Monthly Archives: October 2009

Competing in a Big Box World

 Small businesses, especially small retailers, have long struggled to compete in a world of Big Boxes. Well, with the recent news out of Bentonville, Ark., many small funeral homes will be doing that literally. Wal-Mart recently started selling caskets on … Continue reading

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Moving Beyond the Credit Rhetoric

Yesterday’s announcement from President Obama pledging support for small businesses was welcome news . . . sort of. Obama backed legislation intended to increase the maximum size of some SBA loans and also committed to additional Treasury Department support for smaller community … Continue reading

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Thinking Bigger . . . It’s Contagious!

Most people start a business because they are thinking bigger. They see opportunities to grow—to broaden their knowledge, to create personal wealth, to meet more people, to somehow make a difference. They are high achieving, competitive individuals who derive satisfaction from … Continue reading

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Starting With Just the Shirt on Your Back

An entrepreneur down in Jacksonville, Florida, has put a new twist on the old adage of someone giving you the shirt off their back . . . He actually puts your shirt on his back, and he has a thriving … Continue reading

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Dick and Jane Grow Up

Remember the Dick and Jane readers we cut our teeth on as kids? As Kindergartners, we mastered the basic words of the English language through a series of single-line paragraphs and simple sentences. Mind-numbing sentences, yes. But they served their … Continue reading

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Where Have All the New Jobs Gone?

Part of the answer may lie in sputtering start-up stats . . . I’ve been in Washington, DC, the last couple of days representing NAWBO at a health care summit hosted by the National Women’s Business Council. Leaders from women’s … Continue reading

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