Tech start up success: focus on relationships first, then technology

Michael Pliskin and a group of colleagues set out several years ago on a mission. Their goal was to improve quality, increase access, boost efficiency and lower costs in the fast evolving world of health care. Their tenacity, creativity and hard work led to MedM, a software engineering company that specializes in mobile patient monitoring … Continue reading Tech start up success: focus on relationships first, then technology

Embassy Powdered Metals redefines their business strategy to grow 400% and double headcount

Steve Aharrah remembers the first time he inspected his new office at Embassy Powdered Metals. There was no computer on his desk, only a pencil and a notepad. There also wasn’t a company-provided cell phone, since the company’s owners assumed its new president would conduct business during regular working hours only. This was in 2011. … Continue reading Embassy Powdered Metals redefines their business strategy to grow 400% and double headcount

Managing a seasonal business, Part 2: How to extend your season

This article is Part 2 of a four-part series on managing seasonal businesses. For most seasonal business owners, the dream is to make the business less seasonal (unless, of course, you’re a ski equipment manufacturer who loves to spend all summer surfing instead of working in your business). Instead of making all your income in a … Continue reading Managing a seasonal business, Part 2: How to extend your season

Managing a seasonal business

This article is Part 1 of a four-part series on how to manage the challenges of a seasonal business. Running a seasonal business presents many challenges, from hiring and managing seasonal workers to marketing and planning for growth. But perhaps the most important hurdle a seasonal business owner must overcome is managing cash flow. When your … Continue reading Managing a seasonal business

How do you know when you have too much business debt?

Like fire, the Internet, or the “reply all” option on your email, business debt can be either helpful or harmful, depending on how you use it. Debt used properly is a tool for business growth. When debt gets out of hand, however, it can hinder business growth, make it hard to find financing, and make … Continue reading How do you know when you have too much business debt?

How an underwriter sees your business

By Rieva Lesonsky You believe in your business and yourself. You built your company from the ground up. But when you apply for a small business loan, the underwriter doesn’t see any of that. What do underwriters see when they look at a business and how can you impact that review? I spoke to Rudy … Continue reading How an underwriter sees your business

Grape Solar grows 700 percent by making solar tech a retail buy

Grape Solar founder Ocean Yuan revolutionizes an industry and grows revenue 700 percent by rethinking target audience and how solar technology is sold When Ocean Yuan created Grape Solar in 2009, he had a depth of experience in the solar industry and a well-established reputation. He traded his multinational company success to pursue a different goal for … Continue reading Grape Solar grows 700 percent by making solar tech a retail buy

Outdoor Living Today maximizes resources and relationships

Company founder, Greg Bailey, cultivates success through better management of resources, relationships, and growth Just out of high school, Greg Bailey started work in the sawmills of Canada’s Fraiser River area. From day one Bailey had a different way of looking at things, starting with the wood in front of him. “Right off the block,” … Continue reading Outdoor Living Today maximizes resources and relationships

Green startup Wild Zora aims for triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet

“You have to expand your version of success. If you have a world-view that you see a benefit in improving the community, the environment, and in having a business that provides jobs for your staff and yourself, then going down a sustainable path is the right way to do it. You just have to have … Continue reading Green startup Wild Zora aims for triple bottom line of people, profit, and planet

Recycling company finds sustainable success for planet and bottom line

From a one-man operation to a company that recycles 7 million pounds of urethane per year, Paul Reynolds built twenty-five years of sustainable success When Paul Reynolds looks out his office windows, he scans a picturesque terrain replete with tall Wisconsin pines, and wild apple and cherry trees.  Behind his building, a pond is a … Continue reading Recycling company finds sustainable success for planet and bottom line