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Credit Score Info for Business Loans

July 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

If you’re seeking a business loan, it’s guaranteed that lenders will look at your credit score info. When you go to the bank, they’ll scrutinize your credit pretty hard. Banks have gotten pretty stingy when [...]

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2707, 2018

Convenience Store Business Plan: Centaur Max Store

July 27th, 2018|0 Comments

When it comes to opening a convenience store, location is key. After all, the keyword is convenience. How easy is it for customers to get to you? As such, it's important to keep location in mind when developing your convenience store business plan. Below you'll find a sample convenience store business plan. Feel free to [...]

2507, 2018

Convenience Store Business: How to Start Yours in 9 Steps

July 25th, 2018|0 Comments

Opening a convenience store business requires a sizeable amount of capital and lots of planning. In spite of the rise of e-commerce and improved delivery services, convenience stores are still very much in high demand in most communities in the United States. They make for a good business venture with potential for huge profit margins. [...]

2307, 2018

Credit Score Info for Business Loans

July 23rd, 2018|0 Comments

If you’re seeking a business loan, it’s guaranteed that lenders will look at your credit score info. When you go to the bank, they’ll scrutinize your credit pretty hard. Banks have gotten pretty stingy when it comes to loaning money to businesses these days. Don’t be surprised if they’re expecting you to have a credit [...]

2007, 2018

Local Online Marketing Business Plan: Jones Digital Marketing

July 20th, 2018|0 Comments

One thing to keep in mind is the startup process can last a few years. It's not just the pre-opening period. Below you'll find a local online marketing business plan for a company that's been in business for a few months. It's far from being established. However, it does have a little traction. If you [...]

1807, 2018

How to Start an Advertising Business

July 18th, 2018|0 Comments

When it comes to an advertising business, the industry is gaining more and more prominence in our society today. This is due to the increasing need to promote and brand your business. In 2017, companies in the United States spent a staggering 197.5 billion dollars on advertisement alone, and predictions were that this figure would grow [...]

1607, 2018

Cash Flow Forecast: What Investors Want to See

July 16th, 2018|0 Comments

In a previous post, capital requirements for lending were covered. The next area investors look at is capacity, also known as your cash flow forecast. That is, do you have the money to keep all that you're doing in motion. This is where a lot of entrepreneurs run into trouble for a variety of reasons. [...]

1307, 2018

Event Planning Business Plan Example: Icon Events

July 13th, 2018|0 Comments

In the last article, you learned how to start a business as an event planner. You'll find that more goes into the business than just seeking clients. Starting an event planning business may require a minimal financial investment compared to many other businesses. However, there's quite a bit of planning into making your business successful. [...]

1107, 2018

Event Planning Companies: How to Start Your Own

July 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Perhaps you have successfully organized events or meeting for friends and family in the past. Now you are considering if this is the right business for you and how people start event planning companies. You've come to the right place. I have put together a detailed list of 8 steps to help entrepreneurs get their own [...]

907, 2018

New Business Loans: 5 Important Considerations

July 9th, 2018|0 Comments

Financial stability is a major concern for new business owners. Not only do new companies require financial support for startup expenses, but also for daily operations. Without proper planning, covering day-to-day expenses can get difficult, and even unmanageable for entrepreneurs. This is why considering new business loans early can be helpful to the success of [...]

607, 2018

Hair Salon Business Plan Example: Flipz Hair Salon

July 6th, 2018|0 Comments

The last post talked about how to start a hair salon business. One of the key steps mentioned was the hair salon business plan. According to a study, companies with business plans are twice as likely to succeed, which is why it's so important for you to start your business on the right foot by [...]

407, 2018

8 Key Pieces to Starting the Best Hair Salons

July 4th, 2018|0 Comments

Do you intend to open a hair salon but do not know how to go about it? If styling hair is something you enjoy, then owning and managing a hair salon may be a lucrative and fulfilling business choice for you. It is important to note that the best hair salons are highly profitable businesses. As [...]

