April 2016: Small Business Success

Resources for small business funding

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

In our local area, there are several different avenues a business owner can use to fund a start-up or growing small business. I touched on a few resources in a previous column, but there are several others you might want to be aware of. Depending on the needs of the business, the type of business and the size of the project, one funding resource might be better than another. At the Small Business Development Center, we can help direct business owners to the best fit for a project. [Read more…]

March 2016: Small Business Success

Maine-ly business with some extra salt

Sarah O'Connell

Sarah O’Connell

This is part two of my 1,500-mile solo road trip through New England to visit a small entrepreneurial venture way up in Down East Maine. The story begins when it seemed that everyone I knew started touting “Pink Himalayan Sea Salt.” I don’t exactly possess the palate of a gourmet, so I’m thinking, “Isn’t salt just salt?” Because basically, all salt was originally sea salt, whether it’s mined from deep beneath the earth or extracted from the ocean. But connoisseurs of salt believe that there are big differences in taste, mineral content and processing, and they are willing to pay the big bucks to have their condiment transported 7000-plus miles. [Read more…]

February 2016: Small Business Success

Maximize your SEO and boost business

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

Getting your website onto the first page of a customer’s online search results through Google, Bing, or another search engine is an important part of any online marketing campaign. This is called “Search Engine Optimization”, and is the best way to reach customers who are searching for your product or service online. You can pay for ad space, above and to the right of the main (organic) search page, but there are also things that you or your Web developer can do to make your website rank well in the middle of the page. Whether you do your website yourself or you have someone do it for you, it can be helpful to know about these concepts to make sure your website is performing optimally. [Read more…]

October 2015: Small Business Success

Grant-funding your small business

Jennifer McCluskey

Jennifer McCluskey

Business owners who we work with at the SBDC are often looking for funding and ask us if there are grants available to start or grow a business. Unfortunately for a for-profit retail or service business, grant funding is unlikely. [Read more…]

October 2015 Cover Story: Leadership

The formula for lasting success

Kevin Richardson, president of North Country Farms, stands beside pallets of flour ready for shipment to Mannhatten. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business

Kevin Richardson, president of North Country Farms, stands beside pallets of flour ready for shipment to Mannhatten. Photo by Amanda Morrison, NNY Business.

Leadership delivers results for three north country businesses where owners say Perseverance, patience and a willingness to take risks are keys

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Simplify strategic planning process

There are a lot of things in life that we know we “should” do, but never seem to get around to. Things like cleaning out that old file cabinet, organizing tax documents before April, or updating your website. The list is different for everyone, but it’s likely that the majority of small business owners have “strategic planning” on the list.
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Follow passions to find success

Aspiring entrepreneurs often have difficulty zeroing in on one business venture. Those who are truly entrepreneurial see potential and have interest in a number of ventures but, short of cloning, it’s impossible to pursue them all.

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Do small businesses create jobs?

Small businesses have been called the “job creators,” the “engine of our economy.” Just about everyone would agree that small business growth is what’s needed to spur our economy’s recovery. But some say it’s not so.

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Women TIES luncheon coming back to Watertown

The Women TIES luncheon is coming back to Watertown on Wednesday, June 13, at Cavallario’s Cucina, Massey Street.

Amy McEathron, founder of IMEC, Carthage. Photo courtesy of womenties.com.

Sponsored by Business of Women networking group and the New York State Small Business Development Center at Jefferson Community College, the luncheon will feature Amy McEathron, founder of Independent Medical Evaluation Co., Carthage.

The luncheon is scheduled from 11:15 a.m. to 1:45 p.m. and the cost to attend is $29. Registration is required.

Ms. McEathron will present “Success Strategies to Grow Your Company.” She has more than 20 years’ experience in the independent medical evaluation field and has grown her business since founding IMEC in June 2006.

Promotional tables are available for business owners wishing to make sales and share information.

For more information about the luncheon or to register, visit www.womenties.com or call 708-4288.

Editor’s note: This event was originally scheduled for May 1.

For other business networking events, visit our Business Events calendar.

Do your homework before biz buy

There are many benefits to buying a business. If the business has been operating for several years, you are aware of the risks associated with it, and so is your lending agency. Accounts are available outlining the sales and expenses of the business throughout its history. As the seller, you will be required to provide the last three years of tax information to the buyer and lender. For this reason, it’s a good idea to sell your business when it is still profitable; if you are not making a profit when you sell, your perceived “value” of the business’s goodwill is zero, and your selling price will be based on tangible assets.

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