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                                Jim Blasingame
                                As you relaunch your business post-pandemic, brainstorming could be the essential difference between surviving and, well # you know. Here are some tips to quickstart your team's creative juices. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Blasingame*s 2nd Law of Small Business states: ※It*s redundant to say undercapitalized small business.§ With limited financial resources the potential for bankruptcy is always hard by. To gain a be... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business owners have managed stress and challenges since the marketplace began, but things here are different. Neuroscientists have coined the term "COVID Brain" to describe this 2020 phenome... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the past several months, small businesses have been affected by the three Us: an Unprecedented pandemic, precipitating an Unprecedented economic shutdown, necessitating Unprecedented direct gove... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The American experiment took the blessing of freedom and the ideal of liberty and created entrepreneurship, the energy that has powered the American Dream for centuries. And the fruit of that entre... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the New Regular of the post-pandemic economy, where the unimaginable and unprecedented have become our reality, every small business CEO knows he or she must establish and fund risk mitigation i... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The only force in the universe that comes close to a mother*s sweet/fierce love is a father*s tough/courageous love. On Father's Day, we celebrate the parental toughness of fathers. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business owners must use their leadership platform to be voices of reason against the defunding police movement and expose it as a canard for a political agenda that*s more about destabilizin... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Your success in the New Regular, post-pandemic economy will be determined by how well you manage the intersection of the two binary codes: high tech AND high touch. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business owners must use their leadership platform to be voices of reason against the defunding police movement and expose it as a canard for a political agenda that*s more about destabilizin... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As we break our businesses out of coronavirus hell, there will be changes, but just as your computer has default settings, so does operating a business in the marketplace. Restart with a reboot to ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Today, in the middle of unprecedented circumstances, we should feel even more reverential to the heroes who gave their lives in defense of our freedom. And we owe to their sacrifice, the perpetuati... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The wake of the coronavirus pandemic will offer opportunities previously unrevealed, just as the plague gave birth to the eras of Reformation and Enlightenment. Here is 2020 perspective clarity fro... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As we pass through this mid-pandemic wormhole into whatever's next, marketplace paradigms will shift all around us. And, as we know, when a paradigm shifts everything goes back to zero. Are you pre... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Business owners on Main Street are experiencing a New Normal because the coronavirus pandemic moved their cheese. If you plan to be in business in 2021, you'll need to make adjustments based on new... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Just as our Patriot entrepreneur forebears anxiously managed personal and financial risk over 200 years ago, small businesses today are faced with managing a comparable risk. We can*t out-social-di... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                America is fortunate to have two marketplace sectors that also happen to be unique in the world: 28 million small businesses and 5,000 community banks. This is a story about why we*re all even more... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The anxiety every small business owner is justified in having right now, betrays an essential entrepreneurial trait: pathological optimism. That's why "surviving is winning§ is a fundamental attitu... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim reveals what*s happening where the rubber-meets-the-road for Main Street businesses, and lays out the steps to take advantage of the financial assistance the government is offering during the p... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Last week, Congress passed the CARES Act, which provides for relief to small businesses adversely affected by the coronavirus pandemic. Now, the Fed and the SBA need to offer guidance and ease the ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                America's small businesses are experiencing a global challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic and our government's response. Here are some thoughts to help keep it in perspective. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A small business startup searching for investor capital must have their corn flakes together because the process is more complex than just writing a business plan. Don't make these common mistakes. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                America's small businesses are experiencing a global challenge with the COVID-19 pandemic and our government's response. Here are some thoughts to help keep it in perspective. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                It*s true that capitalizing a startup isn*t easy. And even though outside investment sources are more robust and multi-faceted than ever before, the process can be complex. Don't make these mistakes. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Beyond what your small business customers need, there are things they also want. Your success depends on discovering what that is, deliver it, and charge for it. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the marketplace, a company's special sauce isn't what's on a McDonald's Big Mac. It's a level of performance that manifests beyond standard expectations and is produced by highly engaged employe... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As the CEO of your small business, it's your job to prepare for being impacted by the next Black Swan 每 whether local or global 每 and develop a contingency plan. Are you ready? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the marketplace, a company's special sauce isn't what's on a McDonald's Big Mac. It's a level of performance that manifests beyond standard expectations and is produced by highly engaged employe... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Abraham Lincoln, like small business owners, was a risk-taker who has inspired generations as an example of courage, character, and diligence to persevere. Read on for more about how his determinat... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business customers - like the electorate - have evolving expectations. In the 21st century, politicians and businesses can fall in love with what they do, but not how they do it. Here's why. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Would you like to grow your own Leadership Tree? Here are four cardinal leadership questions that will help set you apart as a great leader. