Mr. President, as a small business owner for over 25 years it was very encouraging to hear you acknowledge some of our contributions to the economy.
According to the Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy, small businesses have been responsible for all the net new jobs since the 1970’s. We are the ones that hire and train most first time job seekers or retrain returning workers.
We are also credited with inventing: the airplane, audio tape recorder, fiber optic examining equipment, heart valve, optical scanner, Pacemaker®, personal computer, soft contact lenses and the one thing none of us can live without, the lowly zipper. SBA research indicates that small businesses produce 13 to 14 times more patents per employee than large firms. My own father was one of those inventors. [Read more…]
How are we doing? Since there is no legislature in session, the Governor will not give a state of the state address this January. So Ben Philpott of KUT radio (90.5FM) and the Texas Tribune asked some of us who are living through it to give our perceptions.
The interview, entitled “Their State of the State”, is worth a listen. You’ll hear what I, the Comptroller’s representative R J Desilva, and others have to say about how well Texas business is doing. [Read more…]
A message to my neighbors in Central Austin and to any community that has had to live with the fallout from having a big box store push its way in.
The first spade of dirt has been turned. The bulldozers are busy. The piles of broken asphalt and dry earth are mounting up.
When I try to make my normal walk from my office at the Chase Tower around the Northcross triangle, I can’t. There is a metal fence with a plain green cloth stretched from the middle of the parking lot all the way to Anderson. I can’t see what is happening except through holes where the cloth doesn’t fit quite tightly enough to exclude me. [Read more…]
Periodically, it’s good to go through your business library and free-cycle what no longer inspires you. Passing them along to others means I don’t have to feel badly about getting rid of books. Instead I think of them as getting a new home.
Here are three that I would not part with no matter what year it is or how old they they are. So instead of giving them away, I want to encourage you to add them to your library or go to the library and check them out. [Read more…]
I think I am pretty organized. I think I am disciplined. But, boy oh boy sometimes I need a little help from my friends.
Especially when it comes to blogs. I don’t know about you but I sometimes get writer’s block when it comes to blogs. Or I get started and then get pulled away to do other critical things. So I have several half done that I really want to finish.
My friend Julie Gomoll and I decided to do something about that for others like me. We are co- hosting our first blogging party get together to “get one done and posted” this coming Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2-4pm at our BSC (Business Success Center) offices Chase Bank Blg 7600 Burnet Rd. We are located across from St. Louis Catholic Church/cross street is Northcross Blvd – go in the tower, not the bank.
The goal: to inspire each other and other fellow bloggers. The clublet is called The Secret Cabal of Bloggers. Click for more info and register at EventBrite.
Bring your laptop and we’ll provide munchies. Walk away with your next post and new friends.
No charge. Not a class. Only requirement is your willingness to share ideas, support and encourage others. “It can take a village of business owners to finish a blog.”
We hope to make blogging fun again.
Hope to see you there.
Here’s to our success!
If you are feeling the sales pinch, maybe it is because you are not demonstrating your own confidence to others.
And, confidence comes first. Without confidence, there is no sale — whether it is healthcare reform, a home, car, job or whatever you have to sell.
I can guarantee you, as a business owner who has been through 6 downturns, what goes down comes up (and vice versa). [Read more…]
It’s no joke not getting paid or getting paid late by customers. We have been through six of these downturns & five upturns since we started. This can always be tough, even in good times,
How to ensure you get something and don’t get stiffed [Read more…]
Everyone has an opinion and they are passionate about what kind of legal form your business should take.
Get a group of business owners together in the same room and the fur really flies on this issue. I know I have done this.
Ask a lawyer. They will usually say: “You must be an LLC.” (As my mother would say, “Maybe they are poets and don’t know it.”) Why? For liability’s sake. [Read more…]