Jerry McGuire and Mission-Vision-Values

Vision-MissionCreating clarity about who you are as a business, where you want to go, and how you will show up on that journey is vital to success.

Sometimes called a vision; sometimes a mission. Whatever you call it, getting it down on paper is vital to moving ahead.

Six minutes viewing this clip may remind you of the transformation that can occur when you have a strong vision for the future, a mission that is measurable to create Do you have a clear visionbenchmarks of progress and a set of values that define who you are on that journey.

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Forget College: Become an Entrepreneur!

Forget College

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Heresy!  You say.  The economy depends on college.  High school should be about preparing   kids for college.  Hmm. I wonder.

Cameron Herold has a different take on schooling and entrepreneurship. I found his TED’s presentation worth the time.

What do you think?

What Small Business Needs Now

Small business is suffering from a political culture that pontificates. Proclamations will not increase profits. Programs, run by the government, will not encourage innovation and risk-taking. Leveling the “playing field” does not reward risk.

It’s going to take more than political pronouncements to produce the kind of revenue and profits that will change the rules of the current economic game. We need practical business programs — developed, implemented and overseen by those who understand the stresses of meeting a payroll – programs that will relieve burdens caused by rules and regulations, often contradictory, never motivating.

Governmental gears of businessinvolvement may be needed, but in a far different form than more programs.  Government needs to reward innovation again. Allow profits to be reinvested into a business without ruinous tax and healthcare program burden.

Until our economic blood flows freely to the small capillaries of small business, the body of the national economy will continue to wither.

The Debt Squeeze

You and I could not run a business very long

Government Squeezing Small Business

the way the government runs this economy.

Here’s one man’s opinion.

 

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What Small Business Really Needs – Part 3

cashSmall business needs access to cash and customers.

Right! But it’s not just about customers and cash. There are hidden costs that must be tracked:  the costs to relationships – families. Small business consumes money, time and people.

timeIt has a big appetite. The small business “family” gets devoured by the demands and stresses particular to them, but all businesses have this in common: the uncertainty of complying with potential tax increases and more regulation continues to provide stress that reaches “inside” the business – it reaches the families involved.

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What Small Business Really Needs – Part 2

CustomerGetting healthy in this economy will demand small business advocates to the Congress and Administration with “hearts” that have been strengthened in the crucible that mixes

(1) the stresses of making a payroll

(2) with finding and keeping customers

(3) while blending in relief born of opportunities that generate enough revenue to continue to fund the business.

Local, state and national program leadership must come from those who have proven experience — Continue reading

What Small Business Really Needs – Part 1

Congress and the President need to help Main Street survive and thrive in our current economy because the lifeblood of America flows through micro and small business veins.

Lifeblood flows through small business veinsBut Main Street isn’t as healthy as Wall Street – where the flow seems to be working a bit better.

Main Street is suffering from a political culture that pontificates:  It’s going to take more than political pronouncements to produce the kind of revenue and profits that will change the rules of the current economic game.

We need practical business programs Continue reading