Business Ideas  

5 Tips for Jump-Starting Your Start-Up

Many start-up and early stage companies, whether they recognize it or not, need help preparing or sharpening their financial plans. A business’s financial plan will come under heavy scrutiny by potential lenders, investors and potentially even vendors and other business partners.

Business Plan  

5 Minutes with… Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder is co-author of the bestselling book Business Model Generation and a global thought leader on business model design and innovation. While there are plenty of books about business models available, there aren’t too many with pictures.

Family Businesses  

What it Means to be a Family Business

Bob Fitzsimmons was born into his business. As a second generation CEO of Food Authority, a family owned food distributor based on Long Island, NY, he has had to evolve the business while maintaining the company’s 35 year record of year-over-year growth. Under his leadership, the company has created a niche by providing sustainable products and locally sourced fruits and vegetables.

How to Work in Harmony

Leo Tolstoy’s often-quoted insight, that “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way” applies to family businesses, as well.

All in the Family - Stew Leonard, Jr.

Stew Leonard, Jr., president and CEO of Stew Leonard’s supermarkets and wine stores, knows a thing or two about running a family business. He’s the third generation to run a business on the same parcel of his family’s land in Connecticut.

5 Minutes With… JJ Ramberg

JJ Ramberg is the host of MSNBC’s Sunday morning small business show, “Your Business.” Before joining MSNBC, Ramberg was a reporter at CNN, where she covered a wide range of topics.

How To Start a Business  

5 Minutes with… Alexander Osterwalder

Alexander Osterwalder is co-author of the bestselling book Business Model Generation and a global thought leader on business model design and innovation. While there are plenty of books about business models available, there aren’t too many with pictures.

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Good Advice Can Sink Your Business

From major media outlets to your mother, it seems that there is no shortage on advice about how to survive the treacherous economy. Truth is,…

How to Screw Up Your Way to Success

Over the past 10 years, the concepts of risk taking, failure and mistakes have been in vogue. In a business world where better and faster…

My Favorite Time of Year

September is the start of my favorite time of the year. Sure, I like it when the weather starts to cool down and the holidays…

Learn From the Leaders

Some run very well known companies and others are well known themselves. But they are all successful and all have shared their wisdom and keys…

Got a Problem? Ask Another Business Owner

When we announced the finalists of the Best Practice Awards, an interesting thing happened: We started hearing from peer advisory group leaders that several of the…