Ace Hardware CEO John Venhuizen Q & A

John Venhuizen is the Chief Executive Officer of Ace Hardware, which is the world’s largest retailer-owned hardware cooperative.

Skillman Construction – Business of the Year

Growing up in Kansas in a community of farmers, Mike Skillman would have described himself as an average guy. The one thing that he had going for himself was a well-developed worth ethic. “I started raking hay by the age of seven. At the end of the summer, grandpa paid me $75, and I thought […]

Dominos CEO J. Patrick Doyle

A Passion for Pizza and People Tell us about your career with Domino’s, when it began and when you took over as CEO. I’ve been here seventeen years. I joined in 1997 and became CEO in early 2010. What was your educational background before you entered the business world? I completed my undergraduate at the […]

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 […]

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 […]

  • 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

  • 10 Habits THREATENING Your Company’s Data Security

    10 Habits THREATENING Your Company’s Data Security

    When it comes to confidential data, you shouldn’t leave your computer unattended for even a moment. They’re just old habits. You likely do them without even thinking. But these 10 habits could be making your company vulnerable to hacks and other cyberattacks. Check out the slides below to learn more about these 10 risky behaviors. […]

  • Leveraging Technology to Increase SMB Productivity

    Leveraging Technology to Increase SMB Productivity

    How the Cloud Can Help to Build an Attractive Business in 2015 The cost of technology has never been more appealing than it is now, especially for small businesses. The traditional belief was cloud-based web tools and automation software are best reserved for enterprises, and that these tools are too costly and their capabilities are […]

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  • Business Management

  • 5 Things Every Entrepreneur Needs in 2016

    1. Transparency. Operating with transparency used to be a luxury versus a necessity but, now, it’s quite mandatory. Millennials in particular, who wield a tremendous amount of influence and purchasing power, make buying decisions based largely on the provenance, manufacturing processes and overall business practices of a particular company. Because millennials are now the largest […]

  • Protecting Your Small & Mid-Size Business from the BIG Problem of Employee Theft

    Protecting Your Small & Mid-Size Business from the BIG Problem of Employee Theft

    Small and mid-size businesses are the backbone of the American economy. As owners, you spend most of your time innovating, problem solving and leading your company. However, while you are focused on growing your company, you may also become the victim of employee theft. While all businesses have some exposure to employee theft, according to […]

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  • HR & Employees

  • The Power of Play

    The Power of Play

    One Secret to Motivated, Energized and Productive Teams Work can be fun, but should it be playful? You might be thinking: Work is not fun; that’s why they call it work. Play is not good for my leadership image. Sometimes, in the right context. We invite you to consider an alternative. Laughter is a signal of […]

  • That Top Talent You’re Seeking?

    That Top Talent You’re Seeking?

    It’s Right in Front of Your Nose When it comes to human capital, employers tend to undervalue some of their richest assets: experienced and self-effacing older and loner-type employees. And when those employers feel layoffs are required, these underrated employees are often the first to go. What a waste. For one thing, companies often make […]

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  • St. Croix’s First Family of Flight

    St. Croix’s First Family of Flight

    Billy Bohlke’s work environment fits like a glove, and he can make it move at mach speed. Today the 37-year-old President and Chief Pilot of Bohlke International Airways in St. Croix will take his office skyward up to 45,000-feet on a business trip to the Southern Caribbean and beyond. On a sunny St. Croix afternoon, […]

  • Diving into the Deep End in Eleuthera

    Diving into the Deep End in Eleuthera

    In 2006, Tricia Ferguson received a desperate phone call from a girlfriend working in Harbour Island in the Bahamas. “My friend needed a personal chef to prepare meals for Richard Gere. Up until that point, my cooking expertise was hosting dinner parties,” Ferguson said. At the time of the call, Tricia and her husband David […]

  • The US Health Care System: A Tough Pill To Swallow

    The US Health Care System: A Tough Pill To Swallow

    I entered medical school dreaming of being a doctor – helping my patients maintain their health and prevent chronic diseases. At that time, being a doctor meant respect, financial stability and a balanced life. Well, times have changed and it’s a tough pill to swallow for many of us, both physicians and patients. Here are […]

  • Dave Ramsey’s EntreLeadership

    Make time to grow One of the most important things you can do as a leader is to take time to grow. Running a business can leave little time for anything else, but, believe me, when it comes to your professional life, it’s always worth the investment. Hire thoroughbreds One of the easiest ways to […]

  • Use Your Mobile Phone to Keep Customers Happy... and to Get a Few More!

