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  • Semi-finalist Q&A: More Brains Media   10 years 9 weeks ago

    These folks sound amazing! So nice to see someone who is concerned about helping others in their field instead of just making money!!

  • With Consumers Spending Less, What Is Your Next Step?   10 years 10 weeks ago

    good info

  • And the Semi-Finalists for the Ninth Idea Cafe's Small Business Cash Grant are...   10 years 10 weeks ago

    Lots of great ideas here! I think we all should win :)

  • Accounts Receivable Collections: How to Get Late-Paying Customers To Pay On Time   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Payment plans are good and our business uses them as well but you always have some that still won't budge. There is a service that the site has as a "collection letter," and when the customer pays the business, they don't owe business beware any percentage. It's a great way to work out the situation between the customer and business, no extra money spent and no litigation. Great service for business owners.

  • Forget Your Failings - Focus on Your Feats   10 years 15 weeks ago

    Great article. It's time to start celebrating our successes instead of chastising ourselves for what we've done wrong. I wish that more leaders and managers practiced this philosophy with their employees, and understood the value in learning from one's mistakes.

  • Eight Key Budgeting Tips   10 years 16 weeks ago

    Thanks for sharing such great post, according to me budgeting doesn't mean that you have to compromise your needs but it is important for planning financial life. Household Budgeting means to create a planning for the money spending. Build emergency fund, minimize the use of credit card, planning, etc. are the tips for making personal household budgeting. For more details on Household Budgeting refer

  • Tell us your business story, and we'll feature it online for 90 days, for free   10 years 17 weeks ago

    yes good good good

  • Eight Key Budgeting Tips   10 years 18 weeks ago

    If there is a way to reduce costs, i don't see why companies wouldn't go for it. Using budgets could help them decide which activities are profitable, and which should be stopped. Once they have the results it would be a lot easier to manage their funds and look for solutions regarding cost reducing. employee leasing

  • Accounts Receivable Collections: How to Get Late-Paying Customers To Pay On Time   10 years 18 weeks ago

    I suggest accounts receivable insurance from Euler Hermes.

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Better Revenue   10 years 20 weeks ago

    Thank you for great post, Steve. I agree with the privious comment and want to add that I visited your site and learned a lot of interesting information about Sales Results. Your organization shows high rates and occupyes very considerable position. Our company is sufficiently young and little known but we also hope to achive success like you in business. Visit for more information

  • Is Search Engine Advertising Worth It For Small Businesses?   10 years 20 weeks ago

    It is a great piece, but is it worth it "depends." Old sayings may sum it best: do not place your eggs all in one basket.

    A marketing mix should now include online marketing, but the degree to which you advertise there should be proportionate to the degree you believe your clients will use online search to find your business.

    A local gas station will not find itself uncompetitive without online advertising. Neither will the bakery next door. (I have one two doors down. The best advertising for them remains the aroma wafting from their doors each morning.) And just how far across even a small city are consumers willing to go for a new dentist, a computer technician, or even a well-reviewed eatery?

    I recently provided marketing planning for a local massage business. In addition to encouraging the owner to increase their online marketing presence, I outlined steps for increasing neighborhood awareness. A well-designed building sign, direct mail to the business' neighbors, introductions to related small businesses in the neighborhood, etc. AND presence in online listings and Google local search = dramatic increase in business.

    Let's encourage each other to use emerging tools to their fullest potential. But let's also remember the solid strategies that may even trump technology in effectiveness!

  • Leah Larson and YALDAH magazine win Wells Fargo's Someday Stories contest   10 years 20 weeks ago

    Great to hear of your success! I'm interested in putting together a 3-page publication and using social media and the internet to do so. Are you able to efficiently focus me in the right direction for my research? For example point me directly to sites you've researched of good, vetted info & instruction on how to put together and online publication and blog etc. and to organize my lists of business an personal contacts?
    Dotti Janes

  • Congratulations-It's A Business!   10 years 21 weeks ago

    This is fantastic, thanks Leah. I've always wanted to start my own business and get frustrated when things don't 'fall into place'. But recently I've been spending time planning, researching, mulling over names and engaging family and friends. I feel much more prepared now

  • Join Idea Cafe on the major social web sites   10 years 21 weeks ago

    helpful information indeed. thanx for your sharing with all of us. continue your great job, and always gain my support.

