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Four Tips to Build Your Business

Once upon a boot camp, the young entrepreneur with the growing company and the old advisor with many entrepreneurs as clients came together to talk about building a business successfully. Here’s what you can learn from them to build your business. Blunder #1: Being too cheap in early stages. Whether you are a solopreneur or […]

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No, No… Not Me, Not Networking

Research consistently shows that it is the entrepreneurs with the extensive network who are most likely to succeed. Yet many small business founders do little to grow and enhance – or even use – their network. How about you? A real value of a good network is the connections it allows you to make to […]

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The Missing Link: Listening Skills

  Probably you have not been told to ‘shut up and listen’ lately…but do you really know if you are a good listener? Or why that is important to your own and your organization’s success? The old line that ‘god gave us two ears and only one mouth for a reason’ reflects the common problem: […]

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Fear and Fun: Free Human Resources Consulting at Alexandria SBDC

  Did you even know that the SBDC is providing free Human Resources consulting to its clients? I am having great fun meeting the many different businesses and non-profits coming in. But for many of them, the main reason to sign up for a consultation is fear. Fear of hiring, perfomance issues, employee lawsuits, terminations […]

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May, Memorial Day and Our Military: Lessons for Now

Memorial Day, the critics charge, has become nothing more than the start of summer vacations and summer sales. Yet, May is the month we recognize and remember several aspects of our military: Military Spouse Appreciation Day (May 10) is a recent recognition of their support. Armed Forces Day (May 18) recognizes those currently in service. […]

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Oh, no! Spring Cleaning! Oh, yes! Productivity Jumps!

Okay, maybe you don’t react to the first signs of Spring with a “Wow, let’s get rid of the clutter and mess!” moment. Not my first thought certainly! Mine runs to the beauty: trees turning every shade of green, flowers poking up, and the rainbow which flowering trees and shrubs add. But clearing out the […]

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Common Small Business Problems Hinder Success

One of the advantages of consulting is that you get to see others’ mistakes. And learn from them. I have made more than my fair share of mistakes. Yet, I still am surprised by how often the basics underlying how you run your operations are the most common small business problems. Good administrative processes will […]

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Growth Starts “At Home”

Many of us understand the importance of building the capacity of our business, but ourselves? Not so much. Developing your skills and knowledge are important. Developing your personal capacity for resilience is critical. Resilience allows you to push past difficulties, cope with tough times, and maintain your health. All those are vital to any entrepreneur, […]