All posts by Steven Imke

Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week January 14, 2017

How to Market Your Business on Social Media in 2017

Inc. By: Gary Vaynerchuk getty_503043564_126411Serial entrepreneur Gary Vaynerchuk lays out his predictions for the year ahead. Read the full story

These 2 Lady Bosses Tell Us Exactly How to Quit Your Day Job and Follow Your Passion

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How Your Reasoning Skills Can Affect Your Business Success

Previously, we looked at how the startup landscaped has changed and why we keep getting the same old advice. Now let's explore how the reasoning style of the manager entrepreneur, with their predominantly causal reasoning, approaches a business startup very different from the founder entrepreneur, who approaches a startup business primarily with effectual reasoning.

Causal Reasoning

Causal reasoning is the domain of [...]

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Why The Business Advice You Are Getting Is One Sided

Previously, we looked at how the startup landscaped has changed and that you might not need a business plan to successfully launch your business. In this post, we will look into why we keep getting the same old advice. What has emerged, as the funding and risk gap has widened, is a greater awareness that there are different entrepreneurial reasoning skills [...]

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Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week January 7 2017

40 Small Business Trends and Predictions for 2017

Business News Daily By: Adam C. Uzialko shutterstock_377448043What do business owners, professionals and experts expect 2017 to hold for small business? After a tumultous election season, entrepreneurs can finally expect a little bit of certainty and stability. Keeping an eye on key trends and new developments, [...]

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Why The Business Planning Advice You Have Received Is Probably Stale

As we discussed in a previous post, the startup landscape has changed in recent years and more businesses can be bootstrapped than in the past. As a result, there has emerged greater differentiation between businesses that need large upfront capital infusions and those that can be bootstrapped. This essentially has created two types of entrepreneurs, each with different reasoning [...]

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Why Being Told You Need a Business Plan May Be Bad Advice

To get the new year started off right, let's take a deep dive over the next several weeks to see how entrepreneurship has changed in recent years and why you may no longer need to write the classic version of a business plan. Based on these changes, we'll see how you can make the most of these changes by recognizing [...]

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Small Business Stories – Pick of the Week December 31 2016

Niche vs General Marketing: What’s the Difference?

nichemarketingtable-pngBusiness 2 Community By: Jessica Mehring Let me ask you a serious question. Do you want to compete with Walmart? My guess is no. Not many businesses try to compete with Walmart. Walmart stores have everything under the sun, for every kind of person … at the [...]

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A Lack of Time Is No Excuse for Not Starting a Business

The most common excuse I hear from people about not starting a business is that they just don't have the time. Everybody has time. Watching T.V. is not a productive use of your time. What if you used your T.V. watching time more productively to work on a business idea? When you want something bad enough, you'll make time regardless of [...]

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Mastering the Three Engines of Growth

When it comes to growing your business, there are three essential engines of growth:

1. Paid Engine of Growth: Most entrepreneurs consider this the only engine of growth. Often this takes the form of paid ads on websites or advertising on T.V. to attract lots of eyeballs to your product or service. The more targeted the service is to [...]

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The Value of a Blog Even If No One Reads It

I agree with Seth Godin when he says that every business owner should write a regular blog even if no one reads it. The other day I was driving to Denver to attend a meeting with the SBA and the Minority Business Office. During the drive, I was listening to an audio-book about how to work smarter. While I didn't particularly [...]

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