Small Business Development Center at the University of North Florida

Ups and Downs, and Keeping Your Balance

Ideas for blogs can come from interesting associations. I was wondering what I should write my next blog about while bicycling this weekend as the weather in Florida has finally become cooler and less humid. After discarding several ideas, I associated bicycling with cycles and decided to write about the various cycles that affect 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 […]

The Best Time to Sell A Business

Yearly there are nearly three quarter of a million small to medium sized businesses that change ownership. They are owner-operated businesses like retail shops, restaurants, gas station, print shops, landscapers, bookkeeping or accounting services or any number of local types of franchises. Regardless of the type of business that you own, when the business is […]

Employees… Pay, and Benefits

As the economy improves, a number of small businesses have reported not only having employees leave, but that they are having difficulty attracting a replacement. They have asked, “How much do I need to pay to get a good employee?” The glib answer is, “As much as it takes to hire and retain one.” The […]

Meet Heather Borders, Registered Dietician and Owner of Kailo Nutrition

With a background in engineering and business, what motivated you to go back to school and change careers to become a Registered Dietitian?  My husband’s cholesterol! It was always very high but several years ago, his total cholesterol finally reached 311 and his triglycerides were 305. He didn’t want to take medicine, so we changed […]

Should Small Businesses Get on the Graph Search Bandwagon?

So now Facebook has come out with their own search engine (Graph Search) that lets you comb the Facebook universe (which is quite large) to see who shares your own personal interests. That in itself will be intriguing to anyone using Facebook as they can now ask questions like “Who goes to microbreweries in Florida” […]

« Previous PageNext Page »
SBDC Footer Shadow Background