In the business community, we’re continually working toward goals—sales targets, customer satisfaction ratings, profit margins, etc. So when the New Year rolls around, nothing dramatically changes. We’re still striving to reach our perennial mile markers, and occasionally we’re closer to achieving them or to moving the bar a bit higher. For businesses looking for ways to move the needle even further this year, there is one resource that is often overlooked but greatly undervalued—your local library. (more…)
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Al Hess, founder of Wholesale Trucks of America, gives his staff the leeway to make most decisions. There’s one area, though, where he won’t let go of the reins: purchasing. (more…)
Video popularity is surging: 78 percent of people watch videos online each week, and 55 percent watch them online every day. More video content is uploaded to the web in a month than television has created in the last 30 years. (more…)
When Thomas Shyver was asked to close out a fledgling company in 1993, he answered the call. But after assessing
the situation, he and his wife Charlene decided to buy the company—then called Royal Mechanical Services—rather than shut it down. (more…)
North Kansas City-based Inspired Homes doesn’t want to be just any homebuilder. The company founders‘ businesses included local real estate and construction busineses spanning more than 50 years. They are now working to revolutionize the home building industry. (more…)
Jeff Goodwin, owner of Complete Home Concepts, a one-stop shop for home construction and remodeling services, shares how he and his family have built the business through acquisitions.
When Jeff’s dad, Jim, bought a stone manufacturing company in 1976, he had no idea that three generations of his family would eventually be involved. At the time, he also didn’t know that the company would expand many times over through acquisition. It’s a plan that Jeff and his sister continue to follow. It’s pretty simple, really. When they see an area where they could be better serving their customers, they acquire a company to fill that gap.
Tune in to find out Jeff’s keys to success.
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Jim Goodwin was tired of traveling six days a week, three weeks a month. So he started a part-time business. His goal was to grow it so he could quit his job and spend more time with his family. Little did he know that 40 years later, the business—Complete Home Concepts—would be thriving under his son and daughter and that a third generation would also be involved. (more…)
When Mark Lamanno talks about how he’s built a successful company, he says without hesitation, “It’s about the people.” (more…)
You might talk and complain at length to your second in command, your spouse, or even your mentor, but actually having a conversation with a failing employee is tough. (more…)
It’s that time of year again—the time to pause for reflection and to establish resolutions that, if accomplished, promise to make the following year the most successful and gratifying yet. For many folks, New Year’s resolutions are a way to light the fuse on dreams that have perhaps laid dormant due to impediments in time, funding, expertise—or all three. (more…)