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Global Outsourcing

The Logistics Behind Global Outsourcing

You’re probably not ready for global business expansion yet, but your company still touches areas outside of the U.S. Perhaps you get the best deal on parts or office supplies … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Office Laughter

Fun and Laughter: The Best Medicine for Your Business?

A Jubilant Workplace Atmosphere May Not Always be Right, But it Offers Definite Advantages for Many Have you heard the one about the business that kept everyone laughing? The punchline … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
December Small Business Events

August Small Business Events

August is brimming with an excellent line-up of events for entrepreneurs and small business owners. We highly recommend taking advantage of these public classes, seminars, expos, and workshops that have … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Networking 101

Networking 101

How It Helps You … And How You Can Help Others Regardless of the quantity and quality of people on your team, you can’t always count on them to meet … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Failure to success

Can You Fail Your Way to Business Success?

I just read an article by Melinda Gates, recounting the massive failure of Microsoft Bob. During the early days of PCs, Bob was intended to be a friend who could … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
Thinking Outside of the Box

What Does Thinking Outside of the Box Really Mean?

In 2016, Elon Musk’s Space-X announced plans to go to Mars, and many people smirked at the unrealistic pipe dream. Now that the company anticipates a trip by next year, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
July Small Business Conferences

July Small Business Events

In our selection of small business events this month you will discover programs presented by organizations that want to see your small business grow and succeed! Such conferences, workshops, and … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Can Your Small Business Make Charitable Contributions Under the New Tax Law?

The new tax law will likely help your small business keep more of its money for 2018 and beyond. Still, certain deduction write-off changes came with the lower tax rates, … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Tackling the Challenges of Solopreneur Businesses

Now that you’ve struck out on your own, your problems are solved. You are in total control. You make all the decisions, you curb all unnecessary spending, and you answer … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Have You Thought About Your Company Culture?

As a small business owner, you could use 48 hours in each day to get everything done. You don’t really have time to develop a touchy-feely company culture, right? Regardless … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
December Small Business Events

June Small Business Events

Starting, maintaining, or expanding a small business can often times feel like venturing into uncharted territory. That is why we highly recommend taking advantage of the variety of small business … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events
Dog Data Analysis

It Never Hurts To Know Something About Data Analysis

Small business owners don’t have truckloads of time to collect data and meaningfully analyze it. But, you expose yourself to unnecessary risk (and eventually spend more time and money) when … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Doing It Right Versus Doing It Well

Your Management Style Can Affect Outcomes In Your Business I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately about management and leadership, and I want to share an important take-away: managers … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Are Your Employees Soft on Soft Skills?

When Atlanta city government was recently crippled by a cyber-attack, they temporarily reverted to paper-based systems to keep things running. In a press conference, the city’s mayor said that the … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Spring 2018 ChooseWhat Scholarship: And the Winner Is…

Self-employment teaches people lessons of independence and accountability that can’t be learned any other way. Combine these lessons with a solid education, and you’ve got everything you need to start … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Scholarship
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

Six Realistic Ways for Small Business Owners to Manage Time

You’ve probably heard the usual time management tips many times. You know that you should limit email review time, and avoid multi-tasking. But, you’re a small business owner. Delaying response … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management
December Small Business Events

May Small Business Events Around the Country

Get ready – this years’ National Small Business week is April 29th – May 5th. We’ve compiled a list of events in May that are sure to meet your small … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Small Business Events

Settling Disputes In and Out of the Workplace

Small businesses are like families. The team members may be close-knit, but spats are common. Outside people and businesses can create additional discord, as well. Sure, you could call in … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management

Customer Support Should Support Your Entire Company

Of all the software companies that I worked for during my technical writing days, only one had a system for reporting technical support calls to the rest of the company. … Continue Reading

Startup Step: Management