Friday, May 17, 2013
The newly launched website provides practical advice and innovative ideas for those small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site — smallbusiness.patch.com — to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs, and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur, Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to…
Monday, November 12, 2012
Local business improvement district leaders say a thriving small business climate makes the whole community stronger, but it takes support from residents, the government and business owners to make things work.
Thriving businesses are one-third of a triumvirate of a vibrant community. “You need good schools, a quality housing stock and a solid commercial area,” said Tim Ryan, president of Shorewood’s Business Improvement District. Ryan is invested in all three. He and his family live in Shorewood, his daughter goes to school in Shorewood and he is the president and owner of Harleys: The Store for Men on Oakland Avenue in Shorewood. Small businesses line the commercial corridor that runs east and west along Capital Drive and north and south along Oakland Avenue, Ryan said. “Unlike many small communities, our business district is spread out on two thoroughfares.” Small businesses, like Harleys, are invested in a community the way national chains …
Monday, August 27, 2012
No, there's not a catch. SCORE's experienced mentors will help you take your business to the next level.
Monday, August 27, 2012
When it comes down to it, behind just about every small business is an entrepreneur hoping to turn their passion into a paycheck. But, as many wise business advisers have noted: Hope is not a strategy. Business owners need support to turn dreams into reality. That's why Patch is pleased to announce a new partnership with SCORE, a nonprofit organization with 12,000 business experts nationwide who provide free mentoring to small business owners. The partnership makes sense because we believe that when local commerce grows, the whole community gets stronger. Patch already provides free listings for local businesses and other tools to help build local brands. Whether you're a 10-year-old jewelry designer or a 79-year-old who carves wood knives…
Tuesday, March 6, 2012
Gov. Scott Walker said, among other things, that he supported extending unemployment benefits through a worker's unpaid training period.
Gov. Scott Walker addressed job growth, responsible mining and the pressing need for skilled labor on Tuesday while speaking to a full house of almost 300 people at the Milwaukee War Memorial Center. The Milwaukee Rotary Club sponsored the appearance, during which Walker fielded questions from an audience without a protestor in sight. The governor thinks so. Walker said he's noticed a trend among small manufacturers — while there are jobs galore available and employers are desperately in search of employees, there are just not enough people to fill these jobs with the right credentials. "One of the most frustrating things for me, is employers telling me that they have jobs, but they don't have enough skilled workers to fill those jobs, …
Saturday, February 25, 2012
In this week's radio address, Governor Scott Walker talks about how regulations for small businesses need to be smarter to help entrepreneurs succeed.
Saturday, February 25, 2012
The state has partnered with the Wisconsin Broadcasters Association to produce and distribute brief radio address once a week. Audio files and a written transcript of this radio address can be accessed on http://www.wi-broadcasters.org and http://walker.wi.gov/Weekly-Radio-Addresses. To download an mp3 file you can visit, right click the radio address link and click “save link as.” Hi. I'm Scott Walker. Touring the state and talking to small business owners, one thing has become crystal clear to me: government regulations need to be science based, predictable and practical. All too often I hear about how government is standing in the way of those who want to grow jobs in our state. This is why I just signed Executive Order 61, which …
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Be smart, be prepared before you even get in the car
Tip 1 – Know before You Go Tip 2 – Don’t Fall for False Advertising Advertisements that are untrue, misleading, deceptive, or plain fraudulent come with red flags: prices too good to be true, bait and switch offers, fine print return policies, final sales, and deals that end before the day is done Tip 3 – Maximize Advance Alerts Sign up for favorite retailers' email alerts and “like” their Facebook page; you may get a jump on special offers. Tip 4 – Set up Your Reward Cards Tip 5 – Shop with Trust Tip 6 – Comparative Shop Online Check out the dozens of Black Friday websites that claim to capture the best deals around with the BBB first to make sure their claims are reputable. The good ones can really help you do your comparative shopping …
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
Construction has already begun on the Sturtevant company's addition.
Heavy construction equipment is already on-site moving dirt, but today marked the official groundbreaking for Ruud Lighting's 208,000 square foot addition in Sturtevant. The company is adding 469 jobs over the next five years and growing its share of the LED market. After being purchased in August by Cree, a North Carolina LED company, Ruud announced its expansion and asked Sturtevant for economic incentives that included returning the new building's property taxes to the company for three years to help offset its $24.5 million investment. That deal expanded to five years, totaling about $2.5 million or $490,000 a year. An economic package totaling some $8 million combines assistance from the state, primarily through manufacturing job …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Put a chainsaw in this chick's hand and she'll make a tree trunk into a treasure.
Only five other women in the country, besides Sherry Martin, grab the cord, rev up a chainsaw and ebb away at pieces of wood to make art professionally. She gets a kick out of the guys who stand around her at art and craft shows and exclaim, "That's a chick!" That’s why she started calling herself a chick with a chainsaw, she’s doing something cutting edge and breaking new ground for women – although she knows doing wood carvings is hardly the frontier for the liberation movement. But that’s not the only unique art Martin is making these days. She also hopes to patent her fireplace covers. She uses a process similar to mosaic, but she uses shattered tempered glass and paint to put a pretty face on a useful, energy efficient cover that …
Sunday, September 4, 2011
Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner challenges president to support deregulation and small businesses in Thursday's speech on jobs.
Throughout our history, American ingenuity and innovation have spurred our nation forward and created a prosperous economy. Labor Day is a day to recognize working men and women and the opportunities that make America a great place to work, raise a family, and build a life. Unfortunately, this Labor Day, confidence and hope in America’s future seem to have slipped — replaced by uncertainty and frustration. As it was last year, unemployment remains above 9 percent. For the first time, the average length of unemployment has surpassed 40 weeks. Entrepreneurship, a backbone of American economy, has slowed significantly. Since 2007, there has been a 23 percent drop in new business creation, falling to the lowest levels since 1994. The non-…
Wednesday, June 15, 2011
Here are five stories and information sources that caught my eye this fine rainy morning in Caledonia.
I woke up wanting to learn this morning as the rain poured and the trees seemed to bend a little outside. But I was on a mission. And here's what I found. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Making a federal case out of our eating habits New York Times A Slowdown for Small Businesses Wisconsin Policy Research Institute Failing Our Children: Wisconsin’s Deficit in Teaching Personal Finance and Economics New York Times-VIDEO A neuroscientists view on the human brain and addiction NPR Summer Book Reads