Selling or Buying a Business

Getting ready to sell a business can be an emotionally-fraught experience for small business owners, especially for those who have put much of their lives into their businesses. Add to this the fact that frequently it is the case that the bulk of the owner’s (or owners') assets is tied up in the business and the result is that the handling the sale well is of tremendous import. There is a lot to know about how to get a business...

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Prairie Glass Studio Celebrates Fifth Anniversary

Original article posted to the Topeka Capital-Journal June 10, 2017. Artistic ability shown at an early age has helped Kymm Ledbetter in her life and business, allowing her to create a world for herself and the community by producing beautiful fused glass art. “I was born with it,” said Ledbetter, designer and owner of Prairie Glass Studio, when asked about her love of art. She grew up in Orange County, Calif., and enjoyed scrapbooking before many people knew about the craft....

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Export: A Growth Area for Small Businesses

  According to the U.S. Commercial Service, small businesses “have vast untapped export potential.” Despite the fact that many people associate international trade with large companies, big businesses make up only a small portion of U.S. exporters. Although fewer than 1% of U.S. businesses export, small to medium-sized businesses account for 98% of the number of U.S. businesses exporting. This should encourage small business owners who view the prospect of entering global markets as terribly daunting. Export is not just...

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Social Media and Employer Brand

In the age of social media ubiquity, the world of hiring has undergone (and continues to undergo) drastic changes. Instead of searching newspaper classifieds, many job seekers now do Google searches, check out sites such as Indeed.com and Glassdoor.com, check out reviews of companies as employers, or go directly to their desired employers’ website - though, at this time, newspaper ads may still the best places for trying to fill certain types of positions. Companies can search for talent on...

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5 Rules of Design

The line between good design and bad design can be crossed by simply using the wrong font. Design, just like any other profession out there, has rules to it, and breaking those rules can be the difference in getting a sale or losing a sale. There is a long list of design rules that one should follow, but to keep things simple, I have outlined my top 5 rules of design that should never be broken. Design for your audience...

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