Protecting Your Organization’s Hidden IT Vulnerability

Whether a large enterprise or an SMB, every organization experiences IT hindrances that result in support calls to the help desk. While many will be straightforward, with an obvious underlying cause (such as a forgotten password), there will be some calls that leave the IT team members scratching their heads, sometimes for months. How many […]

Swimming with the Sharks

Dave Alwan’s grandfather opened a grocery store in Peoria, IL in 1947. Like so many families who own a small business, Dave grew up in the family business. As a teen-ager Dave learned the business behind the counter by wearing a white butcher’s coat and cutting up stew meat by hand. And, there is no […]

Thesis Painting an American Success Story

Thesis Painting is like many other small businesses—it was built on the skills of family members. Angelo Spyridakis came to America as a Greek immigrant who worked as a painter with his father and brother. But Angelo didn’t have the goal of making it in America simply as a craftsman with a job—he had the […]

Up Close and Personal with T. Boone Pickens

NEW: Watch The Interview on YouTube! American Business Magazine recently sat down with T. Boome Pickens on the very day his energy initiative was rolled out by President Obama, who spoke about the Boone Initiative during his State Of The Union address. It was a privilege to speak with an entrepreneur who is perhaps as […]

Inside The Budget Battle With Congressman Paul Ryan

If any privately held or publicly traded business did their books like Washington does, they would have been in jail a long time ago – forget about Sarbanes-Oxley.

Donald Trump Exclusive Insight

Donald Trump talks about his life and business philosophy in this no frills interview.

  • Tax Strategies

  • Are You A Target For The IRS?

    Are You A Target For The IRS?

    Whether you are the owner of an IT consulting firm that employs a few hundred people or a boutique owner that personalizes holiday gifts, the chance of being audited by the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) is increasing. Managing your company through these economic times is difficult, but an IRS audit has the potential to take […]

  • For Sale: Tax Consequences of Selling a Business

    For Sale: Tax Consequences of Selling a Business

    Selling a business has its pros and cons —you’ll probably have more money than you’ve ever had before (unless you’ve sold other businesses), but you’ll be sharing some of your profits with the government.

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  • IT & Internet

  • Protecting Your Organization’s Hidden IT Vulnerability

    Protecting Your Organization’s Hidden IT Vulnerability

    Whether a large enterprise or an SMB, every organization experiences IT hindrances that result in support calls to the help desk. While many will be straightforward, with an obvious underlying cause (such as a forgotten password), there will be some calls that leave the IT team members scratching their heads, sometimes for months. How many […]

  • We Will Hack You

    We Will Hack You

    In soccer, both teams prepare for competition by practicing and implementing a game plan around how best to attack and defend against the opposition. This also applies to what small business owners need to do to protect themselves from cybercrime. For both, careful planning, diligent prevention and thorough strategy are essential, whether playing a sports […]

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  • Business Management

  • 7 Sure-Fire Success Principles

    7 Sure-Fire Success Principles

    Success is something everyone wants but few achieve. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. No matter where you are in your career—from job seeking to having held the same position for an extended period—there are principles you can apply to ensure your success. Below are seven sure-fire success principles you can start using […]

  • 21st Century Leadership

    21st Century Leadership

    The Rocky franchise first came into our lives in 1976. Detroit and Motown both were still churning out hits. The original Rocky movie gave the world quotes that remain as true today as when they were mumbled by the prizefighter 37 years ago. “It’s about how hard you get hit . . . How much […]

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  • HR & Employees

  • Why Small Businesses Need Exceptional Performers

    Why Small Businesses Need Exceptional Performers

    Ordinary Ordinary just won’t work anymore. As a small business owner, you need cutting-edge solutions to never-before-seen problems and clever ideas for those recurring headaches that have always plagued you. Research indicates that a handful of star performers create the vast majority of valuable ideas for their organizations. These top thinkers, who also deliver stellar […]

  • Creating A Workplace Wellness Program

    Creating A Workplace Wellness Program

    With health care costs on the rise, many companies are looking for affordable, scalable and innovative options for engaging their employees and keeping them healthy, happy and productive. Indeed, problems such as diabetes, carpal tunnel syndrome and high blood pressure due to physical inactivity—not to mention systemic problems such as absenteeism, workers’ compensation costs, voluntary […]

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  • It's All In The Brain

    It’s All In The Brain

    My client, the CEO of a $20 billion company and a very smart guy, looked at me like what he had just thought was so smart that it even got his own attention. “You know what’s weird?” he asked. “What?” I asked. “Everybody out there is always trying to figure out the right plan,” he […]

  • Tapping the Caribbean Dream

    Tapping the Caribbean Dream

    St. John Brewers in the U.S. Virgin Islands U.S. retail dollars for craft beer in 2012 was estimated at $10.2 billion, up from $8.7 billion in 2011. In 2004, on the Caribbean island of St. John, no bar or restaurant was serving, let alone brewing, craft beer. St. John transplants Kevin Chipman and Chirag Vyas […]

  • Eat Out Healthy

    Eat Out Healthy

    According to the NPD Group, more than half of all restaurant guests say they are healthy eaters at home. But, when it comes to dining out, it’s a whole different matter—only half of those home healthy eaters eat healthy at restaurants. Why? Some say they just want to indulge or they want to eat what […]

  • Why Innovation Should Not Be Shipped Overseas

    Why Innovation Should Not Be Shipped Overseas

    The ability for any region in the United States to be competitive may very well depend on how much it retains its innovation culture. Many call it nearsourcing, but no matter what vernacular is used, America can only succeed economically if municipalities from coast to coast help create local ecosystems to collectively conceive, design and […]

  • Leading Vs Managing - Is It A Choice?

