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5 Common Small Business Challenges

5 Common Small Business Challenges

In working with small, growing entrepreneurial businesses, I have discovered several common financial-related issues with which they struggle. When I first start working with these businesses, most if not all of these issues exist. All of them are critical to their success in managing and growing their businesses. The good news is that with time… Read More →

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

Business Awards: Are They Worth The Effort Of Applying?

What does the Inc. 500|5000 list, Ranking Arizona and Arizona Corporate Excellence (ACE) Awards all have in common? They’re a mix of local and national business awards from incredible companies. There are several organizations that extend prestigious business honors to companies every day. So many, in fact, that a simple Google search for business awards yielded… Read More →

As Renewable Energy Makes Process, Energy Policy To Be Explored

solar panels, renewable energy
August 15, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Green

An unlikely group of bedfellows gathered for a private meeting last month to discuss the future of energy policy in Arizona. While they didn’t solve any issues, there is a measure of success in simply convening dialogue among this small but powerful group of diverse stakeholders representing the governor’s office, state legislature, Arizona Corporation Commission,… Read More →

5 Tips To Providing Great Customer Service

Customer Service

Are customers important to your business? They sure are to mine. If you find them to be important, I suggest reviewing the details of your customer service touches, process and ability to help customers as needed — even if that means working outside of the normal channels. 5 Customer Service Tips: 1. A business owner/supervisor/manager/employee… Read More →

Know Your Customer: Gathering Data To Build Marketing Campaigns

Know Your Customer: Gathering Data to Build Marketing Campaigns

There was a time when we relied largely on focus groups and surveys to learn who was buying the products and services we were touting and what they thought about the experience. Thanks to technology, today we have access to a wealth of data to help build marketing campaigns that will catch the attention of… Read More →

Office Fragrance’s Becoming Real Issue

office fragrances

Office fragrance is becoming a real issue. Asthma. Fragrance sensitivity. Allergies. It may sound “rash,” but many types of fragrances in the workplace can trigger anything from breathing issues to hives to nausea to headaches — and everything in-between. These reactions can be so bad, in fact, lawsuits are being filed — and won —… Read More →

How To Get A Bank Loan Approved

bank loan
July 17, 2012 by in Columnist Spotlight | Finance

Banks, in general, have done a poor job of informing businesses what it takes to get a bank loan approved. In the bankers’ world, many of the most important considerations are what we refer to as the Five C’s of Credit: Capacity: History of positive cash flows The best predictor of a business’s likelihood of… Read More →

Creative Financing: Innovative Options For Funding Business

Creative Financing: Options for Funding Business

Whether you are just formulating a business plan for launch or you already have a company that is in need of a cash infusion, bank loans are often unattainable if you don’t meet the proper requirements. Fortunately, there are a variety of creative ways to fund the growth. If your banker turns you down, instead… Read More →

Do You Have An Investment Style?

Investment Style

Many investors rely on their expertise, or their advisors’ expertise, to develop and follow an investment style. These styles are important and can help provide direction and assist in making investment decisions. Investment styles are developed based on many factors, including age, gender, income, family, wealth, tax situation and previous investment experience. These factors play… Read More →

Four Ultrabooks Rising To The Top

Ultrabooks

If you’ve been watching the laptop market recently, you’ve noticed the buzz around “ultrabooks,” a new breed of laptops coming out from every major PC manufacturer. Ultrabooks blur the lines between notebook, tablet and high-powered machine; they go for around $1,000 (give or take) and have evolved significantly since their big introduction earlier this year.… Read More →

SMACNA Arizona Helps Build Careers In The Construction Industry

SMACNA Arizona

A career in the construction industry can be a fulfilling experience, particularly if proper education and training is received. And, with a tight job market, it makes sense for those who want to become a highly-trained, skilled craftsperson in the sheet metal, heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) field. SMACNA Arizona, the Arizona chapter of… Read More →

Hiring Tips: Finding The Right Person For The Job

hiring tips

Just as in your love life, you may have to kiss a lot of frogs before you find the right prince for you. The same is true in business; you may have to try out a few employees before you find the right fit for your organization. After running a successful business for more than… Read More →

Valley Forward Showcases Environmental Excellence

environmental excellence

It may not be easy being green but in today’s world, it might be the only way for companies to survive. Consumers are increasingly attracted to “greener” options, forcing organizations of all sizes and industry sectors to reevaluate how they operate. Those that figure out how to do it right see a wide range of… Read More →

To Tweet Or Not To Tweet: The Benefits Of Twitter For Business

Twitter

In February 2012, registered Twitter users officially hit 500 million. Despite the significantly growing population of tweeters ― approximately 11 new accounts are added every second ― there are many business people still asking, “Why should I be on Twitter?” The social media platform that limits posts to 140 characters appears to non-users as a… Read More →