The Gift

As we approach the holiday season business owners begin struggling with how to “recognize” the holidays and not be offensive to anyone.  This includes me as I do not want to spread any type of uneasy feelings to others.  Everyone has this problem and everyone handles it in their own way.  Plus there is the expense factor in what you can actually afford to send or do for those who are important to … [Read more...]

What is the Purpose of a Capability Statement?

Simply, the purpose of a capability statement is to tell the government at any level who you are and what you do.  It is not necessarily a sales tool but rather an information document about you in a very coherent and easily read format. Capability statements are read by people so it needs to be in a pleasing, logical, and short format.  It is best if the layout of the capability statement mimics … [Read more...]

Five Stretches to Do at Your Desk

Most people will make some type of excuse as to why they cannot exercise. Usually it is a time or making time problem. Any exercise will make you feel better than no exercise, and with many people spending more time at work, there is something you can do about this.   Stretching is one of the most neglected of exercise activities. Stretching addresses one of the most basic complaints we all have … [Read more...]

How to Value Your Business

Situation: Most business owners will want to someday pass their business on to their families or sell it outright. But how do you value a business? What is the actual worth of all of the blood, sweat, and tears you have put into your business over the years? According to the SBA only 10% of business owners are actually able to sell their businesses. Of that number, only 10% actually sell their … [Read more...]

Tax Deductions for Small Business

The following is not tax advice – it's just common sense and basic rules of thumb. It is that time of year again where everyone is all worried about paying their taxes, but not paying too much in taxes. As usual, we as business owners should have been keeping our chart of accounts and financials current throughout the year. I recommend you reconcile your accounts monthly so that there are no … [Read more...]

Case Study – How to Communicate Effectively in Business

Situation: To say that business has changed in the last 10 years would be a wild understatement.  The internet is here to stay and so are all of the new devices, methods, and opportunities that come with it.  The biggest problem with all of the devices and capabilities is that they all combine to give instant access to anyone you want to reach, and it sets up the expectation of an instant … [Read more...]

Back to the Basics: NETWORKING

Networking is the number one way for you to obtain new clients, and if done correctly, have people referring you to their clients.  Networking allows you to see and be seen by those who are in business.  It is imperative that you make an effort to get out and meet those who will work with you, will refer you, or will provide service that you need for doing your own business. The basics of … [Read more...]

Save the Date! Jan ASBC Networking Event!

  Be sure to SAVE THE DATE for the next ASBC Networking Event on Tues, Jan 21st, 5:30-7:30 pm! ASBC is collaborating with The Business Network (TBN) for this special 'New Year' gathering of amazing professionals in the Greater Cincinnati area. We're also excited that Kemper Pond Office Park is hosting our first event in 2014! Please join us for refreshments, social networking and meeting … [Read more...]

My Health Insurance Was Cancelled. Why?

Situation: A wave of canceled policies - primarily for people in the individual insurance market exchanges and whose plans are now considered sub-optimal under the new health care law's coverage standards - have prompted public outrage over the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare) and toward the president who many believe broke promises to Americans that they would be able to keep their plans if they … [Read more...]

Navigating the ACA Website

          Situation: It is now common knowledge that the website for the new Affordable Care Act or ACA (also known as "Obamacare") has had its share of problems and difficulties since launching on October 1, 2014. How are our citizens that are directly affected by these difficulties supposed to cope with this new health insurance requirement? Analysis: The … [Read more...]