    Leading Vs Managing – Is It A Choice?

    The workforce is changing. Traditional management is headed to the wayside. As baby boomers move into retirement and millennials enter the workforce, the needs and wants in the workplace, even for those who’ve been around awhile, are evolving. While the Gen-Yers crave culture, flexibility and work-life integration, the Gen-Xers aren’t far behind in their desire […]

  • Dave Says...

    Dave Says…

    Dear Dave, My wife and I started selling Avon a few years ago to make some extra money. We were pretty successful, and we started hosting vendor events in our town. Now we’re thinking about moving the business out of our home and into an office in order to appear more professional. Do you think […]

  • Sell Like A Girl

    Sell Like A Girl

    What can a 12-year old teach you about sales? Quite a bit, as it turns out. It’s Girl Scout Cookie time in our part of the world. For those of you who are unfamiliar with the sights, tastes and overall experience of helping your daughters sell Thin Mints, Samoas and Do-Si-Dos, you’re missing a fundamental […]

  • Five Tips to Becoming a Do-It-Yourself Expert

    Five Tips to Becoming a Do-It-Yourself Expert

    We all wish we could hire the infamous movie character, Jerry Maguire, of “Show Me the Money!” fame to handle our PR. However, in these difficult economic times, when many small businesses are facing financial challenges, hiring a professional public relations firm is probably not in the budget. It’s a task that is being brought […]

  • Overlooked Risks to Business Owners

    Overlooked Risks to Business Owners

    Disclaimer: I’m a big hockey fan. I played in college and now I coach my kids in the sport. And maybe it’s just me, but I find a lot of similarities between playing hockey and owning a small business— particularly when it comes to risk management. Most hockey players are savvy enough to guard against […]

  • Why is it Important to go With a Wealth Advisor

    Why is it Important to go With a Wealth Advisor

    Many aspects of your life have to be considered when making short- and long-term financial decisions. Wealth advisors take the time to understand your unique life goals and challenges and help you make financial decisions that will have the most advantageous impact on your entire life. Are you currently working with a wealth advisor? Here […]

  • Navigating Facebook - Etiquette at Work

    Navigating Facebook – Etiquette at Work

    Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Instagram, Tumblr, Pinterest— social media has clearly revolutionized the way we communicate. We can reconnect with high school friends, send 140-character messages to celebrities and rally hundreds of people behind an issue in mere seconds. We all have new platforms to share ideas, photos and memories in real-time with almost anyone on […]

  • An Industry Long Overdue For A Change

    An Industry Long Overdue For A Change

    The origins of modern banking can be traced to early Renaissance Italy, and the architecture of older bank branches still reflects that neoclassical idealism. We still romanticize banks today. As a society, we take comfort in the (literal) pillars of strength and statehood that banks represent. Take the American classic film It’s a Wonderful Life […]

  • Government Grants: Fact vs Fiction

    Government Grants: Fact vs Fiction

    The small business bank loan pipeline abruptly shut down during the 2008 global financial meltdown. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small business lending peaked at $659 billion in 2008. From the time the global economy imploded in late 2008 until mid-2011, small business lending dropped by 18 percent to $543 billion. Since […]

  • Ways to Make Printing Easier and More Effective

    Ways to Make Printing Easier and More Effective

    According to the Gartner Group, businesses spend between one and three percent of total annual revenues generating printed materials. Yet, as social media and digital advertising continue to increase in popularity, many marketers question the relevance and effectiveness of print communications. Despite the rapid rise of online marketing, print is still a force to be […]

  • Five Dysfunctions Around the Principle of Authority

    Five Dysfunctions Around the Principle of Authority

    When there’s dysfunction in the authority structure of an organization, its growth is limited and possibly even totally prevented. Here are the top five dysfunctions around the principal of authority in corporate America today. Lack of a clear authority structure When the chain of command is not clearly defined, chaos, dysfunction and frustration will ultimately […]

  • Leveraging Data to Improve the Customer Experience

    Leveraging Data to Improve the Customer Experience

    Though I still like to shop in person for certain things like golf clubs, Amazon is one of the places I enjoy online shopping. Why? I know I’m guaranteed a great customer experience. Content is tailored to me based on my prior searches, page views, wish list additions, written reviews and, ultimately, purchases. I’m also […]

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