative […]

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How to start a small business…without ruining your person credit!

By Beth Kotz One of the biggest mistakes entrepreneurs make when getting started is not fully separating their business and personal expenses. Choosing to put business purchases on your personal credit card, or going over your business budget and using personal funds to escape debt, are dangerous habits that put your personal credit score at […]

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Abandon ‘Employee of the Month’ Citations

By Jeff Davidson You often see “employee of the month” plaques in hotels and other service-oriented businesses, but such systems actually work to the detriment of the business. For one, employees who win are not likely to feel as motivated in subsequent months. They might already know that nobody wins twice in the same year […]

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Why every weekend should be a 3-day weekend…according to science!

By Tiffany McAdams As a small business owner, you probably surround yourself with fellow entrepreneurs. If so, you may have noticed something about entrepreneurial culture, and that is an obsession with working really hard. How many times have you heard other entrepreneurs boast about putting in 60, 70, even 80 hours a week? If you don’t […]

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Tapping the Talent of the Future

By John Tschohl We live in a very dynamic world. What we know now will not be good enough for the future. Selecting people to move us forward and who are open to learning is what we need to focus on. In my book, Moving Up, I tell readers it’s about your life…it’s about succeeding. […]

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An easy Paper.li hack to boost your Twitter following [#video]

One of the easiest ways to gain Twitter followers on autopilot is to establish a free Paper.li publication that centers around your interest area. When you first create your newspaper – which publishes each day – you have options on where it should draw the articles that it features. If you select Twitter and some […]

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10 ways to destress your employees [#infographic]

By Nikki St. Martin No matter how friendly or engaging a manager may be, workplace stress is an inevitable truth. Some workplaces may be less stressful than others, but the feelings of stress occur at every business. Small businesses may have the appearance that they are less stressful than large corporations, but in reality, small business […]

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12 lessons from 6 days in New York City

By Dan Coughlin Barb and I took our kids, Ben and Sarah, to New York City recently for six days. First time we’ve ever done that. Technically it was Sarah’s Senior Trip, but it turned out to be a massive learning experience for me. Here are 12 lessons I learned that I think can be used […]

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