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.

Profit or Exponential Growth: You Usually Can’t Have Both

Traditional methods of planning and forecasting new businesses are dramatically changing in nature and diversity.   On one hand, traditional small businesses need to show profitability at some point, so they can pay their bills and find investors.  On the other, many new businesses like apps, sharing sites, and new technologies, require large scale, large investments, […]

Business Culture: Don’t Underestimate Its Importance

Business culture:  know about it, and just as important, don’t underestimate its importance I read an interesting article in Harvard Business Review (Pisano; June 2015) about the need for better strategies in executing innovation in organizations. While the article has some great recommendations, it ignores one critical element of innovation: the importance of a business […]

Key Management Strategies for Small Business Owners

Are you too busy fighting the alligators to clean the swamp?  In other words, regarding management, are you so busy minding the details of your business that you seldom if ever have a chance to look at “the big picture,” about where you are heading, and how you are best going to get there?  How do […]

Making Sense of Passion and Reality in Startup Businesses

Startup business expert, Bert Shlensky, helps break down how entrepreneurs and startup businesses need to harness their passion when running their business, all the while tempering it with a healthy dose of reality.  Passion and reality in startup businesses is frequently overlooked and misunderstood by entrepreneurs. Watch this video to learn more.

New Structural Paradigms for Business

How Can They Become Part of the Business Process? There is a current article in the Wall Street Journal about how the “blue chips” are blue because of poor sales and earnings growth and little stock market appreciation. The article includes examples of industry and category leaders like Caterpillar, Proctor & Gamble, IBM, General Electric, […]