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The first Tile Outlet Always in Stock® opened in Sacramento, Calif., in Nov-ember 2001. Within three months, customers were arriving in droves to buy first-quality ceramic and porcelain tile and stone products at wholesale prices. Founder Doug Disney had spent 10 years working for two major tile distributors before setting off on his own with […]
Starting and growing a small business and maintaining its vibrancy are not easy things to do. Entrepreneurs must be willing to take risks others won’t, working around the clock if necessary, often acting not only as CEO, but as head of sales, accountant, and whatever else it takes to get the job done. But it […]
Everybody makes mistakes and entrepreneurs are no exception. But for an entrepreneur with a limited budget, committing mistakes too often can be very costly. Here are 7 costly small business marketing mistakes every entrepreneur must avoid: 1. Failing To Realize Marketing Is About Value Creation To create a sustainable small business, you have to market […]
Slow and steady wins the race…just ask Steve Jackson, president of Hungry Howie’s Pizza, one of the nation’s largest franchised pizza chains and “The Home of the Original Flavored Crust Pizza.” Jackson is refreshingly modest when talking about the pizza chain that began in a converted 1,000-square-foot former hamburger shop outside Detroit in 1973 and […]
Proforma, a leading provider of print and promotional products, achieves a record-breaking $30 million in systemwide sales. This represents a 10% increase over the previous record, achieved in December of 2006. These record-breaking sales come as Proforma prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2008. “We are proud to announce this milestone in the growth […]
In the late 1980s and early ‘90s, Mark Armstrong was a CPA working in the small-business division of one of the country’s “Big Five” accounting firms. Working with small-business owners every day, he soon recognized a common thread among them. “I saw that they weren’t any smarter than I was, but they all shared the […]
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One morning last fall, Michael Lezberg was handed a message marked urgent. It said, “The ship is sailing. Call immediately.” Returning the call, Lezberg, owner of a pillow factory, discovered that the ship was a major luxury cruise liner and it really was sailing the next day. “But they needed 3,000 sleep pillows, or they […]
The statistics certainly cause one to take notice: Sixty-five percent of mothers with children six years of age and under are in the labor force and more than 70 percent of single mothers have jobs outside the home, according to a 2002 study sponsored by the National Child Care Association. According to the same study […]
For an entrepreneur, the idea of taking your innovation and sharing it with someone else—let alone a large corporation—can be an intimidating, if not daunting, task. Which company would be the best partner? How do you ensure you’re protected from a legal perspective? How will you benefit? If your goals are to take your product […]
Forty years ago, few people could have predicted that identity theft would become as big an epidemic as it is today. Few could have imagined the importance of taking mail to the post office instead of leaving it in our mailboxes for pickup, the thought of shredding documents before throwing them in the trash, or […]
Next to marrying his wife Trudy, the late Ward Britt often said, the smartest thing he ever did was take her advice. At his wife’s gentle prodding, Britt made a dramatic—and surprising—career change in 1953: He gave up his position as postmaster of Winter Garden, Florida, and bought a lumberyard. Great decision! “Mother said people […]