SBA New SizeUp Tool

Posted by Chris Curtin on Sep 17, 2012 in Business Tools, Enhance, SBA Loans | 0 comments |

Small business owners and start-ups in South Florida now have a new business tool to help them compete and grow.  This free tool helps businesses identify new customers and compare their performance against other businesses in their industry. Collection of data is from hundreds of private and public sources.  The SBA New SizeUp Tool can be found at www.sba.gov/sizeup. If you are a small business owner, you need to know how your business stacks up with the competition. This is for you to know your edge in order to succeed. SizeUp will help...

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Small Business Confidence Rises

Posted by Chris Curtin on Apr 5, 2012 in Enhance | 0 comments |

Small Business Confidence Rises

The National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) released a report on the small business optimism index. Based on a survey, the small business optimism index gained 0.4 points in February. This means that small businesses are generally feeling more optimistic about the future. With small business confidence on the rise, experts suggest preparing your small business cautiously, but hopefully, for a positive future. Read more...

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The Magic of Doing Things One at a Time

Posted by Chris Curtin on Mar 30, 2012 in Enhance | 0 comments |

Tony Schwartz, the president and CEO of The Energy Project and the author of “Be Excellent at Anything” shared in Harvard Business Review: The magic of doing one thing at a time. Why is it that between 25% and 50% of people report feeling overwhelmed or burned out at work? It’s not just the number of hours we’re working, but also the fact that we spend too many continuous hours juggling too many things at the same time. What we’ve lost, above all, are stopping points, finish lines and boundaries. Technology has...

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6 Tricks to Sell Yourself by Geoffrey James

Posted by Chris Curtin on Mar 28, 2012 in Enhance | 2 comments |

In every sales situation, your No. 1 job is to sell yourself to the customer. Before anybody is going to buy from you or your company, they’ve got to “buy” the idea that you’re somebody worth working with. In other words, just like a job candidate, your first task is always selling you. Geoffrey James gave few ways to go about it. Read more…     I also recommend you to read Tips for Business Buyers: Sell Yourself – by Nick Rodites of Bankers...

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Successful Start-up: Make People Care

Posted by Chris Curtin on Mar 23, 2012 in Enhance | 1 comment |

Kevin Ready, a serial entrepreneur, consultant, and author of the book Startup: An Insider’s Guide to Launching and Running a Business shared on Forbes.com some tips to have a successful start-up: It can be a lonely world out there. During the first days and weeks when you are just starting a new business, it can feel like you are alone in the wilderness. When consulting with entrepreneurs that are struggling to get a business off the ground, I often end up telling them this: I read a great book on starting your own business. It’s the...

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Five Tips in Starting a Small Business

Posted by Chris Curtin on Mar 22, 2012 in Enhance | 0 comments |

In today’s entrepreneurship, you are either succeeding or failing. Your business might be the next Apple, or it will be a dud. Being an Educated, Experienced, Creative Professional (EECP) is not enough to survive a start-up. While there is a kind of rapid growth is the entrepreneur’s dream, it also creates problems and requires the difficult transition from having a great idea to making it happen. What will help you is to take a small, “smart step” toward something you desire to achieve. Here are some hard-won lessons from INC...

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The 5 Reasons Every Small Business Are Extending Credit

Posted by Chris Curtin on Mar 21, 2012 in Enhance | 0 comments |

There is much debate over whether or not extending net terms to customers is a smart practice for small businesses. This involves risk. Especially with providing a service or product and trusting the customer to pay you back at a later, specific date. Some say it is harder for small businesses to monitor their credit department, as they don’t have the tools like Fortune 500 companies. Thanks to emerging technologies, handling their customers’ payments is easier than ever. The truth remains that, if your business model supports the...

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