Do You Need Office Space? 5 Questions to Ask First

If you are considering leasing office space for your business, curb your enthusiasm and excitement long enough to ask yourself these five questions: Continue reading

Direct Selling Update

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The following is a summary of an article that appeared in the March 2016 issue of Direct Selling News:

What is the promise of the opportunity offered by any direct selling company? Direct Selling News (DSN) Ambassador John Fleming: “Direct selling companies offer an opportunity to people from all walks of life, regardless of background, education or skill level, the chance to own and operate their own business backed by material support from a larger brand and supported by a pathway of training.” Continue reading

Planning to Sell Your Business?


This article appeared in Forbes Magazine 8/28/2015 – by Bob House

Selling a business can be a challenging process. However, like many challenges in life, business owners who take the time to properly prepare will fare much better than those that jump right in.

This is the real life lesson learned by one couple that successfully sold their North Carolina cafe after 18 years of devoted ownership. Their story is an example of how a little prep work can ease the selling process and perhaps more importantly, lead to a higher sales price. For every small business owner, whether planning to sell now or much farther down the road, these lessons apply. Continue reading




At the moment of every day I must decide what I am going to do the next moment; and no one can make this decision for me, or take my place in this.

                Jose Ortega Y Gasset, Philosopher and Essayist

Given options, sometimes clients have a hard time deciding what to do. I found the following essay on making decisions in Josh Kaufman’s The Personal MBA – Master the Art of Business. Continue reading

Before You Spend One More Dollar on Marketing


I attended a webinar yesterday where the presenter spoke my language! It was with John Jantsch of Duct Tape Marketing.   Here are three questions that we should all be asking before we spend money on marketing. Once you are clear on your responses to these questions, your marketing strategy will be much more effective.

1. Why do we do what we do? Continue reading

Do You Measure Twice and Cut Once?


One of the more difficult tasks our clients encounter is how to accurately measure the impact of a change in their business. Change is hard. Measuring and quantifying the full impact of the change can be even more challenging. Continue reading

CBI 2014 Annual Report



  • Who have you told about the CBI?
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Biz Life Cycle

The Cumberland Business Incubator (CBI) serves all types and sizes of businesses including for profit and non-profit; small, medium and large; start-up, mature and those transitioning to new ownership. Continue reading

Why Build a Tinker Space?


 Grassroots Manufacturing Renaissance Spurs Entrepreneurship

Why is Roane State Community College building a Tinker Space inside the Cumberland Business Incubator?  This article from The Kauffman Foundation by Jonathan Ortmans provides a few answers.  Hint:  A Tinker Space, like the one being developed inside the CBI, is a smaller version of a Makerspace. Continue reading

It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week


Welcome! This week all around the globe people are celebrating innovators and job creators who launch startups that bring ideas to life, drive economic growth and expand human welfare. Global Entrepreneurship Week (GEW) launched in 2008 and has since grown to 150 countries with over 24,000 partner organizations planning over 34,000 activities that directly engage millions of participants during the week. Continue reading

5 Behaviors That Make You a Co-Working Space Pro



The CBI recently developed Co-Working spaces. I found an article by Cassidy North-Reist that helps define some of the behaviors that will help you succeed in a Co-Working space.


The nature of the American workforce is rapidly changing, with more of us telecommuting or starting businesses out of our homes than ever before. It’s no surprise then that there’s been a recent surge in people taking up residency in Co-Working spaces. Continue reading