Month: August 2012

THE GROWTH PLANNING PROCESS – WHERE TO START?

Last time, I wrote about the benefits of a growth planning system, and today I’m going to address “Where to Start” – with the objective being to hit the ground running. If I am the business owner, this is where I start: Start with Desired Outcome. This could also be stated, in the words of… Read more »

LAUGH YOUR WAY TO GOOD HEALTH

Yes – laugh your way to good health.  It’s not Snake Oil!  You might call it alternative or holistic medicine but there is science to back it up. The American Cancer Society even endorses “Humor Therapy” as an adjunct to conventional medical therapies. Many hospital and treatment centers have established special rooms with humorous materials… Read more »

WHY SHOULD SMBs TAKE THE TIME FOR GROWTH PLANNING?

When a Small-to-Medium Business (SMB) owner is caught up in the daily activity of running the business, how can they possibly take the time to develop and use a growth planning system? Other than targets for number of customers, revenue, and profits, is it realistic or even useful to spend time on business growth planning… Read more »

Residential Real Estate Jobs Slowly Return

I saw the above titled article in the July 27, 2012 issue of the Portland Business Journal and I want to spread the good news, check this out: Although the Oregon housing market is recovering slowly, it is recovering.  The result: brokerages, title offices, appraisal companies, lenders and remodeling firms are all hiring.  One staging… Read more »

THE LOCAL ECONOMY IS GROWING. IS MY BUSINESS GROWING?

If you’ve been watching the developments in our local economy, you’ve seen some very encouraging signs that the Puget Sound area is faring much better than the rest of the west, or the country in general. But for most business owners, the urgent question is not “How well is the economy growing”, but “How quickly… Read more »