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Are you ready for the Soaring 20s?

Are you ready for the Soaring 20s?

By any measure, 2020 was a tumultuous, challenging time. Who would have guessed last January that by March, we would be facing a global pandemic that sent the economy into a spiral of uncertainty and caused millions of Americans to seek the safety and security of...

Taking the leap.

Taking the leap.

The third wave is upon us. As I write this, indoor dining, gyms, bowling alleys and museums are a no-go and stores are at 25% capacity. Life is definitely not the same as it was at the beginning of the year, and it looks like the life we knew back then may not be the...

Celebrating entrepreneurship in grand style!

Celebrating entrepreneurship in grand style!

It’s no secret that entrepreneurs are the rock stars of our current times and the pathway to economic recovery and prosperity down the road. I’ve been an entrepreneur for most of my adult life. I started two companies, two nonprofits and still can’t shake that...

Working From Anywhere? Is that a “thing?”

Working From Anywhere? Is that a “thing?”

A global pandemic has a way of changing our priorities. While remote working was a once or twice a week option for some workers in a pre-COVID world, it has increasingly become the norm. The genie is out of the bottle. The only question that remains is what will the...

A capital idea.

A capital idea.

Money makes the world go round, at least when it comes to the world of business. As Tom Wolfe pointed out in The Right Stuff, “no bucks, no Buck Rogers.” Here at Commerce, we get tons of emails from business owners who are looking for financial resources to save their...

Flattening the curve.

Flattening the curve.

If you were thinking this was another blog about the importance of wearing a mask or social distancing, prepare to be disappointed. This month it’s all about flattening the business recovery curve as we look down the road to the time when a vaccine becomes widely...

The 24/7 cash machine.

The 24/7 cash machine.

Websites have been around a long time. My own company started building them in 1995, right after a little known insurance company – Progressive – asked us if we built them. ​Websites back then were very rudimentary. Everything was flush left; backgrounds were a...

Changing course in changing times.

Changing course in changing times.

As the economy begins to ramp back up, many businesses are discovering that what worked in the past won’t work going forward. Businesses will have to navigate a new norm where making a buck may take a back seat to soothing customer and employee concerns about their...

Cloudy with a chance of business.

Cloudy with a chance of business.

  The storm clouds of a global pandemic are hovering over us as I write this. All the long-range plans of businesses large and small have gone out the window as a once-bustling economy unexpectedly ground to a halt just six short weeks ago. Which leads us to...