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This week in small business: Women in manufacturing and IT leadership positions…

We get some great business insights and challenges from the point of view of some very accomplished professional women this week. And Millennials, don’t miss the advice on how to achieve financial success. Leadership, management, and productivity Kathleen Buse, adjunct professor at Case Western Reserve University, makes the case from a business perspective that more […]

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Succeeding in a Family -Owned Business: Small Business Success Podcast

Snoozerpet products was founded in Greenville, South Caroline in 1985.  Today it offers the finest quality pet beds and travel products manufactured primarily in the United States.  Gary O’Donnell, whose father founded the company, joins THE Small Business Expert to discuss the company’s success and share advice on handing the dynamics of a family-owned firm. […]

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Proudly Made in America…Again!

Back in the 1950s, an urban legend circulated in the United States that Japan renamed one of its cities Usa, so they could stamp items “Made in USA.”  At that time, Japan’s manufacturing was in trouble and the whole world looked to the United States for top quality products. Of course, since then Japan has […]

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TURNING YOUR CRAFTS PRODUCT INTO A MASS MARKETING SUCCESS

“My daughter, a full-time college student, has made money in her spare time making customized covers for her friends’ smartphones and mobile devices. We are thinking about turning this into a real business.  We’ve spoken to a local patent attorney and he’s optimistic we will be able to get a patent on my daughter’s design. […]

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Ain’t No Mountain High Enough!

Ain’t no mountain high enough. Ain’t no valley low enough. Ain’t no river wide enough to keep me from getting to you, baby.

You may remember this song popularized by Marvin Gaye in 1967. For some reason the lyrics keep running through my head — not about my husband (although I do love him), but rather about my business. And not just my business, but every successful small business out there.

I realize the song is about personal relationships, but aren’t our relationships with our business just as strong? When you launch a business, it’s personal. In the early days, you are the business. You nurture it, you do your best to protect it and you struggle to help it grow. The lines between your personal and business life are completely blurred. The business occupies your heart and mind constantly. Your business is a part of you.

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