Business Growth

5 Survival Tips for New Entrepreneurs

When I first started my company, it was me in my living room, with a webcam and some beauty supplies. It has now grown into multimillion-dollar company, with a team of 14 women. Here are the top 5 tips that have helped me grow my business and become a better business owner: Hire Your First Employee Immediately I remember while running to the post office every day, thinking, … [Read more...]

4 Ways to Keep a Small Business Going Strong

There are countless ways to sink a business. Some of them are quite creative. But most are of the mundane variety. There are more ways to weaken and destroy a small business than there are ways to keep one going strong. Sometimes the key to keeping a business strong is to be familiar enough with what would weaken the business. Some of those common pitfalls include: … [Read more...]

How to Succeed in Business by Really Trying: Tips I Wish Others Had Told Me

There is nothing like starting a successful business. You have complete control over focus, process, time, initiatives, and direction. The problem is, now you have complete and independent control over focus, process, time, initiatives, and direction! I got what I hoped for, and it’s completely exhausting. It is a fantastic position to be in and I wouldn’t trade it for … [Read more...]

Simplifying the RFP Process: An Interview with Roger Chiocchi

Businessing Magazine sat down with Roger Chiocchi, CEO of RFPalooza and Tekkipalooza, to find out more about how he and his companies are helping small businesses find success in the Request for Proposal (RFP) process. Small business owners can be at a disadvantage when it comes to competing for jobs via RFPs, and Roger is doing his part to level the playing field. As a small … [Read more...]

4 Basic Elements of a Solid Marketing Plan

When it comes to marketing your small business, you have a ton of options and avenues to consider. For instance, there’s your website and deciding what to put on it, both in text and images, and even whether or not to have a blog. You have to think about social media too, as well as which platforms could give you the most return given your target market. Plus, you might also … [Read more...]

7 Steps to Making 2016 Your Best Business Year Yet

With 2015 rapidly coming to an end, most small business owners I know are thinking about what they can do to make 2016 their best year yet, intent on growing their companies to higher levels than they are today. Of course, if you’ve ever tried to do this, then you already know that it isn’t always an easy task. It’s like setting a New Year’s resolution to lose weight, quit … [Read more...]

A Business Built on Tradition: An Interview with Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels

Listen as host Dean Rotbart interviews restaurateurs Pierre Vandamme and Philippe Wyffels, co-founders of Bruges Waffles & Frites, on how they created a small, but booming, restaurant chain serving authentic Belgian food. Pierre and Philippe, both originally from Belgium, had little experience in the restaurant industry when they began. Starting with a waffle cart, they … [Read more...]

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Expanding Your Business

I have an aunt who owns a very successful bakery. In fact, her cookies, donuts, and other sugary treats are so sought after, she now supplies to more than 20 wholesale customers (and turns down many others on a regular basis) in addition to taking care of the retail side of her business. Because of this, many have prompted her to expand, almost pleading with her to open up … [Read more...]