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A fantastic resource for your understanding of what’s going on in Colorado!

Business Outlook Colorado

You can download the whole thing on their website.

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SBA_NSBWWere you aware that next week is National Small Business Week?  I haven’t heard much about this, but thought it would be useful to pass along.

It mostly seems to be just a special campaign by the SBA, but that’s fine with me.  They’re a valuable resource for many people I work with.

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This is Thanksgiving week in the U.S., and taking a little time away from work helps put us in a more thoughtful mood.  Even grateful, I find.

Apparently this has been the month for partnerships.  I’ve had multiple discussions about this with my clients, and have taken steps in my own business to form new supporting relationships for my business in 2014.

Here’s how I look at partnerships:

Partnership

Quite simply, it’s where your goals and someone else’s align, so you decide to invest in working together.  But the implications of this concept are MUCH more interesting than it might first appear.

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Most of you are familiar with the concept of microfinance.  The classic example is that a micro-bank would loan $10 or $20 to a poor woman in Ghana, who then uses it to build up a little one-person business and pull her family out of poverty.  It’s cool, it’s inexpensive, and it works.

But I was reading in this month’s Rotarian magazine about this concept working here in the US.  How mind-blowing is that?  Read the rest of this entry »

I talk to a great number of people who are starting up new business ventures, or maybe have companies that are a bit more mature.  When you’re in this critical stage, one of the big problems you have is getting advice for your decisions.

Well, I take that back.  Getting advice is easy – just go to Google.  Getting USEFUL advice is the hard problem.  Read the rest of this entry »

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