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Key Person Insurance as a Succession Safeguard

In business, and in life, among the most important ways to manage risk is through insurance. For certain types of companies — particularly start-ups and small businesses — one major threat is the sudden loss of an owner or hard-to-replace…

Taking Customer Service to the Next Level

Just about every business intends to provide exceptional customer service. And though many claim their customer service is exceptional, very few can back up that assertion. After all, once a company has established a baseline level of success…

Keeping Your Family Business in the Family

A successful family business can provide long-term financial security for you as its owner, as well as for your loved ones. To improve the chances that your company will continue to benefit your heirs after you’re gone, take steps now to keep…

5 Ways to Speed Up Collections

Turning receivables into cash is among the most important things a business must do. Of course, it’s easier said than done. Here are five ways to speed up collections: Streamline the billing process. You can’t collect what you don’t…
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Can an Introvert be a Successful Entrepreneur?

We hate people. People we don’t know, people in big groups; we’re introverts. We appreciate the quiet, dread large networking events and consider our words carefully before we speak. We research a subject before offering an opinion, we’re…
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How Entrepreneurs Build an Organization

In Part 1 of this topic, we covered the definitions of leadership and entrepreneurial leadership, and listed qualities that business leaders share. In this post, we’ll explore how those skills help leaders to build their organization. How…
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Are All Entrepreneurs Leaders?

What is Leadership? There are many definitions provided by leading experts. The dictionary.com definition is very simply the action of leading a group of people or organization. One of our local business leaders in Detroit, Nancy Schlichtling,…
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Why Hire a Smaller Firm?

My previous post discussed the advantages of working for a small firm vs. a large company - now let's address the advantages of hiring a smaller firm. My experience is the the accounting world, but these points are true of most industries: You'll…
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Why Work for a Smaller Firm?

In the process of interviewing candidates for an open position at our firm, we encountered some misconceptions about working for a smaller firm, namely perceived limited opportunities, less structured training and uncertainty about the stability…
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The Benefit of an Annual Corporate Meeting

If your company is a corporation, you’re probably aware that your shareholders and Board of Directors must meet at least annually. For many entrepreneurs, the board and shareholders may only consist of a couple of people and this meeting requirement…