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3 Tips For Leading Your Team Through A Productive First Quarter

The first three months of the year are a critical time for your business. What you accomplish now sets the tone and lays a foundation for the rest of the year. If you’re feeling a little behind the 8-ball, you’re not alone. Fortunately, there is

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How To Conduct Performance Reviews In 2020 & Boost Company Culture

Performance reviews often get a bad rap. Employees dread them, and leaders hate giving them. Even under the best circumstances, reviews can be tense and time-intensive, so the thought of conducting annual reviews in 2020, an already stressful year, can be daunting. But the fact

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4 Tips To Boost Sales & Increase Your Closing Ratio

This year has brought unexpected challenges for all business owners. From the onset of a global pandemic, followed by an economic downturn, many businesses have struggled. Decreased sales can threaten all companies, but small companies can be particularly vulnerable. As we approach the end of

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5 Ways To Drive Employee Engagement Through Development Planning

Every company has its own set of priorities to help take it to the next level, but knowing which initiatives will make the most significant impact can be tough. The truth is, what makes a business successful is not the product it sells or the

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Effective Communication Rules For Small Teams Working Remotely

As many areas have lifted their stay-at-home orders amid the coronavirus outbreak, some employees may not be ready to return to the office just yet. In fact, some employees may not want to return at all. According to experts at Global Workplace Analytics, 25-30% of

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How to Hold More Effective Meetings with Your Team

Meetings are an essential part of any business. Face-time allows for clear communication and effective decision making that helps teams accomplish goals faster. But all too often, meetings run long and fail to keep people engaged. With so many teams choosing to continue working from

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How To Give Your Business A Financial Checkup

The key to running a successful small business is actively managing your businesses’ finances. While many owners run a check on their cash flow periodically, running a full financial checkup on your business should be done more than once a year. A mid-year review allows

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5 Tips for Surviving a Crisis as an Entrepreneur

Running a business is challenging, and as the world scrambles to make sense of and respond to COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crisis, entrepreneurs are being challenged in unimaginable ways. As we all learn to navigate this new normal, business owners are called to react

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5 Steps To Maximizing Your Productivity At Work

We all have the same number of hours in a given week. Why is it that some people make the most of those hours while others struggle to get focused? Increasing your productivity at work isn’t rocket science; it just requires being more intentional about

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4 Steps to Overcome a Sales Objection

When it comes to sales, objections are inevitable. Every person you speak with will have questions or reservations about the product or service you offer. If they didn’t, they would have already bought from you! Objections shouldn’t stop you in your tracks. Objections are an

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4 Simple Tactics to Re-Energize Your Sales Funnel in 2022

Sales is an important part of every small business and the pace you set this quarter can set the tone for your entire year. If you struggle with sales, here are four easy ways to tweak your process, increase sales, and jumpstart your 2022 revenue.

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4 Simple Ways to Plan Your 2022 Business Goals

As we close out the final chapter of 2019, now is the perfect time to build your strategic plan for 2020. The next several weeks present an excellent opportunity to take stock of what has gone well this past year and what your goals should

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3 Tips for Conducting a Year-End Business Review

2020 is around the corner, and while most entrepreneurs are eager to plan for the future, many miss an important opportunity: conducting an end of year review for their business. Admittedly, it’s less fun to review the past, but by putting your last year under the

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The 5 Stages Of The Entrepreneurial Journey

Understanding where you are on your entrepreneurial journey can help you grow your business faster, and more sustainably. In working with thousands of owners through Cultivate Advisors, a small business advising firm, we’ve recognized common patterns every entrepreneur encounters on their journey from 0-$10M. We’ve