Social Media: Small Business Game Changer

The use of social media is an integral part of any business success strategy. Especially today, when potential customers are engaged and distracted by their mobile device, social media can be a game changer for small businesses.

Hope Is Not a Business Strategy

As a consultant, I have had in-depth conversations with hundreds of business owners about their businesses. During these talks, I always ask, "What is the one thing that you need to get your business to the next level?" The most common answer is “more customers to increase sales,” which is a good answer. My next question is, “What is your…

Feeling Confident

In 2016, 21% of U.S. workers said they were very confident they would have enough money for a comfortable retirement. This percentage was about the same in 2015 and represents a big increase in confidence from the 13% of workers who reported feeling confident about their retirement savings in 2013, when many Americans were struggling to recover from the Great…

Five Ways to Fuel Your Retirement

Imagine this. You are on the airport runway awaiting takeoff to the Caribbean for a relaxing week full of fun and sun. Your happy thoughts are suddenly interrupted by a message from the Captain, “Ladies and gentlemen, we had a problem with the fuel truck and were not able to completely fill our plane’s tanks, but we anticipate that we…

Get Involved with the Camp Creek Business Association

“I am a longtime area resident, business consultant, active community member, and a former Camp Creek Parkway retailer, so my contextual understanding of the area, the community, and the issues is fairly strong” says Michael Davis, Camp Creek Business Association (CCBA). “We are working to reinvent the business association concept in three ways. First, I wanted to make all CCBA…

Is Your Lifestyle Temporary?

In the song “Live it Up,” written by R&B songwriter John Legend, the lyrics reflect a shift from a life of struggle and hardship (no more robbing Peter to pay Paul or putting it in the lay-a-way) to one of prosperity and celebration of the good life. Similarly, this is what occurs when we advance in our career or business…

Having a Conversation about Finances is Important for Engaged Couples

June is a popular month for weddings. If you’re getting married next month, you no doubt have many exciting details to discuss with your spouse-to-be. But after you get back from the honeymoon, you’ll want to have another discussion — about your finances. It might not sound glamorous, but couples who quickly “get on the same page” regarding their financial…

South Metro is Sizzling

The theme of the 14th Annual South Metro Development Outlook was “South Metro Soaring in ’16,” and this dynamic meeting of minds delivered on demonstrating just how much “South Metro is sizzling,” as one SMDO presenter pointed out.

Talking to Kids About Money

Did your parents’ teach you about saving early in life? Do you wish that you had a chance to learn how to manage your personal finances earlier in life? The fact is that most children adopt the habits and philosophies that their parents have about money. Parents will often spend large amounts of time teaching skills that children will naturally…