JoAnn shared the best advise she ever received from her grandmother; “When in doubt, do without.” The advice rings in her ears when she shops, when she ponders taking a vacation on a credit card and most recently when she was approached by a friend to get a tattoo.
John Nese’s business was going broke. His family-owned grocery store was being eaten alive by big chain stores. So, when a woman called looking for a unique mint soda, he saw an opportunity. Today John’s store, Galco, sells every imaginable kind of soda from around the world. Business is good. John Nese was able to adapt, here are other examples:
I walked into a purchasing manager’s office and noticed his wall was peppered with quotes on blue postcards. There were quotes about quality, pricing and appreciation. I asked about them and he enthusiastically explained that a supplier sends a quote-card every month as a thank you for doing business with them. He even pointed out his favorite.
CLICK HERE OR ON THE IMAGE TO SING ALONG Summertime brings vacations, sunny distractions and no school. It tends to be a more relaxed and slower time of year for most businesses. However, thinking it has to be that way is a trap! Take advantage of the less hectic schedule to regroup, refocus and re-strategize!
Trevor founded a manufacturing company 20 years ago. The business continues to expand; the customer list now includes Fortune 500 companies. He has been asked to share his wisdom on several occasions, but declined. Despite his success, Trevor secretly feels inferior to other owners, insecure because of his lack of formal education.
Darcy has accomplished her life-long dream, she owns a coffee shop in a small town. She planned and saved, researched all aspects of the business, visited scores of cafes, bistros and coffee shops, and quizzed the owners. She developed a sound business plan that her banker approved. Darcy even contacted high school counselors because she wanted to share the entrepreneurial
It could happen to you. A crucial member of your staff leaves. You have a decision to make. Do you replace or not? A company owner I recently talked to was faced with that complicated decision. Replacing the employee would have been the logical choice; it would have filled out the team and made customers feel better. It would have