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  • How to Prepare Your Business for a Possible Recession

    November 22, 2022  - Tips for Small Business
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    Facing a possible recession can be scary, especially for small and mid-sized businesses. While the factors involved in a recession are often out of our hands, there are practical steps we can take to prepare. From creating a strategy to identifying financing options, these four tips will help recession-proof your business. (Read More...)
  • Women in Construction: The Sky is the Limit for This Latina Business Owner

    October 27, 2022  - Tips for Small Business
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    Approximately 1.2 million women are employed in the male-dominated U.S. construction industry. As their numbers grow, women are trail-blazing their way to various roles in management, including ownership. Myriam Sanchez, Owner of Sky Crane, shares her journey as a successful Latina businesswoman in the crane industry. (Read More...)
  • Inspirational Women: Wisdom from the Boss Lady Behind Two Generations of Success

    October 24, 2022  - Tips for Small Business
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    You may have heard the saying that behind every strong man is an even stronger woman. Well, that may hold true with the power couple behind the ongoing success of Ahearn Equipment. In 1977, Ahearn Equipment was established by Tim and Donna Ahearn in their back yard in rural North Brookfield, MA. The business began as a mobile repair service on a farm and has gone through a series of expansions. Ahearn Equipment has now passed to the second generation and is owned and run by Donna’s two sons who opened a second dealership in 2021 located in Hudson, NH. Although she is no longer at the helm, Donna made her mark on the business and laid a solid foundation for the future. (Read More...)
  • Women that Mean Business: Insight from a Leading Lady that Continues to Crush the Glass Ceiling

    October 18, 2022  - Tips for Small Business
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    If you are a woman in business, you won't be surprised to learn that gender stereotyping prevents many female employees from advancing to the C-suite. You’ve likely heard of the “Glass Ceiling”—well, some women are breaking through invisible boundaries that were once perceived as impossible. Successful women entrepreneurs, executives, and managers are leading with unique qualifications, not their gender. There are many lessons to be learned from the challenges and triumphs of women. We’d like to recognize and celebrate one of our own leading ladies. (Read More...)
  • Small Business Challenges for Women & How to Solve Them

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    When it comes to business, women are regularly breaking new ground. According to the US Small Business Administration (SBA), women-led businesses employed over 10 million workers and accumulated $1.8 trillion in receipts in 2019. Despite this number, women made up only 20% of employer firms. One of the biggest challenges women face is acquiring loans for their small businesses. (Read More...)
  • 4 Tips to Retain Talent During the Great Reshuffle

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    There’s no turning back from the workplace changes brought about by the “Great Resignation,” according to the expert who coined the term, psychologist Anthony Klotz. A management professor at Texas A&M University’s Mays Business School, Klotz said, “The pandemic brought the future of work into the present of work.” Workers are taking a step back and considering their true value and worth and demanding more for their time and talent, creating a “Great Reshuffle.” (Read More...)
  • Why Businesses are Going Agile with Their Website Redesign Projects

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    It's the same for nearly every company we assist. Before anyone decides whether to buy anything from them or do any business with them, they check out the website. And they do it even if they first learn about the company offline. So it's hard to overstate the importance of getting your web design right. (Read More...)
  • Redefine Your Business Plan - Map out Steps Needed to Recover and Prevail

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    Small businesses have experienced significant impacts since the arrival and persistence of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Small Business Coronavirus Impact Poll, 70% of small businesses worry about financial hardship from prolonged closures, and 58% of business owners are concerned over having to close their business permanently. In the current climate of social distancing, many businesses have had to completely rethink the way they operate. Companies that move quickly to adjust their business plan are best positioned to survive. (Read More...)
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