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Think like a crow; Act like a squirrel…

After watching a number of “cute wildlife” videos on YouTube, it occurred to me that both crows and squirrels have characteristic behavior, that if adapted by business owners, could increase the performance of their businesses. Business owners should think like a crow and act like a squirrel in order to increase the performance of their […]

Tax Reform Law: Topics of Special Interest for Individuals

Repeal of the ACA Penalty for Individuals The Affordable Care Act (ACA) requires individuals to pay a penalty if they aren’t covered by a health plan that provides at least minimum essential coverage. That penalty is also known as the “shared responsibility payment.” Unless an exception applies, the penalty is imposed for any month that […]

FSBDC at UNF Success Stories – Emergency Bridge Loans

Interview with Marco Tran, I-Tech Personnel Services in Jacksonville In the latter part of this year, Hurricane Irma brought quite the impact to Florida’s First Coast, but there is a silver lining – the Florida SBDC was able to assist local small businesses, like I-Tech Personnel Services, in obtaining Emergency Bridge Loans to help “bridge […]

Why Your Team Is Failing

Today’s educational system, from Kindergarten through college, puts a focus on team work. However, while you may learn who gets their work done versus who is counting on everyone else to get an “A” grade, your scholastic team experience probably did little to prepare you for business teamwork. When you think about it, every business […]

Falling Leaves; Rising Sales…

Fall is in the air; it’s a bit cooler and the humidity is lower. Fall is also the time that sales increase as holiday gift buying begins, vacationers escaping cool weather come to Florida, and the “Snowbirds” return. For both retail and service businesses fall is the beginning of the “money making season.” Several factors […]

Dotting the “I’s” and Crossing the “T’s”

Hurricane Irma has come and gone in Florida, and the recovery is underway. While physical and economic damages vary widely from county to county, all 67 counties in Florida have been impacted in some way by the storm. For most, the damage has ended, but some that have rivers are still flooding as water works […]

How to Respond to a Data Breach

You may have read that hackers broke into the Equifax database and stole personal information tied to 143 million people.  The hackers accessed people’s names, Social Security numbers, birth dates, addresses and, in some instances, driver’s license numbers. They also stole credit card numbers for about 209,000 people and dispute documents with personal identifying information […]

Alphabet Soup: “X”

When I began the Alphabet Soup series in 2015, the concept seemed easy: take a letter of the alphabet in turn each month and examine business topics, concepts, and words that began with that month’s letter. With this month’s letter, “X,” I have hit a roadblock. So, following that analogy, I shall take a detour […]

Finding Love at work…

No, I’m not usurping the role of the “other Dr. Phil” and discussing personal relationships in the workplace. LOVE is an acronym for Leadership, Organization, Value, and Experiential Learning. If you create LOVE in your business, your employees will enjoy working for you, your customers will appreciate the interaction they have with your business, and the […]

Alphabet Soup: “W”

The Speaking of Business blog is running a bit behind this month due to my taking some vacation time. This is the first blog of the month, and that means time for Alphabet Soup, the series that takes a letter of the alphabet in turn each month and examines some business concepts, topics, and words that […]

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