Paying For College


It’s Never Too Soon to Start Saving for College With the rising costs associated with going to college, future college students and their parents must begin planning early. The National Center for Education Statistics estimates that tuition, fees, and room and board at a public institution run about $17,000 a year, while private colleges can … Continue reading Paying For College

SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses


SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses

We’ve all heard the term SEO, which stands for search engine optimization, but what does it mean and how should we be using it? Many small businesses don’t use SEO to their advantage. SEO can determine whether you gain or lose a sale when customers search for your business online before buying. The right online … Continue reading SEO Crash Course for Small Businesses

8 Ways to Motivate Employees


8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Lots of us resolve to make major changes in our personal lives and health as a new year begins, but did you know that business owners also believe it’s the best time to boost their employee culture? Now is a great time to introduce and help establish new habits and lasting motivation. As a business … Continue reading 8 Ways to Motivate Employees

Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner


Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

All business owners want to be successful, but the statistics are high for failure in the first five years. Not understanding customers, differentiating the business in the marketplace or leveraging future growth are some of the top reasons businesses fail. So, what makes business owners successful? It takes a lot of time, effort and planning … Continue reading Top Three Characteristics of a Successful Business Owner

10 Ways to Simplify Your Finances


Simplify Your Finances

Time is money, at least to many people. Simplifying your finances can save not only time but also reduce stress and possibly put more money in your pocket in the long run. Being able to see a clear picture of your financial situation is invaluable. Money matters often seem unmanageable or overwhelming, but these 10 … Continue reading 10 Ways to Simplify Your Finances

10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses


10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

  In a rising interest rate environment, now is a good time for small businesses to think about cutting costs and boosting savings. Some cost-cutting strategies are quick and easy, like getting rid of unnecessary expenses or scaling back free lunches, but others represent more long-term options that can make your business leaner, more profitable … Continue reading 10 Money Saving Tips for Small Businesses

Why Credit Scores are on the Rise


Why Credit Scores are on the Rise

Effective July 1, 2017, three of the major credit-reporting companies began following improved standards that will cause some credit scores to rise. As part of the National Consumer Assistance Plan (NCAP), TransUnion, Experian and Equifax are no longer including information about tax liens and civil judgments on a consumer’s record if the data doesn’t include … Continue reading Why Credit Scores are on the Rise

5 Tips for Setting Goals


5 Tips to Setting Goals

It’s no secret that those who are successful in business set goals. It’s easy to get lost in the day-to-day shuffle of business operations, but goals can help you stay on track, measure progress and get to the next level. Maybe you want to increase profits, improve customer service or launch a new product. Defining … Continue reading 5 Tips for Setting Goals

Writing a Mission Statement that Inspires


Write a mission statement that inspires

After developing your business plan, a mission statement is often viewed as next most important step in launching and sustaining a new business. Without an overall goal or philosophy, it’s easy to lose focus and forget why you established your business in the first place. While serving as a reminder to you, a mission statement … Continue reading Writing a Mission Statement that Inspires

Handing Over the Reins: How to Develop a Succession Plan for Your Business


Succession planning is defined as a process for identifying and developing new leaders in a company should current leaders leave, retire or die. While planning for such a big change can seem daunting, succession planning can also be “a great opportunity to maximize opportunities and create a multi-generational institution that embodies the family’s values and … Continue reading Handing Over the Reins: How to Develop a Succession Plan for Your Business