This section contains some essential "How-Tos" for small business owners and Entrepreneurs. The goals are to provide critical information, tips and recommendations to improve your business and help you focus on urgent components. After you have reviewed them, you should move to the PLANNING TEMPLATES section located in the Navigation bar beneath PLANNING ARTICLES.

Business Planning is a Process (Not a Formula)

Creating a business plan is a lot like forecasting the weather… those who are in charge of predicting a storm get blamed if they are not 100% accurate. The same logic applies to business planning in terms of timing, expediency, and execution. This can lead many business owners to abandon ship, rather than seeing it […]

The Merchandising Plan Can Be Gold in Increasing Your Success

I recently read an article that KFC in Europe ran out of chicken, and had to close down for a few days. While this is an extreme example, merchandise planning and logistics are critical to success and frequently overlooked. One off the problems is they are also sometimes considered boring and unimportant, and the little […]

How to Enhance Intuition and Innovation with Analytics

Are there two extreme approaches to numbers, with little grey area in between? On one hand, we buy lottery tickets, even though the odds of winning are decidedly against us. On the other hand, we believe much of the information that is presented to us on a daily basis without much further analysis. MIT recently […]

10 Ways to Reduce Stress

Recently, I had a client approach me who was concerned about all the awful things that might affect her and her company. Her goal was to change her current response of stressing out to the point of inaction and shift her focus to developing more solutions. It was a great start that she recognized the […]

10 Things to Make Your 2018 Your Most Profitable Year Yet

Quick Tips for 2018 As we enter into a new year, we are all hoping for more success than we had this year. We all have a tendency to cry into our eggnog as we reflect on the failures, but it’s time to move forward! To start, you must address the self-doubt that still holds […]