“Kelly’s background in market research and as a business advisor brings a unique and invaluable perspective to founders and company leaders. Her experience helping organizations understand their market has enabled many businesses to find a foothold and grow. I can honestly say that UpStream would not exist were it not for Kelly’s guidance and naturally supportive mentorship. She challenged me to dig deeper, learn more, and through that have the confidence to succeed. Kelly has been a high value advisor and I feel fortunate to have her in my corner.”
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Hey small business owners – we may not be able to predict the future but we can prepare for it and be future-focused!
My end of the year gift to you – some top tips for growing your small business courtesy of a guest blogger. Check out the great gift ideas toward the end of the post!
Have you been feeling more isolated running your business this year? Consider some in person and online ways to connect with your fellow business owners.
How do you find your peers to aid in decision making? Or just to avoid feeling alone? Check out these three suggestions in the latest blog post!
As we approach Thanksgiving, take time to think about all of the people who have helped you grow your business over the years.
Let’s express some gratitude for our peers, supporters and mentors!
Who are you grateful for? Read more to help you reflect on your own entrepreneurial path!
Some recipes are keepers, and some are only worth trying once. The same holds true with processes in the workplace.
How do you find the time to add good habits, like planning for your business, into your day? Form some new habits!
Small business owners do better when they help each other, but many in-person events haven’t gotten back to normal. Learn more about why these are connections so important!
Content Creation for Marketing – You know it’s important but how to get started? Check out these seven tips and get going!
Origin stories about entrepreneurs are great! But what about sticking with it? How do you continue to look for opportunity and innovate to stay in business?
Being an entrepreneur often comes with way too many decisions to make. Are you on decision overload? How can you lessen your load?
It’s time for a break from work! When was the last time you went ‘on holiday’ and gave yourself some downtime from your small business?
We are living in a VUCA world. Is your small business looking forward and planning for a successful future?
Whether you’re 20 or 70, it’s important to think about your legacy – and the vision you are setting for your business and personal life.
Tired of doing all the decision making for your small business? Want some help? Talk to the experts!
So you survived a pandemic. Do you have what it takes to survive a recession too? It takes resilienc
Have you ever had one of those days? It can make you question the reasons you decided to have your own business in the first place.
Is your small business ready for the exponential changes that are coming our way? How can you prepare for the future?
Are you a growth minded entrepreneur? Find your community to accelerate your growth and get the support you need to keep going!
What does the future of your small business look like? Imagine a successful future and let’s find ways to head in that direction together.
Spending money on digital marketing can feel like placing a bet on your business when the odds are not in your favor. What to do?
Having trouble hiring employees right now? Consider some alternatives including those in the gig economy, students and solopreneurs.
The Great Resignation has caused many former employees to become new entrepreneurs. As existing small business owners, we welcome our new start-ups to the world of entrepreneurship!
They may not be as newsworthy, but everyday entrepreneurs are the lifeblood of this country and the source of jobs and innovation.
Planning for the future of your business? Look far enough ahead that you need to channel your creativity, even if you don’t consider yourself creative.
How many VPs of Planning or Chief Planning Officers does your small business have? None? Guess who’s in charge of it then?
What can we learn from examples of things gone viral? Focus on the personal connection.
How much time do you spend planning for the future of your business? Take the quiz and see where you fit in.
As we reflect on our accomplishments for the year, let’s talk about how we manage our To Do list.
Automation is great, unless it isn’t. How to tell what to automate and what to hold on to? Don’t dismiss the power of personal connection.
Who keeps you going as you work to constantly learn and grow as a business owner? This Thanksgiving, let’s express our gratitude for them!
Are you familiar with the sport of curling? Who knew that it was so similar to running a small business
Make sure you are taking advantage of the advantages small business owners have over their giant competitors. The 3 Ps of personalizing, pivoting and perceiving changes around us.
Sometimes the simplest things are the hardest – like setting aside time for planning when it’s so easy to get wrapped up in the day-to-day.