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Instead of making New Year's resolutions that may not stick, why don't you cut your business some SLACC, a Strategic Look At Critical Components, which contain the three elements essential for effe... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Regardless of the size of the business, the ultimate responsibility for success lies with the CEO. If you're a small business owner, that's you. And the most critical CEO tasks lie in the knowledge... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers his predictions for small business trends for 2020, plus for the economy - both global and U.S. - technology, demographics, and his prediction for the NCAA Championship game. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business owners and entrepreneurs are different. They're all in - against all odds - and wouldn't have it any other way. Here's why. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame, an admitted scrooge, explains why, and defends that position for all of his fellow scrooges. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reconciles his 2019 Predictions from a year ago 每 his 20th edition 每 with what actually happened. Up to now, his accuracy is 73%. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Each New Year deserves to have the maximum opportunity to be successful, so have the discipline to set up your New Year for a clean and fast start, while pushing the current year over the goal line... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Growing up on a farm provided many valuable lessons that have transferred beautifully to my life in the non-farming marketplace. Here are four of those timeless lessons. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Individuals demonstrating the best traits of humanity - Jim's traditional Thanksgiving message. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                For a small business, being competitive is still essential. But in The Age of The Customer, relevance is a Customer*s prime expectation. Is your company ready? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                America has honored its military veterans since World War I. Again this week, we recognize all who have taken the oath to defend our country, including those who served in the National Guard and Re... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business stakeholders helped Donald Trump in 2016. To find out why you should expect that to happen again in 2020, read on. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Smart business owners know there's a direct link between motivating employees to be successful in their assignments and the success of their business. Consider these six motivational best practices. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is the final installment of Jim's 3-part series revealing the answers to small business's five financial mysteries. In this article, you'll get a better handle on how to manage your cash, acco... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Do you know the difference between profit and cash? If you don't and you think you could use a little help with your financial management, read on. This could be just what you need. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is the first of a three-part series on how to prevent your company from joining those who are driving the increasing mortality of U.S. small businesses. In this installment: the demystificatio... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                For most of the 20th century, Americans enjoyed what Jim Blasingame calls The Golden Age of Customer Service. Sadly, based on recent research, it appears we're in the Plastic Age. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As the Founder of your small business, you were likely the first to do every task. But your business can*t grow until you become a delegator, and you can*t delegate until you stop chasing the illus... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Successful professional salespeople are gold miners, and the gold they seek is in the heads of prospects. So, why do so many salespeople spend so much time running their mouths? Here are three tips... » More
                                Bill Dunkelberg
                                NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg reports the Uncertainty Index rose four points in August, and the lack of qualified workers is still the main impediment to growth. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The 18th-century Irish philosopher, Edmund Burke said, "All that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing." In a post-9-11 world, there is no greater army of good people than ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Entrepreneurs unite! As the signers of the front of paychecks, it's time we had a day to honor small business owners. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business ownership has privileges that are real and compelling. Are you taking advantage of these benefits? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As the CEO of your business, if your enterprise is to survive and flourish, you have to deal with each metaphorical alligator that pops up. Slay your alligators by practicing business fundamentals,... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The new prime differentiator in today's marketplace isn't how competitive you are, but rather a customer's appraisal of a seller's relevancy. So, does this mean that sellers no longer have to be co... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The careers of at least a billion Earthlings still working today have spanned carbon paper to cryptocurrency. And, unlike the younger generations, they have had to adapt not with baby steps, but by... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Education and instincts are important, but it's the relationships you build with people that will ultimately lead to your success in business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Some form of digital trust technology, like blockchain-type applications, will ultimately become ubiquitous. Make sure your small business is ready for its close encounter of the first kind. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The more we employ global digital leverage by merely pushing an "Enter" key, the more we need digital trust, like Blockchain technology. Read on to understand the role of this technology in the fut... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is the first of a three-part series about a technology called blockchain that's likely to create a level of disruption, unlike anything we've seen. Will your business be ready? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                We began with freedom and liberty was made manifest. We began with freedom and entrepreneurship was born. This week, we celebrate and honor the American spirit. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business success requires two kinds of passion. Do you have what it takes? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                We began with freedom and liberty was made manifest. We began with freedom and entrepreneurship was born. This week, we celebrate and honor the American spirit. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Being a father is a tough role to play. Jim Blasingame compares a father's love and a mother's love. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The best way to be successful and happy is to define success in many ways. Having multiple touchstones of success, not just money and stuff, helps keep the rough patches in business and life in pro... