Setting Small Business Wages

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As minimum wage increasingly becomes a hot news topic from Washington DC to Seattle, Washington, small business owners are weighing in.  Some say they cannot afford to pay more wages as they are struggling to hire people, recover from the recession, and compete with big companies. However, 61% of small business owners say they are in favor of […]

Good Employee, Bad Employee

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A wise woman once told me that the first month with a new babysitter had better be blissful, because it’s all down hill from there.  Then there’s the “honeymoon” period when a couple first falls in love with each other.  No need to explain how that goes much of the time.  Have you hired a new employee who […]

Legal Advice For Buying or Selling A Business

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Recently, I asked a group of very smart, knowledgeable people, most of whom have participated in some way with mergers and acquisitions, if they had recommendations for a lawyer or law firm to provide legal advice to help a small business client buy or sell a business.  Having passed these recommendations on to the small business […]

A Penny Wise, A Latte Foolish?

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Pinching pennies?  Me too. Ever heard the slam on penny pinchers who spend dollars per cup of coffee each day?  I walked through my neighborhood to pick up my venti latte this morning, then read an article tweeted by Inc. on ‘Money Myths That Make Success Harder.’  One of the five myths is “Take care of the pence and the pounds will take […]

Thinking About Money – Expenditures

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Money doesn’t go far in small business.  Should we spend more on marketing communications?  Buy a new laptop, desktop, tablet, smartphone, or camera?  Upgrade our website, CRM, billing system, cloud storage, phone or Internet services?  Hire a new sales, customer service, or finance person?  Enhance employee benefits? Create new products?  And so on. Each opportunity […]

A Dog’s Lesson On Cold Calling

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I love my dog.  She is beautiful, smart, loyal, well behaved, funny, a good dancer, and concerned for my well-being.  In fact, she is the most wonderful dog in the world.  When I walk her, people sometimes stop me to admire her and ask what type of dog she is.  ”She’s a Leagle,” I say. […]