The SBDC – Are They in Your Toolbox?

The SBDC – Are They in Your Toolbox?

The Small Business Development Center is an invaluable resource for any business owner or for those looking to start their own company. The program is funded through both the federal and state governments and their mission is to provide information, confidential...
The Business Plan – Your Roadmap to Success

The Business Plan – Your Roadmap to Success

The business plan is a critical element to starting a successful business. Why? Because a great plan is the foundation for operations and gives solid reasons as to why the business will be a success. The document needs to be as specific as possible and communicate the...
Business Yoga: Success Depends Upon Flexibility and Agility

Business Yoga: Success Depends Upon Flexibility and Agility

Just like yoga can prepare your body for anything life may throw at it, flexibility and agility are critical components for a successful business these days. Any company, from start-up entrepreneurs to long-standing organizations, can benefit from adding these...
Common Ground for Entrepreneurs

Common Ground for Entrepreneurs

Shared Traits of Successful Business Leaders Over the years, we have noticed that many successful business owners share some of the same traits. And to be sure, if you Google “traits of entrepreneurial success”, you’ll get thousands of pages of information about...
Anatomy of a Great Pitch

Anatomy of a Great Pitch

We are often asked what makes a great business pitch. While there is no set recipe for success, there are some fundamental pieces that we look for in every presentation. Sybil Ege of the Small Business Development Center at Elgin Community College helped us put...
BeanLab Fills a Void

BeanLab Fills a Void

BeanLab founder and CEO, Josh Moore, recently pitched his company to the FVEC. BeanLab is an accounting and consulting service firm for small businesses. Why do they focus on companies up to $10 million in revenue? Because not many other firms do – creating a niche in...