We Live in the Disinformation Age

For a long time now we have been lead to believe that we are in the greatest age in history, namely that we are in the information age. We can look up anything with the touch of a keyboard, directions to the nearest sushi bar is available on your conversation device, and price comparisons are available in the comfort of your home instead of multiple visits to multiple stores. We have been lied to … [Read more...]

Worker Appreciation is not Rocket Science

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We are facing a real uphill battle these days to find, train, and retain great employees. However, we do have a secret weapon we can use that is about as old of a technology as you can imagine. It involves the use of the yellow sticky note. Invented by 3M scientist Dr. Spencer Silver in 1968, the Post-It Note as it was called then has now undergone a renaissance of sorts with the patent expiring … [Read more...]

Being a Mentor is not for Everyone

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I have often been asked how I make my living and exactly what is it I do here at American Small Business Centers. My reply is often edited to the person or audience asking me the question. I even wrote a book about this called “Ladies, You Can Do This!” which gives basic down to earth business advice and also chronicles ordinary every day women who run extraordinary businesses. The truth is I am … [Read more...]

The Magic of Marrying Video and Marketing

I am working with Stacey Sparks-Huff to market her new online wedding gown business, Belle Curvy Couture.  She specializes in plus size gowns, and has designed her own line of gowns that she is offering exclusively through her store and online company. One of the smart things we did was to hire digital marketing specialist, David Perleberg of Rep Empire, Inc.  He suggested we do a video of Stacey … [Read more...]

Web Site Vs. Web Presence

I was recently talking with a new client who told me he was going to do his own web site; now that was not the business he was starting nor did he have some level of expertise with web site development. I was - to say the least - unimpressed with his ego and skills. Here’s the deal. If you are going to be in a serious business then you need a serious web site. Period. There are a lot of do it … [Read more...]

What I Learned About Business Watching Super Bowl LI

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Super Bowl Fifty One is now in the record books and has been correctly labeled the most spectacular Super Bowl to date. 24 Super Bowl records broken, and seven more tied. While it was the best cliff hanger football I have ever seen, I was reminded about the business lessons we could all learn from watching and enjoying this game. Lesson #1 –. Possession pays off The Falcons came out guns blazing … [Read more...]

Sexual Harassment is Still a Problem

I was asked by a business owner the other day what should be done about a sexual harassment problem one of the sales people had happen to her on a sales call. The sales person was calling on local businesses as were her job duties in order to secure business from them. I will not say what type of business nor who this is as I have promised confidentiality. The sales call was a follow-up to a … [Read more...]

What is a Mentor?

I get asked this question a lot. The answer has not changed since the dawn of time. The basic answer to this question is one of the following: 1. Someone with more experience than you have in a particular field of subject. 2. Someone who teaches or trains you. 3. Someone who is a source of wisdom and support. Normally a mentor is not someone in your immediate family as family ties have a way … [Read more...]

What Are You Going To Do When Trump Gets Into the White House?

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I have been asked by many of my clients and friends as to how we as a business community are going to survive the next president and his agenda. My normal response has been “What Agenda.” As the election wound down and Trump won we need to examine what this should mean to all of us and how we should prepare for this transition of power. It is being assumed that we will have a replacement for the … [Read more...]

Women’s Self Defense Course

In this day and age you would think that many of us have taken steps to be aware of our surroundings and have taken steps to secure ourselves from violence or attack. Sadly this is not the case for many of the women business owners I work with. Self defense takes on all forms of acts and actions. Probably the most important of these is the belief that a woman can defend herself. I have heard many … [Read more...]