The Great Reveal: How Benchmarking can Help You Manage Your Business

Benchmarking is the process of evaluating or checking (something) by comparison with a standard. As a business owner there are many items that you could consider benchmarking but if you know and can focus on the key performance areas that are important to your business there will be a higher return for your efforts. If … Continue reading "The Great Reveal: How Benchmarking can Help You Manage Your Business" More

The Top 10 Financial Ratios for Business Owners

Financial ratios are important, but often overlooked by small business owners.  When accurate figures are applied, these calculations are useful to determine a firm’s performance and financial situation.  Comparing financial ratios with industry benchmarks can be critical in identifying areas of strength and weakness.  In some instances, ratio analysis can even predict future bankruptcy.  This … Continue reading "The Top 10 Financial Ratios for Business Owners" More

What Gilmore Girls taught me about Small Business

Like many other women my age, I grew up spending Thursday nights with the Gilmore Girls and Friday morning bus rides discussing the episodes with my friends. This was before live tweeting- or Twitter for that matter (does that mean I’m old?). Little did I know my obsessive re-watching of each and every episode was … Continue reading "What Gilmore Girls taught me about Small Business" More

Upcoming: Alaska Startup Week

Startup Week (July 23-31) is led by local entrepreneurs and startup activists and hosted in amazing spaces all over town and is a cornerstone statewide event in the “Year of Innovation”, a statewide effort to strengthen and diversify AK’s economic base through improved access to effective resources and mentors to grow entrepreneur ecosystems; Engage export … Continue reading "Upcoming: Alaska Startup Week" More

5 Money Saving Tools For Your Business

Small business owners know how important it is to preserve their capital. With the market moving as fast as it is and with new opportunities and new products being introduced on an accelerated schedule, having a steady operating budget remains a crucial element of any company’s growth strategy. This puts money-saving strategies at the top … Continue reading "5 Money Saving Tools For Your Business" More