We all know that a barometer is an instrument used to measure atmospheric pressure. Another definition of a barometer is something that reflects changes in circumstances and opinions. A good business barometer could be an annual review of that business to determine current trends and can also be used to forecast the future, and thus, to revise a strategic business plan.
Many experts recommend saving 10% to 15% of pretax income annually for retirement. But while Americans accumulate the majority of their retirement funds through employer-sponsored defined-contribution plans, according to a report from the Pew Charitable Trusts, many small business owners and their employees are not afforded this option.
Communication is a two-way street. But most of what’s written about effective business communication focuses on just one side: speaking. The other side—listening—is often overlooked but at least as important.
Is getting in front of people and convincing them that you have a great product or service one of your favorite things to do? If so, you’re probably in the minority among entrepreneurs. The truth is, many startup entrepreneurs who have a great business idea are fearful and unprepared to pitch their business to others.
For more than 50 years, National Small Business Week has recognized the critical contributions of America’s entrepreneurs and small business owners.
According to the U.S. Small Business Administration, more than half of Americans either own or work for a small business, and they create about two out of every three new jobs in the U.S. each year.
Marketing is just one of the many responsibilities that the average small business owner juggles every day. InfusionSoft’s 2017 Small Business Marketing Trends report found that almost half (49 percent) of small business owners reported handling the marketing for their business.
Don’t let the hustle and bustle of the holiday season cause you to forget about your business. Crossing these items off your to-do list before the end of the year will help you not only close out 2018 but also get off to a good start in 2019.
Whether starting a new venture or growing a current business, entrepreneurs need access to information and planning tools to help them achieve their goals. Small Business Resource Center covers the major areas of starting and operating a business, including planning, financing, accounting, taxes, management, human resources and marketing.
This online resource brings together hundreds of sample business plans and the content of 300 small business journals. The content now also includes a wide range of other media and sources:
NAPERVILLE, ILLINOIS – September 12, 2018 – NaperLaunch will celebrate its fifth annual Entrepreneur’s Week with programs at the Nichols Library, 200 W. Jefferson Ave., designed to explore the foundational concepts, skills and techniques of entrepreneurship.
“Entrepreneurship is not easy and isn’t always so straight forward,” said Kent Palmer, Business Librarian and NaperLaunch facilitator. “Sometimes it helps to hear what others have gone through, which can prepare new startups on how to deal with challenges as they get underway.”
The fall season at NaperLaunch is a time to celebrate entrepreneurship! The fifth annual Entrepreneurs Week will come a little earlier this year -- September 25-27.
The program offerings at this year’s E-Week will also expand in scope to include guidance for not-for-profit organizations and franchising. NFPO’s have always been entrepreneurial in nature and what could be more entrepreneurial than franchising? As always, E-Week will offer some marketing guidance and insights for all entrepreneurs. Three evening programs are planned and open to the public.