Kids & Money Until this summer, it was solely up to parents to teach their kids about the importance of saving money. As of June 2016, however, Louisiana House Bill 401 requires that students in first through 12th grade receive financial literacy instruction. The goal is to empower kids to be confident, informed consumers and set them in … Continue reading Kids & Money

Go for Gold Watching an elite athlete or team perform phenomenally is certainly exciting and inspirational — but how feasible is it to simply apply winning approaches from sport to business? From my experience, I can see that there are clear parallels, but also some important differences. Uphold Your Values The three core values of the Olympic movement … Continue reading Go for Gold

What’s Bugging Business Owners

Finding qualified workers. An uncertain political climate. Increased regulations. Small business owners don’t have much enthusiasm for making capital outlays, increasing inventories or expanding with these worries on their minds. According to the National Federation of Independent Business’s Small Business Economic Trends’ most recent report, small business optimism rose two-tenths of a point in May … Continue reading What’s Bugging Business Owners

How Does Your Company Stack Up?

As a small business owner, you’re probably juggling various aspects of your company, but the question you need to be asking is whether you or anyone else is effectively managing its finances. You may be pleased with the paycheck you take home each month and feel you have ample cash flow to put back into … Continue reading How Does Your Company Stack Up?

Know Your Customer

How can listening to your customers but not truly understanding what they’re saying hurt your business? Professional speaker, author and trainer Dr. Dennis Rosen tells a story about an interaction between his father and a bank teller that illustrates just how important understanding can be. Dr. Rosen’s father worked two jobs and was proud to … Continue reading Know Your Customer

Your Business and Hurricane Season: It’s not too late to prepare

Hurricane season officially began June 1. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predicts more activity in 2016 than the last three seasons, with one to four major hurricanes on the horizon. No matter the predictions, it’s important to be prepared both at home and at the office. The Insurance Information Institute estimates that 40 percent … Continue reading Your Business and Hurricane Season: It’s not too late to prepare

7 Steps to a Successful Loan

Seeking a loan can be a complicated and stressful experience, but it doesn’t have to be. Sure, lending standards have tightened in recent years, but banks want to loan money. It’s what they do. Whether it’s a startup loan, equipment loan, a loan to finance an expansion of your company or you’re just in need … Continue reading 7 Steps to a Successful Loan

Is a Small Business Credit Card Right for You?

The simple answer is likely yes — if for no other reason than how it can help you keep better records. But there are numerous reasons a small business credit card will work for you. Increasingly throughout the U.S., small business credit cards are being used to keep businesses afloat, with more than 30 percent … Continue reading Is a Small Business Credit Card Right for You?