207, 2018

Capital Requirements for Small Business Lending

July 2nd, 2018|0 Comments

Capital requirements vary by the type of business loan you want to obtain. It refers to the equity percentage you're required to invest in your venture. It's also one of the 5 key elements investors consider when approving or denying your small business loan. The bottom line is that you need to have some "skin [...]

3006, 2018

FREE 31-Day Business Startup Challenge

June 30th, 2018|Comments Off on FREE 31-Day Business Startup Challenge

FREE 31-Day Business Startup Challenge It's time you became your own boss! If you've ever said, "I'd do so much better working for myself." This challenge is for you. You've worked hard for others. It's your turn to work for you. Trust me, no one deserves this chance more than you do. [...]

2906, 2018

Bakery Business Plan Example: God’s Love Bakery

June 29th, 2018|0 Comments

If you're planning on starting a bakery business, you should know that companies with business plans are twice as likely to succeed than those that don't. To get you started, I've put together a sample bakery business plan. Though you'll need to do your own research, you can use this as a template to guide [...]

2706, 2018

7 Key Steps to Starting a Successful Bakery Business

June 27th, 2018|2 Comments

Do you have a knack for baking? Do your doughnuts and pastries always turn out nice? Are you willing to take a step forward to monetize your baking skills? Then this article is prepared to guide you through the process of setting up a successful bakery business. Step 1: Decide on the type of bakery [...]

2506, 2018

Retain Employees: 5 Retention Strategies

June 25th, 2018|0 Comments

It's far more economical to retain employees than to hire new ones. Why? The employee hiring process can be expensive. According to statistics, the cost of replacing a salaried employee is 6-9 month's salary on average. If you've set a precedent for high employee turnover, you may also be losing productivity, which can cost your [...]

2206, 2018

Manage Employee Performance in Your Business

June 22nd, 2018|0 Comments

Employees are your greatest resource. Without them, business becomes stagnant. However, just as employees are an asset, they can also be detrimental to your company. This is why it's so important to understand how to work well with your employees and utilize them in the best way possible. To assist you, we've put together 5 [...]

2006, 2018

Online Business Opportunities to Start Today

June 20th, 2018|0 Comments

Traveling from our homes to our places of work can get hectic some days. Obnoxious drivers, traffic, long distances, accidents, and a host of other stresses can start your day on a low note. Add that to the loss of productivity while on the road, and the entire trip can seem unproductive. Well, plenty of [...]

1806, 2018

Businesses Sale Faster with Strategies in Place

June 18th, 2018|0 Comments

Businesses Sale Faster with Strategies in Place Selling a business is a process which requires time and consideration in order to obtain optimal results. But the truth of the matter is that businesses sale faster with a strategy in place. Like running a business, proper planning is imperative to maximizing profits.  It begins with an [...]

1506, 2018

Money-Making Opportunities: 10 Careers to Consider

June 15th, 2018|0 Comments

The 21st century has seen a rapid increase in the number of money-making opportunities. The rise of technologies like Slack, Upwork, and other freelance platforms, have made a lot of opportunities available to people. Usually, people who want to bolster their finances choose to cut down on their expenses. However, trimming your expenses can only [...]

1306, 2018

Money-Making Blog: 5 Ways You Can Make Bank

June 13th, 2018|0 Comments

Back in 2010, I entered the world of blogging. I really didn't know what I was doing at the time. I simply blogged because I thought that was what I was supposed to do as an aspiring writer. It didn't take me long to realize that I could create a money-making blog. Referral Links My [...]

1106, 2018

How to Start a Home-Based Business

June 11th, 2018|0 Comments

Working from home is an attractive option for a lot of people looking to earn extra income or even starting a new career. Statistics show that 3.9 million Americans, including freelancers, work remotely for at least half the week as at December 2017. This is a whopping 115% increase from 2005. Starting a business from [...]

