Owning a Small Business is NOT Easy

I took some time off from work last night to just relax. I was browsing through my cable channels and found A League of Their Own on. The movie came out in 1992 and is easily one of my favorites of all time, and every time I watch it, I glean more wisdom from it thanContinue reading “Owning a Small Business is NOT Easy”

Protecting You and Your Business

When it comes to managing a business, there is far more than just worrying about managing a website, buying supplies, and serving customers – you also need to worry about liability. There are multiple types of liability. From BusinessDictionary.com… Personal Liability – A financial obligation for which an individual is responsible and which may be satisfied outContinue reading “Protecting You and Your Business”

Consultants & Recruits: How to Start Growing Your Team

Consultants & Recruits: How to Start Growing Your Team Co-Written By RoseMary Algerio & Kristen Fusaro-Pizzo The fastest way to grow a small business is by acquiring consultants and recruits who can serve a variety of functions: 1) Sell your products for you, 2) Sell in tandem with you, 3) Sell as a member ofContinue reading “Consultants & Recruits: How to Start Growing Your Team”

Small Businesses: Stop Stressing Seasonal Sales Dips

The Vice President of the Vine Vendor Network, Sandra D’Auria, always says “The J months are the worst in retail.” D’Auria is right; January, June, and July are notoriously low for retail sales. Deconstructing the function of retail and the mindset of shoppers, it makes perfect sense: January is after the rush of the holidayContinue reading “Small Businesses: Stop Stressing Seasonal Sales Dips”

Top 5 Investments You Need to Make as an Entrepreneur

Being an entrepreneur today doesn’t offer the same mystique and je ne sais quoi it once did. The idea of the successful entrepreneur has us envisioning a Gatsby-esque gentleman lounging on a yacht wearing white board shorts, a deep tan, calling people “Old Sport” while his dollars just rolled in.  This is the American dream, isn’t it? To becomeContinue reading “Top 5 Investments You Need to Make as an Entrepreneur”

Building a Branded Facebook Group

Once upon a time, businesses could create a free Facebook page, free Instagram account, and free Twitter account where followers would “like” or “follow” their company and receive all of the latest news via social media. Well, not long ago, the big, bad wolves of social media learned that this was an easy way toContinue reading “Building a Branded Facebook Group”

Why Small Businesses Need to Donate to Charity

According to the United States Small Business Association, about 75% of small businesses donate to charity each year. With this number, if your small business is not donating, you are seriously missing out on some major benefits. Small business tax deductions for charitable donations (for real 501(c)(3) organizations) Community partnership and networking Faith and trust fromContinue reading “Why Small Businesses Need to Donate to Charity”

What to Do When Attending Networking Events

In a previous blog, I wrote about The Need and Power of Networking for Small Business. So now you’ve signed up for a networking event (maybe your first), what do you do? First and foremost, relax. Attending networking events is an excellent way to get started because you’re teaming with a group of like-minded individuals who are all afterContinue reading “What to Do When Attending Networking Events”

The Need and Power of Networking for Small Business

As a small business owner, you know how much hard work goes into truly making a successful business. I’m not sure who originally said it, but the famous Lori Grenier from Shark Tank says: “Entrepreneurs are the only people who will work 80 hours a week to avoid working 40 hours a week.” Absolute truth.Continue reading “The Need and Power of Networking for Small Business”