National leaders matter less than you think, and your leadership may matter more! Today’s post will be a bit off of my beaten path but I’m inspired. I went to an economic development lunch this week and heard from a panel of three business leaders in my community.  All have had their hands sharing the […]

And Do Customer Still Want Them? I do as much purchasing locally as I can.  But sometimes I can’t.  Can you relate? I have a locally owned bank I love.  Great owners, great employees – over 150 years of being in business.  I keep a credit card through them and have been able to solve […]

Even Well-Intentioned Freeloading Is Tiresome Have you heard the saying, “it takes money to make money”?  I don’t hear it as often as I once did, and this parallels a shift in attitudes I have noticed, both in business and in other aspects of culture. I do understand that for many, it is an unpopular […]

Patient: “Just sort of all over!” I look at the financial statements of a lot of different small businesses.  Different in every way – business type, industry, size, longevity, financing methods, ownership styles, and financial performance (or lack thereof). If there is one common thread, it is that the vast majority of their financial statements […]

Is Social Media Partly To Blame? Someone I know well who works for a multinational corporation has been experiencing an interesting glass ceiling: too much experience. Now, I am not talking about that condition where an airline pilot applies to become a flight attendant, but something much less justifiable. A friend of mine works for […]