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 […]

Set a Goal Then Stop Obsessing About It

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Focus on the process, not the end result. This might sound familiar: You set a goal. Let’s say, you set a goal to lose 10 pounds in three weeks. You start getting excited and pumping yourself up. I’m going to do this! 10 pounds, three weeks, let’s go! A week later, you feel exhausted and discouraged. […]

What Investors Want: Local or Big Chain Biz

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“Buy Local” is a draw for customers but do investors see it the same way? BY SOPHIE PETIT, Mindful Profits Program Manager My brother opened a frozen yogurt business three years ago in Severna Park and now has a second location in Arnold. He started this business with a limited-year plan to franchise then privately […]

Watch & Learn

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Observation skills in business Small business owners have to be go-getters who create sales opportunities and close deals. That’s how we build revenue! However, we can’t forget about the power of observation – the act of watching and learning – and its affect on sales and business development. Every business owner needs effective observation skills […]

4 Keys to Effective Negotiation

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BY GUEST BLOGGER CINDY FLANDERS Lessons learned on the job from commercial lending and banking expert Cindy Flanders. View the original post and more of Cindy’s critical insights at Manage Fearlessly. 1.    You haven’t won if someone else loses.   Winning at all costs is a fool’s game. When clients would beat us down too much, we quickly […]