Category Archives: Strategic Planning

Late Year Small Business Planning

Thanksgiving has come and gone and hopefully Small Business Saturday will be a big success at your business. If the outdoor chores at your home and business have not been completed (mine aren’t and I plan to finish the bulk … Continue reading

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How to Protect Personal and Business Assets

I”m lucky enough to live close enough to work that I can go home for lunch occasionally and I usually watch a local TV station to get caught up on the news and weather. One thing I’ve noticed over the … Continue reading

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Small Business and Job Creation

In the current economy we hear all the time that small businesses are one of the main job creators. I wondered how true this was or if it was an exaggeration, so I did some research and found this information … Continue reading

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Change is Essential for Small Businesses

I live in Crestwood Missouri (a suburb of St. Louis) and I read a sobering article in the local newspaper this morning, The rise and fall of Crestwood Plaza. The article describes how one of the most successful malls in … Continue reading

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Marketing as a Business System

I think most of you are familiar with the quote frequently attributed to John Wanamaker who is frequently referred to as the father of the department store and modern advertising. He famously said (in one variation or another): “Half the … Continue reading

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Time to Expand?

Most successful small business owners consider expansion at one point or another. I wrote about The Importance of Loyal Customers to Your Small Business and used my barber as one example of how to get and keep loyal customers. He … Continue reading

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Natural Disaster Preparation for Your Small Business

Thanks heavens August is about over. Here in St. Louis we’ve had almost no rain and we had a heat index of 114 one day this month with several days over 100. We really can’t (or shouldn’t) complain because the … Continue reading

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Finally Time to Start Hiring?

Maybe your small business is one of the lucky (or very well run) businesses that is finally coming out of the Great Recession or maybe you weren’t impacted as much of the rest of them. If you and your staff … Continue reading

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Fatal Business Mistakes to Avoid

If you own a small business you are going to make mistakes (after all you’re only human), but a recent article in BusinessNewsDaily provides some ideas on some major possible looming mistakes and how to avoid them. The article is … Continue reading

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Improving Key Areas in Your Business Plan

I did some research on business plans for entrepreneurs for this posting and a frequent theme that came up was comparing a business plan to a road map for your company. In this age of GPS devices (I have rarely … Continue reading

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