  • New Year’s Resolutions for Better Revenue   10 years 21 weeks ago

    Thanks for the great reminders Steve.
    I really like the point on being a better listener.
    I find this so difficult when busting to say something about our product or services. However, holding back really does give the potential lead or customer the opportunity to let you know where they're up to and the right angle to take for a more solid introduction

  • Is Search Engine Advertising Worth It For Small Businesses?   10 years 21 weeks ago

    Great thoughts Joe.
    I agree with you that there is an enormous opportunity for offline businesses to integrate an online marketing piece becasue it is so affordable and search results are getting much much better and more geograpically sensitive.
    I would bet by the end of this decade that if small business are not using online they'll find themselves completely uncompetitive.

  • Moth Attack is the Winner of the Idea Cafe’s Eighth Small Business Grant   10 years 22 weeks ago


  • Moth Attack is the Winner of the Idea Cafe’s Eighth Small Business Grant   10 years 22 weeks ago

    congrats megan!

  • 7 Days Left to Cast Your Vote and Support Your Small Business Idol   10 years 25 weeks ago

    Exodus Studios...definitely!!!

  • Have You Lost Your Focus?   10 years 26 weeks ago

    This is so timely for me. I made some ill-advised investments in time & money, and I have been beating myself up ever since. "How could I have done that?" is a question I keep pondering over and over, to the point of near depression. I need a kick in the rear end t refocus on the good aspects of my prospective business and forge toward growth, but I've been in neutral ever since. Thanks for this - I need all of the positive reinforcement I can get right now.

  • Insurance Claim Tips for Business Owners   10 years 27 weeks ago

    This article is very true. I am going through the long and complex problem of dealing with insurance/lawyers/adjusters for my two businesses (one just started 4 months ago) which received totaling damages due to a fire.

    Thankfully, having gone through Hurricane Katrina, I stayed on top of my insurance policy and basically know it like the back of my hand.

    Had this just been a normal claim, things would be going a lot easier, but it also involves a legal suit with the energy company.

    Definitely agree on getting outside experts to help - the tasks of trying to tie up everything with the fire added to the hard work of trying to rebuild are very taxing. And while most clients and customers are understanding, be prepared for those who say, "I'm sorry to hear about that, but where's my stuff".

    While you have suffered a loss and want to resume operations as quickly as possible, your customers and clients don't want their business to be interrupted so they want whatever products/services they were owed despite your losses or possibly inability to produce.

    Don't expect the process of restoration after a loss to be rapid. Everyone is going to look out for their best interest which results in complicated negotions.

    And of course remember to turn to the experts and resources at ideacafe.

    Percy Marchand
    Winner of the 2006 Idea Cafe Pilot Grant
    Owner and Operator: Marchand Ink and Renaissance Reception Hall

    If you guys are still in contact with Ms. Francie Ward, tell her I said hello!

  • Government to pump "a significant amount" of money into small business lending   10 years 29 weeks ago

    Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog with more information? It is extremely helpful and beneficial to your readers.

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  • Semi-finalist Q&A: Solar Cooker at Cantinawest   10 years 32 weeks ago

    Good Luck on your adventure/venture! Spread the word about Solar Cooking and have an impact on the environment!

  • Vote for   10 years 39 weeks ago

    Thanks for your kinds words regarding Go Green Go. I will certainly vote for your company in the Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009 Grant contest. Best of luck with your great company.
    Sue Jenkins

  • Idea Cafe talks to business expert Jim Tracy   10 years 39 weeks ago

    Every great business has started somewhere so the small businesses we see today are the backbone of our economy.
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