Small Business Guide: How To Find Employees

As the economy continues to improve, attracting qualified talent has become a challenge most employers face. When your company has a reputation as a good place to work, this process becomes much easier; people want to work for a company that is financially solid, treats...

Small Business Guide: How to Lead a Business

In 2002, I started working for a little company called Under Armour. There were 80 employees and only 15 clothing styles (mostly tight). The “Performance Apparel” category was relatively new to the general public, so most people didn’t know what we were even selling. They...

Small Business Guide: How to Bring a Product to Market

Bringing a product to market can be a stressful and challenging task given all the details that businesses must manage. The checklist below is a quick list of items that should be considered before a new product is launched. The list is meant to be a...

How to plan a company event – and survive

No matter the size or nature of your business, the need might arise for a company-sponsored conference or training session. In fact, your business may already host this type of event on an annual or bi-annual basis. For the attendees, it could be one of...

You are what you speak: Speech coach readies for national exposure

TRAVERSE CITY - Tom Clynes is a journalist and photographer. He's reported on Ebola outbreaks and armed conflicts in central Africa, and he's retraced Sir Edmund Hillary's climbs in New Zealand.But in April, he was in Traverse City getting public speaking coaching from area consultant...