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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...

A Tip of the Cap. Cap Rates, That Is.

A Tip of the Cap. Cap Rates, That Is.

Commercial real estate is pretty hot right now with significant development and construction going on all around us. As more businesses have been opening and expanding, commercial real estate prices have increased – due in large part to the cap rates. (If your...

Free Kisses!

Free Kisses!

No, this is not an offer, it’s an example. Of people behaving in a way that is contrary to how you might think they would normally behave. It’s also an example of people behaving predictably – because you likely reacted favorably to one or both of the words in the...

Funding Your Business

Funding Your Business

(or A Banker Tells You How to Get Money) If you want to learn how to fix shoes, you go to a cobbler. If you want to learn how to make a cobbler, you go to a baker. And if you want to learn how to find the money to buy a building that you can rent to a baker, you come...

Sure, you can handle stress, but can your budget?

Sure, you can handle stress, but can your budget?

You know me. I am all about strategic planning. I blog about it, talk about it, dream about it, blog about my dreams about it. I like strategic planning. I think it’s crucial for small businesses. So it is only logical that I would be a huge proponent of budgeting...

CRM stands for Clients Really Matter

CRM stands for Clients Really Matter

Actually, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management, but it might as well stand for clients really matter, because they do. And a CRM system will help you show it. Regular readers of this blog know how important I think it is to collect client information – for...

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