Case Study – I am not sure if I can start my own business

Situation: Client had 12 years experience in doing her life’s career and yet was not sure of her ability to be in her own business.  The fears were typical – could I get clients, can I operate my own business, how do I get started, where do I find employees, and how do I record the finances for the business.  She was taking training and instruction in business requirements from Bad Girl Ventures … [Read more...]

Network Like A Warrior: How To Choose The Best Cincinnati Networking Event To Attend

February is Warrior Networking month and much like the famous generals and leaders of wars fought before us, choosing the best networking event to attend is like preparing for battle: Choosing the right battle plan and grounds can win you a sweet victory. Choosing the wrong tools and underestimating your environment can lead you to defeat. Your selection of networking circles and groups is one … [Read more...]

Using Tablets For A Small Business: Is It Worth It?

  In terms of using today’s technology to simplify our lives, integrate our communication and grow our small business, the application of these tools directly correlates to our success. As any small business owner or entrepreneur knows, sometimes the bulk of our day is spent doing administrative tasks. Note-taking, invoicing, organizing, bookkeeping, responding to emails and managing our … [Read more...]

Top 5 Most Common Lead-Generating Mistakes Of 2011

From poor calls-to-action to message blunders, we take a look how business owners failed to generate leads in 2011 and how you can learn from their costly mistakes. … [Read more...]

What Small Businesses Should Know About Customer Needs In 2012

As all small business owners (27 million of us) leave the foolish choices of our past behind, we look forward to the future of launching new ideas, promising profitability and finally enjoying the fruits of our labor. But as any small business owner knows, each year involves the most changes, challenges and setbacks than most of us would like to admit. We know it's not the low points that define … [Read more...]

Visibility 101: Becoming A Government Contractor

Last week, we talked about a few of the first steps to becoming a government contractor. As we mentioned, it all begins with making yourself visible. Patience, time and dedication are necessary to navigate the steps required, so get ready for the preparation work. Don’t skip over the vital step of strengthening your online presence. It’s a hefty list of tasks to complete, but important if you … [Read more...]

Business Down? The One Solution You Never Dreamed Of

Many of us would never consider doing business with the very entity we think is costing us more money. Or is it? While, the government has always been under numerous investigations and suffered public scrutiny as a result, it presents some very interesting and profitable opportunities for businesses willing to put up with a few irritations. As reported in the New York Times and in conjunction … [Read more...]

Wanted: 3 ZERO COST Benefits To Give Your Employees

In today’s economy, it’s harder than ever to find exceptional talent. Of course, finding talent is only half the battle. Keeping those good employees is the hard part. You offer the usual small business benefits, raises and perks- some more expensive than others. But the economy is testing your patience, requiring that you find creative ways to retain those rock stars. But how, exactly, can you … [Read more...]

Have You Hired Professionals to Work For Your Business?

All businesses need some type of professional service provider for the running, recording, or reporting of their business. Your CPA records your year for the IRS, your HR department keeps your employees records, and you keep your head above water while everyone else works for you. But do they really? … [Read more...]

ASBC Is Open For Business

American Small Business Centers is now fully open for business and ready to continue to offer small business help to owners in the Cincinnati and TriState area. We are currently helping with small business development, business coaching, finding business loans, and finding vetted resource partners. All ASBC coaches have owned a small business and know the pain of dipping into their savings account … [Read more...]