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3 Small Business Financial Challenges, and What to do About Them | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Financial Management

3 Small Business Financial Challenges, and What to do About Them | Extraordinary Business

by Fatima Mansoor

The small business financing landscape is one that changes continuously. Business owners are thrown curve balls especially as they gear up to expand their small business. A range of financial challenges plague the minds of modern entrepreneurs, keeping them from efficiently reorganizing their business for growth.

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Aug
2016
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Things to Look Out For When Purchasing a Business | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Business Growth

Things to Look Out For When Purchasing a Business | Extraordinary Business

by Ravinder Kapur

If you are considering getting into business for yourself, buying an existing company could be an excellent option. You will get the opportunity to use your skills and experience to expand operations at the enterprise that you purchase. Many small businesses see a sharp jump in revenues and profits soon after a new owner takes charge. But identifying the right business is not an easy…

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Jul
2016
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Create a Work Environment That Retains Employees | Extraordinary Business
in Management, Productivity

Create a Work Environment That Retains Employees | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

A fun, creative work environment packed with in-office perks is a great way to attract and retain the best employees. Just look at the Google campus. Lovingly called the Googleplex, it boasts an open design, free bicycles and free breakfast, lunch and dinner from any of the on-campus kitchens. Even if you do not have the multi-billion dollar budget of Google, your business can adopt…

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Jul
2016
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5 Simple Ways to Market Your Small Business | Extraordinary Business
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5 Simple Ways to Market Your Small Business | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Many small business owners believe that they have no time for marketing. This is because they spend a great deal of time running operations and servicing clients. The problem is, without a strong marketing plan, your business growth will be stagnant. However, there are several marketing techniques that can be easily deployed and won’t drain all of your time. Here are five methods to efficiently…

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Jul
2016
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5 Branding Lessons from America’s Best Companies | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Branding

5 Branding Lessons from America’s Best Companies | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Do you own your brand? Maybe you designed the logo, chose a name, built a website and crafted a witty slogan, but none of that means you actually own your brand. A brand is more than a name, patent, trademark or slogan — it’s the perception of who you are and what you provide. So, essentially, it’s your customers who own your brand, not you.

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Jun
2016
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Business Optimization
in Blog, Business Growth

Tools for Service Providers| Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

 5 Business Optimization Resources to Make Your Accountant Smile Whether you are a chiropractor, dentist, or hairdresser (oops, hair stylist), maintaining a healthy business practice involves continually growing your client base. In today’s mobile-connected and socially savvy world, consumers have more choices than ever before when it comes to finding a service provider. Luckily for service providers, they too have access to more tools than…

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Jun
2016
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4 Ways to Invest In Employee Development To Cut Turnover | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Staffing

4 Ways to Invest In Employee Development To Cut Turnover | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Employee engagement has plateaued to 70 percent for some time, with concerns about lack of career advancement opportunities being the top reason why employees quit their jobs, according to a LinkedIn survey of 7 million members. Meantime, an estimated 45 percent of survey respondents said lack of potential career advancement was the main reason they left their job, while 59 percent added that perception of…

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May
2016
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in Blog, Business Growth

How Multi-Location Business Owners Can Overcome Challenges | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Having your own shop has its difficulties. Having two creates challenges. The expansion from one location to two sets a foundation for the growth of your business for years to come. There are certain trials that a multi-location business owner needs to overcome in order to have the company as a whole thrive in its industry.

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Apr
2016
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in Blog, Management

Your Company Needs a Vision Statement | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Successful companies and people tend to have a clear, active vision statement to guide them There are companies that don’t put much effort into creating a vision statement for their organizations. Many companies simply focus on delivering a product or service and making the most money doing it. However, those same companies are missing an opportunity to create advantage in their marketplace by harnessing the focused…

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Mar
2016
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in Products and services, Voice of the Customer

Better! | Extraordinary Business

by Rick Meekins

Intentional Steps to Building a Better Brand As a business owner who has been around for a while, you are good at what you do. No question about it. Your company wouldn’t still be around if you didn’t. Question for you: What makes your company good? What makes it great? What makes it better than the competition? How many times have you received a marketing…

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Mar
2016
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Getting Fitness Done | Extraordinary Business
in Blog, Productivity

Getting Fitness Done | Extraordinary Business

by Sowmya Rajamani

5 Ways Office Warriors Can Balance Work and Fitness You’re a little bleary from staring at your two office monitors all day. The crazy driver who cut you off during your commute makes you crave Netflix and a candy bar. Or you’re still working in bed at midnight. There are plenty of excuses; they’re real, and they make fitness really, really hard. But you want…

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Feb
2016
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in Blog, Productivity, Strategy

When to Partner and When to Direct | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

For you, the small business owner, short-term projects can be excellent opportunities to grow the company while honing your team’s professional skills. However, they can also be nightmarish exercises in stress for you and your staff. Often, they are some combination of the two. If this challenge was not daunting enough, as the owner of a growing company you will occasionally have to decide between…

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Feb
2016
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in Blog, Management and Leadership, Recruiting

Blood Is Thicker Than Water | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

Over the last few years, your friends and especially family have watched you work the necessary long hours, including nights, weekends, and even holidays to ensure the business you started continues in its success. As they see your business grow, some of those same friends and relatives will begin to offer their assistance as an employee, contractor or even partner.  Likewise, you may start to…

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Jan
2016
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in Blog, Management, Process

All For One and One For All? When To Involve Multiple Departments In A Single Project | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

Since starting your own business, you have acquired much insight into management and prudent, effective growth. By way of your own decision making, as well as executing advice from consultants and staff members alike, you have overseen your company’s successful transition from a single person sole proprietorship to a small but expansion-minded company, which includes several junior partners. However, success brings with it new challenges,…

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Jan
2016
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in Blog, Business Growth, Planning

New Steps for New Year: Prioritizing Steps for Growth in 2016 | Extraordinary Business

by Ian Erickson

Over the past few years, you have committed a great deal of time and money to developing your small business. By reinvesting your business’s profits back into the company and keeping a close eye on the often unstable US economy, you have made strides in creating a profitable enterprise. However, as a seasoned entrepreneur you are also aware that the only way to persevere is…

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Dec
2015
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