Lisa Hephner

In Memoriam F.S.B. (The Way of the Small Business)

Posted by Lisa Hephner on May 26, 2015 in Tip of the Week

gravestoneThere are articles, books, posts, videos and profiles in abundance for those few stories of small businesses succeeding spectacularly and becoming mega-businesses (Facebook, Apple) and of small businesses being acquired for huge sums by large companies, we don’t hear as much about the hardworking small business owners all across the country who strive day-in and day-out, good economy and bad, to keep their companies strong. We hear even less about the failures. This is unfortunate, because a failed small business is almost always a Phoenix. And whether it softly fizzled out or went down in spectacular flames, the failure can be used as a lesson that will enable future success.

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Eric Remer

All good things take time

Posted by Eric Remer on May 20, 2015 in Leadership

Fish leaps from small bowl to large bowlNo matter how good you are, it takes time to really mature and be great.  There is real value in getting thrown into the fire and learning on the job. But there is also real value in being brought along slowly and learning what you know and don’t know.

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Lisa Hephner

Get The Picture: DIY Photography for Small Business

Posted by Lisa Hephner on May 19, 2015 in Tip of the Week

lens-582606_640 Whether it is a picture of your newest product, an energetic shot of your team at work, or before and after pictures for your service offering, the perfect image can mean the difference between engaging potential customers and losing them by falling flat. Don’t let your small business suffer from ordinary images. With so many options for taking and enhancing your own photos, the DIY approach can help you stand out from the crowd.

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Lisa Hephner

The Many Flavors of Entrepreneurship

Posted by Lisa Hephner on May 12, 2015 in Tip of the Week

entrepreneurIt takes a special kind of person to start a small business— one with passion, mixed with a can-do attitude, and an infectious enthusiasm that sweeps-up investors, customers, and employees. However, entrepreneurs (like small businesses) come in many flavors and styles.

The following list breaks down entrepreneurial sub-categories. If you’re already a small business owner, check out the sources listed to connect with your like-minded peers. If you’re thinking about starting a business, use this list to uncover a niche that tickles your fancy or ignites your passion.

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Lisa Hephner

“Mother” Apps

Posted by Lisa Hephner on May 5, 2015 in Tip of the Week

mom_phoneMother’s day is this Sunday May 10th. So, at the risk of sounding like a nag, if you haven’t yet ordered that special gift, sent out that card, or at least set a reminder to call your Mother on Sunday—get to it! Of course, it shouldn’t take a Hallmark Holiday to help us appreciate how our mothers have shaped our lives. In that spirit, the following Apps will help you put a little “mother” into your everyday.

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Eric Remer

It is more fun to do, than to not do

Posted by Eric Remer on May 4, 2015 in Leadership

people-dancing-holding-handsI was at the Farmers Market last weekend and an African drum band was playing. They were singing, drumming and dancing a variety of traditional dances. Toward the end of the performance, the leader of the troupe asked everyone in the audience to come onstage and join them in their final dance.

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Amy Wigginton

Reads of the Week – May 1

Posted by Amy Wigginton on May 1, 2015 in Small Business

News on Any Platform: Computer, Tablet, MobileWe know you’re busy, so we pulled together the most interesting reads of the week for topics affecting small business owners including how to create a strong cash flow strategy, recession-proofing your business, stand out from the competition and how net neutrality benefits SMBs.

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