Eric Remer

Moving beyond fear

Posted by on July 22, 2015 in Leadership

It’s so easy to get into a groove with your personal and professional life. But there’s a difference between getting into a groove and being complacent. To really grow, sometimes you have to give up the comforts of where you are to move forward. But when is it worth the risk?

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Lisa Hephner

Four Key Steps for Closing a Failed Small Business

Posted by on July 21, 2015 in Tip of the Week

eyes-795647_640Over the past week I have been dealing with the impending and then actual death of a family member. During this time our family has gone through the emotional turmoil of coming to terms first with the realization that our loved-one was not going to beat her cancer, then that she only had a few days left, and finally with her passing. After that came the immediate demands of final arrangements and the memorial service. And now we are embroiled in all the paperwork, legal requirements, and logistics of closing down a life. (Honestly—it should be easier!)

As we work through our family situation, I am constantly reminded of how similar it is to closing down a beloved, but ultimately failed, small business. While there is plenty of advice floating around about how to bounce back from a business failure, and how to learn from it, that is the end of the process. It is just as important to be prepared to handle everything that leads up to it.

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Lisa Hephner

Free Design Tool for Small Business Social Media Marketing

Posted by on July 14, 2015 in Tip of the Week

social-mediaToday’s quick-glance social media world makes creating striking visual content more important than ever. Once you have the perfect image, you need the perfect marketing template in which to deploy it. This free design tool (available as a web or iOS App), will help you do just that. It is a very simple drag-and-drop interface, packed with templates, fonts, images, photo editors, and filters you can use to create stunning online and offline marketing materials. A unique feature is its many templates for social media marketing such as Facebook posts, apps, and covers; Twitter posts and headers, YouTube channel art, blog graphics, Kindle covers, Etsy banners, Pinterest graphics, and Instagram posts.

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Eric Remer

Seeking connection in a complex world 

Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Leadership

Man Sitting on Ocean Beach Meditating with Palms Up Those of us who seek deeper self-connection and reflection in our lives do many things on our path to enhance our growth. Meditation, yoga, energy work, body work — you name the modality — all provide some level of clarity that allow us to better connect with ourselves and the world around us. However, spending time with someone who is completely connected to themselves and the world around them shows me how much I have to learn.

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Lisa Hephner

A Test for Your Small Business Problem Solving Skills

Posted by on July 7, 2015 in Tip of the Week

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Small business owners are problem solvers. Whether it is how to do more with less, how to fill an unexpected large order on short notice, or how to expand in a shrinking market, the successful small business owner will find a way to get it done. However, what separates the modestly successful from the uber successful may just be the effectiveness of the problem solving approach and techniques employed.

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Lisa Hephner

The Age for Small Business

Posted by on June 30, 2015 in Tip of the Week

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What is the best age to start a small business? When you have the enthusiasm of youth, the wisdom of old age, or somewhere in between? The research is mixed, but suggests 25-44 as a good (and rather wide) range. But, regardless of study findings, there are many examples of successful entrepreneurs and small business owners of all ages.

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Lisa Hephner

Is Windows 10 Right for Your Small Business?

Posted by on June 23, 2015 in Tip of the Week

windows_10You’ve probably seen the announcements about the release of Windows 10 slated for July 29, 2015.
If you’re currently running Windows 7 or Windows 8.1 you have probably also seen an icon in your system tray that prompts you to reserve your free Windows 10 upgrade. The big question is should you upgrade.

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