Interview with Cecelia Hamilton

Cecelia Hamilton is the founder and owner of Heartfelt Catering, a Chicago-based catering business with a focus on simple, fresh, healthy southern-influenced cooking. Could you tell us a little more about Heartfelt Catering? What inspired you to start this business? Several years ago I was working on a personal project that required lots of creativity. […]

Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Hire a Consultant

  You may be thinking of hiring a consultant for your small business. That’s wonderful. But before you go any further, we recommend thinking things through a bit further.     Here are a few suggestions. First of all, why are you considering hiring a consultant? Did someone else suggest this to you? That’s fine, […]

Interview with David Johnson

David Johnson is founder and managing partner of Abraxas Group, a boutique advisory firm providing interim leadership to companies in transition. David has served as an interim executive or financial advisor to dozens of companies in transition and is a public speaker on the topics of change management, turnaround, restructuring, and value creation. You have […]

Interview with Helena Swyter at SweeterCPA

We met Helena Swyter from SweeterCPA through a mutual business connection after attending a networking event. Most small business owners are too busy to handle  taxes, bookkeeping, and anything else having to do with the IRS. Often they start out doing the work themselves, but soon find themselves overwhelmed and finally hire a bookkeeper and […]

The Driving Force of the US Economy

Most of the time in the business world, the focus is on large corporations – quarterly earnings or losses, their newest product, the latest corporate scandal, or their latest complaint about taxes. We rarely hear anything about small businesses, often defined as businesses with less than 500 employees. Yet, if you look more deeply, you […]

What Goes Into a Restaurant Feasibility Study

While restaurants may not have the highest failure rate of any industry, they are certainly up there. Depending on timing — before, during or after a major economic downturn — and a number of other variables, experts peg restaurant failure rates at somewhere between 17% and 90% within the first year. Inexperienced owners with limited […]

Could Your Business Benefit from a Strategic Alliance?

Do you want to take your business to the next level? Is limited capital or other resources holding your company back? A strategic alliance may be the solution. A strategic alliance is an arrangement between two or more businesses where they agree to work together to achieve certain objectives. Normally each business continues to be separate […]

B Corporations – Business as a Force for Good

When your company began, you had a dream – a dream of how your company could make a difference in the world – to make people’s lives easier or better, safer, cleaner, or just less stressful. But getting the word out is a huge challenge. There are two reasons for this: The first is skepticism. […]

How to Minimize Business Growing Pains

As a small to medium-sized business, you may be in a challenging position: do you keep your business where it is, or increase its size and take it to the next level? If you decide to stay where you are right now, are you opening the door to lose business? Will your competitors lure customers […]

Patagonia — A Better Way

Anyone interested in business can learn from the clothing manufacturer, Patagonia. Not Your Typical Business Executives Patagonia was founded by husband, Yvon, and wife, Malinda, Chouinard. Yvon never wanted to be a businessman; born in Maine and growing up in California, his passion was rock climbing, He started as a teen and spent most of […]