Friday, January 24, 2014

Are You a Business Blogger?

 If you blog as a means of marketing your business, you know it's not a job to be taken lightly.  Blogs can often reach a higher rank in search engines than your actual business website.  So you have to "keep up or fall behind."  

When coming across this article this morning, it seemed like a good resource for all of you who need a little help in your blogging efforts ...... 10 Resources Bloggers Will Love.

Check it out!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Organizing the Perfect Team for your Startup

Need to hire individuals that will help your business succeed? This can be done with the help of a few simple steps. 
First, it is important that you set specific goals for your company.  Therefore, you will be aware of the individuals you need to hire to help you attain them.
Secondly, be disciplined, never settle for less.  The individuals that you bring in should have essential skills that will help launch the company.
Furthermore, be an enthusiastic and confident leader.  People are likely to work harder for an individual that showcases passion and authenticity for their business.
Remember nobody is perfect, but no one said you can’t have the perfect team.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

15 Tips for Getting Your Website Found .... Must See Video for your website

Did you build your own website? Are you trying to build one? It may be harder than you thought it would be. 

Using a template website can help you create nice-looking pages; using web building software can do the same. But the prettiest website won't matter if no one can find it. 

This video has 15 tips from Google's team to help you boost your search engine rank. If you need a website for your business, but can't create it yourself .... and can't afford to hire a webmaster, call our regional SC SBDC office at Winthrop University (Rock Hill) (803) 323-2283 ..... we can work with you to help you get a search engine friendly website very affordably.

Monday, January 13, 2014

NEED YOUR HELP ........ we try very hard to give you as much information here as we can, but the fact is that sometimes face-to-face, hands-on training and information sharing is more practical.

For that reason, we set up small workshops or larger day-long conferences from time-to-time, all geared to keeping your business growing by "keeping up" with both new trends and traditional skills with a modern twist.

Everything we do, is geared to you as a small business owner; but we want to know that we offer is going to be what YOU want and need to start or grow your business. We're planning a full-day conference later this spring. It's going to take a great deal of planning, and we want to make sure we do it right! We'd be most appreciative if you'd go ahead and comment here on the kinds of training or business sessions you'd like to attend.

We get a lot of requests for help with marketing, help with financial analysis, help with demographics for planning purposes ..... we can do all that ..... but we can also help you learn new things or sharpen and update your skills to meet the expectations of 2014's customers. Please take the time to leave a few words explaining what kind of help or training you'd like to see offered; or drop us a quick email at with  CONFERENCE SUGGESTION in the subject area.  We'll do our best to make that happen!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

It's 2014 ..... do you know where your business is?

In the world of small business, there are many options to describe companies .... flat, but hanging on ... growing quickly ... ready to grow ... ho hum... Which one describes your small business?

Are you making enough to support your family and plan for their future, pay your employees to help them do the same, buy a new piece of equipment now and then, and still have a few dollars left at the end of the year? If that's what you want, then you're moderately successful already. Maybe that's enough for you ... that's something only you can know ... everyone is different.

If you still aspire to be self-supporting, maybe hire an employee or two so you can have a day off, and have a little cushion fund for security ... but you aren't there yet, then you have some work to do, and we need to talk about basics and work with you to do a financial analysis so you can see where you might do better in that area; or help you develop a basic marketing plan that can be worked consistently as a regular part of your business to encourage steady growth.

Or perhaps you're doing very well in business but want more .... WAY more! Maybe you want to get a business loan to grow by expanding your location and creating more jobs to bring in more business; or opening a second location to serve a wider area; maybe you want to sell franchises for your business concept; or become certified to bid on government contracts or begin to export your products. These are all things that can be done in pursuit of growth, and we're happy to help you develop a logical and financially solid plan to do that.

SBDC services are free (with the exception of workshops and building websites). You can call for appointment, bring your ideas and your records for the past couple of years, and we'll meet with you for a confidential free consultation to begin your growth for this new year. How often does someone actually offer you something "FREE" that really is free? We don't take money from our clients .... the Small Business Administration and the State of SC pay us to help solid companies plan to grow and create jobs.

Call 803 323-2283 to schedule an appointment to get your business growth started. We'll help you stand out in the small business jungle!

Friday, January 3, 2014

Plan to attend the Health & Wellness Fair in Rock Hill, SC

Mark your calendars and sign-up to participate as a vendor for the first ever Partners in Business Health and Wellness Fair taking place place in Rock Hill, SC on January 29th.

Co-sponsored by the Heart2Heart Foundation, Piedmont Medical Center and the Piedmont Regional Association of Realtors, and offering you the opportunity to promote good health in our community!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Community & educational development

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