PESTLE is a tool to analyze what’s going on in the world around you that could impact your business. Is it time for you to give it a try?
Small business owners always have a lot going on every day. It can be a challenge to throw time and money at digital marketing when it seems as if the return on the investment isn’t very high. Follow the path you would take as a customer to make sure your business shows up where they will find you.
Who holds you accountable to making progress in your business? It’s too easy to avoid difficult decisions and focus on the easy stuff.
We can’t predict the future, but we can control our response to top trends, create a successful path forward for our small businesses and protect our companies from a negative future path.
What information can help you better connect with your customers? Research helps small business owners better spend their marketing dollars.
Does it feel like you spend a lot of your workday dealing with issues and taking on stress, and not enough taking control and planning your path forward? Let’s focus together on what you can control and why it matters.
Let’s talk about some of the things that are great about owning a small business. The key: it’s all about personal connections!
What’s certain? Death and taxes. What’s confusing? Taxes and Digital Marketing. How many small business owners agree?
The news is full of stories of unicorns and SPACs and VC-funded tech start-ups and failures – but what about the rest of us small business owners? Don’t forget about the everyday entrepreneurs. We have our own tales of success, and of failure. Here is mine: How I invested $25k and 2 years of my life and all I got for it was some tiny tape measures.
With all we’ve been through in the past year, it can be difficult to get enthusiastic about setting aside valuable time to plan for the future of your small business. But the future is coming whether or not you plan for it, so why not get to work looking for opportunity?
Do you have a diverse group of fellow business owners to turn to for advice, support or celebration? If not, it’s time to put that into place!
Why is all the funding for startups on the Coasts? Don’t forget all of the talent, creativity, experience and innovation here in the Midwest, better known as the Fly-over Zone!
How I left behind the fast-track world of big business in the East Coast in exchange for small town small business life, and why you should too!
Small business owners – give yourself a competitive advantage by focusing on this superpower
Hey small business owners! Do you envy the executives in the giant soulless corporations and their fancy offices and benefits? What can we learn from these bigwigs about planning for success? And where do we have it better compared to them? Let’s talk big business.
Data collection and analysis is vital to the success of any business, large or small. What are some ways to improve your data analysis process without hiring a data scientist?
I’m sure we’re all ready to look ahead to a year that is not 2020! Consider skipping ahead ten years into the future, and then working backwards to plan for 2021.
Have you been feeling more isolated running your business this year? Consider some online ways to connect with your fellow business owners.
Who helped you launch your business? Who keeps you going as you work to constantly learn and grow as a business owner? This Thanksgiving, it’s time to be grateful for our fellow small business owners and all those who support us in our ventures.
How important is your personality to the success of your business?
Be sure to begin your strategic planning with some research. Read more on how to get started!
With all the information available online these days, it’s more important than ever to focus on the right questions to ask as you work to grow your business.
How do you make key strategic decisions? By relying on data, or just sheer gut instinct? Maybe it’s time to feed your gut.
Don’t mourn the old way of making business connections, look for new opportunities! Get started here.
No one likes to burst the bubble of an aspiring start-up, so make sure to avoid these mistakes if you are getting ready to launch a new product or service.
How to survive in troubled waters? Communicate, collaborate, innovate, compromise and improvise!
Whether you’re in the Learn, Start or Grow phase of your business, there are great free resources out there to help you. Take a look at some of my favorites here.
Whatever stage of the process you’re in, there are great free resources to help you learn more, get started or grow your business. Here are a few, and I’ll be adding to the list as we grow this site together!
The Small Business Development Center offices are located across the United States, offering free consultations and low cost training. Click on the link to find the SBDC office nearest you.
The Service Corps Of Retired Executives offers free mentoring, classes and online workshops. Connect with a local mentor or seek out remote opportunities to learn about starting your own business.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers a wide variety of services to local businesses including funding options, links to federal contracting options and a terrific Business Guide to learn more about running your own business.
County or State Economic Development Office
Your local Economic Development office may offer consulting, support, classes or other training options to help you learn how to open a business in your community.