Lessons businesses can learn from the Women’s March

  On January 21st, 2017, people across the globe marched in unison, to advocate for legislation on human rights, immigration reform, healthcare reform, LGBTQ rights, racial and gender equality, work place rights and more.  It was a bold and transformative display of solidarity. Interestingly enough, one of the things small businesses share in common with such a movement is a …

What makes an effective team?

  It’s possible that at one point in time, your business was a one-person show. Though growth and expansion inevitably leads to the building a team, the team that becomes the lifeblood of your humbly built operation. An effective team is like an orchestra- many different instruments, many different players, one piece of music. The success of the song depends …

Tips to Being A Better Business Writer

  Writing is writing, no matter the scope. It is of vital importance that your written word (any and all of it) be carefully crafted, professionally presented and grammatically correct. Let’s start small, yet ubiquitous- the email. Emails go out to clients, employees, investors, vendors, and potentials in all of these categories. For many of these situations, your email may …

You Can’t Please Everyone – How and When to Say NO

  As much as it may go against the very nature of a strong entrepreneurial leader, saying no is as empowering as your first day of business, your first big sale or your biggest success to date. The best part? While many of the milestones happen only once, the bold decision to say “NO” can happen (and should happen!) many …

The Top Business Trends in 2017 that Spells Success

  Whether or not the end of the calendar year reflects the close of your fiscal year, December is still a great time to take a look at the past year, and prepare yourself for the year to come. Looking into the future trends to give you a leg up moving into January. Be prepared to discuss the trends, how …

Business Blind Spots

  As business owners, leadership (and the pressure to be good at it!) comes with the job. All leaders have blind spots – areas in which they typically neglect, yet have a big impact overall in the business. Business blind spots have been described as an area in the lives of people in which they continually do not see themselves …

How to Avoid Financial Pitfalls

    Creativity, determination and perseverance are some of the top qualities successful business owners possess. One they often lack is the ability to manage the financial side of the business. More often than not, failure due to financial hardship can be traced back to the very beginning of the process. A startup costs money – lots of money – …

Tips to Become a Better Negotiator

“Negotiation means getting the best of your opponent.” –Marvin Gaye We do it all day, every day at home, at work, in our heads – negotiating is an inherent part of our lives. So who wouldn’t want to become better at such an integral skill? First off, let’s be clear. Negotiation does not equal confrontation. Many people prefer to avoid …