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Recognizing America's militia on this Memorial Day, Jim Blasingame talks about how the meaning and importance of Memorial Day has constant and abiding ties to America's small business owners, past ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Being a small business owner is one of the hardest jobs in the world because they "live by their wits." Here are lessons learned from three decades of small business ownership. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Are there any circumstances under which you should alter the legal structure of your business? Here are three organization and operational triggers that will indicate you need to make a change. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                When self-directed, impatience is perhaps one of our redeeming entrepreneurial attributes because it*s borne largely from a quest for excellence. Unfortunately, personal excellence to us can look a... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act gave big business a permanent tax cut and some, but not all, small businesses a temporary tax reduction. What's wrong with that picture? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Beware Blasingame's 2nd Law of Small Business: It's redundant to say, "undercapitalized small business," which is especially true for fast-growing companies because revenue growth depletes cash in ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As you leverage and profit from all the efficient high-tech, speed-of-light customer connection tools, don't forget that the best option might not always be in the cloud. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                How can you tell if you or someone in your organization has a debilitating level of call reluctance? You'll find it in the numbers. Read on to find out how to recognize this condition and tips on h... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Ever wonder what*s behind an entrepreneur*s decision to take a risk? Jim Blasingame says it's a combination of calculation, foolhardiness, faith, and sometimes, one more thing that may surprise you. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Ever wonder why we're increasingly anxious about technology? It's because digital leverage is troubling our analog requirement of trust. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Even though you can never really eliminate fear, you can minimize it through performance. But performance only happens when you use the fear-fighting tools. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The only positive to accrue to the Main Street economy during the lost decade (2007-2016) is the unprecedented financial strengthening of America's small business sector, which, just last month, br... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Remember Blasingame's Law of Difficult Customers and don't put your business in jeopardy by not charging customers what their level of service requires, whether it*s delivered to a customer who*s a... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business fundamentals are good habits that are fun because they work 每 every time. Practicing bad habits is the opposite and essentially a business death wish, which isn't fun. Everybody know... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As a small business, you have only one differentiator: the positive personal experience the customer attributes directly and uniquely to your business. Which won't happen if your employees blow a v... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                If your small business is bankable and you need a loan, you'd go to a bank. But, Jim Blasingame warns, if you aren't and are considering online alternatives, be sure you fully understand the requir... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the 21st century, Professional Selling Skills (PSS) are an essential, non-negotiable business fundamental. Here are three key components. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Current headlines may lead you to think the economy is slowing dramatically and small business optimism is declining. Jim Blasingame challenges you to put the news in context and be a more discerni... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Email continues to be the workhorse of choice by serious professionals of all industries and disciplines. But in many ways, it*s the killer app that never got the disruption respect it deserves. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals how, through self-analysis, highly effective people see what they do well and capitalize on it, as well as recognize and evaluate what they don't do well and improve or minim... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                What do some businesses have in common with supersonic transportation? Jim Blasingame reminds business owners to remember the lessons learned from the Concorde Fallacy. » More
                                Bill Dunkelberg
                                NFIB Chief Economist Bill Dunkelberg reports small business optimism is virtually unchanged this month, but finding qualified workers is still the biggest challenge. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals his 2019 predictions for small business, the economy, technology, and more. Stay tuned - last year his predictions were over 85% accurate. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the economy and in small business, information can become dangerously disconnected from reality. Jim Blasingame reminds us to spend less time listening to talking heads and more time listening t... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares the reasons for his scrooge-ness and advocates for making the holiday spirit of giving last all year. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reviews his 2018 predictions and reconciles them with what happened, including the economy, the new tax law, and whether the stock market is in a bubble. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                It's true there are many positive aspects of becoming a business owner. Jim Blasingame dispels some of the myths of owning your own business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Millions of small businesses sell personal services like consulting, website development, or janitorial services, instead of something tangible. Unfortunately, pricing a service is not as intuitive... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Fourteen hundred and forty -- the number of minutes in a day. Since we can make more money, arguably the greatest challenge of any small ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame tells his annual story of one of the great moments in the annals of serendipity: Squanto, the Mayflower pilgrims, and how the two working together set history on an important path. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reports on the origins of Veterans Day as it changed from Armistice Day and a poignant and practical way to define a veteran. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame compares responses of the latest exit strategy poll with a similar poll done in 2013 and gives his thoughts on the results. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Mining for gold in the marketplace? You may find it in the unlikeliest of places. It*s in the head of your prospect and, if mined properly, will come right out of their mouth. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Need a business loan? To improve your chances of approval, do your homework and arm yourself with the answers to these three questions. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame reveals three questions to ask before you approach your lender. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame reminds small business owners that the best way to make the world a better place is to advocate for our businesses first. » More