806, 2018

Customer Service Tips for Managing Expectations

June 8th, 2018|0 Comments

The other day, I found a video online and it made me think of the customer expectations. Despite the fact that most are well aware that "you get what you pay for," some customers truly expect the world for pennies on the dollar. What's a business owner to do with that? Today, I'm going to [...]

606, 2018

Business Startup Loans: Best Practices and Tips

June 6th, 2018|4 Comments

A lot of start-ups and new businesses fold as a result of insufficient capital. Much of this comes down to their inability or lack of knowledge in securing business startup loans. Getting a small-business loan is easier than a lot of entrepreneurs think. Small business loans help you grow and develop your business, hire new [...]

406, 2018

Credit Card Services for Small Businesses

June 4th, 2018|0 Comments

It's generally not a good idea to run up your credit cards to start a business, as loans tailored for businesses are better. However, having credit card services available to your customers is a boon! Some of the most popular online credit card services for businesses are Square, PayPal, and Stripe. Though there are fees [...]

106, 2018

Leveraging Employee Connection in the Workplace

June 1st, 2018|0 Comments

Leveraging Employee Connection in the Workplace It is important to ensure that employees are always excited about the prospect of a new project or challenge. Give them the opportunity to express their thoughts, ideas, and also contributing to the growth of your business. Employee connection is one of the most important ways of improving job [...]

2005, 2018

9 Work-From-Home Careers You Can Start Today

May 20th, 2018|0 Comments

If you look online, you'll probably find quite a few work-from-home careers. Not all of them are worth the time and effort. For example, I see doing surveys as the top answer for most lists. The time it takes to complete a survey might earn you pennies an hour or worse, sap 30 minutes of [...]

2312, 2017

End of the Year Blowout!

December 23rd, 2017|Comments Off on End of the Year Blowout!

2017 END OF THE YEAR BLOWOUT ENDS IN: Introducing my first End of the Year Sale! Tap into amazing programs to help you develop a firm foundation for your business, financially and organizationally. See the details below to find savings like you've never seen before and may not come again. [...]

1812, 2017

Guaranteed Business Loans: Government Programs

December 18th, 2017|6 Comments

Guaranteed Business Loans: Government Programs I'm a big fan of guaranteed business loans. Sometimes it requires entrepreneurs to jump through a few hoops. However, it can be the deciding factor in receiving a "Yes!" from a lender or a denial letter. For my clients who could use the extra boost, I certainly look into it [...]

1712, 2017

Is a Bad Credit Business Loan Worth Pursuing?

December 17th, 2017|10 Comments

Is a Bad Credit Business Loan Worth Pursuing? Ruining your credit is quite easy these days. Too many credit cards, high balances, missed payments, lack of credit diversity... you name it. There are plenty of ways to throw your credit in the crapper. When that happens, it can leave very few realistic options for obtaining [...]

1512, 2017

Small Business Loans Women Should Consider

December 15th, 2017|6 Comments

Small Business Loans Women Should Consider Before we talk about small business loans women should consider, let's address the elephant in the room. Men tend to have an advantage when it comes to business financing. Their approval rate is higher, they walk away with more funds, and are more likely to receive venture capital investments. [...]

812, 2017

Small Business Startup Loans – When banks say “no”

December 8th, 2017|2 Comments

Small Business Startup Loans - When banks say "no" Let's face it. Getting denied for small business startup loans is easy. Simply go unprepared and you're well on your way to the dreaded denial letter. Often times, the bank officer will even give you an answer before you head out, and the official letter [...]

112, 2017

US Business Funding Workshop – Special

December 1st, 2017|0 Comments

Click Here for Early Bird Enrollment - Only $99 US Business Funding Workshop Over the past couple of years, I've talked with quite a few entrepreneurs about their need for US Business Funding. Like you, they have fantastic business ideas. Yet sometimes those business ideas are costly. Working with me personally to obtain US [...]

