Archives for Karen Sullivan

The Creativity of Leveraging Your Accounting: Follow Up

The Creativity of Leveraging Your Accounting: Follow Up Wow. It’s amazing what you can learn from people who love what they do and honestly care about helping their customers achieve success. Hilary Dodson and Tracey Holecek totally delivered on useful information for leveraging your accounting for business owners at every level. The key takeaways gave us lots of helpful tips that almost directly translates into a monthly checklist for extremely beneficial financial review. Always ask questions to stay on track. Regular review of your financial statements helps you uncover both the good and the bad, but you have to dig
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Why “No” is a Love Word in Business. Funding Your Business Expansion.

I fully expected to hear a lot about numbers. The Topic was Funding Your Business Growth and the panel was comprised of bankers and lenders. Wow. I was very wrong in a very, very good way. Why “No” is a Love Word in Business Funding Your Business Expansion, the 3rd in the Business Breakfast Builder Series We munched on some amazing biscotti from Giorgio Cookies  and had an amazing conversation with our panelists as they candidly answered the specific questions from our attendees. Moderator Pat Carpenter, three-time start-up veteran and co-founder of X-Squared Angels, started where every conversation about funding
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Early Mornings and Other Things for Love/Hate Relationships

Early Mornings and Other Things for Love/Hate Relationships Funding Your Business Growth I joke a lot about hating math. The truth is, it fascinates me, especially when it goes past the basics to include formulas and patterns and complex answers to burning questions like “what is the smallest file size that will produce the quality of the image I need for my client?” I feel the same way about finance.  Maybe it’s because, in the world of small business where I live, I often hear “we just can’t afford that”. True, budgets are critical, but at the same time, everyone
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Brent Long’s 7 Steps to SALES Excellence

Building a SALES Culture to Scale Up and Sustain Your Business Brent Long Presents 7 Steps to SALES Excellence   I’m looking forward to learning what this means from Brent Long of Long on Life. Kyle Koppenhoefer, Principal of AltaSim Technologies in Worthington, first introduced me to Brent. Kyle and I frequently swap stories of the typical frustrations of building our businesses. We both agree that leading sales and managing an effective sales process are some of the most difficult responsibilities for most small business owners. What can you expect from Brent Long and the second in our series of
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The Business Builder Breakfast Series

The Business Builder Breakfast Series Presenting the Business Builder Breakfast Series Columbus is nationally recognized as a great place to start a business and it’s especially friendly for startup growth. There is a large and active community of support for startups including education, open-door coaching, and peer groups and mentoring. When I looked around for the same kind of support for established businesses, I didn’t find the same smorgasbord of opportunities. I wanted to connect with resources that could help those successful startups stabilize onto a path of sustainable, healthy, profitable growth. Business Builder Breakfasts evolved as a partnership between
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Blog is NOT a 4 Letter Word but Sell Is

Blog is NOT a 4 Letter Word but Sell Is For all of my blog-phobic friends to whom I’ve been preaching the benefits of having your very own repository of information:   A colleague just forwarded this link to me because of the topic.  While I’m happy to share the strategy of this article with my clients, it isn’t so much the article as the whole “blog that isn’t a blog” that I’m most impressed with. This blog employs exactly the kind of strategy that offers the best efficiency for smaller organizations. Why this is great? Your timing.  This blog isn’t
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