                                Rick Lepsinger
                                The hiring process doesn*t have to be a hit or miss undertaking based on intuition and luck. Organizations can easily implement a number of measures to better systemize their hiring and assessment ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame explains that negotiating is a process of communication and offers three questions you should ask yourself before any negotiation. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert, Jim Blasingame, discusses America's small business segments including how they rank by number of employees, type of business and how they think about growth. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert, Jim Blasingame, remembers the Financial Crisis of 2008 and warns that, regarding another global financial crisis, it's not if, but when. Forewarned is forearmed. Prepare your... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert, Jim Blasingame, reminds you that if you want to connect with customers competitively 每 and stay connected 每 you have to produce more written words than ever before. But not j... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame encourages you to channel "Warren Zevon sandwich clarity," and live in each moment. Don't lose sight of what's really important while building your business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reminds business owners that, while running the technology race with the big guys is important, so is "high touch," and that's something only you can offer. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is Jim's traditional Labor Day message. He makes the case for a national Small Business Day to honor those who represent over 98% of all U.S. businesses and produce over half of the U.S. $17 t... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reports on the fact that small businesses represent 98% of all U.S. exporters, and discusses the results of two polls regarding the impact the Trump trade/tariff strategy is having o... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reminds people of the Great Blackout of *03, and compares the latest Small Business poll concerning business interruption with a similar poll taken five years ago. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers four ideas to help entrepreneurs consider taking more time off, including define success, hire quality, delegate, and leverage technology. » More
                                Rick Lepsinger
                                Rick Lepsinger reveals four conflict creators that seem to come up most often, including facts, methods, goals and values as well as several steps and practices to use when resolving and preventing... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares his 3 Laws of Small Business Capital so that CEOs may acquire, manage, allocate, and maximize all sources of capital. » More
                                Rick Lepsinger
                                Rick Lepsinger reveals four conflict creators that seem to come up most often, including facts, methods, goals and values as well as several steps and practices to use when resolving and preventing... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame asks three human resource (HR) questions, and how you answer could reveal something about your business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim reminds us of similarities between the courage of America's founding fathers and the American dream of entrepreneurship. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame discusses the domain of the CEO and a handy way to find answers to ※Where are we going?§ by applying what he calls the Big Four Factors: Bricks, Clicks, People, and Capital. » More
                                Christopher Bishop
                                Outsourcing major tasks and special projects can be powerful in helping a growing business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals research that indicates four findings from research into what it takes to accomplish change successfully, and how to convert those findings in your business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame answers the lyrics to Tina Turner's, "What's love got to do with it?", when it comes to Main Street. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is Jim*s traditional Memorial Day column. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares the lyric," I know what I was feeling§, but what was I thinking?" for small business owners looking for a new venture. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares reasons why you should allow your babies to become entrepreneurs. » More
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                                Jim Blasingame continues to share critical factors to consider when acquiring a small business. » More
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                                Jim Blasingame reveals a few principles when considering ownership. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares two ways to not lose your best employees. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains why the user-generated content is word-of-mouth on digital steroids. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains the role of a Chief Executive Officer of a small business and how it may be the hardest job in the marketplace. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares ways to increase the depth of field of your customer photo. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares why "Follow me home" is a good buying signal for your business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares three of the American Dream components that might be the next version of someone else's. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares why your prospects and customers expect mobile convenience from your business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame shares how storytelling is the most successful way to touch customers. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains how much call reluctance is costing you. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame predicts four headlines for 2018 influenced by the new tax law. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame discusses Abraham Lincoln's accomplishments and setbacks that will inspire you. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame gives his part two on The "Customer? What Customer? Syndrome". » More