2411, 2017

Small Business Capital Loans – Banks aren’t your only options

November 24th, 2017|2 Comments

Small Business Capital Loans - Banks aren't your only options I often work with individuals that have difficulties obtaining small business capital loans. If you're business is new (less than 2 years, sometimes 3), your credit isn't perfect (over 650), or you don't have the 25% equity requirement (sometimes more) that a bank expects, you [...]

1711, 2017

New Startup Business Loan Benefits

November 17th, 2017|0 Comments

According to a study, 79% of businesses fail due to starting out with too little money. Despite many entrepreneurs not wanting to go into debt, a new startup business loan can be beneficial. Some of the saddest experiences I have is when I meet with an entrepreneur who has a beautiful business idea. The customers [...]

1011, 2017

Small Business Consulting Firms Save You Money

November 10th, 2017|0 Comments

Ever wonder why entrepreneurs hire small business consulting firms when there's often a hefty price tag on the services? I'm a numbers person. A lot of my business decisions come to the bottom line. I'm constantly asking myself how this action will either save me money or make me more money. With that in [...]

2710, 2017

4 Places to Find Grants for Small Business Owners

October 27th, 2017|0 Comments

When inquiring about where to find Grants for Small Business, the first online tool I find individuals and agencies directing entrepreneurs to is grants.gov. It's a government site, you can tell by the .gov extension, which is only given to government sites. Therefore, you know it's legit. However, if you've ever been on the [...]

2010, 2017

Small Business Coaching Traits to Consider in a Hire

October 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Small Business Coaching Traits to Consider in a Hire Whether you are thinking of taking on a new employee, growing your business, or overcoming some other business obstacle, small business coaching can make a positive impact on your company. A small business coach's job is to help their clients get on the right track [...]

1310, 2017

How To Improve Your Leadership Skills

October 13th, 2017|0 Comments

How To Improve Your Leadership Skills It does not matter where you are in your profession at the moment, you should always be looking for ways on how to improve leadership skills. Why? Because there will be a time that you'll be given an influential position in a group where you will be required [...]

910, 2017

How to Get the Lowest Small Business Loan Rates

October 9th, 2017|1 Comment

When it comes to small business loan rates, getting the best rate often comes down to preparation and opportunity. As Oprah Winfrey said, “I believe luck is preparation meeting opportunity. If you hadn’t been prepared when the opportunity came along, you wouldn’t have been lucky.” Looking for investment procurement assistance? Get a free 15 minute [...]

2808, 2017

Invest in Yourself… Buy Time

August 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Invest in Yourself... Buy Time I was just about to get out of my car when the radio mentioned a study about buying free time being linked to happiness. When I think of my life, I find it so true. My experiences is also one of the reasons I encourage you to invest in yourself. [...]

1707, 2017

5 Steps to Writing Your Personal Vision Statement

July 17th, 2017|0 Comments

5 Steps to Writing Your Personal Vision Statement I was working with a client recently and thinking how easy it is to stray off topic. I think of them as squirrel moments. We think about a small detail of an issue and get wrapped up into it. We can get so engrossed about [...]

2806, 2017

Give Yourself the Best Small Business Start

June 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Give Yourself the Best Small Business Start With the failure rate so high, you'll want to give yourself the best small business start that's possible. Today, I'm providing you with two areas to narrow your focus, so you can put your business in a position of success. Profitable Idea Prior to even starting a business, [...]

2606, 2017

4 Ways Start-up Business Loans Save You Money

June 26th, 2017|0 Comments

4 Ways Start-up Business Loans Save You Money Getting a loan for a business isn't right for every entrepreneur. However, when done correctly, you can save money with start-up business loans. How? you may ask... I'll share with you how startup business loans can help you save money. Money for Working Capital Your company [...]

2306, 2017

How to Avoid Costly Business Loan Interest Rates

June 23rd, 2017|0 Comments

This week, I received an article in my Google alerts, which talked about ways to get business loans. At the top of the article was a loan calculator. One of the things I noticed was the payments were really high for the requesting amount. The payments were $416 a week for an 18-month loan of [...]

