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Three ways to prepare next year’s business budget.

Three ways to prepare next year’s business budget.

It’s budget time again for Alliance Bank, and I imagine it’s the same for many of you. Every business does their budget a little differently, and in a past blog, we discussed the importance of stress testing your budget. For this post, I’d like to share a few...

How I Got So Smart – 5 Ways to Stay Smart in Business

How I Got So Smart – 5 Ways to Stay Smart in Business

(OK… fine… smart-ISH!) I don’t claim to be the smartest person in the world. But I do take great pride in my curiosity and ongoing pursuit of more information. I like to learn. I like new perspectives. And concepts that could help my clients and me in business. So I...

Goliath Is Using Big Data To Beat David

Goliath Is Using Big Data To Beat David

(Here’s how to use Big Data like the big boys) If you own or manage a small business, you are David in this analogy. And as David, you are likely fighting at least one Goliath in your industry. In this day and age, with the internet shrinking the world and the...

4 Ways to Manage Your Business More Effectively

4 Ways to Manage Your Business More Effectively

For this blog entry I’d like to focus on the management side of your business. This is not only for all you managers, but also business owners, as you are managers too. Improving your management skills is a great way to enhance your business. One way to do that would...

Banking 101: How Banking Works

Banking 101: How Banking Works

(Relax, there won’t be a test.) When I help clients, I first have to learn about their businesses – how they work, operate, and ultimately how they make money and succeed. So it only seems logical that clients should be given some insight into our business – how banks...

A hire calling – Tips for improving your hiring process

A hire calling – Tips for improving your hiring process

One of the most frequent topics that comes up in my conversations with business owners and managers is the challenge of finding the right employee. Landing a great employee is tough, but for a lot of people I talk to they’re even struggling to find employees who will...

Dude, where’s my bank? Are traditional banks going away?

Dude, where’s my bank? Are traditional banks going away?

It’s a good question. And for business owners it’s an important question as banks can be a very important partner. My short answer is – I don’t see the traditional “bank on the corner” going away any time soon. But I do think that the banking industry will continue to...

5 Ways to Ask Better Questions

5 Ways to Ask Better Questions

Someone once told me that you’ll accomplish more by asking the right questions than having the right answers. Wait… what? It sounds counterintuitive, doesn’t it? So I thought about it. It’s true that nobody has all the answers; and many times when you think you have...

Leading Edge or Bleeding Edge of Technology?

Leading Edge or Bleeding Edge of Technology?

I try to read as much as possible to keep up with the latest trends affecting banking, small business, and commercial real estate. One of the most prevalent themes in the articles, blog posts, books, and other headlines I run across is technology. Technology has...

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