Interview With Patrick Finn

Patrick Finn is an entrepreneur who came to the United States as an Irish immigrant with skills in the construction trades. Like so many other immigrants before him, Patrick decided that the path to a better life for himself and his family was to create his own business from the skills which he possessed. Patrick […]

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.

  • 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

  • Solving 3 Common SMB Pain Points with Cloud & Tablet Technology

    Solving 3 Common SMB Pain Points with Cloud & Tablet Technology

    Increasing efficiency for small and medium- sized business (SMB) means eliminating unnecessary processes in order to maximize available budgets and resources. Today, SMBs are moving away from paper intensive processes by digitizing office documents to improve everyday workflow and business operations. SMBs are increasingly incorporating cloud-based solutions to enhance the digitization of their businesses. Acting […]

  • 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 […]

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  • HR & Employees

  • Want to GROW Your Business Team?

    Want to GROW Your Business Team?

    Teaming—an arrangement in which two or more companies join to pursue and bid on government contracts—is commonly used today in the world of government contracting. Why enter into a teaming arrangement? When you team with another business, you have access to key personnel, equipment, financial resources, bonding, contacts, skills, experience and expertise—all of which are […]

  • 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 […]

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  • Positioning Your American Made Product

    Positioning Your American Made Product

    Business owners are bombarded with one key theme surrounding the U.S. economy: struggle. However, if we look beyond the news reports and pessimism, we can find bright spots and areas of growth. American manufacturing is making a comeback—a comeback large enough to reshore jobs and garner massive public support. As domestic manufacturers, we can utilize […]

  • 6 Steps to Bolstering Your Business by Sharpening Your Leadership Vision

    6 Steps to Bolstering Your Business by Sharpening Your Leadership Vision

    Most business owners understand the need for strategy when it comes to leading their organizations toward a successful future, especially in today’s business landscape where uncertainty reigns across all industries. The ability to think strategically and navigate change effectively is key to creating a sustainable organization. Yet true strategic thinking and planning skills are a […]

  • So You Want to be an Entrepreneur? Screw Up First.

    So You Want to be an Entrepreneur? Screw Up First.

    “If you’re going through hell, keep going…” There could not be a more fitting phrase to sum up the experiences that led me to start my current venture, ArkNet Media, not to mention the period of time when I was getting my business off the ground. As a young, bright-eyed student at Indiana University, I […]

  • How an Outside, Third-Party Point of View Saved Ford

    How an Outside, Third-Party Point of View Saved Ford

    In 2009, General Motors and Chrysler went bankrupt and required a government bailout to stay in business after U.S. auto and truck sales plunged 37 percent in 2008. The initial cost of the auto bailout was $60 billion—$49.5 billion to General Motors and $10.5 billion to Chrysler. GM emerged from bankruptcy after wiping out its […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

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