1905, 2017

Where to Find Small Business Financial Help

May 19th, 2017|0 Comments

Where to Find Small Business Financial Help My first reaction to the question of "where to find small business financial help" is to check out the Small Business Development Center (SBDC). It's a free service. As a previous advisor for an SBDC in North Dakota, I excelled in helping entrepreneurs find money for their business [...]

1205, 2017

Marketing Lessons from the San Francisco Homeless

May 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Last week, I was talking to a buddy of mine about marketing and know-like-trust. I'm not sure how the conversation came about, but it made its way around to homeless and the innovative methods the homeless employ to get the money of people walking by. It reminded of some valuable marketing lessons from the San Francisco Homeless [...]

305, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW: Renae – Angel Advocates

May 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW Since I first started Backbone America as a business, I've met some amazing women. Some of these women have reached the status I'd like my business to be one day. Others have started their business with a fearless passion that's completely foreign to the well-planned, highly structured boxes I tend to live in. [...]

2804, 2017

Developing a No Show Appointment Policy

April 28th, 2017|0 Comments

Developing a No Show Appointment Policy I've talked to a few individuals about their frustrations with dealing with "No Shows." That is, individuals who make appointments then fail to show up at their appointed times without notice. I recently had a couple of back-to-back no shows myself. It's a reminder of the reasons I started [...]

1404, 2017

I want to start a business but…

April 14th, 2017|0 Comments

I want to start a business but... This month will be a year since I opened the virtual doors of Backbone America. One thing I've realized during these past 12 months is not everyone has what it takes to start a business. As a coach, I hate to put limitations on people. I'm of the [...]

1204, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW: Kimi – Kimi’s Food Services @kimisfoodservices

April 12th, 2017|0 Comments

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW Since I first started Backbone America as a business, I've met some amazing women. Some of these women have reached the status I'd like my business to be one day. Others have started their business with a fearless passion that's completely foreign to the well-planned, highly structured boxes I tend to live in. [...]

304, 2017

African American Quotes: Madame C.J. Walker

April 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Madame C.J. Walker I hear a lot of excuses from people for why they don't start the business of their dreams. I don't have time because I'm working so many hours at my job. OR I don't have enough money to start a business. OR I don't know enough to get started. I imagine some of you [...]

3103, 2017

How to Find Your Passion for Owning a Business

March 31st, 2017|0 Comments

How to Find Your Passion for Owning a Business I know owning a business isn't for everyone. We have to have worker bees somewhere, right? However, I can't help but wanting to put the spirit of entrepreneurship into every Black Woman that I meet. Well, not every Black Woman... but most. Why? I find business [...]

2903, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW: Qui – Owner of The Imperfect Beauty @Qui_Monroe

March 29th, 2017|0 Comments

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW Since I first started Backbone America as a business, I've met some amazing women. Some of these women have reached the status I'd like my business to be one day. Others have started their business with a fearless passion that's completely foreign to the well-planned, highly structured boxes I tend to live in. [...]

2703, 2017

African American Quotes: Mariam Wright Edelman

March 27th, 2017|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Mariam Wright Edelman Sometimes we give a lot of power to other people. We allow them to influence our thoughts in a way that makes us stop being in ourselves. It brings to mind a quote by Mariam Wright Edelman. No person has the right to rain on your dreams. ~Mariam Wright [...]

2403, 2017

What Business Should I Start?

March 24th, 2017|0 Comments

What Business Should I Start? I've been spending a bit of time on Quora lately. A lot of people have been asking questions related to: what business should I start? My answer is any business you want. In fact, the question so random, I doubt any answer provided by a bunch of strangers would be overly [...]

2203, 2017

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW: Veronica – Creative Director & Founder @ In Veronica’s Corner @vscorner

March 22nd, 2017|0 Comments

Woman Crush Wednesday #WCW Since I first started Backbone America as a business, I've met some amazing women. Some of these women have reached the status I'd like my business to be one day. Others have started their business with a fearless passion that's completely foreign to the well-planned, highly structured boxes I tend to live in. [...]

