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 …

How to tell your boss they are wrong

  GASP. What? How could this situation ever become reality, the boss is always right…right? Ah, while they may work hard to portray omnipotence, even the best of the bosses can be wrong. So how do you approach them with this delicate news? First and foremost, get your ducks in a row, so to speak. You need irrevocable proof that …

4 Common Communication Failures (And How to Fix Them)

  Starting your business may be a one-man show, but eventually, it will be time for the on boarding of new partners, colleagues, and team members. With each new individual comes a new collaboration, and with that, perhaps new challenges in communication. Every person has their own unique method of communication. One of the most essential qualities every good business …

What Makes Your Business A Great Place to Work?

As with every other aspect of small business management, you want your business to be the best it can be in your field. Is your business currently a great place to work? Let’s explore how you can get there – it may not be perfect – but it can still be a great workplace environment! Step one – building a …

Global Markets and Business Etiquette

It can already be daunting to travel to another culture, let alone feel the additional pressure of trying not to insult your international business partners! Lucky for all of us, the most basic of business etiquette, no matter what continent you are on, are based on concepts rooted in simple common sense. Essentially, you can follow some simple rules to …

Bank Shopping for a Small Business

Where and how a small business owner chooses to manage their money can play an important part in the overall success of the company. So often, entrepreneurs disregard the importance of shopping around for the right bank for the business and end up paying for it in the long run. Understanding what services your business requires is part of Small …

Leadership Styles – How to Make the Most of Them

Being an effective operations manager does not always translate into being a great leader, a common misconception in small business management. Leadership is about creating and communicating a vision, inspiring others, teaching others and promoting a positive business model. Operational details are one thing; human nature is a whole different ball game. A great boss inherently represents both sides of …

IRS Issues Rules On Recognizing Same-Sex Marriages

Married same-sex couples will be treated for federal tax purposes just like opposite-sex couples, according to a recent IRS announcement. Same-sex couples who were married in a jurisdiction, domestic or foreign, that recognized their marriage as legal will be treated as married for federal tax purposes even if they live in a state that does not recognize same-sex marriages as …

Buying a Brand: Franchising

In the aftermath of global downsizing, many out of work or dissatisfied employees are considering franchising. But what do these folks know about running a successful business? In fact, the best candidates for franchising are proven, successful small business owners ready to expand or take on a new challenge. Firstly, there are two main kinds of franchising to consider – …