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4 Actions Can Fix Sluggish Business Performance

4 Actions Can Fix Sluggish Business Performance

Sluggish business performance is a pretty subjective phrase.  I define it as anything that prohibits and entrepreneur from achieving their realistic business goals in the specified timeframe.  There is a critical word in that definition REALISTIC.  Most small business owners don’t even know if their goals are realistic or not based on their current resources. …

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How to Have Success – Getting Out of Your Own Way!

How to Have Success – Getting Out of Your Own Way!

Recent activity in my consulting business has revolved around a number of start-up companies.  It has made me revisit the foundation of the small business growth cycle once again.  One of the observation I that I wrote about in an earlier post titled “Is Your Startup Focused on the Right Objectives?…

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3 Causes of Entrepreneur Financial Problems

3 Causes of Entrepreneur Financial Problems

Entrepreneur financial problems are one of the biggest challenges they face.   Usually it’s because they don’t have enough financial resources to accomplish their business goal.  This is because a business cannot exist without financial resources, but many businesses don’t have enough to accomplish their growth objectives.…

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Is Your Company READY to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage?

Is Your Company READY to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage?

In my last post titled 4 Owner Objectives to Achieve the Self-Sustainability Stage of Business Growth we explored self-sustainability stage.  I talked about the 4 areas that an entrepreneur/owner needed to focus in the following 4 areas for the business to achieve the self-sustainability stage:

  • Owner Goals
  • Operational Skills
  • Managerial Abilities
  • Strategic Thinking

Of these 4 the Owner’s Goals is the most critical as it provides the constraints on which the business plan is built. …

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4 Keys to Creating a Profitable Business

4 Keys to Creating a Profitable Business

We’ve all heard the statistics: 7 out of 10 new employer firms survive at least two years, and about half survive five years.  According to the SBA statistic reported by SCORE in 2008 there were 627,200 new businesses, 595,600 business closures and 43,546 bankruptcies.…

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Marketing on a Shoestring

Marketing on a Shoestring

When I was first asked to participate on this panel, I thought, “WOW things really have come full circle!” You see, I started my business back in 1991 on a shoestring.  I had no marketing experience having just got out of the Air Force. …

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What is Your Small Business Growth Stage?

What is Your Small Business Growth Stage?


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Where Is Your Business?


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As introduced in my previous posting, The Search for Growth Continues, I concluded that a 5 business growth stage model was best.  It seems to be the most common approach and statistical research supported it too.  …

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The Search for Small Business Growth Continues

The Search for Small Business Growth Continues

In a previous post, So You Want to Grow Your Business?, I shared some of my general findings in recent research I have conducted in small business growth models.  While many of the models and writings came in many different shapes and sizes, they all had certain very similar characteristics.  …

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So You Want to Grow Your Business?

So You Want to Grow Your Business?

How To Grow Your Business Faster With Less Pain!

Small business owners tell me all the time, “I want to grow my business.”  So, I ask them some simple questions, top line growth, bottom-line growth, market share, etc.  They look at me like a deer in the headlights or worse, they say “yes, all of that!”  To grow your business you need to PICK ONE!!!…

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