Startup Blog

A Rubik’s Cube economy.

A Rubik’s Cube economy.

A new strain of COVID is making the rounds. New hires are hard to find. Existing workers aren’t thrilled with coming back to the office, at least full-time. The supply chain is uneven, as are prices. And businesses are trying to balance customer fears with the need to...

Your most important product: Trust.

Your most important product: Trust.

With immunizations becoming the norm rather than the exception, the economy is on the verge of a reset as people return to a relatively normal routine. Even so, many people will feel it’s anything but normal, wary to return to their former routines or still wanting to...

Entrepreneur Academy is a “class” act.

Entrepreneur Academy is a “class” act.

In previous blogs, I’ve mentioned how gratifying it is to own and operate a small business. Not only do you get the freedom to create your own company, but you also get to forge lasting partnerships, build a loyal customer base and create jobs in your community. It’s...

From crisis comes opportunity.

From crisis comes opportunity.

This past year has certainly been a memorable one, one that we’ll undoubtedly tell our grandchildren and great-grandchildren about without the need to add the phrase, "two miles in the snow, uphill both ways." Some of us will even be able to tell them that this was...

A checkmark recovery?

A checkmark recovery?

When the pandemic first hit, there was endless talk about a V-shaped recovery where we would bottom out and recover at relatively the same pace. Some experts, however, are beginning to think recovery may look more like a checkmark instead, with a compressed downward...

A sure bet.

A sure bet.

When I talk to others about what it’s like to start a business, I often turn to one of my favorite analogies. “It’s like the Old West,” I would say. “Old West towns had two types of people in it: settlers and gamblers. The settlers were more than happy to live life as...

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...