Lee Polevoi is an award-winning business writer specializing in the challenges and opportunities facing small business. He is former Senior Writer at Vistage International, a global membership organization of CEOs.
on January 22, 2013
Nine out of 10 businesses in the United States are family-owned, according to the Small Business Administration. That’s an impressive statistic, considering all of the minefields associated with keeping things in the family. The hiring process may involve so…Read » Views: 510
on January 15, 2013
Ask any small business owner what the hardest aspects of running a company are, and you’ll likely get a wide range of answers. Some people aren’t good at money matters, for example, while others don’t know how to delegate. But just about every business ow…Read » Views: 1,897
on January 11, 2013
You built your small business from scratch. You’d like to think you’ll go on running it forever, but deep down you know this is unrealistic. That’s why you need to start succession planning now.
Whether you intend to sell your company or pass it on to …Read » Views: 330
on January 9, 2013
Many budding entrepreneurs start their own companies because they like interacting with people and providing products or services that others need. But the friendly relationships that grow out of this impulse can have a negative impact on a business if they e…Read » Views: 429
on December 6, 2012
’Tis the season to be jolly, and no one does jolly like Santa Claus. Thinking of upping the “ho-ho-ho” factor at your store this Christmas? Here’s how to hire a St. Nick who’s appropriate for your special event.
Consider Your Needs and Expectations
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on November 26, 2012
Whether you have two employees or 100, your business depends on people working together as a team. This doesn’t happen on its own: It requires planning and deliberate action on the part of the small-business owner. The results — high-functioning employees …Read » Views: 375
on November 23, 2012
Direct mail is one of the least expensive marketing tools available to small business: You can control the quantities and costs while targeting existing customers and qualified prospects with a personal message and offering.
Some small businesses are naturall…Read » Views: 404
on November 1, 2012
The ability to write well may not rank high among your priorities, but communicating effectively with employees, suppliers, customers, and prospective clients is critically important for small-business owners.
Think of all the ways in which you communicate wi…Read » Views: 386