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3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete



3 things small businesses can learn from mixing concrete

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (FARAKOS) Sakrete is one of the handiest products ever developed. It’s basically a bag of rocks and sand, but to a weekend warrior with a honey-do list, it can be a magic dust. Packaged in small bags almost anyone can carry, Sakrete is an aggregation of Portland cement, sand and different-sized […]

How to make your mission a powerful tool for change



How to make your mission a powerful tool for change

From: bizjournals.com Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (MARTIN BARRAUD) The great organizations I know have missions with purpose. I suspect that somewhere in their evolution, someone stepped forward to challenge or lead those organizations in ways that now make a difference for others. A unique and worthy mission was established. That person, most likely, was its leader, a […]

​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon



​Deliver the small business special sauce and you’ll have nothing to fear from Amazon

From: bizjournals.com Image Credits: GETTY IMAGES (STEVECOLEIMAGES) Eeep—Eeep—Eeep —Eee “Uh! Yes, Echo. I’m awake.” Walter’s answer stopped the noise and prompted this message from inside his pillow: “Good morning, Walter. It’s 6:30 a.m. in Amazone 3, Monday, March 8, 2087. Current temperature is a crisp 11 degrees Ama-Cius. Have a nice day.” Walter Wallace had received the […]

How to build an effective talent development program



How to build an effective talent development program

From: bizjournals.com With the global business environment shifting daily, it’s critical for organizations to be prepared for change. Companies need to make sure their teams have the right skills to ensure the organization can thrive in this increasingly complex ecosystem. In my last article, I discussed how to identify the must-have skills and competencies you need […]

5 tips for smooth ownership transitions for family businesses



5 tips for smooth ownership transitions for family businesses

From: bizjournals.com/boston Image credits: GETTY IMAGES (ILBUSCA) Building and maintaining a successful family business over multiple generations can pose significant challenges for families. As families expand and businesses grow and prosper, it can become complicated to ensure everyone has a role they are suited for and that promotes ongoing business and personal fulfillment. While it is inevitable […]

Small business in America: The cities where small businesses fuel private-sector employment



Small business in America: The cities where small businesses fuel private-sector employment

From: http://www.bizjournals.com/ Image credit: KATHERINE WELLES American City Business Journals this week offers an in-depth look at small businesses in America. Our coverage includes an unveiling of our exclusive Small Business Vitality report: A ranking of 106 cities nationwide based on each city’s ability to foster the creation and development of small businesses. Ahead of Thursday’s unveiling […]

4 Ways to Practice Work-Life Balance in Your Small Business



4 Ways to Practice Work-Life Balance in Your Small Business

From: sba.gov Image from: Free Image on Pixabay Many small business owners will tell you the rise of the internet has changed how they work. Newer entrepreneurs may not even be able to imagine moving about their day without email, social media or mobile banking. But while these tools make it easier to do business in […]

Massachusetts unemployment drops to lowest rate since 2000



Massachusetts unemployment drops to lowest rate since 2000

From: bizjournals.com Image from: MAROKE The state’s unemployment rate stood at 2.8 percent in December, the lowest it has been in 16 years, the Executive Office of Labor and Development said Thursday. The rate fell from 2.9 percent in November, marking the sixth consecutive month that Massachusetts unemployment has decreased. The state added an estimated 6,600 […]

New data shows post-election bounce in small-business lending



New data shows post-election bounce in small-business lending

From: bizjournals.com Image from: CRAZYDIVA/GETTY IMAGES/ISTOCKPHOTO Small U.S-based firms increased their borrowing following the November election. But will their confidence hold throughout 2017? The Thomson Reuters/PayNet Small Business Lending Index hit 129.9 in November, up from 119.8 in October, marking the first increase in six months. Changes in the index often correspond with movements in […]