Startup Blog

Recover, restart, rebuild.

Recover, restart, rebuild.

Most of us hoped that with the arrival of vaccines, the pandemic would become something they teach in history class someday. What we have found instead is that it will be with us for a long time. The word “endemic” is starting to creep into our lexicon even as I write...

Me, Inc.

Me, Inc.

After graduating from college, I was like most bright-eyed, bushy-tailed graduates with a sheepskin in hand. I thought employers would beat a path to my door. They didn’t. After dozens of dead-end interviews, I ended up taking a minimum wage at a large wholesaler in...

Stronger. Smarter. Wiser.

Stronger. Smarter. Wiser.

A fifth wave, the possibility of new public health measures, disrupted supply chains and a worker shortage. Is there no end in sight? It’s like jumping into a life raft as the ship begins to founder, and as hard as you paddle, the safety of the shore never gets...

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...