2003, 2017

African American Quotes: Angelique Kidjo

March 20th, 2017|0 Comments

I like to do African American Quotes, especially those by women. However, this quote is so simply and lovely, I can't help but share it. I don't believe Angelique Kidjo is actually American, even though she lives in New York. She's actually from a country in Africa, called Benin. We, as business owners, know running [...]

1703, 2017

What’s the Best Home Based Business?

March 17th, 2017|0 Comments

What's the Best Home Based Business?I have a home-based business. Is it the best home based business? Well, I suppose it depends on the person. For me, it's lovely. I get a lot of alone time, which fits well with the introverted me. I have flexibility, which means I can run errands for my family [...]

1003, 2017

#buyblack Presents Unique Business Opportunities

March 10th, 2017|0 Comments

#buyblack Presents Unique Business Opportunities I came across an article yesterday about problems with buying black. In all the times I've thought of buying black, I never considered it an all or nothing type of movement. Still, the article presented some unique opportunities in the Black Community. My Thoughts on #BuyBlack I don't see #buyblack as [...]

303, 2017

The Best Small Businesses Start with a Vision

March 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

The Best Small Businesses Start with a Vision Not everyone is born with a drive for entrepreneurship. I certainly wasn't. Being a business owner was low on my list of priorities for the longest time. I was content to simply be an employee. I went to work, did what I was told, then came home, [...]

2802, 2017

REVEAL Academy Launch + Sweepstakes

February 28th, 2017|0 Comments

I'm really excited to announce the launch of REVEAL Academy. Back in January 2016, I started Backbone America as a simple website. About a month into Backbone America, the idea of turning into more than just a website that shared tidbits of information here and there began to play in my head. Around July, [...]

302, 2017

Celebrate Black History Month: Clara Brown

February 3rd, 2017|0 Comments

Celebrate Black History Month: Clara Brown When I was younger, thinking about coming from a line of slaves was hard for me. When I get right down to the truth of it, it was like a badge of shame. As I've gotten older, my perspective has changed. I wouldn't go as far to say I [...]

3001, 2017

African American Quotes: Alice Walker

January 30th, 2017|0 Comments

African America Quotes: Alice Walker I love this Alice Walker quote for two reasons. For me, it has a double meaning. First, it talks to me specifically as an African American Woman, thinking back on the trials my ancestors faced. Though we still have a long way to go as an African American community, I [...]

2001, 2017

QuickBooks Online Review: Great Invoice Software for Small Business

January 20th, 2017|Comments Off on QuickBooks Online Review: Great Invoice Software for Small Business

QuickBooks Online Review: Great Invoice Software for Small Business QuickBooks Online has led the way for a number of years with its accounting solutions, including invoice software for small businesses.  In the last few years, they've hopped on the cloud bandwagon and tweaked their software to meet the requirements of the modern business environment. The [...]

2001, 2017

Which Is the Best Small Business Accounting Software?

January 20th, 2017|0 Comments

Which Is the Best Small Business Accounting Software? As businesswomen, we're all looking for affordable solutions that fit our needs. That includes when it comes to our small business account software. Not only do we want to save money, we want to save time. As the saying goes, time is money. If we can find [...]

1601, 2017

African American Quotes: Martin Luther King Jr.

January 16th, 2017|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Martin Luther King Jr. It's Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK had so many great quotes. Choosing just one was tough, but I have one for you. You may think you don't matter or can't make a difference. If that's your line of thought, you're wrong. You are important and you can make a [...]

901, 2017

African American Quotes: Nikki Giovanni

January 9th, 2017|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Nikki Giovanni The other day I was listening to a podcast and Christianity was mentioned. It talked about how many Christians rely on prayer to get things done. I guess the term would be called lip service. Please, don't misunderstand me. I'm not against prayer. However, imagine a world where everyone prayed, [...]

