Monthly Archives: May 2011

When life gives you lemons….

Found an incredible story about a pizza kit business started in the kitchen of some local transplants (many of us have named Asheville our ‘adopted hometown’) who found themselves out of work. Tom Gallo and wife, Sue Devitt, are made … Continue reading

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Practice the art

  Biz Is The Art Of by Hugh MacLeod Networking is an important art for any business owner to practice. It is most effective when practiced in the manner in which artist Hugh MacLeod views networking.   Whether meek or … Continue reading

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The new face of manufacturing

Manufacturing is still a viable industry in the United States.  As thousands of jobs have been shipped offshore, the face of manufacturing has changed. America’s answer is undoubtedly advanced manufacturing. Advanced manufacturing doesn’t look like the manufacturing many of us know … Continue reading

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International sales

I have been asked to answer the question: If there were a market for it, would you consider entering an international market for a product/service which you offered in your own enterprise? Why or why not? I found this question … Continue reading

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Fraud, avoiding it like the plague

Fraud, a five letter word- but more than a $2.9 trillion cost to organizations annually worldwide.  According to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners and a 106 nation survey, between January 2008 and December 2009, organizations worldwide lost approximately 5 percent of their … Continue reading

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Credit, a necessary evil

Business owners strive to add ease to the transactions of their customers and often this involves extending credit to those customers. Extending credit has proven essential for keeping up with competition and gaining customer loyalty.  According to a January 2010 article on … Continue reading

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Pros and Cons of Doing Business Entirely Online

A cohort member has a great post concerning the pros and cons on doing business entirely online.  The perspective from the business owner and the effects on the personal life of the business owner is a consideration each company should … Continue reading

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Changing how we buy

I found a great article today on MSN.com, The Ten Most innovative Companies in Retail, why are these companies considered so innovative?  The  article subtitle says it all: From Groupon to Ikea, These Companies are Changing How We Buy.  Therein lies … Continue reading

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E-commerce, pros and cons

Online retail sales in the United States are forecasted to reach almost $250 billion and account for 8% of total retail sales by the year 2014, as seen in the graph below. Can your company afford not to have a piece of that pie?  … Continue reading

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Why are large firms so slow to change?

Large organizations and businesses offer many different benefits to employees and managers alike, room for advancement, higher pay in most cases, better health benefits and more.  Large organizations and businesses can fall prey to change. Change is often slower in a … Continue reading

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