We had so much fun talking about business plans last week that we only got about halfway through what we wanted to cover. This week we shared the rest of the story when it comes to business plans.
We hear all the time from frustrated small business owners who say all they need is a business plan. When we ask them why, it’s usually based on them hearing that from a bunch of people who ask them what their plan is for the business. What does this even mean?
Most owners start and fund the initial growth of their business through a combination of their own personal savings, borrowing from family and friends, and maxing out their credit cards. As those sources of money dwindle or become tapped out, the growth of the business can often be stifled by this lack of capital. It’s at this point that many business owners approach alternative money sources (e.g. bankers or investors)
Small business can be emotional. This isn’t a good or bad thing. It’s just a thing. It can be a great thing if you can get your team emotionally connected to the business where they start to take ownership of their decisions and activities.
This week we were joined in studio by Jeff Tomaszewski, owner and Chief Life Transformer at Max Strength Fitness. Max Strength Fitness is a different kind of training company where they focus on twenty minutes twice per week to transform you.
So you’ve been running your business for years or even decades. Some days you hardly have time to think. But you heard about a friend who recently sold her business or your spouse is asking when you’re going to retire. So how do you know you’re ready to sell your business? What do you need to do to get your business ready to sell?
This week we were joined in studio by Tom Wasinski, owner of Aerial Agents. Aerial Agents is Ohio’s premier aerial photography & videography company. As experts in UAS (unmanned aerial systems) or “drone” piloting, they specialize in capturing professional, high-quality aerial photographs and videos for our clients. Tom is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and he shared with us some of his key takeaways from that program in our monthly Goldman 10 for 10 segment which included how he was put in a lot of uncomfortable situations where he had to explain himself to strangers!
Welcome to October! Also known as “planning season” when it comes to business. So have you started to think about your plan for next year yet? What kind of sales and profits would you like to achieve next year? Not sure where to start? Don’t worry you’re not alone.
This week we were joined in studio by Tracey Watts Cirino, owner of Lavish Color Salon, an award winning full service salon. Tracey is also a graduate of the Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Business Program and she shared with us some of his key takeaways from that program (e.g. her support group for workaholics!) in our monthly Goldman 10 for 10 segment.
A few week ago a group called the Business Roundtable issued a statement that caught our eye. They issued a statement summarizing the Purpose of a Corporation that has expanded it beyond what they’ve supported for the past 40 years which has been a focus on increasing shareholder value.