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Jim Blasingame
Giant sequoia redwood trees grow very tall. Bradford pear trees, not so much. It's all in the genes. But there’s no genetic code for a business, which can become whatever its owner makes it. And th... » More
Bill Dunkelberg
According to Bill Dunkelberg, NFIB's chief economist, althoughsmall business optimism remains near record highs, a shortage of qualified workers is stunting hiring activity in this sector. » More
Jim Blasingame
Once, small business growth meant expanding across town. But new technologies and demographic shifts have made expanding outside America’s four walls increasingly compelling. » More
Jim Blasingame
In The Age of the Customer, where value is now presumed, the prime differentiator is no longer competitiveness, but rather relevance. Today the question every business must focus on when they go to... » More
Jim Blasingame
Investors and job creators of all shapes and sizes are all dressed up, looking for a place to go. We’re thinking economic expansion, but unfortunately, what happens next is not up to us. » More
Jim Blasingame
The Barbell Effect occurs when entrenched, legacy practices are disrupted by forces like new technology, innovations, and shifts in demographic behavior, like when people stop going to malls. » More
Bill Dunkelberg
The recent growth in small business optimism looks similar to the surge in the Index in 1983, which was followed by years of economic prosperity. » More
Jim Blasingame
When customers are empowered, businesses are disrupted and barbells are likely. » More
Jim Blasingame
Networking is the professional version of the gregariousness of humans – we just like doing it. Done right, networking is a commitment to what’s best for the person on the other side of the handsha... » More
Jim Blasingame
Quality service can create a hit to cash flow so quickly it’ll take your breath away: “OMG! Get out there and fix this!” Lots of drama. A quality process is commitment to profitability, requiring d... » More