201, 2017

African American Quotes: Toni Morrison

January 2nd, 2017|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Toni Morrison I struggle with the term African-American and even Black American. I use it in my business as a way to identify my target market. It's a way of saying, I'm over here. I'm here to help you specifically. As long as there's inequality in the United States toward Black Women, [...]

101, 2017

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Faith

January 1st, 2017|0 Comments

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Faith Happy New Years! We freakin' made it. It had me thinking... 2020 is only 3 years away. I know. I know... we just started this year, and I've already set my eyes 3 years out. I guess it's because I never really entertained 2020 as a possible future. I've [...]

3112, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Collective Work and Responsibility

December 31st, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Collective Work and Responsibility Ah! New Years Eve. My son returns from his grandparents tonight. Two long weeks. It'll be good to have him in the house again. It's odd. I'm always excited to see him off and have more me time. However, a few days in, I'm missing [...]

3012, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Purpose

December 30th, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Purpose Welcome to Day 5 of Kwanzaa. I'm quite curious how the celebration is going for the rest of you. In my eyes, I envision Kwanzaa as one-long week of partying. Being the introvert that I am, I can see myself getting tired of the party 2 hours in. [...]

2912, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Creativity

December 29th, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Creativity We've officially passed the halfway mark of celebrating Kwanzaa. It makes me think how odd holidays are in general. Why is it that we take one time a year to focus on celebrating and recognizing principles. After all, isn't a principle something that's long-term... something that becomes ingrained in [...]

2812, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Cooperative Economics

December 28th, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Cooperative Economics Sometimes it amazes me how quickly time passes. I tend to be in a time warp, unsure of what goes on from week to week. However, writing and publishing posts daily has really kept me grounded. I've definitely felt every day this week, so far. Now that [...]

2712, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Self-Determination

December 27th, 2016|0 Comments

7 Principles Kwanzaa Celebrates Self-Determination Yesterday was the first day of Kwanzaa, where we learned about the initial setup and the first principle: Unity. I imagine I would have enjoyed Kwanzaa growing up. My mother always made New Years a nice event. If we didn't have a group of people over, we'd go over to someone's [...]

2612, 2016

The 7 Principles of Kwanzaa, Celebrating Unity

December 26th, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles Kwanzaa Celebrates Unity In the last article, I talked about the 7  Kwanzaa celebrates. Now it's time to dig in. Before I talk about Unity and it's meaning, not just for Kwanzaa but for me, I'm going to start with setting up for Kwanzaa. The Setup One of the things I found [...]

2512, 2016

The 7 Principles Kwanzaa Celebrates…

December 25th, 2016|0 Comments

The 7 Principles Kwanzaa Celebrates... It's Christmas day. Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to those who have celebrations this time of year. With Christmas being here, it got my husband and I talking about the traditions this time a year. We talked about things like Hanukah, Krampus, that Santa vs Jesus game, and then Kwanzaa. And [...]

2312, 2016

5 Steps for Strategic Business Planning

December 23rd, 2016|0 Comments

5 Steps for Strategic Business Planning For the past few days (okay, off and on for a weeks), I've been gearing up for the New Year. It's a good idea to review your plans on a regular basis. If not monthly, at least quarterly. For me, it was a time to assess the year as [...]

1912, 2016

African American Quotes: Oprah Winfrey

December 19th, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Oprah Winfrey One of the things my husband is fond of saying is, "You can't afford my free time."  My husband used to say this when people asked him how much it'd cost them for him to fix their stuff during his off time. It reminds me of a quote by Oprah [...]

1612, 2016

SMART Goal Setting Example

December 16th, 2016|0 Comments

SMART Goal Setting Example If you read the article last Friday, you know today we're going to look at a SMART Goal Setting example.  As a reminder, SMART is an acronym for Specific, Measurable, Attainable, Relevant, and Time-Based. Often times, I find it easier to start with an overall arching goal and slowly build in [...]

