5 Ways to Make Your Small Business More Successful

Do you ever feel like you are treading water and not making strides towards your small business goals? Maybe you’re struggling to narrow down your goals to begin with? Every small business owner wants to be profitable, but it’s not always smooth sailing to get to that point. Take a look at these 5...

The Journey with Britt: How to Push Through the Inevitable Losses of Business

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oZxGBY6ay5M&t=5s Have you ever questioned how and if you should continue your business after a loss or failure?  The truth is, we have all experienced losses and it's inevitable in this entrepreneurial 'Journey'. For your dose of encouragement check out Britt's story on The Journey with Blue. I met Britt almost two years ago when she...

5 Ways to Improve Communication with Customers

If providing excellent communication isn’t always at the forefront of your mind, as a small business owner, it should be. Strong customer communication builds strong relationships. It’s a crucial key to success for every business. Take a look at these five strategies you can implement to improve your communication with customers today. 1. Make communication a...

The Journey with Spendefy: The Pros & Cons of Having a Business Partner

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ObR2mQ6ZJQ4 Are you in search of business partner? Or wondering how do you find the right co-founder to grow your business with? Then you're in the right place. Antwon Davis and Eldredge Washington are co-founders of Spendefy – a tech company with a digital platform that makes it easier to find black-owned businesses in your city. The idea behind...

Developing a Leadership Philosophy

Developing a Leadership Philosophy

This article on Developing a Leadership Philosophy is published in partnership with Aurora University.   At the beginning of each advanced leadership workshop session, business thought leader John Spence asks attendees how many currently have a written list of their key leadership values. Much to his surprise, only one or two out of 100 to 150 executives raise...

Marcus Lemonis Shares the 4th P in the Recipe for Business Success

Marcus Lemonis Shares the 4th P in the Recipe for Business Success

Creating a successful business is something like cooking a delicious meal. Start with fresh ideas (ingredients), create a solid business plan (prep you workspace and ingredients), and then most importantly, make sure you choose the right recipe! In the past, businessman and investor Marcus Lemonis (from CNBC’s The Profit) has shared his personal recipe for...

How to be Successful with the Retail Landscape Shifts: Advice from Robert D'Loren

How to be Successful with the Retail Landscape Shifts: Advice from Robert D’Loren

Even if you’re not familiar with the name Bob D'Loren, you likely are familiar with the companies his brand management and media company Xcel Brands represents. Isaac Mizrahi, Halston, Judith Ripka… these are major brands with major clout in the retail space. So, what’s D’Loren’s secret? How has he helped these popular players in the...

Mastering the Mind: How Business Owners Can Win the Mental Game

Mastering the Mind: How Business Owners Can Win the Mental Game

Being an entrepreneur is a challenge. Keeping your mind honed and ready can help you achieve more, even when times are tough. As an entrepreneur, I’m sure you’ve heard the saying “mind over matter.” Whether you’re a startup or seasoned business owner, the fact remains the same: the entrepreneur life is hard. There are...

Why You Have to be More Than Just Good as an Entrepreneur

About once a month, I receive a phone call from someone in the food services industry, usually the owner of a restaurant, who wants to know if I can come over and fix a malfunctioning piece of equipment. It's typically in regards to a broken oven, but I’ve had calls for grills, frialators, and walk-in refrigerators...