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                                Jim Blasingame shares why an obsession with the competition can result in an unfortunate and dangerous condition I call CWCS. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame considers a few of John's words. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame gives his "How to get your business off to a good start in the New Year" column, without any resolutions. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame gives his 2018 predictions; which are 73% accurate. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame analysis the new Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) primarily concerns all businesses and how they might use tax savings in the economy. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small Business Advocate and self-described "scrooge" Jim Blasingame explains why being a scrooge during the holidays isn't always a bad thing. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame gives his 2017 predictions, reconciled against what happened and recap at the end. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Freedom is a state of mind anyone can assume. But liberty is a contract we bestow upon and expect from each other. And from that contract, American entrepreneurship was born as the child of liberty. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame on whether elaborate or simple, a written business plan is an assembly of facts, ideas, assumptions, and projections about the future. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This marketplace transition is, by definition, a Biblical proportion paradigm shift from the original, 10,000-year-old Age of the Seller, to the new Age of the Customer. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                When the courage and convictions of one group of individuals converged with the humanity of two others, something special happened: A critical part of the foundation of the most benevolent nation i... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame celebrates 20 years of The Small Business Advocate Show on November 17, 2017. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Here are five cloud-based resource categories that help your small business operate more efficiently, competitively, and profitably. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Just as Jeff got rich delivering this comedic routine, you can benefit from his cause-and-effect logic by applying it to your small business. Except unlike Foxworthy, it won't be funny if you resem... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                There are many tasks every small business owner must handle personally, but none is more CEO-specific than allocation of capital. Because the only thing more precious to a small business than capit... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Fear and greed, it has been said, are the two primal emotions that have propelled human civilization. Of course, both have their dark side, too. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Naisbitt's Razor - high tech AND high touch - makes it imperative that you blend the sexy digital power of mobile computing, with the compelling humanity of a handshake. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                While striving mightily to make a profit, the following facts cause small business owners to regularly ask the proverbial question: ※What*s wrong with this picture?§ » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                If you don't like making decisions, small business ownership will not be your cup of tea. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                I*ve covered the direct ownership issues and advantages quite a bit recently, but let me remind you of a few key reasons I consider it to be the stealth benefit of business ownership. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                When it comes to ethics, the so-called professionals have lots of help. Attorneys, CPAs, doctors, architects, investment professionals, etc., have established and published very specific ethical an... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is Jim's traditional Labor Day message. He makes the case for a national Small Business Day to honor those who represent over 98% of all U.S. businesses and produce over half of the U.S. $17 t... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                These CEO foresight tools will help you track trends for opportunities and disruptions in areas such as: demographics, customer behavior, society, production/supply, politics, technology, and globa... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A qualified prospect has answered enough questions 每 directly or through research 每 to allow you to determine that they will likely purchase what you sell from someone in the forecastable future. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The good news is that as your business grows, you can look forward to delegating your off ox work to an employee whose oxen are opposite yours. But as the leader, the small business reality is that... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A business partnership should be entered into with a healthy dose of reality about the human element involved. My friend, David Gage brings sunlight to this reality in his book, The Partnership Cha... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Whether you're dreaming of being a business owner, or are actually working that dream right now, one thing is the same: You don't want your dream to become a nightmare. And one of the best ways to ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                I accept that my small business will face challenges every day. As I begin my day, I will assume the attitude that, regardless of the number of challenges, the degree of difficulty, or who caused t... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                For most of the history of the marketplace, change progressed at a pace slow enough to allow the creator of a model - a product, strategy, skill, etc. -- to make a living with it for a lifetime, po... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Combining my admiration for both of these types of super-humans, I've identified four required elements to be successful competing in the Tour de France or in the marketplace. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The first Plantagenet king of England, Henry II, is important to contemporary small business owners because he's considered the founder of a legal system to which entrepreneurs owe their freedom to... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Contemplating the current economic and entrepreneurial conditions out here in Main Street America, I keep thinking about this perfectly paradoxical passage from one of the great literary masterpieces: » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A human father*s love, on the other hand, is more often associated with words that are unfortunate, like ※tough§ and ※discipline.§ Here*s a warning no one has ever heard: ※Just wait *till your moth... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                There are many advantages to being a small business owner. But the most dramatic hidden benefit, which often has the most wealth creation potential, is for the business owner to also personally own... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the marketplace, productive chemistry between people and organizations is has long been known to be critical for sustaining successful performance. If you're not having the level of success you ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                To help you get started, consider a few questions to ask a prospective business seller, suggested by my friend and business-buying expert, Russell Brown, each followed by my thoughts. And while I'v... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Building online customer communities is how a small business transcends being competitive and achieves relevance. In a world where everything is a commodity, value is the threshold of a customer co... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The small business sector is very excited about the prospects of tax reform, both at the personal and business level, as long as pass-through entities are treated the same as big corporations. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the marketplace, there are actually three different clocks at work that every business uses: one for operating expenses, one for sales and one for cash. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In 2053, when Amazon*s headquarters moved to the island once known as Manhattan 〞 now New Bezos 每 most Earthlings received what they needed in life from some combination of the tech giants. By 2060... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Smarter people than I are forecasting a Wall Street correction if, for example, there*s no tax reform this year. My concern is having already clipped its coupons on the post-election exuberance, a ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small businesses survive with a kind of "I GOTTA make it" resolve, but resolve alone isn't enough. To overcome the reality of their numbers they have to combine grit with a focus on operating fund... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Giant sequoia redwood trees grow very tall. Bradford pear trees, not so much. It's all in the genes. But there*s no genetic code for a business, which can become whatever its owner makes it. And th... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Once, small business growth meant expanding across town. But new technologies and demographic shifts have made expanding outside America*s four walls increasingly compelling. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In The Age of the Customer, where value is now presumed, the prime differentiator is no longer competitiveness, but rather relevance. Today the question every business must focus on when they go to... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Investors and job creators of all shapes and sizes are all dressed up, looking for a place to go. We*re thinking economic expansion, but unfortunately, what happens next is not up to us. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The Barbell Effect occurs when entrenched, legacy practices are disrupted by forces like new technology, innovations, and shifts in demographic behavior, like when people stop going to malls. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                When customers are empowered, businesses are disrupted and barbells are likely. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Networking is the professional version of the gregariousness of humans 每 we just like doing it. Done right, networking is a commitment to what*s best for the person on the other side of the handsha... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Quality service can create a hit to cash flow so quickly it*ll take your breath away: ※OMG! Get out there and fix this!§ Lots of drama. A quality process is commitment to profitability, requiring d... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                With 9 of the top 10 small business concerns associated with the government, members of all three parties -- Democrats, Republicans and Trumpicans -- now know where to start to help small businesses. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small businesses will receive four letters from their corporate customers 每 two that have been sent and two that will be. Set yourself up for success by taking action now. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim makes his predictions for 2017. Pay attention -- he's been making annual predictions for 16 years and his overall record is 73%! » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business success requires two kinds of passion. Do you have what it takes? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reflects on his 2016 predictions. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business advocate, Jim Blasingame, talks three critical disciplines to help entrepreneurs prepare for the 21st century. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame, the small business advocate, gives five tips for you to start this month working on the New Year. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Reasons why small business falls under the radar with the president. What small business owners can do to get involved with politics. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A reflection on what it means to be truly thankful. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A reflection on what it means to be truly thankful. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                How one person, choosing to do good, can make a difference in the lives of many: a reflection on cause and effect for Thanksgiving. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Can you operate a business that you have the entrepreneurial vision to create? Here are five areas that are critical to your operating success. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Can you operate a business that you have the entrepreneurial vision to create? Here are five areas that are critical to your operating success. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A report on the likelihood of each of the two main party candidates, Clinton and Trump, to offer policies that address the big concerns of small business owners. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The marketplace increasingly has more opportunities for small businesses that fill and serve niches. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim explains the basics of the new federal Overtime Rules requirements that will take effect December 1, 2016. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim reveals the results of a recent online poll on the traits of a great leader. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Establishing trust as a best practice in your small business will not only create customers for life, but also increase your bottom line. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim reflects on the life and legacy of Arnold Palmer, both on and off the golf course. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                With the resources and technology available today, teleworking may be a solution for some of your employee dilemmas. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim poses four questions small business owners should ask themselves about how they value of their intellectual property - and the future of their business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Commentary on the future of the Internet as the U.S. prepares to transfer governance of ICANN to a global, multi-stakeholder community. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim makes the case fora national Small Business Day to honor those who represent over 98% of all U.S. businesses and produce over half of the U.S. $17 trillion GDP, AND sign the fronts of paychecks. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers four important lessons on customer expectations small businesses can learn from a destructive big business scenario that really happened. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim shares an interview he did recently with Alignable.com podcaster Alan Belniak on the challenges of operating a small business in the 21st century. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame compares the courage and commitment of Olympians and small business owners. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals why 21st century small businesses have reasons and resources to expand opportunities beyond local markets, including international trade, and specifically exporting. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame reveals the three most important stakeholders small business owners want to be close to, plus tips to keep them close. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains the difference between a sale from which you collect payment immediately, and a sale/loan when you extend credit terms to your customer. