Small Business Lessons From Top French Chefs

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Small business lessons were everywhere during a recent culinary tour of Paris and environs – as common, in fact, as butter, eggs and truffles! Despite a flagging economy, it’s hard to get a reservation at restaurants in France with Michelin Stars and hefty price tags. Taking notes, between delicious bites, I uncovered 8 great ways to […]

Business Plan Evolution

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Always have a plan – even when it changes, all the time. Business plans take research, analysis, and, quite frankly, a great deal of work.  When you finish one, it seems as solid as stone. But as soon as the laptop’s proverbial ink is dry on the business plan, things begin to change. Gas prices […]

Social Media & the Middle Class

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Can social media help rebuild the middle class? When people are together in a social context, many are on their smart phones socializing with someone who isn’t actually there. This, many believe, is the downside of social media. On the other hand, in the US, the middle class has been declining since the 1970’s due […]

The Secret to Launching New Products

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Visibility is key According to consultant Jack Trout, US consumers purchase “the same 150 items, which constitutes as much as 85% of their household needs.”  This implies American consumers typically don’t stroll through stores wondering what to try today. If they did, launching new products would be vastly easier and customer loyalty statistics would be disastrous. […]

Legal Advice For Buying/Selling a Business

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Before you buy or sell a business, including a franchise, an attorney should review all documents. But if you’re looking for legal advice, it’s hard to know where to start. We asked a group of knowledgeable people – most of whom have participated in some way with mergers and acquisitions – for recommendations. If you don’t have […]