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DENNIS ZINK: 28 favorite nuggets of small-business wisdom

By Dennis Zink

Posted May 29, 2017 at 2:01 AM   

Here are some of my favorite nuggets of small-business wisdom. Many of them are original, some are borrowed, and I can’t remember which is which. But they are all worth absorbing because any small-business owner can benefit from them.
Cash is king; do not run out of cash — Cash is the lifeblood of every business. When you run out, your business is dead!

Don’t reinvent the wheel, just change the spokes — This is my best adaptation of any tip. Just a small change to a proven strategy may make all the difference in the world.
Prioritize by doing first things first and second things never — Always do the most important thing for your business first, and when that’s done, the second one will become the first.
Count everything that’s countable, then determine the most important metrics for your business — These are your key performance indicators, or KPI. Every business should develop its most important numbers. Measure them consistently and constantly.
Hire slow, fire fast — Admit the mistake, face up to it and terminate immediately — it will be better for all concerned. Most companies do the exact opposite — they hire fast and fire slowly.
Inspect what you expect from others — If you ask someone to do something, make sure they did what you wanted and that it was done properly.
About right” now is better than exactly wrong later — Act now! Don’t procrastinate because you’re waiting for more information.
Hire smart rather than manage tough — You can’t change people and shouldn’t try. Hire for attitude and train for skills.
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Stay Serious When Seeking Greater Good


The Way I See It


While enjoying a sabbatical last May in the “Ould Sod,” my ire was elevated when I learned that the County Commission folded to the “fierce backlash” not of the business community, as referred to in Zach Murdoch’s recent column in the Sarasota Herald-Tribune, but to the demands of one or two roofing contractors backed by the Gulf Coast Builders Exchange to shut the door to efforts to bring the corporate headquarters of the North American Roofing Company to our community. My ire was further elevated upon reading Mary Dougherty-Slapp’s recent column in SRQ Daily, which stated: “Let’s make Sarasota a place that businesses want to come to grow and hire workers with good paying and quality jobs.” So, are we now to believe that the GCBE, after advocating the very opposite in opposing Project Mulligan, now want us to believe that the board have had an epiphany? Hopefully so. The GCBE has always been a proponent of economic growth and vitality even though on this occasion they appeared to be in cahoots with those who would not be in favor of efforts to attract meaningful jobs to our community.

Diversification of our economy is a serious topic and I am heartened that the County Commission, encouraged by our newly elected Commissioners, have prioritized this subject for the BCC over the next year. As a community, we are asking for trouble if we do not take advantage of the incentives that are available for economic diversity. We need to balance the three-legged stool. It is not sufficient that we rest on our superior “quality of life” reputation to attract qualified targeted industries and corporate headquarters. These targeted industries are well documented by the State and are revised every three years. These industries have been identified as those that can help diversify local economies to make them more robust and resilient during an economic downturn or an economic recession. 

I am all for working together to create a strong future as suggested by Mary’s column. The tools necessary to do this are readily available for use in the right circumstances. However, we as a community need to seriously get behind these efforts and not simply put the interests of a few before the greater good when an opportunity such as Project Mulligan comes before us in the future.

There is a time honored maxim in my industry: “Dear God please give me one more real estate boom and I promise I won’t fritter it away.”

Ian Black is founder of Ian Black Real Estate.

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Mayor Willie Shaw and City Manager Tom Barwin will congratulate the Sarasota business community for being recognized by Google as Florida’s 2014 eCity “Digital Capital of America” with a brief ceremony Friday, October 17 at 10 a.m. at The HuB, 1680 Fruitville Road, third floor.

This award acknowledges Sarasota as having the strongest combined e-commerce, social media and web presence within the state of Florida. “Being recognized by Google as Florida’s 2014 eCity means we have the most robust e-business community in the State as determined by Google and research,” said City Manager Tom Barwin. “What a great foundation to build upon. With three universities, a vibrant downtown business center and digital business incubators, a San Francisco-like spirit of innovation and creativity is clearly in this community’s business, academic and social DNA.

“Google algorithms have proven what many of us have suspected. Sarasota is open for digital, high tech oriented folks who enjoy cultural amenities and the world’s greatest sunsets,” said Mr. Barwin. Sarasota was determined to have the top online business presence in Florida, connecting with customers and stimulating the digital economy, based on several criteria considered by Google:  Number of businesses advertising online  Ability for customers to make a purchase from a webpage  Mobile friendly websites  Social media presence –

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Top 10 Social Networks for Entrepreneurs

I read this article on Mashable, and it is written by Dan Schawbel.


