March 2008

Cover Story

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Certes CEO learned to rely on Continue reading →

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Quarterly goal meetings are on Continue reading →

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?Do it yourself? is lesson Cav Continue reading →

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Ideal Coaching founder learns Continue reading →

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Business networking can occur Continue reading →

Letter From the Editor


[opening] THAT CAN BE HARD, when you?re a strong-headed person ? to be open.? So says Katie Burns, co-owner of The Real Deal, a bargain store in Brooklyn Park, and she means being open to suggestions from customers, vendors and employees. With her store in its first year, she says many good ideas have come […] Continue reading →

Back Page

Presenting wisdom from a half-year’s worth of Back Page subjects

Presenting wisdom from a half- Continue reading →


Upsize Primer: Employment law

A scan of recent headlines sho Continue reading →

Business Builders

Steps to prepare for starting a business

My journey to become an entrepreneur began at age 12. Business seemed exciting and glamorous, but I always imagined being my own boss.

Here are the points you should consider, while working for someone else, to improve your odds of success for running your own business. Continue reading →

Personal finance

Over the next 20 years, baby b Continue reading →

Control costs before you’re forced to cut

Most business owners expect their costs will go up in the future, but they don't know by how much or when. There are steps every business owner can take to keep future costs under control. The key is to contain those costs now, not cut them later. Continue reading →

Exporting 2

Exporting 1, part one of this Continue reading →

How to Find Your Company’s “Blue Sky” Value

YOUR BUSINESS and your product are more than a simple assemblage of people and machines. You have something special. If only you could explain its value to bankers, investors, insurance providers or even your spouse in a way that is measurable. Continue reading →

Venture capital

Be honest. When was the last t Continue reading →


2-minute meeting

If you?re taking a phone meeti Continue reading →

Dear Informer

Becoming razor sharp takes more than attitude alone By Beth Ewen BANKING DEAR INFORMER: Your editor’s note in February quoted Chuck Selcer, about making a company razor sharp. Can you give more details about that conversation and process?DEAR SHARP:“Razor sharp” is a term that Chuck Selcer uses in his strategic planning sessions with customers. Selcer is a […] Continue reading →


The first profitable quarter w Continue reading →

New Products

?I would do so much driving ar Continue reading →


Investor due diligence is beco Continue reading →

Exit Strategies

?My company shot up from $10 m Continue reading →


Katie Burns and Kelly Simi had Continue reading →


Attorneys, owners get busy with property tax appeals

'Tis the season for filin Continue reading →