Posts by Deborah Sweeney

The Power of Small Business Team Players

This weekend, the United States women’s soccer team defeated the Netherlands and won the Women’s World Cup final. This is the fourth time the U.S. women’s soccer team has won the World Cup, the first team to reach three consecutive finals. One of my favorite parts of watching any sporting event, from the Olympics to…

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Is It Time to Incorporate in Another State?

Some businesses use the summer months to kick back and relax after all their hard work in Q1. Others spend these laidback months strategizing their initiatives for the remaining year. For some startups, their next move might be to literally move—with plans to expand their business and incorporate in another state. Incorporating in another state…

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Actively Finding Customers

Somewhere along the line, the process of gaining customers became more about attracting customers rather than actively finding them. “Build it and they will come” is an awesome ideal for small businesses, but there comes a point when you’ll need to get your hands dirty and seek out some customers on your own. So where…

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How to Keep Your Customer Service Sizzling All Summer Long

For many businesses, summers tend to move slowly. The days are longer, the weather is nicer, and most businesses report experiencing a lull during the hotter months. While that’s not necessarily bad, it can still affect how a business runs. Since the end of September marks the end of the fiscal year, having a slower…

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What Do LLCs Need to Know About Operating Agreements?

What comes next after an entrepreneur forms an LLC for their startup? Small business owners may prioritize registering for a trademark or filing for an employer identification number (EIN) next. If you already have obtained these assets, it’s time to look into preparing an operating agreement for your business. What’s An Operating Agreement? An operating…

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5 Manager-isms All Good Bosses Should Avoid

Business management is plagued with stereotypes. Managers are portrayed or seen as incompetent, aloof, or out of touch with the office. Just look at Lumbergh from Office Space, or the Pointy-Haired Boss in Dilbert. Now, for the most part, these are just caricatures of the worst traits in managers and bosses, but there is a…

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What’s the Best Way to Exit a Leadership Role?

In a stunning move on Tuesday April 9th, NBA legend Magic Johnson announced he was stepping down as president of the Los Angeles Lakers in an impromptu press conference. His exit has since been met with a mix of criticism and praise from the press and fans. Johnson further defended his controversial decision in an…

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3 Things Entrepreneurs Need to Know About Corporate Resolutions

Not to be confused with New Year’s resolutions, corporate resolutions are official documents that record formal decisions and actions approved by your board of directors (or members, if you run an LLC) on behalf of the company. If you’ve been tasked with putting these documents together and have never done so before, take a moment…

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4 Reasons to Love Complaints

We all know that one person who loves to complain. It feels as though they always have something negative to say about the food, or the service, or whatever they deem sub-par that evening. As much as this type of person may annoy you personally, small business owners should love the complainer. In fact, embracing…

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