Vision & Strategy

Women are the fastest growing segment of business owners in the United States. Terrific for economic growth in our country, but wait!  There’s a caveat:  compared to male business owners, women entrepreneurs tend to have smaller companies, generate less revenue and employ fewer people. So what’s holding them back? Tune in to these episodes of […]

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Owning a successful business takes lots of different knowledge and know-how to get it running smoothly—which includes avoiding risks.  Yet many entrepreneurs forge full steam ahead without professional legal advice … for a variety of reasons. Cost. Fear. Ego, to name a few. But without it, seemingly small missteps like “oops, my independent contractor should […]

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Often because, in short, they don’€™t ask for it. I was chatting with Bunmi Zalob, publisher of WomenEntrepreneur.com’€™s Secret to Serenity blog, about “€œplaying small.” And why women seem to do it. The sad truth is that studies show that women do it to themselves over and over. A recent study showed that female entrepreneurs are far […]

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Stuck. That’s how I felt last week. The kind of paralysis that comes from trying to do too much all in the same moment, not knowing where to turn, not thinking clearly, not getting traction. The phrase “… being too much in the world” kept dancing in my head. Ever felt that way in your […]

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Entrepreneurs approach the business planning stage differently.  Some need to cross every “T” and dot every “I” — not a bad approach if you’re seeking financing from sources outside yourself.  Others find are a little more relaxed about it.  As Harry Karanja, a web cafe entrepreneur in Nairobi, Kenya, described his thought process: My preferred […]

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If you slept in this past Sunday morning (and normally, I would, too), you may have missed my segment on MSNBC’s “Your Business” where I was part of a panel that included venture attorney Jennifer E. Hill and National Federation of Independent Business chief economist, Bill Dunkelberg. What’s your take on the economy? How has […]

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Many thanks to attorney Anthony Cerminaro’s BizzBangBuzz blog for bringing this tidbit to my attention.This handy article, which appeared in Business Intelligence Lowdown earlier this year, lists 101 common sense management tips for entrepreneurs.What floored me was that all 101 tips appear in the article (and not in a link to purchase a book for $197.00)! […]

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Should you freely, readily, easily share your intellectual property? Does “share, share; that’s fair” apply to the board room as well as the dining room? Methinks not. This short video explains why. Am I being overly cautious? (No surprise, given my legal training). Or worse—selfish? (With a wink to Ayn Rand). Be sure to post […]

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If it were so easy to develop an ideal business proposal, every one could do it. Every time. It takes a delicate balance of salesmanship, listening to your customer, and knowing how much of your “secret sauce” to divulge. In this segment of MSNBC’s Your Business, I talk about how NOT to give away the […]

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Your plan needs to outline two things: how you’ll grow and how you’ll manage financial risks. I was all set to write a column on business planning, employing Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower’s overused quote, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.” But then I read Ian Sanders and David Sloly’s booklet, “Unplan Your Business,” […]

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