Are You Sure You Really Want Rapid Growth?

Rapid Growth Stage

This week we’ll look at the rapid growth stage of the small business growth cycle.  I haven’t spent much time on this stage of the growth cycle because it represents the opposite of what most small businesses want in their professional life – big … [Read more...]

3 Goals in the Correct Order Creates Business Growth

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Business growth is a challenge for many small business owners.  I frequently find the reason for their struggle is they are focused on the wrong objective for their stage of business growth.  All small business owners should be focused on … [Read more...]

3 Reasons Entrepreneurs Struggle Financially

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Any entrepreneur will tell you one of the biggest issues that they struggle with is having enough financial resources to accomplish their business goal.  This is because a business cannot exist without this resource, but many businesses don’t have … [Read more...]

Is Your Company READY to Achieve the Success Stage?

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In my last post titled 4 Owner Objectives to Achieve the Success Stage of Business Growth we explored success 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 … [Read more...]

4 Owner Objectives to Achieve the Success Stage of Business Growth

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Success is the common goal of every entrepreneur.  However each entrepreneur defines success very differently.  Whatever your definition some key criteria and decisions are needed before you can start. First, you must make sure you have already … [Read more...]

Is Indecision Keeping You and Your Business from Success?

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The success stage of the small business growth cycle is a tipping point for your company but many entrepreneurs don’t even realize it.  In a previous post titled At What Stage is Your Small Business Growth? I discussed the major goal of each stage of … [Read more...]

8 Things You Can Do to Achieve the “Survival” Stage of Small Business Growth

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In order to achieve success in any small business you must pass through several stages along the way.  You cannot skip a step.  Frequently business get stuck for just that reason.  The entrepreneur isn't aware of these stages therefore he/she is … [Read more...]

3 Steps to Improved Business Performance

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You didn’t start your business to get where you are right now!   To get where you want to go you need to improve business performance by doing 3 things: Determine exactly what stage of the growth cycle your business really is. Focus on the … [Read more...]

4 Keys to Creating a Profitable Business

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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 … [Read more...]

Is Your Startup Focused on the Right Objectives?

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Lately I have been involved with a number of startups, including a couple of my own.  One observation I have made is that many small business startup owners tend to focus later stages objectives rather than the early stage growth cycle objectives … [Read more...]

No Man’s Land – Stuck Between Small Business Survival and Success

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A great family and friends, beautiful home, nice cars, regular vacations, all the material things you could ever want.  Your life is a dream.  Sound familiar or like what you want for your life? I meet small business owners all the time that live … [Read more...]

At What Stage is Your Small Business Growth?

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As introduced in my previous posting, The Search for Growth Continues, I concluded that a 5 stage model for your small business growth, much like the one described by Neil C. Churchill and Virginia L. Lewis in their Harvard Business Review whitepaper … [Read more...]

The Search for Business Growth Continues

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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 … [Read more...]