    Use Your Mobile Phone to Keep Customers Happy… and to Get a Few More!

    It’s Monday morning. You know you have to make it to your scheduled appointments on time so you don’t get behind throughout the day. You know that if you start to run late, even five minutes behind, you’ll have unhappy customers. All day. And, you also know that if you fall behind, you won’t make […]

  • 8 Tips for Positive Self-Talk to Spur Success

    8 Tips for Positive Self-Talk to Spur Success

    Each of us has about 50,000 thoughts each day. Most are judgments. Many are negative. All are stories. Most of them are fiction. We find ourselves saying: “I’m never going to get that promotion.” “Money is not my strong suit.” “I’m so disorganized!” If we hear these “lies” enough, they can end up becoming truths. Self-talk […]

  • How to Become Your Own Public Relations Person

    How to Become Your Own Public Relations Person

    Having a good public relations or media specialist on your team is one of the keys to selling yourself. But regardless of how good they are – you are your best representative. After all, you know how fabulous you really are. And with the right tools, you will be able to communicate that with ease. […]

  • Deal or No Deal?

    Deal or No Deal?

    Essential Decisions for Successful M&A When companies merge or acquire, stakeholders expect that the whole will be greater than the sum of its parts. Unfortunately, this happens less than half the time. Not only does one plus one not equal three; too often it results in losses. A once-exceptional organization can quickly take a turn […]

  • Why 2016 will be the Year of the Peer!

    Why 2016 will be the Year of the Peer!

    The world is changing and growing increasingly complex. Technology is being introduced at a faster pace than we can adopt it, and events halfway around the world can have immediate ripple effects here at home. In the face of all this rapid change, the 2015 Edelman Trust Barometer tells us that institutional trust is at […]

  • How to Build a Listening Culture

    How to Build a Listening Culture

    I was seated next to Sharon, the SVP, when she explained that Bob, a junior level executive had “gotten away” with challenging her boss, the COO’s, ideas. Sharon gave a play-by-play recount of the conversation and then explained, “When Bob started to challenge him, I was really afraid for his career, but Joe (the COO) […]

  • Vertical Leadership in Family Business

    Vertical Leadership in Family Business

    If you lead a family business, you probably think constantly about your family, your business, and their often-complicated relationships. You are not alone! Our family business clients tell us navigating the landmines that lie within relationships consumes a great deal of their time and energy. The latest trends in the field of leadership development can […]

  • How to Choose the Right Business Entity

    How to Choose the Right Business Entity

    When launching a new business venture, the type of business entity you choose depends on your business goals. If an initial public offering (IPO) is in your future, a C-corporation is the best choice. If the IPO is a far-reaching goal, you might want to consider an S-corporation election, especially if an outright sale becomes […]

  • Payroll Providers for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

    Payroll Providers for Small to Mid-Size Businesses

    Small business owners have a lot of decisions to make. For as much time that’s spent actually serving customers, you spend at least twice as much time managing business operations. That factor multiplies as you increase staff, revenue, and service offerings. Growing your business in large part means staying ahead of technology and maintaining compliance. […]

  • Only One Chance To Make A First Impression In Sales

    Only One Chance To Make A First Impression In Sales

    One of the more fascinating aspects of sales is finding out why a sales call didn’t result in a sale. What reasoning did that prospect use to ultimately say no? What turned him against you and your services? Was it that the product/service that was being offered had no application to him or his business? […]

  • Life Insurance Game-Changers & Cautions Consumers Need to Know:

    Life Insurance Game-Changers & Cautions Consumers Need to Know:

    If you’ve been putting off buying life insurance or revising your current plan, you’re not alone. Many consumers cite high premiums and a glut of red tape among the reasons they shy away from purchasing or modifying a policy. However, over recent years and even months, the life insurance industry has made great strides and […]

  • Looking Ahead When Youth is Behind Us

    Looking Ahead When Youth is Behind Us

    Like all planning, financial planning is about the future. We plan our financial affairs because we want to enjoy more secure, more productive, more comfortable and more harmonious lives if things work out as we hope. We plan because we want to be prepared for whatever happens otherwise. Most of us want to be free […]

  • Solving the Alignment Problem in Today's Workplace

    Solving the Alignment Problem in Today’s Workplace

    Ask any American business owner about the everyday challenges they face in management, and employee motivation and alignment will come up early in the conversation. In the midst of facing challenges such as disengaged workers, employees feeling purposeless in their jobs, and plateaued worker skillsets, managers are also bombarded with the latest collaboration tools, engagement […]

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