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Effective branding includes everything that influences the opinions of consumers about you, your product, or your service. The ability to be authentic and humanize your brand provides a critical connection to your customers—one that engenders loyalty and increases sales. Your brand is your most important asset. Fact: Everyone has an existing brand, whether intentional or…

Last month we discussed the natural propensities of the different types of salespeople and how some salespeople benefit from additional training or support – for example, Appointment Setting services that maximize the effectiveness of a sales team full of “Closers.”  If you recall, we highlighted the three traditional types of salespeople: Hunters – Those who…

Does your B2B Sales Team need help generating leads? There are many different types of B2B Sales teams. Direct Sales, Field Sales, Territory Sales, Indirect Sales, Channel Sales, Solution Sales, National Accounts, Global Accounts, etc. Most sales organizations create segments based on a few distinguishing client characteristics that delineate customer types so that sales teams…

As of this month, I have been selling businesses for 20 years. In that time, I have learned quite a bit about selling mid-market privately held companies up to $100M in revenue. Sharing everything I have learned would be a book, not an email😊 Here are some key lessons on my mind today. 1. Every business…

Cyberattacks are becoming more frequent and sophisticated, making a recovery from them increasingly difficult. Without preparation, a cyberattack can be devastating to your business, having severe operational, financial, legal, and reputational implications. A “set it and forget it” cyber risk management approach is simply not an option. CBIZ-BIZGrowth-Strategies-Fall-2022

Businesses spend thousands of dollars a year on software and SaaS system purchases and upgrades, yet continue to fall into the familiar trap of immediately signing pre-printed or online “form” license agreements designed to protect the vendor, not the purchaser.  Some of these “form” agreements are non-negotiable but many can be modified upon request.  From…

Date: August 5, 2022 Start Time: 12 p.m. EST End Time: 1 p.m. EST Platform: Zoom Click here for free ticket: Unfear Fear and uncertainty have been undermining performance and well-being in the workplace for as long as we have had workplaces. Here’s a little-known fact of business: mismanaged fear is responsible for almost all of the dysfunction that most…

Video marketing may be the best way to convey member benefits and engage prospective and new members. Running an association or other membership-based organization right now certainly has its challenges. In-person events have taken a significant hit and members are distracted by labor and supply chain shortages, lingering impacts from Covid, inflation, and more. Breaking…

By Allan Tepper Companies need about three months to receive a clean opinion for their annual audit. So why does your company need more time? Expending too much time and money on your annual audit is a red flag for the executives involved with corporate governance and financial oversight. New accounting rules and regulatory changes…

Ninth article in a series . . . If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable.  Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their…

Conflict avoidance and mitigation create artificial harmony, and by contrast, teams that are comfortable with “creative conflict” will find that the best ideas emerge from debate.  In our 5 Behaviors of a Cohesive Team training, we discuss how the best teams not only have conflict but actually embrace it. However, when we talk about conflict,…

Eighth article in a series . . . If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable.  Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their…

Seventh article in a series . . . If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable.  Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their…

Sixth article in a series . . . If you work as a business advisor, you know that engagements can be unpredictable.  Whether helping the owner take advantage of a changing marketplace, or optimizing the business to prepare it for sale, these initiatives typically involve significant planning, coordination, and effort from both advisors and their…

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Good morning Jack, Sometimes you have good conversations but not too many are great ones.  I thoroughly enjoyed yesterday’s call and it is unusual to find someone who has a track record and the competence that you display as it relates to your practice. Please let me know how you would like to proceed as…

What makes an established business “bankable” as opposed to perpetually seeking investor capital? The standard suite of financials a bank looks for are pure data, such as the income statement, balance sheet, and AR-aging.  These are backward-looking, based on past performance.  However there are also a number of reports a client can create themselves that…

Learn to be a Rebel to Affect Change! Meet Harvard Business Contributor Dr. Todd Kashdan author of “The Art of Insubordination” click here to participate: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/meet-dr-todd-kashdan-author-of-the-art-of-insubordination-tickets-526218482647

When the COVID-19 pandemic forced companies to close their doors, sending employees home to work remotely, many leaders worried about the long-tail effects on culture, employee engagement, and morale. As it turns out, some of those concerns were unfounded. Recent research has found that, if anything, the companies that offer remote work options have stronger cultures and higher levels…

Since selling your business is likely the most significant and financially impactful transaction of your life, I share the Top 3 Sales Priorities every business owner must take to maximize their company’s sales price at Exit. Background – Unfortunately, Sales has been one of the most impactful, yet overlooked, aspects of Exit Planning. Exit Planning…

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