Interviews

Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to report on how his customers are talking to him about business and the pragmatic way people are thinking about investing in reopening.
Michelle Seiler Tucker
Michele Seiler Tucker joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the things that have been changed/disrupted by the pandemic that will impact your ability to sell your business, even some in a good way.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the things you’ll need to do to shift from survival to renewal and reinvention of your business as we emerge from the pandemic to whatever is next.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the ways that your business will be required to adjust to the post-pandemic expectations of your customers.
Megan Wintersteen
Megan Wintersteen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how restaurants used technology and innovation to adjust to the pandemic shutdowns and lessons all of us can learn from their experience and creativity.
Megan Wintersteen
Megan Wintersteen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the concept of a “ghost kitchen” being the coronavirus response by restaurants shifting away from serving their customers in-house with delivery/pickup.
Jim Schreier
Jim Schreier joins Jim Blasingame to report on the likely condition of the workplace in the post-pandemic era, including workers changing jobs and the continued shortage of qualified applicants.
Debra Fine
Debra Fine joins Jim Blasingame to offer her experience with discovering silver linings from the pandemic that we would not have seen or imagined otherwise, like a new and improved way to do business.
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame points out that the disruptions created by the pandemic have also revealed some shifts that could become a blessing that you would never have seen otherwise.
Neil Hare
Neil Hare joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the fact that you can still apply for an EIDL loan from the SBA, with great terms, plus a report on the Biden infrastructure bill, and the likely associated increase in taxes.

Articles

Jim Blasingame
Seeking perspective for the past 12 months, Charles Dickens’ perfectly paradoxical preamble of "A Tale of Two Cities" continues to serve, as his 19th-century words overlay our 21st-century reality:... » More
Jim Blasingame
The coronavirus arrived in our lives at the speed of analog organic, but created digital disruptions traveling at the speed of light. Businesses that survive and thrive post-pandemic are those who ... » More
Jim Blasingame
Here's an update on the “Economic Aid to Hard-Hit Small Businesses, Nonprofits, and Venues Act’’ – or PPP2, for short – which includes some excellent new provisions for small businesses. » More
Jim Blasingame
Here is a running conversation millions of Main Street business owners have every day – mostly with themselves – while operating on the edge of existence during a global pandemic. » More
Jim Blasingame
Every small business owner has to move back and forth between two universes every day: the marketplace and the business's operating tasks. Here are five critical operating tasks required for long-t... » More
Jim Blasingame
Jim Blasingame reviews his 2020 predictions and reconciles them with what happened, including Main Street optimism and the economy. » More
Jim Blasingame
The post-pandemic marketplace will impact the growth of your small business differently than ever before. Here are six articles of faith you must believe to successfully grow your business in the N... » More
Jim Blasingame
Since the end of March, Congress appropriated $659 billion for the PPP which helped small employers make payroll during the government shutdown. Since March, the rules have changed several times. H... » More
Jim Blasingame
As noted in Part I, prior to every presidential election since 2000, Jim has compared the two major-party presidential candidates based on their performance and promises regarding top small busines... » More
Jim Blasingame
No doubt you’ve heard the maxim “Fear and greed drive the marketplace.” But, there are many kinder and gentler emotions and motivations that drive our marketplace. Here are seven. » More