[Podcast] Build a Company Culture Employees Can’t Live Without

HR plays a critical role in creating, strengthening and evolving company culture. Part of building a strong company culture is discovering the right employees to join your team. Unfortunately, many small businesses drop the ball when it comes to finding and managing their people. Laura Tolhoek, CEO and founder of…Read More

[Podcast] The Secret to Solving Cash Flow Woes

While many concern themselves with increasing their revenue, responsible business owners recognize that it’s cash flow that keeps business afloat. For a company to stay financially healthy and prosperous throughout the years, you’ll need to keep a close eye on every single thing that’s going into and out of your…Read More

[Podcast] Plan All Year Long to Maximize Your Tax Deduction

Tax planning as a small business is crucial to financial success, and that’s all the more reason to get ahead of tax season. Waiting until the eleventh hour to get the ball rolling increases your chances of getting an audit. You also run the risk of missing out on significant…Read More

[Podcast] Deliver Extraordinary Customer Service that Makes Business Boom

Many small businesses believe they offer a great customer service experience. However, the high failure rate of early-stage businesses says differently. According to Dr. Kelly Henry, having great products and services isn’t enough. “Yes, they’re a great plumber. But, they’re terrible at callbacks and getting invoices out.” When it comes…Read More

[Podcast] Get Into Your Clients’ Head and Scale Your Small Business

You’ve heard it before — lack of funding, poor team management, broken business models and failed marketing campaigns. There are numerous reasons small businesses fail and it’s not for the faint of heart. “You have about a 50% chance of making it [for] five years,” explains Bill Flynn. As time…Read More

[Podcast] Create a Strong Brand and Stand Out Among Small Businesses

Take a minute and think about what makes your business stand out. Is it your show-stopping logo design? Maybe it’s your punny advertising efforts? Could it be your thoughtful core values that inspire others? Well, that’s your brand, and even when you’re not trying, you’re making a name for the…Read More

[Podcast] Thryv Foundation Grant Recipients Bounce Back

Earlier this year, Thryv Foundation provided three rounds of funds to recipients of its Small Business COVID-19 Grant Program in hopes of keeping dozens of businesses afloat. In the latest episode of the “Winning on Main Street” podcast, we catch up with three business owners we met in the spring…Read More

[Podcast] Step Up Effective Communication and Watch Your Business Grow

When it comes to building your business, effective communication plays a big role in your success. This goes beyond simply pushing sales and promotions onto your customers. As a business owner, you must do what Gene Gates calls closing the loop, so you can break out of that problematic one-way…Read More

[Podcast] Overcome the Fear of Failure and Start Your Business

It’s human nature to run from risk, and that is why taking a chance on entrepreneurship is oftentimes unsettling. Non-business owners around you may want your business venture to fail, but it’s not as intentional or malicious as it seems. “It justifies why they never take the leap,” explains Henry…Read More

[Podcast] How the Pros Go from One Location to Multiple Businesses

Whether you have one business or several locations, the key is understanding what you do exceptionally well and then make sure your team executes it flawlessly every single time, explains Mike Skitzki, COO of Franworth. “It becomes a great lens to observe your company through.” In the latest episode of…Read More

[Podcast] Creating Connections is Crucial to Business Success

Nothing great is done alone whether that’s working on a large project, leading your team to the Super Bowl or building up a successful business. Regardless of the intended outcome, you’ll need to build a team and connect to get there. The act of building connections has been found to be…Read More

[Podcast] Effectively Build Your Online Presence

Having a strong online presence is a significant part of your marketing strategy. No matter what size your business is or what industry it belongs to, you need to be found digitally. In the latest episode of the “Winning on Main Street” podcast, we sit with Mark Galvin, CEO of…Read More

[Podcast] Master Videos for Your Business with the Godfather of Video

Videos allow customers an inside look at the nature of businesses and their offers. The same videos that promote brand awareness can also be an inexpensive way to generate sales. In the latest episode of the “Winning on Main Street” podcast, we sit with Lou Bortone, the Godfather of Video,…Read More

[Podcast] This Protein Pancake Business Really Muscled Up After ‘Shark Tank’

When faced with several major life transitions at once, including quitting a job and getting divorced, Ashley Drummonds turned to fitness to build her confidence back up. Her focus on a healthier life led to creating a protein-packed pancake recipe mix that turned into a business, Abs Protein Pancakes, in…Read More

[Podcast] Heather Saffer’s Sweet Success: From Cupcake Wars to Shark Tank

Heather Saffer experienced what many other entrepreneurs go through early in life — she couldn’t find a job she wanted to stay with. So she took a different route and started her own business, Dollop Gourmet. The ambitious business woman took a leap of faith and competed on Food Network’s…Read More

[Podcast] It’s a Match! Helping Small Businesses Advertise Effectively

With so many channels for businesses to consider advertising in, from Google to Facebook to Bing and beyond, choosing where to put your money can be overwhelming. Sandy Lohr runs Matchcraft, the tech company managing small business search, social and display advertising campaigns in 41 countries. In the latest episode…Read More

[Podcast] Need Guidance for Your Business? SCORE a Mentor

Small businesses owners often need mentoring, and SCORE provides it free of charge. SCORE is an army of 10,000 volunteer mentors, many of them top retired entrepreneurs and business executives, who donate their time to provide expertise and advice to small businesses with 500 or fewer employees. In the latest…Read More

Real-World Funding & Consulting Resources for Small Businesses

Even in the best of times, building and running a small business is challenging. But 2020 has been anything but the best of times for most small business people. COVID-19, government lockdowns and street protests are just a few of the challenges small business people have had to overcome. Luckily…Read More