6 tips for creating (and maintaining) a website

Website 101: Promote your business online. Did you know that 97 percent of consumers look online for local products and services? Yet, surprisingly, 47 percent of small businesses don’t have a website, according to small business mentoring foundation SCORE. If your … Read more

7 party ideas to thank your employees and boost morale

Turn off your computer and turn up the music. Throwing a party is a great way to reward your employees for a job well done, boost everyone’s spirits and showcase your corporate culture. Here are 7 creative ideas to keep … Read more

How to make your marketing dollars work as hard as you do

Set yourself apart from the competition with these 4 tactics. In today’s digital world, small businesses need to do more than just put an ad in the local paper to market their products and services. Successful business owners are setting … Read more

6 factors to consider when selling your business

To sell, or not to sell? That is the question. To sell, or not to sell? That’s the question for owners and CEOs of middle-market companies. According to an article featured on the BMO Harris Commercial Bank Resource Center, as baby … Read more

7 steps for extending customer credit

Managing risk is an essential part of the equation. Offering credit may encourage your customers to buy more — but it can backfire if you offer too much or they pay later than you’d planned. Customer credit use is common … Read more

Tips for overcoming 5 common business challenges

Take control of operational obstacles that may have you in the red. As a business owner, this may be old news to you: According to the National Small Business Association, following the economic downturn, a resulting shortage of capital and other … Read more

Boost your social media plan ROI with these 6 tips

Become a small business social media guru. Many small business owners recognize the advantages a strong social media presence can provide — 22 percent said in a recent Staples survey that they’d take a solid Facebook community over a celebrity endorsement! Additionally, … Read more