1212, 2016

African American Quotes: Arthur Ashe

December 12th, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Arthur Ashe Discrimination is live and well. It's been around well before we were born. It'll likely be around decades from now. The bottom line is it's nothing new. Then again, neither is success. Arthur Ashe said it well: Racism is not an excuse to not do the best you can. ~Arthur [...]

912, 2016

What is SMART Goal Setting?

December 9th, 2016|0 Comments

What is SMART Goal Setting? With the New Year just around the corner, I imagine many of you are already thinking about your Resolutions. For most, the New Year's Resolution is a chance to make a long-lasting change. Unfortunately, a lot of people start strong on those resolutions, but pitter out after a few weeks [...]

512, 2016

African American Quotes: Life’s Too Short

December 5th, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Life's Too Short I'm actually not sure who said this, but it's still a wonderful quote. Life's too short and tomorrow is not a guarantee. Do what makes you happy, be with those that make you smile, and love life to the fullest... ~Unknown If you know the author, let me know, [...]

212, 2016

The Importance of Pricing Strategies in Marketing

December 2nd, 2016|0 Comments

The Importance of Pricing Strategies in Marketing Small businesses are vital to the US Economy. That's why small businesses are called the Backbone of the America. Even so, most small businesses with no employees average just $45,000 annually in revenue, more than half of these businesses generating $25,000 or less (Intuit, 2015). Keep in mind, this [...]

2811, 2016

African American Quotes: Octavia E. Butler

November 28th, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Octavia E. Butler I've yet to meet a person who's had a perfect life. Each and everyone of us has challenges, and they start from the moment of birth, when we're expelled from the warm womb into a cold room and we breath in that first startling breath. We're here today because [...]

2511, 2016

How Can I Work from Home?

November 25th, 2016|0 Comments

How Can I Work from Home? There's no doubt in my family and friend's eyes that I'm a homebody. Don't get me wrong. I do like to travel and get out of the house from time to time. Even so, I love being home. So, I started to ask myself "how can I work from [...]

2111, 2016

African American Quotes: Faye Wattleton

November 21st, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Faye Wattleton I'm not sure if sharing African American Quotes is going to be a regular thing for me. However, I'm finding them so uplifting, I'm going with it for now. One particular quote that struck me was one from Faye Wattleton, who is the first African American and the youngest president elected [...]

1811, 2016

Women and Work-Life Balance: Can We Have It All?

November 18th, 2016|0 Comments

Women and Work-Life Balance: Can We Have It All? With all the responsibilities we face, the question that comes to mind with women and work-life balance is, can we have it all? I'm a mother, wife, and business owner, to name a few roles I play. When I was a stay-at-home mom, that was plenty. Chasing [...]

1411, 2016

African American Quotes: President Barack Obama

November 14th, 2016|0 Comments

African American Quotes: Barack Obama Lately, I've found myself in need of a bit of inspiration. It's led me to turn to African American Quotes for life lessons. I'll begin by saying, I'm not a Trump supporter. I've never eeally cared much about elections. I didn't vote for President Barack Obama. In fact, I'd [...]

1111, 2016

Tapping into Small Business Coaching Services

November 11th, 2016|0 Comments

Tapping into Small Business Coaching Services Tapping into small business coaching services may be a matter of survival for many owners. As we saw from The Great Recession, we never know what the economy is going to do. Quite a few small businesses went under back then, many are still struggling to recover today. It's odd... [...]

411, 2016

What is group coaching? Plus survey!

November 4th, 2016|0 Comments

What is group coaching? Many have heard of coaching... the concept of working with a professional that helps you achieve your full potential. It's often conducted in a one-on-one setting. If that's the case, what is group coaching? What are the benefits up group coaching compared to individual coaching? The list of questions can go [...]

2810, 2016

Developing a Small Business Branding Strategy

October 28th, 2016|0 Comments

Developing a Small Business Branding Strategy I've been really reflecting on my website lately. Not only the content, but the look and feel. In fact, you may have noticed I changed the front page. A lot of the changes and the behind the scenes work I've been doing reflects my through process as I've [...]