Saturday, February 8, 2014 - 12:06
Will you be their Valentine? Whether you own a bookstore, software company or housecleaning service, there are plenty of easy, affordable gestures that show the love to your loyal customers, employees and vendors.
How do you love them? Let us count the ways:
1. Retailers can...
Wednesday, January 29, 2014 - 09:54
What do farmers, building contractors and real estate agents have in common? They're the three fastest-growing industries for U.S. small businesses, according to a recent study.
SageWorks, a financial information company, analyzed businesses with yearly sales under $5 million. Its October...
Friday, January 3, 2014 - 07:48
Need a fresh start in 2014? Try these ideas from some Hampton Roads business experts who will speak this month in Norfolk. Turn their tips into resolutions that will rock your new year.
Resolution No. 1: Synchronize your verbal and nonverbal communication skills.
It’s not just what you...
Sunday, December 29, 2013 - 11:09
Over the last year, the Small Business Navigation Program has interviewed many local, regional and national experts about the issues that affect our readers. As we head into 2014, here's some of their best advice:
1. Implement a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) policy for employees who bring...
Sunday, December 15, 2013 - 18:39
The good news, according to a recent study, is that global economies are recovering, the worldwide GDP will peak in the next two years and labor markets will steadily improve.
The bad news? With all that growth and opportunity, your best team members are more likely than ever to stray....
Monday, November 18, 2013 - 13:34
Many times when an entrepreneur has a great idea, business guidance is needed to get it from conception to market. That is where a mentor from SCORE can help.
The Peninsula chapter of SCORE recently presented a volunteer recruitment session for business professionals at the Virginia Peninsula...
Sunday, November 10, 2013 - 15:25
Nationwide, veterans own 2.4 million businesses, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. That’s 9 percent of all U.S. businesses.
To salute them on Veterans Day, we asked two local “vetrepreneurs” to share their stories.
Business PostNet of Norfolk provides...
Sunday, October 6, 2013 - 15:03
The day before her company's spring picnic, Erin Kern, executive assistant at Comfort Systems of Virginia in Chesapeake, read some fine print and realized she needed a permit for the 1,200-square-foot tent she'd ordered from an event supplier.
It was too late - and over-budget, besides...
Thursday, September 26, 2013 - 12:39
Zombie movies, TV shows, books, games and even commercials are all the rage these days. But can these fictional creatures – and the humans who battle them – teach us anything about entrepreneurship?
Sure, we’ll bite:
1. Fighting the walking dead requires a team effort. When...
Friday, September 6, 2013 - 07:04
We all slip up in our personal and professional lives. If we’re smart, those mistakes teach us lessons that help us grow. Most successful businesspeople – including the local entrepreneurs below – say that they first had to fail in order to succeed. (And they’ve all...