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  1. Is Your Small Business Due for an Alignment?

    Have you ever driven a vehicle when the tires weren’t properly aligned? If you have you probably know what it’s like for your car to want to make a left hand turn on its own or been slightly embarrassed as your vehicle wobbled down the highway during your morning commute.

    When things (including tires) are in alignment it means that parts work together because they’re properly ordered or arranged. Today small business owners are hearing a lot about how “sales and marketing alignment” ...
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  2. Small Business: When the Power Goes Out

    what, no power?

    Yes, there are times when a restaurant owner will find himself without power for more than just a few hours, especially in the winter months if you live in the northern half of the states. In the twenty-three years I lived in southern Maine, it happened at least five times that I can remember. At first, your only concern will be how your patrons will pay for meals already served as the credit card machine lies idle. Then, the second phase of reality sets in as the ...
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  3. Choosing The Perfect Employee: Auditions and Probations are Key

    The last time I had to audition for a position in a restaurant was in the 1980s. I thought the chef for whom I would work was somewhat eccentric until recently when I found I was in the same position---auditioning chefs for just the same reason. There is no way to know if the chef you are hiring is any good at cooking the recipes you have fine tuned for the last ten years until you give him (or her) one of them, allow them free reign in your kitchen and let them have a go at it.

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  4. Federal, State, County, Local: They all want a piece of the action

    I thought two years spent on planning budgets for my latest project, what is currently referred to as a fast casual restaurant, would have been more than enough time to discover what taxes, licenses and inspections were required. But, I was wrong. On the day that I went to the town offices to apply for a business license, the day before I was due to open, I was handed a pile of forms, forms to be completed and sent in along with my local sales tax of 2% to be collected on every sale and payable ...
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  5. Your Small Business: Some Love It and Some Just Don’t Understand

    Crown reducing a tree is an art. If done improperly, it can kill a tree. But, if you’re forced to choose between removing and replacing an existing tree, or reducing it to keep it alive and safe, then crown reduction becomes a necessary option. As any tree man will tell it to you, crown reduce it or cut it down. Simple as that. Crown reducing trees was not a widely known technique outside of tree care companies; however it is gaining popularity among homeowners and management companies. The ...
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