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Each week we’ll cover a different topic and provide you with tips, advice, and resources to help you make the best decisions for your small business. Whether you’re just starting out or have been in business for years, our blog can provide you with the information you need to take your business to the next level. So let’s get started!

The Importance of Manager Leadership in Employee Retention
Employee retention is a critical aspect of any successful business. High employee turnover can be a significant challenge for companies, leading to increased costs and decreased productivity. While there can be several reasons for employees …
The Silent Killer of Startups: Stressing the Importance of Planning Over a Written Plan
To understand the essence of startups and business progression, we must distinguish between the verb "planning" and the noun "business plan." Let’s delve into why startup vetting, which is essentially a phase of planning, is …
The Art of Fundraising: Beyond VC Funding
Venture capital (VC) funds have long dominated the headlines in the startup world, but the truth is that they fund only a fraction of all startups. While they can be beneficial in some cases, taking …
Starting Simple: The Concept of MVP For Successful Startups
Launching a startup is an exciting endeavor, but diving in headfirst without validating your idea can be a costly mistake. The power of the Minimum Viable Product (MVP) and a well-crafted landing page lies in …
The Pros and Cons of Different Types of Employee Hires for Business Scaling
Scaling a business requires extensive time commitments when it comes to hiring. Leaders must determine how to maintain the company’s innovative spark and tight camaraderie while hiring dozens of new colleagues every month. To scale …
Driving Success: The Power of Periodic Update Planning for Established Businesses
As a business progresses beyond its startup phase, it becomes crucial to regularly update its planning based on the knowledge gained from running the operations … building on what happened in the past. In order …

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