Being a Mentor is not for Everyone


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...]

What I Learned About Business Watching Super Bowl LI


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...]

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...]

How They Steal Your Money

It is a foregone conclusion that with all of the electronic means in existence to shop, pay bills, or even file your taxes that your information is going to get compromised and your money will be stolen.  How does this happen and what can you do about it? We are only going to talk about here ways your money can be stolen; People file false tax returns People use your credit card … [Read more...]

What would I do over again?


I am often asked with my years in business what, if anything, I would do different again if I was starting out in business.  The factual answer to that is probably nothing since I have taken all of my experience, both good and not so good, and have turned it into life’s lessons and business truths that I now use with all of my clients. However, when asked what I would do over, that is very easy.  … [Read more...]

Salary Negotiation Skills


In my blog post on Considerations and Observations regarding Women in Business I shared thoughts on salary negotiation skills, which is not taught very well to our young professionals.   Here are 3 strategies you can try: Most salary offers are within 5% of what the job will actually pay.  Never take the first amount offered.  Use the 10% rule.  If you are offered $40,000 a year, take 10% of … [Read more...]

Case Study – How to Communicate Effectively in Business

Texting Professionals

Situation: To say that business has changed in the last 10 years would be a wild understatement.  The internet is here to stay and so are all of the new devices, methods, and opportunities that come with it.  The biggest problem with all of the devices and capabilities is that they all combine to give instant access to anyone you want to reach, and it sets up the expectation of an instant … [Read more...]

The top three questions ASBC is being asked by business people.

Situation: Let’s face it. Business as we know it is changing and there is little we can do to address the threats outside of our control. What is a business owner or employee to do about all of this? Here are the top three questions I have been asked this past month: 1. Should I be worried about the Affordable Care Act (ACA) even though I only have 6 employees? 2. I have 12 W-2 employees and 66 … [Read more...]

Network Like A Warrior: Tom’s Three Things

Tom Lunney, one of our top advisors here at American Small Business Centers, is one networking warrior some of you may know personally.  For those of you who don't know:  Tom's not a "sugar coat and top it with a cherry" kind of guy. His 20+ years of experience may be unknown to many of us, but this gentle giant is bound and determined to tell it like it is. After our Quarterly Matchmaking event … [Read more...]