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers six easy -- and no-cost -- steps anyone can do to grow their small business through referrals. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers tips to fostering productive and innovative brainstorming sessions with your team. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame writes an open letter to President Obama disagreeing with the President's statements that the US economy is not only doing well, but Americans are better off than when he took office. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Being a father is a tough role with a long-term ROI. Jim Blasingame compares a father's love with the primal force of a mother's love. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers tips to help your small business compete with both Big Box and online competitors. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                From telegraph to Twitter there is one connection option whose relevance has borne witness to every one of the others: in-person contact. Face-to-face is the original social media - make sure you u... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                On this Memorial Day, as we honor all who paid the ultimate price in service to this country, let*s also remember the long tradition of America*s militia, including small business owners and employ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small businesses may have new tools, but the Old School fundamentals of running a business still apply. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                What is organizational special sauce? It's an engagement sweet spot that produces results beyond expectations and projections 每 quantum leap performance. The question is, how is it achieved? » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The second of a two-part series: Jim Blasingame offers more tips to consider when finding and acquiring investor capital. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In the first of a two-part series, Jim Blasingame offers tips to consider when finding and acquiring investor capital. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is a story about three small business owners who had one thing in common: a wise man named Luther. Oh, by the way, Luther is their janitor ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals what customers want of businesses in The Age of the Customer, and what a small business must do to foster customer loyalty while potentially increasing profitability. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals how you may have the elements of a business plans in your head, and why you should convert it to paper. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains how to recognize call reluctance and overcome its challenges to accomplish sales goals. » More
                                Judith Glaser
                                <p>No one could believe it &ndash; Radio Shack let thousands of people go and they did it through email!&nbsp; Most people dislike delivering ...</["p"]> » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers six networking thoughts to improve your networking skills and increase your chances of success. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame tells Republicans, Democrats and small businesses: You can fall in love with what you do, but you can't fall in love with how you do it. Like the electorate, customers and the market... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers advice on how to think of time as a commodity and how value your it by breaking big projects into small tasks to end procrastination and get more done. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals results of a recent Small Business Advocate Poll on local economies and small business sales. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers questions to ask yourself and your staff in order to answer the Outsourcing Power Question: Must this task be done in-house? » More
                                Joanne Black
                                Is anyone else tired of hearing buzzwords? Joanne Black, author of "No More Cold Calling" suggests removing overused phrases from your vocabulary. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals the four Power Questions that will help you mentor your employees to become leaders in your small business. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains the 6 fundamental underwriting elements lenders will use when considering a loan proposal for your small business. » More
                                Rick Lepsinger
                                Rick Lepsinger, OnPoint Consulting, offers 5 tips to help you leverage the talent and experience on your team to make your team smarter. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains the business values of service and giving through examples of Rotary International and Business Network International. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame offers tips to help prevent your small business from suffering a disaster operationally, financially, and in cyberspace. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame explains the relationship between the US comsumer economy as a main driver of GDP, the decrease in fuel costs with no uptick in spending, and the continually lagging economy, as a po... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame reveals the most critical small business CEO tasks that result in success or failure like in the knowledge and practice of financial management fundamentals. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim explains why small business owners are different than other people on the planet in how they view the world and think about risk and opportunities. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Here is the 16th edition of my New Year predictions. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Anyone who has contemplated forsaking the perceived, if not real, security of employment to start a small business has come face-to-face with the fear of failure. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Some say I*m a scrooge 每 they might be right. But here are three exhibits in my defense: » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Here are my 2015 predictions and what happened. My prior 14-year record is 73% accuracy. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                In my last column I revealed four reasons why the economic recovery since 2008 has produced fewer startups than those in the past, and the implications of that decline on economic growth. This week... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                As the financial crisis was being resolved in December 2008 I heard someone say, ※Wait *til the startups get going 每 they*ll end this recession and crank up the economy again.§ Of course, this maxi... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is Jim*s traditional Thanksgiving column. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                English foxhunters once dragged a red herring in front of their hounds to distract them from the scent of the little furry guy. In time, this practice produced the metaphorical ※red herring,§ which... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Veterans Day has its origins in Armistice Day, which was first acknowledged by President Wilson in 1919. The first anniversary of the signing of the Treaty of Versailles took place ※in the eleventh... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                When describing what influences the behavior of individuals as they pursue their lives, you would likely include concepts associated with goals, plans, passion, desire, ego, personality, etc. