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Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame offers tips to help prevent your small business from suffering a disaster operationally, financially, and in cyberspace. » More
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame explains the relationship between the US comsumer economy as a main driver of GDP, the decrease in fuel costs with no uptick in spending, and the continually lagging economy, as a po... » More
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reveals the most critical small business CEO tasks that result in success or failure like in the knowledge and practice of financial management fundamentals. » More
Jim Blasingame
Jim explains why small business owners are different than other people on the planet in how they view the world and think about risk and opportunities. » More
Jim Blasingame
Here is the 16th edition of my New Year predictions. » More
Jim Blasingame
Anyone who has contemplated forsaking the perceived, if not real, security of employment to start a small business has come face-to-face with the fear of failure. » More
Jim Blasingame
Some say I’m a scrooge – they might be right. But here are three exhibits in my defense: » More
Jim Blasingame
Here are my 2015 predictions and what happened. My prior 14-year record is 73% accuracy. » More
Jim Blasingame
In my last column I revealed four reasons why the economic recovery since 2008 has produced fewer startups than those in the past, and the implications of that decline on economic growth. This week... » More
Jim Blasingame
As the financial crisis was being resolved in December 2008 I heard someone say, “Wait ’til the startups get going – they’ll end this recession and crank up the economy again.” Of course, this maxi... » More
Jim Blasingame
This is Jim’s traditional Thanksgiving column. » More
Jim Blasingame
English foxhunters once dragged a red herring in front of their hounds to distract them from the scent of the little furry guy. In time, this practice produced the metaphorical “red herring,” which... » More
Jim Blasingame
Veterans Day has its origins in Armistice Day, which was first acknowledged by President Wilson in 1919. The first anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place “in the eleventh... » More
Jim Blasingame
When describing what influences the behavior of individuals as they pursue their lives, you would likely include concepts associated with goals, plans, passion, desire, ego, personality, etc. » More
Jim Blasingame
Let me tell you a story. A boss gives an employee a project on January 1st that could easily be completed right away. This project had significant financial implications for the company. » More
Jim Blasingame
For centuries, prolonged service at sea resulted in sailors contracting a malady called scurvy. Those so afflicted bruised easily, had joint pain, gum disease, tooth loss — you get the picture. » More
Jim Blasingame
“Eminent domain is wonderful.” This is a recent quote from presidential candidate and billionaire developer, Donald Trump. It’s a position he’ll have to defend within and without his party. » More
Jim Blasingame
Growing up on a farm provided many valuable lessons that have transferred beautifully to my life in the non-farming marketplace. Here are three of those timeless and universal lessons. » More
Jim Blasingame
A quarter century ago a list called “Rules For Being Human” really caught on. Without the benefit of the Internet, “The Rules” (there are ten) circulated around the globe. Unfortunately, the a... » More
Jim Blasingame
Labor Day began as an idea in the mind of a 19th century labor leader — some say Matthew Maguire, others say Peter McGuire — who cared greatly for a very important segment of the marketplace, its w... » More
Jim Blasingame
Historically, one maxim was that the stock market condition was a six month leading indicator of the economy. » More
Jim Blasingame
Are you familiar with the term "dysfunctional family?" The simple definition is, a family whose members don't work and play well with each other. Such relationships typically create emotional, ... » More
Jim Blasingame
Contrary to what you've heard, selling is the oldest profession in the world, because “In the beginning,” the serpent sold Eve the apple. You might say she bought wholesale and then sold the apple ... » More
Jim Blasingame
Smart business owners know that there’s a direct link between motivating employees to be successful in their assignments and the success of that business. Want a good example of why you should be o... » More
Jim Blasingame
Since most businesses have been deleveraging post-2008 financial crisis, you could be forgiven for getting rusty at how to ask for a loan from bank. But as the economy picks up and you need growth ... » More
Jim Blasingame
One of the markers of this post-recession, so-called recovery has been the practice of deleveraging. Across the economy, from consumers to businesses large and small, debt has become something to g... » More
Jim Blasingame
Dave was the fifth of twelve children during the Great Depression. His father worked at a sawmill and was a part-time basket weaver. » More
Jim Blasingame
Here's an article that plays out in the marketplace every day in Small Business, USA: "My business is really growing these days," a small business owner confides to his friend, "but we're stil... » More
Jim Blasingame
Dave was the fifth of twelve children during the Great Depression. His father worked at a sawmill and was a part-time basket weaver. » More
Jim Blasingame
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Jim Blasingame
<p>Before any product or service is offered to customers, the price must be determined. The foundational element of this calculus are costs ...</["p"]> » More
Jim Blasingame
This is Jim's traditional Father's Day column. <p>As the father of an adult&nbsp;daughter and son, plus the grandfather of four knucklehead ...</["p"]> » More
Steve DelBianco
When congressional allies of major retailers began advocating that a complicated nationwide Internet sales tax be imposed, it was a bad idea that Congress rightly rejected. Now they’ve come back wi... » More
Jim Blasingame
Small business expert Jim Blasingame reveals poll results that suggest the American Dream is in jeopardy. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small business expert Jim Blasingame explains how to replace unnecessary worry with outstanding business performance and customer service. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small business expert Jim Blasingame explains why getting fired could be the best thing to happen to your career. » More
Tom Asacker
Is doing what you love going to bring in the big money? Not necessarily. Read on to find out what Tom Asacker suggests. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame outlines how and why mobile devices will become important for small businesses in the new Age of the Customer. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small business expert Jim Blasingame discusses the difference between cash and capital, plus growth management guidelines for both. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small business expert Jim Blasingame offers tips on how small businesses and banks can speak the same language. » More
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame, The Small Business Advocate, says it's time for Wall Street to come back to Main Street. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame draws from the actions of two great Americans to showcase how a small business can also find their own strengths, sometimes when they least expect them. » More
Rick Maurer
Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Rick Maurer offers a few simple tips toward keeping your audience focused and happy during a webinar. » More
Bonnie Low-Kramen
Communications expert Bonnie Low-Kramen why having a back-up plan will help your business succeed. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame addresses the negatives associated with a consumption tax for America and America's small businesses. » More
Jim Blasingame
Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame reveals his secret to sales success. » More
Rick Maurer
Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Rick Maurer offers a few simple tips toward keeping your audience focused and happy during a webinar. » More
Jim Blasingame
The Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame explain how small business owners can utilize the powerful tool of paradoxical thinking. » More
Ellen Rohr
Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Ellen Rohr explains age really is just a number. » More
Jim Blasingame
Is your company functioning to the best of your ability? Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame can help. » More
Bill Treasurer
Leading a group of natural leaders can be tough, but Brain Trust member Bill Treasurer can help » More