Four Risks That Keep Business Owners Up at Night. And Your Defense Against Them.

Events like natural disasters, disruptions to your supply chain, legal issues, a cyber attack, or changing market trends aren’t entirely within your control. But, you can help mitigate the damage they might bring to your business with a proactive and strategic risk management plan. Here are four common risks to your business.  Along with some…

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Making Her Mark – Influential Women Business Owners: Lauren Leblanc-Haydel

Winning the Great T-Shirt Battle of 2010 Lauren Leblanc-Haydel had something most single mothers with three young kids would love: job security. After six years as an on-air personality at a New Orleans radio station, she landed a position as the creative director of the Louisiana Farm Bureau, a solid job that provided her with…

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Four Risks That Keep Business Owners Up at Night. And Your Defense Against Them.

Events like natural disasters, disruptions to your supply chain, legal issues, a cyber attack, or changing market trends aren’t entirely within your control. But, you can help mitigate the damage they might bring to your business with a proactive and strategic risk management plan. Here are four common risks to your business.  Along with some…

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How to Stress Test Your Small Business

In the banking world, advisors often talk about stress-testing portfolios — determining the effect of different scenarios on an individual’s or business’s holdings. The same should be done for a small business. How prepared are you if the economy changes, and you need to dip into your reserves? How will you manage your cash flow?…

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How to Hire the Right Candidate

Sizing Up a Prospective Employee When Chase Hillenmeyer takes a job applicant to lunch, something usually goes wrong — on purpose. For instance, Hillenmeyer, who runs a landscaping business in Lexington, Kentucky, will quietly go up to the server and ask that the applicant be brought a salad instead of the cheeseburger he ordered. Hillenmeyer isn’t playing…

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Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Income Statements But Were Afraid To Ask

Editor’s Note: This is one of an eight-part series about key financial terms all business owners should know. Chances are you’ve heard the word “Income Statement” at some point during your entrepreneurial journey. Maybe you’ve even reviewed one from your CPA or CFO (If so, bonus points!). But, if your eyes glaze over a bit…

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Beyond the Exam Room: How a Top Chicago Cosmetic Surgery Practice Manages Payment for Care

Most cosmetic surgery practices operate far from primary care’s recurring billing models. Patients come and go and are often one-and-done, creating a practice that’s more transactional than built on repeat business. But, the care these surgeons provide is anything but transactional. It’s highly personal, often reflecting on a patient’s sense of self and worth. With…

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5 Ways to Increase Productivity at Your Business

Do These 5 Easy Things Today to Be More Productive Tomorrow As a small business owner, do your goals include becoming more productive? If so, these five tips and techniques may make a difference. Schedule Sleep and Exercise First Prioritizing non-business activities such as sleep, exercise, spiritual practice, and time with family and friends may…

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