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Let me tell you a story. A boss gives an employee a project on January 1st that could easily be completed right away. This project had significant financial implications for the company. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                For centuries, prolonged service at sea resulted in sailors contracting a malady called scurvy. Those so afflicted bruised easily, had joint pain, gum disease, tooth loss 〞 you get the picture. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                ※Eminent domain is wonderful.§ This is a recent quote from presidential candidate and billionaire developer, Donald Trump. It*s a position he*ll have to defend within and without his party. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Growing up on a farm provided many valuable lessons that have transferred beautifully to my life in the non-farming marketplace. Here are three of those timeless and universal lessons. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                A quarter century ago a list called ※Rules For Being Human§ really caught on. Without the benefit of the Internet, ※The Rules§ (there are ten) circulated around the globe. Unfortunately, the a... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Labor Day began as an idea in the mind of a 19th century labor leader 〞 some say Matthew Maguire, others say Peter McGuire 〞 who cared greatly for a very important segment of the marketplace, its w... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Historically, one maxim was that the stock market condition was a six month leading indicator of the economy. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Are you familiar with the term "dysfunctional family?" The simple definition is, a family whose members don't work and play well with each other. Such relationships typically create emotional, ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Contrary to what you've heard, selling is the oldest profession in the world, because ※In the beginning,§ the serpent sold Eve the apple. You might say she bought wholesale and then sold the apple ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Smart business owners know that there*s a direct link between motivating employees to be successful in their assignments and the success of that business. Want a good example of why you should be o... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Since most businesses have been deleveraging post-2008 financial crisis, you could be forgiven for getting rusty at how to ask for a loan from bank. But as the economy picks up and you need growth ... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                One of the markers of this post-recession, so-called recovery has been the practice of deleveraging. Across the economy, from consumers to businesses large and small, debt has become something to g... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Dave was the fifth of twelve children during the Great Depression. His father worked at a sawmill and was a part-time basket weaver. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Here's an article that plays out in the marketplace every day in Small Business, USA: "My business is really growing these days," a small business owner confides to his friend, "but we're stil... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Dave was the fifth of twelve children during the Great Depression. His father worked at a sawmill and was a part-time basket weaver. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                <p>The first Plantagenet king of England, Henry II, is important to contemporary small business owners because he&rsquo;s considered the ...</["p"]> » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                <p>Before any product or service is offered to customers, the price must be determined. The foundational element of this calculus are costs ...</["p"]> » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                This is Jim's traditional Father's Day column. <p>As the father of an adult&nbsp;daughter and son, plus the grandfather of four knucklehead ...</["p"]> » More
                                Steve DelBianco
                                When congressional allies of major retailers began advocating that a complicated nationwide Internet sales tax be imposed, it was a bad idea that Congress rightly rejected. Now they*ve come back wi... » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame reveals poll results that suggest the American Dream is in jeopardy. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame explains how to replace unnecessary worry with outstanding business performance and customer service. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame explains why getting fired could be the best thing to happen to your career. » More
                                Tom Asacker
                                Is doing what you love going to bring in the big money? Not necessarily. Read on to find out what Tom Asacker suggests. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame outlines how and why mobile devices will become important for small businesses in the new Age of the Customer. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame discusses the difference between cash and capital, plus growth management guidelines for both. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small business expert Jim Blasingame offers tips on how small businesses and banks can speak the same language. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Jim Blasingame, The Small Business Advocate, says it's time for Wall Street to come back to Main Street. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame draws from the actions of two great Americans to showcase how a small business can also find their own strengths, sometimes when they least expect them. » More
                                Rick Maurer
                                Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Rick Maurer offers a few simple tips toward keeping your audience focused and happy during a webinar. » More
                                Bonnie Low-Kramen
                                Communications expert Bonnie Low-Kramen why having a back-up plan will help your business succeed. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame addresses the negatives associated with a consumption tax for America and America's small businesses. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame reveals his secret to sales success. » More
                                Rick Maurer
                                Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Rick Maurer offers a few simple tips toward keeping your audience focused and happy during a webinar. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                The Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame explain how small business owners can utilize the powerful tool of paradoxical thinking. » More
                                Ellen Rohr
                                Brain Trust member and frequent guest to The Small Business Advocate Show Ellen Rohr explains age really is just a number. » More
                                Jim Blasingame
                                Is your company functioning to the best of your ability? Small Business Advocate Jim Blasingame can help. » More
                                Bill Treasurer
                                Leading a group of natural leaders can be tough, but Brain Trust member Bill Treasurer can help » More

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