Small Business Development Center


The Value of Good Corporate Culture

Some of the best businesses around the world, today and historically, have been praised for their ability to stand out in their own individual market space. And for a lot of them - their success can’t be explained or put into words. In the business world, we always discuss the businesses that are able to create a “competitive advantage”, or be different from their competitors.

Failure to Launch

Have you ever met someone who has been dreaming about starting a business for years, yet for some reason (or multiple reasons) they have just failed to launch?

What I've noticed in many people who say they want to start a new they get stuck in the tiny moments of feeling overwhelmed, caught in indecision and inaction. What follows are some tips to encourage those dreamers to finally take action.

Type B's Guide to Living in a Type A's World

As an MBA student, I typically get pinned as having a type A personality. How else would I keep up with all my work and maintain good grades? Well the truth is I’m more of a type B personality and always have been. There are inherent advantages and disadvantages to both type A and type B personalities, and many of us don’t fit exactly into one box. However, many type B personalities, like myself, feel a need to conform to type As once we start our day of work or school. There are many clear advantages to the type A archetype that should not be disregarded.

Easy Ways to be More Environmental Friendly in the Office

It can be very easy to get into quite the routine at work. If you’re like me, you roll out of the bed in the morning, eat your toast in the car on the way to work, and then slowly press start on the coffee machine as the lights turn on in the office. One of my goals for the new year is to make a few easy swaps to my morning routine and my routine in the office more environmentally conscious. 

Time Debtors

Recently, I’ve been thinking about time debtors. You know the type. The people that keep stacking ‘to-do’ things on their plate. Things that they’ll never actually have time to do in spite of their best intentions, or things that will take 90+ hours per week to accomplish. You’ve probably either worked with one, lived with one, or  –gasp!-  are one. There’s an epidemic of chronic busyness in modern society, and most of us are over-promising our time. Electronic communication has made it easier than ever to reach more people and make more asks than ever before.

Know Your Numbers - Know Your Business

If you have ever watched CNBC's "The Profit" you likely have heard serial entrepreneur Marcus Lemonis admonish business owners with those words.

While reviewing financial statements may not be your favorite thing to do, it’s important to keep a close eye on the financial drivers that can help you avoid a train wreck.

To help ensure that your business stays out of financial trouble, take the time to familiarize yourself with the following financial statements and mission critical numbers behind them.

New Year’s Resolutions for Desk-Dwellers

If you’re anything like me, you probably indulge in dietary delight from Halloween until December 31st. I mean, it’s a natural instinct to tack on some mass for the winter. I saw some bears and hedgehogs doing it, so I really don’t feel that bad about myself. Unfortunately, on January 1st all the excuses I made over the last three months are overcome with the premonition of spring and summer right around the corner. 

How Your Business Can Give Back this Holiday Season

As the holidays progress this season, some may be wondering how your business can give back to the community and to your employees.

While the holidays offer plenty of fun and cheery spirit, it can also create a lot of stress for everyone – both at work and at home. Getting involved in the community as a team can help keep your employees motivated and engaged during the holidays.

Here are a couple of ways your company can give back this holiday season:

1.  Partner with a local toy drive


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