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Jan 28
2011

Business Location Case Study

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Adam opened City Garage and Towing. He leased a location that in the past was a new car dealership, used car lot and then a retail store for a wood stove and fireplace establishment. The property was located just off the main street, and received excellent visibility. The property was triangular in shape, allowing for three cars to be parked in front, and the building widened toward the rear. In the back, the alley provides space for 5 cars. 

Jan 28
2011

Preparing Your Business Location

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Location for any business is important, this article is designed to provide an overview on the best approach to think, and pray through the best location for you.

Bob and Wilma had both been short order cooks and wanted to open their own place. They secured the services of a Commercial Realtor to help them find the right location. The couple was clear on their mission, to prepare great breakfast and lunch items. Their vision was to offer simple but fresh food with personal friendly service. 

Jan 28
2011

Your Cash Investment Needs for Starting Up

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Every business needs cash to start up, grow, and stay in business. When cash flow is positive, life is good, but negative cash flow causes misery. Not having adequate cash invested in a business is the #1 reason for business failure.

Jan 27
2011

Develop a Business Plan to Map Your Course for Success

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We all like to crow about the great things we will do in our business.
 
However, a key is preparing and following through on a business plan, regardless of the business size.
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When a captain leaves the harbor, they plan the trip. The course, speed and any weather difficulties they expect to encounter are taken into consideration. They just don’t pull out and sail at random. A ship will never find the harbor without a planned course.

Some wise business owners paint a target on the wall, and aim for the center of the target. Others will shoot an arrow at the wall, and then pain a target around the arrow and think, “great shot”.  

Jan 20
2011

Setting a clear vision and direction for staff

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Each business, large or small, needs a mission statement, a statement of why the business exists.

Define and write your mission statement.

Then post it on the wall and communicate it to staff each day.

When confusion arises, go to your mission statement and focus staff on the key reason for the business.

You will then bring clarity from the confusion, help staff stay on track, and work together to meet customer needs.

Scripture relates, "For the assembly was in confusion, and the majority did not know for what cause they had come together" (Acts 19:32 NASB).