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Enhancing Efficiency through Ongoing Education  (November 21, 2016)
The key to maximizing small business prosperity, productivity, and potential is efficiency. Small business owners often neglect to optimize their most important asset, themselves, as they are too busy devoting so much attention to processes and people.   Every day offers the opportunity to discover something that can be ...

Holiday Season  (November 21, 2016)
Holiday season is here. There is no denying the holiday music in the store or the twinkling, sparkling decorations beginning to take over. And in just a few days, Black Friday will be upon us. But, following Black Friday and gaining steam each year, is Small Business ...

Making Your Business Part of the Community  (November 21, 2016)
In the business world today, one of the most widely talked about issues is corporate social responsibility. This is where a company works to have a positive effect on the public. Corporate social responsibility isn't just limited to large companies. Small businesses have a proud and extensive tradition ...

Security Basics for Small Businesses  (November 21, 2016)
Recent news has been filled with security breaches of large companies. Is this something that could that happen to your small business? Small businesses are quickly becoming a target of hackers and thieves intent on stealing credit card and other sensitive information. Both the data theft divisions of Verizon ...

Where Will Technology Take Your Small Business  (November 21, 2016)
Lately it seems we hear a lot about the “Internet of Things.” Friends have thermostats in their home that allows them to monitor and operate it and calls them if the home gets too cold. There are video security system and baby monitors where you can watch ...

10 things to Do Before Starting Your Start-Up  (November 14, 2016)
If you are beginning to think about entrepreneurship here are 10 easy steps to get you started. 1. Scope out your industry. Find the best industry to fit your style and talents. Your local library, the Internet, business schools or local colleges and industry associations can be a great resource for ...

Business Startup Checklist  (November 14, 2016)
Starting a business can sound like a gigantic task but the truth is, it’s not. Getting your business set up is really just making sure you have "all the boxes checked". Here we have broken these tasks down into categories to help you get started ...

Making Your Business Part of the Community  (November 14, 2016)
  In the business world today, one of the most widely talked about issues is corporate social responsibility. This is where a company works to have a positive effect on the public. Corporate social responsibility isn't just limited to large companies. Small businesses have a proud and extensive ...

Security Basics for Small Businesses  (November 14, 2016)
Recent news has been filled with security breaches of large companies. Is this something that could that happen to your small business? Small businesses are quickly becoming a target of hackers and thieves intent on stealing credit card and other sensitive information. Both the data theft divisions of Verizon ...

Small-town Customer Service  (November 14, 2016)
  Bring up the phrase “small-town customer service” and people will know just what you are referring to. We are talking about that feeling of people knowing people, employees going above and beyond, doing just a bit more to make sure the customer is satisfied. Small towns ...

Innovators vs. Innovations  (November 10, 2016)
  Jim Clifton, chairman and CEO of Gallup co-authored a book known as “Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder,” which is a tool to measure the talents and strengths of businesspeople.  Clifton, stated that political and business leaders pay far too much attention to innovation and far too little time ...

The Role of Business Plans  (November 10, 2016)
Do you dream of starting a business? Do you know what a business plan is? If you’ve ever jotted down a business idea on a napkin with a few tasks you need to accomplish, you’ve basically written yourself a business plan, or at least the ...

Determine the best legal structure for a business  (February 5, 2016)
What’s The Best Legal Structure for My Small Business? This is among the most frequently asked questions when planning a new small business start-up. It’s also one of the most important ones to answer. The structure you choose will affect everything from paying taxes to ...

Is Your Website Designed for Today's Visitor?  (January 25, 2016)
Is your website designed for today's visitor? It used to be perfectly acceptable to have a website that told visitors a little about your business, showed them bios of your staff and had a "Contact Us" form. Honestly, it was not that long ago that ...

Christmas Season Preparation  (October 22, 2015)
As you’re reading this the fourth quarter will be upon us. I know you really don’t want to think about it but you must prepare. Believe it or not you actually have a great deal of control whether this Christmas is a boon or bust ...

New ready-mix concrete plant coming to Cherokee  (March 21, 2014)
Friday, March 21, 2014 By Paul Struck Editor A ready-mix concrete truck driver directs the chute during the pour to distribute the concrete as evenly as required. Standard Ready-Mix Concrete Company is building a new batching plant in Cherokee to service the area. Photo contributed Will employ up to eight at ...

Cherokee on tap for record new housing year  (March 16, 2014)
CHEROKEE, Iowa | A community long in need of new housing, Cherokee added more new homes during 2013 than it has in the previous five years. And even more homes are coming this year. It’s a sign of continued good times, said Mark Bushkamp, director of the Cherokee Area Economics ...

Small Business Assistance  (February 26, 2014)
My Mom used to tell me “Don’t bite off more than you can chew”. If you’re an independent business owner, this advice doesn’t apply to you. On top of having created your business, you are now responsible for overseeing all the operations of it, envisioning its ...

Content Marketing Strategies  (February 25, 2014)
Content marketing, what is it and what can it do for your business?  Odds are, if you’re doing any marketing at all — you’re at least accidentally dabbling in content marketing. It takes many forms.  Some people call it custom publishing or branded content, others label ...