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 […]

The Advantages and Challenges of Worker-Owned Cooperatives

The concept of a worker owned cooperative is unfamiliar to most Americans. We’ve all been sold on the standard management/labor structure we learned in business school and read about every day in the Wall Street Journal. But times are changing, and now just might be the time to consider something different. Worker owned cooperatives have […]

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 […]

Lessons from Webvan

Whether you just started a small business or you’re looking to expand your existing business, you want to make sure you take the right steps to succeed. One way is to look at how other successful companies did it. But you can often learn just as much by looking at business failures. Webvan is generally […]

Factors Affecting Feasibility Study Pricing

Large consulting firms prefer to work with Fortune 1000 companies with tens of thousands of employees, multi-billion dollar revenues, and multi-million dollar consulting budgets. Their clients — large multi-national corporations and government organizations — are used to hiring consulting firms, and generally have a pretty good idea of what to expect from consultants. They are […]

Slow Food – The Battle for Quality

Americans are constantly on the go, with little or no time to relax. People cram their days with activity after activity. With such a fast-paced lifestyle, eating a leisurely meal is rare. In 2016, 44% of Americans ate fast food every week The meal of choice is usually a hamburger or chicken sandwich with fries […]

Strategic Planning in For-Profit and Non-Profit Organizations

Every organization has a mission. The mission of a typical for-profit company is to grow the business and make money. The mission of a non-profit organization is to take care of an unmet need in the community, state, nation or world. Strategic planning is the process of mapping out goals, resources, market conditions, and ultimately […]

Avoid These Costly Strategic Planning Mistakes

There is no such thing as a perfect strategy, or a perfect strategic planning process. No matter what you do or how you do it, it can probably be improved. That said, a half-baked strategy can be worse than nothing. Every organization is occasionally tempted to cut back on research and planning when times are […]

Strategic Planning During Uncertainty

Times Have Changed Decades ago a business could plan five, or even ten years into the future. They could set goals on sales and profits, and often they would reach or exceed them. Everything has changed. The financial crisis of 2008 shook businesses to the core. It became more difficult, if not impossible, for them […]