Create Your 2020 Small Business Playbook for Success

Create Your 2020 Small Business Playbook for Success

(Part 1 of 3) Happy New Business Year! It is time to create your 2020 Small Business Playbook for Success. As the new decade dawns, it is a time for us to reflect on what has gone before and to contemplate what is yet to be.  It is a time to refresh and rearrange our business lives and create our 2020 Small Business Playbook for […]

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Top 14 Reasons to Join a Small Business Mastermind Group, Part 2

Top 14 Reasons to Join a Small Business Mastermind Group, Part 2

In Part 1 of the Top 14 Reasons to Join a Small Business Mastermind Group we covered what mastermind groups are and the first three reasons why as a small business owner you should join one – brainstorming, accountability, and to help you “think bigger.” It is always an exceptional idea if you want to build your own Small Business. But for that, you need to […]

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Top 14 Reasons to Join a Small Business Mastermind Group, Part 1

Top 14 Reasons to Join a Small Business Mastermind Group, Part 1

If you are serious about growing your business, consider joining a small business mastermind group.  First, we’ll explore what small business mastermind groups are. Then we’ll tell you the top 14 reasons to join a small business mastermind group, and how joining one can benefit you. What are Small Business Mastermind Groups? I first discovered the mastermind concept in Napoleon Hill’s book, Keys to Success.  […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan – Part 2

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan – Part 2

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan, Part 2 Yes, business plans are often viewed by small business owners as necessary evils. That’s too bad, because getting a business plan consultant and writing your business plan can be one of your best business moves for success.  In Part 1 of this blog series, we covered the first 5 reasons to write a business plan, […]

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Small Business Sales and Activity Planning for Success

Small Business Sales and Activity Planning for Success

“It’s not about ideas. It’s about making ideas happen.” – Scott Belsky Ideas are a dime a dozen.  Your world changes when you make ideas happen.  And in the for-profit business world, that means sales. Do I Really Need a Sales and Activity Plan? Yes.  You start your business because you have great ideas.  When you grow your business through sales, you are getting your […]

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Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan, Part 1

Top 10 Reasons to Write a Business Plan, Part 1

I rarely work with clients who are over-the-moon excited about writing their business plan, at least in the beginning.  They often view it as a necessary evil, sort of like doing chores when you’re a kid, or taking medicine when you’re sick.  It’s something you think you “have to do,” but you’d rather not. That’s really too bad, because it can be one of your […]

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How Do You Improve Your Sales? Just Ask!

How Do You Improve Your Sales? Just Ask!

Guest Post by Kim Fredrich, Sales Trainer, Coach and Speaker How Do You Improve Your Sales? Just Ask! People tell me all the time that they can’t sell. Sometimes they don’t see themselves as salespeople (ick, slimy right?), sometimes they are quiet and introverted, and sometimes they are just so uncomfortable in a sales situation that selling becomes a never-ending spiral of ineffectiveness and anxiety. […]

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Small Business Content Planning NOW for 2018!

Small Business Content Planning NOW for 2018!

Content Planning NOW for 2018! Yes, there is still time to prepare and make 2018 your best year ever.  We reached out to Meg Kerns,  Owner and Chief Digital Strategist at MOKUp Media, for her suggestions about how small businesses can act now to plan their content for 2018.  Is it doable? How much work does it take? Meg gives a great example for a real estate […]

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Interview with Dan Casto of Offit Kurman, Attorneys at Law

This interview with Dan Casto, Principal Attorney at Offit Kurman, was conducted by Robin Suomi of Startup to Growth, LLC by email.  Dan shares his Top 3 Tips for startups who want to build a strong business, and his Top 3 Mistakes to avoid. Q:  Dan, thanks for taking the time to talk with us about the legal side of small business ownership.  Please start […]

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Interview with Jill Kurtz of Kurtz Digital Strategy

This interview with Jill Kurtz, Owner of Kurtz Digital Strategy of Northern Virginia was conducted by Robin Suomi of Startup to Growth, LLC via email. Q.  Jill, thank you for taking time to conduct this interview!  I know you are an active blogger and social media advocate, and I wanted to gain your insight about working with small business owners.  Please start by giving our […]

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