Thursday, July 31, 2008
The Art of the Elevator Pitch
By Robert Pagliarini of SeekingCapital.com
The Perfect (Elevator) Pitch
by Aileen Pincus
Elsewhere, I can envision how quick access to IRS forms would be useful to certain clients as well.
I took a quick spin around SBA's website, but couldn't readily find a link there to the forms they've issued. Keep it handy.
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
Here's another change in business etiquette. The handshake may not be in any danger, but according to this USA Today article, the fist bump is making in-roads with the younger set (and presidential candidates):
Read more here:
"Can the fist bump mix with business? "
Time magazine offers a history of the fist-bump here:
"A brief history of the fist bump"
Of course there are other greetings in the business world, including the cheek kiss.
Make sure you're familiar with kissing etiquette by checking out this Wall Street Journal piece:
"Americans Learn The Global Art Of the Cheek Kiss"
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
But I got through and tried New York State Small Business Development Center; it actually suggested the whole name after I had typed New York State Sm
We didn’t find any results for "New York State Small Business Development Center"
Some reasons might be...
a typo. Please check your spelling.
your search includes a term that is very rare. Try to find a more common substitute.
too many search terms. Please try fewer terms.
Finally, try to think of different words to describe your search.
It’s the first item on Google. Meh.
And as a matter of vanity, I cuiled my blogs and they showed on the 7th page, while they're on the first page on Google.
As this writer noted: Cuil Not So Cool.
Friday, July 25, 2008
For more information on solutions, check out Surviving a Slowing Economy and Surviving an Economic Downturn
Thursday, July 24, 2008
This made me wonder what an enneagram was and came across the following descriptions as well as a brief test to see what type I might be. So, if nothing else, you feel like entertaining yourself, check out these sites:
Take a test: The New Enneagram Test
What Breed of Dog Are You?
This article reviews various sources of personality quizzes to help you get to know youself better.
I don't hide my dismay. I prefer meetings that focus on a single thing, and then be part of an engaged group of people who share their opinions and reach some kind of consensus. It's a rare thing, but it is possible. (For instance, it's how we developed our presentation for this past year's staff training event.)
I don't call many staff meetings (I like to think I communicate directly). However, I recognize that this is just the opposite extreme from how my wife's company works. There ought to be a middle ground.
This is why I found this article so interesting. It ran in last Sunday's New York Times, and contains eminently practical suggestions for making meetings more efficient, and more useful to the time of everyone involved. I'm going to print it out, and keep it handy.
I can't be alone in this, right? Read this, and see how many people you recognize.
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
From the report's abstract:
"Boomers will probably want to work longer than earlier cohorts, but their continued work requires that employers hire and retain them. Employers value older workers for their maturity, experience and work ethic, but worry about out of date skills and high costs. Slower overall labor supply growth will increase demand for older workers and occupations with higher shares of older workers will increase modestly as a share of all jobs. Future jobs will require less physical demands and more cognitive and interpersonal skills, trends that favor educated older workers, but job opportunities for less educated older workers may remain limited."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
From 2004 to 2005, firm births numbered 644,122 and deaths numbered 565,745. Firms with fewer than 500 employees accounted for 78.9 percent of the net employment growth during this period. See the dynamic data sections of http://www.sba.gov/advo/research/data.html for details.
Friday, July 18, 2008
What I like about the site is their annual list of top rebranding efforts. Here's their top 100 for 2008. This is a list of efforts by a variety of rebranding & marketing companies, so it's not limited to just them.
The name of each company brand is linked to their full story. In most cases, you'll see images of marketing efforts used in the rebranding process. At the bottom of each page is some narrative that outlines the challenges the brand faced, and how they were overcome.
(And, for a shamless local plug, check out the story of Brown's Brewing Company [the second listing underneath the "Best of Awards" heading]. It's in Troy, about 10 miles from where I'm typing this. Given that it's Friday afternoon, my mind naturally wanders to the local brewpubs.)
Go check it out. It's interesting reading. As for me . . . it's 100 minutes till the weekend!
Thursday, July 17, 2008
World Chamber of Commerce Directory June 2007
Las Mas Grandes Mentes De Marketing Del Mundo/How to Think Like The World's Greatest Marketing Minds: Lecciones De Negocios
Marcia Layton Turner
Cuando se mata una venta: Los 10 errores fatales que los vendedores cometen y como evitarlos / Kill the Deal
Negocios por internet para las pymes/ E-business for the Small Business
John G. Fisher
Anatomía de un plan de negocio / Anatomy of a Business Plan
Sea un propio jefe / Be Your Own Boss
David Mc Mullan
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Here's some more evidence for the "just do it" camp-
3 Good Reasons to Stop Thinking So Much, And How to Do It
Tuesday, July 15, 2008
The fascinating but slightly spooky Google Maps, street view "allows you to take virtual...tours of about 30 U.S. metropolitan areas," including Albany and Buffalo. One of the pictures of my house was either taken on Thursday afternoon or Friday morning, based on the location of the garbage cans.
There may be local resources as well, such as the City of Albany search and Times Union real estate.
Friday, July 11, 2008
- bbbonline.org – Click on "For Consumers" when you want to research a specific business opportunity.
- WomenForHire.com - Offers resources and ideas on working from home.
- FTC.gov - Type "work at home" in search box for good and bad business opportunities, as well as information on how find a legitimate business.
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Two sentences jumped out at me:
1) "Of the 47 million uninsured people in this country, at least 20 million are employed by small businesses or work for themselves — a figure that has increased by an average of more than 500,000 a year since 2000."
2) "State laws now typically make it impossible for businesses to cross state lines to create their own purchasing pools, and small companies have had little success to date in being able to band together in sufficient numbers within state borders."
Regarding the latter, Federal legislation has been introduced that would ease restrictions on small business' forming pools, even across state lines.
The National Federation of Independent Businesses is heavily involved in this issue. I get an email newsletter from them, and there will assuredly be updates on this in the near future. I'll keep you posted.
Now, the business journals are looking at this human-driven, personalized service model with interest.
The cult of the dabbawala
Management trends Jul 10th 2008
From The Economist print edition
Business-school gurus take lessons from an unexpected source
The Dabbawalla's Secret
Seth Godin's Blog
Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Wednesday, July 09, 2008
The average age of a U.S. head of household is 49.5 years old.
According to Advertising Age's "The Changing Face of the U.S. Consumer: What We Can Learn from Census Data, and Why It Matters for Brands," households headed by two age groups, 35 to 44 and 45 to 54, currently account for almost half of U.S. consumer spending. But these groups are shrinking, so in the future more spending come from households headed by someone 55 or older.
And they may be looking for different things to spend their money on.
Tuesday, July 08, 2008
"A new national survey reveals that a startling number of small businesses remain unprepared to face a potential disaster, be that a hurricane, tornado, wildfire or computer virus, and the majority of these businesses have no plans to change. Commissioned by Office Depot, the survey of small businesses shows 40 percent admit they are not ready for a disaster and one-third indicate having no current plans to get prepared."
Thursday, July 03, 2008
Here, then, is an alternative, from the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics:
Regardless of the geographic scope of your results, you can choose to download your findings directly into a spreadsheet.
Note that this database is for public schools only.