It is loaded with helpful and quality content and I felt it would be a valuable resource to many, so I have reblogged it here.

Below you will find a portion of the article, with the remainder of the full article found at this link here:

Looking for a job? Consider creating your own. There are a number of social resources to help you connect with other entrepreneurs and get your business ideas off the ground.

Here are the top 10 social networks for entrepreneurs. Each helps entrepreneurs succeed by providing them with the guidance, tools and resources they need to setup their company and gain exposure.

1. Entrepreneur Connect

Entrepreneur Media, the company that produces Entrepreneur Magazine, started a social network over a year ago specifically for entrepreneurs and small business owners called Entrepreneur Connect. Like all social networks, you have the opportunity to create your own profile, explore the community, share ideas with other entrepreneurs and network. Unlike most social networks, this one frowns upon too much self-promotion and applauds idea sharing.

You can use this network to connect to service providers, suppliers, advisers and colleagues. Just like LinkedIn and Facebook, there are professional groups that you can join or create. Another cool feature is that you’re able to start your own blog and possibly have it appear on the main page. This is similar to what Fast Company has done with their website.

2. PartnerUp

PartnerUp is a social network for entrepreneurs who are searching for people and resources for business opportunities. Anyone can join, but business partners, co-founders, executives and board members will get the most out of this one. In this network, you can ask or offer advice, find commercial real estate and find service providers like accountants and marketers for your business.

The big differentiator with this social network is the commercial real estate “MoveUpSM” program that serves entrepreneurs who have experienced a hard time trying to find office space for their business. They also have a Resource Directory that allows small and mid-sized businesses to advertise their services.

3. StartupNation

Most social networks neglect the content aspect that makes StartupNation so useful. With articles, forums, blogs, on-demand seminars, and podcasts, entrepreneurs will be better prepared for their ventures and have the resources required to make better business decisions.

There are a wide range of topics being discussed on StartupNation right now, including business planning, marketing and web-based business. The site also offers a series of competitions, such as a dorm-based 20 contest and an elevator pitch competition. If you’re an entrepreneur or hope to become one, this site is definitely one you can’t miss out on.

4. LinkedIn
It’s difficult to leave LinkedIn off of any social networking list because it’s so useful for anyone who’s either searching for a job, is trying to network with like-minded individuals, or building a company. LinkedIn offers many resources for entrepreneurs, such as groups, including the very popular “On Startups” group that has over 54,000 members.

Entrepreneurs on LinkedIn should brand themselves properly so they can attract the right kind of business opportunities, and perform searches to find service providers or partners. As an entrepreneur, you should also be looking to participate in LinkedIn Answers, events and applications to spruce up your profile and become a valuable member to your community.

5. Biznik

This isn’t another LinkedIn clone. Instead, Biznik brands itself as a social network that “doesn’t suck.” The Biznik community is composed of freelancers, CEOs, and the self-employed. Like the other networks, this is a place for you to share ideas, instead of posting your resume. It is mandatory for all members to use their real names and provide real data, and Biznik editors actually review all profiles to ensure compliance with that policy. There are three levels of membership, including basic, active ($10 a month for an enhanced profile) and supporting ($24 a month for increased visibility).


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270+ Tools 4 running a Business Online

This article is packed with so much content and so many suggestions and links, that I am simply going to utilize an introductory paragraph and a link to full article, because in hindsight, you may set aside a block of time.

“Last August we featured a post with more than 230 online apps for running your business. Since there are hundreds of new apps coming on the market every year, we figured it was time for an update. This year we came up with more than 270 additional apps. Some are completely new since last year, others might have been overlooked, and still others made significant improvements that gained them a spot on the list.”

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The above article was on Mashable and written by Cameron Chapman

Create your own job? Pappas Realty Co. has Businesses 4 Sale.. Create your own future or continue someone elses success!

Currently, we have an upscale restaurant, a laundromat, a full service restaurant and banquet facility.


Are you one of America’s recently downsized? Are you looking at your “options”? Should you be going down the traditional career path? You know, the one that includes a resume re-do, online job searching, and mega-trips to your local dry cleaner to get your business attire cleaned and pressed?

Or, are you one of America’s recently downsized, who is looking to gain some career control, and become your own boss?

Whatever path you are on, do you remember how this all started?

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