It’s that time again…time to take a look at what got the food industry stirred up this year. We’ve narrowed it down to the five main trends that had the most impact on small food entrepreneurs in 2013. Check it out… Read more
Just a reminder that there are a few spots left in next Tuesday’s webinar Creating The Business You’ve Always Envisioned webinar. This short, 45-minute webinar will help you create a vision for what you want your business to look like and how this business of yours will complement and work with the rest of your life (something entrepreneurs often struggle with!). Visioning is the foundation work every entrepreneur should do before setting their business goals as it will help you clearly identify what you want and need your business do to. This webinar is ideal for anyone who hasn’t yet started their business and for established entrepreneurs who feel like their business and their personal lives are always at odds. Click here for more information and to register. Read more
Whether you’re starting a food business from scratch and need money to help you get it up and running or if you’re at the point where you need additional capital to grow your existing business, you need to know what lenders are looking for before you approach them for a loan. Read more
Yesterday we talked about social media manners and while that gets a lot of air time on the internet these days, it’s easy to forget that real, interpersonal manners matter too. In fact, they can matter a whole lot more! Read more
Mom taught you to mind your manners, but she probably never taught you what to do – or worse, what not to do – on social media. As a small business owner, you want to be able to utilize social media to help you build and engage with your audience. But never forget that social media can just as quickly turn unforgiving if you make a misstep. Here are 5 social media etiquette tips to help keep your business in the clear: Read more
If you’re operating a cottage food business, would you mind filling out this short, anonymous survey? There’s a lack of information about how home-based food entrepreneurs are faring and I’d love to have your insight and experience help fill some of those gaps. The survey is 9 questions long and should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Results of the survey will be shared in early 2014. Thank you!
No matter which side of the Affordable Care Act you fall onto, most camps now will say that regardless the intention, the actual implementation and launching of the health insurance website was a complete and utter failure. With Cyber Monday nearly upon us, I thought this would be a good time to look at some of those lessons learned to make sure your e-commerce website is running smoothly in advance of all the holiday internet shoppers. Read more
Did you know that 2.4 million small businesses are owned by US Veterans? And that those firms employ some 5.8 million people? Undoubtably the impact veterans have goes far beyond the combat field so today, in honor of Veterans Day here in the US, I wanted to share with readers some of the resources that are available for veterans who are interested in starting their own small businesses. Please note, I am focused on US resources here so I apologize if you’re joining us today from another country but hopefully similar opportunities may be available to you as well. And let me take a moment to thank all of those who have served and their families. Read more