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ChooseWhat Scholarship

Scholarship for students with self employment experience

Have you ever earned money as a contractor or a small business owner? If so, this scholarship opportunity is for you. If you are a qualifying student (see “who can apply” section … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
ChooseWhat Spring 2019 Scholarship Winner

Spring 2019 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the Winner Is…

It takes time to recognize and develop one’s skill-set, but it takes courage and self-sufficiency to proactively devote those skills toward building a small business of one’s own. Self-employment builds … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship
May 2019 Small Business Events

May 2019 Small Business Events

For the last 50 years, the President of the United States has recognized the contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners by issuing an annual proclamation. This year’s National … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Info To Share With Employees

What Information Should You Share With Employees?

In January, Steve Harvey learned that his long-time daytime TV talk show would be canceled in the fall. Shockingly, he got the news through a network announcement about a new … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
April small business events 2019

April 2019 Small Business Events

There will be no April Fools in your business when you keep up with knowledge-building and networking. Here are some events around the country and in the Austin area that … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Open Office Workspace Design

Does Your Workplace Design Work for Everyone Who Uses It?

I recently learned that Panasonic has developed a new product. Wear Space is essentially a blinder that reduces office visual and noise distractions. The device may solve a common office … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Close Business Partners

Can Familiarity Breed Success When Forming Business Partnerships?

There’s no hard and fast rule about starting businesses with spouses, family members, or close friends. Some close-knit partnerships do extremely well; others fail, sometimes permanently affecting the relationship as … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
May 2019 Small Business Events

March 2019 Small Business Events

Whether you’re looking to increase your online marketing productivity, improve your customer experience strategy, or meet inspiring peers within your small business community, March is full of events intent on … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Organic Business Profits

The Importance of Organic Growth

The Term Organic Applies to More than Food Having been around for 125 years, Sears is even older than I am. Despite its rich history, it’s now under the supervision of … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Are You Ready to Start a Business Blog?

I happen to enjoy writing blogs. This activity may not be exciting to you, but I’ve told you before that even a business that follows your passion also requires you … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Controlling Business Expansion

Retaining Control Over Business Expansion

Once you gain control over your fledgling small business, you probably want to start growing. Growth could mean anything from adding more staff to increase output, to adding more products … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
May 2019 Small Business Events

February 2019 Small Business Events

Whether you’re the president of a growing business, or you just want to learn enough to become one in the future, the President’s Day month offers ample opportunity to learn … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Collaboration teamwork

Collaboration: A Key to Running an Effective Business

Do you realize how much you collaborate during a typical business day? You and your employees work closely with each other to come up with new ideas and resolve issues … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Franchise Opportunity pros and cons

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise Pt. 2

Part 2 of 2: Deciding if Buying a Franchise Makes Sense for You In the first part of this series, you gained an important overview of franchising. You now know … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Franchise opportunity introduction

What You Need to Know Before Buying a Franchise Pt. 1

Part 1 of 2: An Introduction to Franchising Concepts When you witness the success of franchise businesses like a Starbucks store or Potbelly Sandwich Shop, it seems like a slam … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
January Small Business Events

January 2019 Small Business Events

What better way to start a new year than to learn something new or just connect with others who share your goals and interests? For those of you who live … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Small Business Statistics

12 Statistics That Can Help Your Small Business

Don’t let the word, “statistics” scare you. This will not be an advanced math class. It will, however, provide useful information about other small businesses like yours. This is how … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Micromanaging break chains retain control

How to Retain Control Over Your Business Without Micromanaging It

Never tell people how to do things. Tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity. This quote comes from General George S. Patton, a person … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Clienteling CRM Customer Management

Clienteling: What It Is, and How Your Business Can Do It

How many times have you opened online websites that seem to have endless suggestions for products that absolutely nail your taste and interests? This is one example of clienteling, and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Anna Lawrence ChooseWhat Scholarship Winner Fall 2018

Fall 2018 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the Winner Is…

It takes time to recognize and develop one’s skill-set, but it takes courage and self-sufficiency to proactively devote those skills toward building a small business of one’s own. Self-employment builds … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship