The Cumberland Business Incubator Open House was yesterday. Thank you to all who attended and had the chance to network with our tenants and clients who are always happy to share information about their businesses. There are great things happening in our tenant and client businesses. All are growing. Some of the connections are organic and occurring right within the building. Continue reading →
It’s graduation season. Graduations do not guarantee success. At some level graduation is a completed checklist, accomplishment and a new stage of life for the graduates. Moving on to the next level, marking progress. Continue reading →
National Small Business Week is April 30 through May 6 this year. It really gets rolling on Monday, May 1, with the NSBW Awards Luncheon in Washington, D.C., when SBA Administrator Linda McMahon announces SBA’s National Small Business Person of the Year. However, don’t feel left out if you can’t make lunch with Linda. On the following days, live events will be broadcast online. Here’s a listing of those events:
Monday, May 1, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. ET: NSBW Awards Luncheon. Streams on SBA website.
Tuesday, May 2, 11:30 a.m. to noon ET: Facebook Live with SBA Administrator Linda McMahon. Streams on Facebook.
Wednesday, May 3, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET: National Small Business Week Road Tour Kicks Off in Indianapolis, IN. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.
Thursday, May 4, 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. ET: National Small Business Week Road Tour Stops in Arlington, TX. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.
Friday, May 5, 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. PT: National Small Business Week Road Tour Ends in Fresno, CA. Streams on Facebook and SBA website.
Finally, you can join or monitor the conversation on Twitter using the hashtag #SmallBusinessWeek.
Developing a marketing strategy for your business can be tough, especially if you don’t know where to start or what to focus on. Referring to the four questions below to help guide you. Continue reading →
If entrepreneurs have mixed feelings about selling, that’s nothing compared to what the employees go through during a change of ownership. If you are selling, the new buyer expects the knowledge and expertise of your employees to come in the purchase. If you are the buyer, you based the purchase price on a going concern. Losing trained employees costs money. Continue reading →
5S is a system to organize a workplace and execute tasks that provides the highest levels of convenience. Typically it involves identifying, storing, maintaining and arranging tools and materials to create a more organized and productive workplace.
5S is the nickname for a series of 5 Japanese words that all begin with S along with their English close translations: Continue reading →
On February 18th I will celebrate my fourth anniversary with Roane State Community College’s Cumberland Business Incubator. It’s been a great experience working with entrepreneurs and businesses in the greater Upper Cumberland region. Our clients come from far and wide – from West of Putnam County, Morgan County, Fentress County, Bledsoe County, Anderson County, Roane County, Sevier County, Sequatchie County, White County ….and others. Continue reading →
How many times have you heard someone say, “I’m just not a numbers person”? Have you ever been that person? It’s a common expression and an easy escape hatch to fall through when you’re staring at spreadsheets full of numbers and formulas. But it’s a phrase, and an attitude, that’s ultimately unproductive and stopping you from taking your business to the next level. Continue reading →