<![CDATA[Talking Business - Business Column & Blogs | KansasCity.com &]]> http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/ en-us Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:22:07 CST http://blogs.law.harvard.edu/tech/rss McClatchy Interactive's Escenic Tue, 22 Dec 2015 18:22:07 CST Talking Business 60 interactive-ops@herald-leader.com Marvin Carolina Jr.: Time off is time well spent http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article60030936.html#storylink=rss Small-business owners need vacations to regroup, recharge

When you take time off, take time off! Don’t call the office

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Feedback—it’s good for business http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article54375855.html#storylink=rss Criticism can be hard to take, but it can really help, too

Business owners need other perspectives

And remember: You don’t have to follow suggestions, but listen

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Tue, 12 Jan 2016 18:24:04 CST

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Look for ways to market and bundle what you provide

Don’t chase revenue if it isn’t profitable

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Mon, 21 Dec 2015 10:54:12 CST

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Where do you spend your time? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article48582775.html#storylink=rss Small-business owners must deal with first things first

But they also have to spend some time on all areas of their businesses

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Tue, 08 Dec 2015 08:37:53 CST

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Are you informed? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article45488346.html#storylink=rss More general economic news does affect your business

It’s important to understand and track indicators beyond your sector

Here are a few worth following

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Thu, 19 Nov 2015 12:54:40 CST

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Ev Ehrlich: Missouri’s U.S. senators uniquely positioned to upgrade wireless economy http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article45218700.html#storylink=rss Broadband demand’s escalating, and a bill in the Senate could greatly help meet that demand

Missouri’s senators, Blunt and McCaskill, are on the committee considering the bill

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Tue, 17 Nov 2015 11:42:25 CST

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Your industry will change whether you want it to or not http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article44366133.html#storylink=rss Businesses that can’t adapt are destined to fail eventually

Why not anticipate change so your business keeps ahead of it?

Always be thinking of ways to improve

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Thu, 12 Nov 2015 10:35:44 CST

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Is your business diverse? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article41479608.html#storylink=rss Diversity includes demographics, but that’s not all

Different ways of thinking are crucial

You never know who will have the next great idea

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Mon, 26 Oct 2015 16:17:19 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Your business needs a checkup http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article39040197.html#storylink=rss Your car needs regular service to run its best — and your business is no different

Chances are, everything isn’t OK, even if it seems so on the surface

Every quarter, take care of business — your business

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Wed, 14 Oct 2015 07:53:20 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Which guides your business, map or GPS? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article37333806.html#storylink=rss Latest technology is crucial for small business productivity

Most software and hardware have come way down in price

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Fri, 02 Oct 2015 11:09:36 CDT

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Ron LeMay: Tech innovation helps farmers add revenue, cut costs http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article36123105.html#storylink=rss The next wave of innovation necessary to buoy rural economies will not come from improved genetics, machinery technology or agronomics alone. Farmers and agronomists must adopt advanced data science and associated tools to factually validate farm management decisions as well as investments.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:17:06 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article36123105.html
Marvin Carolina Jr.: It’s all about the profit http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article36135147.html#storylink=rss Lots of small-business owners like to talk about revenue, and chase it, but they need to understand and focus on proft and profit margin.

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Tue, 22 Sep 2015 11:37:15 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article36135147.html
Marvin Carolina Jr.: What do customers see when looking at your business? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article35172363.html#storylink=rss Surveys and online reviews are important. Good small-business owners make the most of them and know what their customers think of their businesses.

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Mon, 14 Sep 2015 07:08:15 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Access to capital is crucial for growth, but borrowing carelessly can sink a small business http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article33741111.html#storylink=rss A poll by the Small Business Majority found that 90% of small-business owners said lack of access to sufficient capital and credit was one of the biggest challenges they faced. But borrowing too much, or doing it the wrong way, has costly consequences.

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Thu, 03 Sep 2015 12:54:58 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: How to set the right price http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article30599454.html#storylink=rss When setting price, do you track everything that goes into your product or service? You should. Setting price can be difficult, but it must be done. And if it’s done correctly, your business is likely to prosper.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Three characteristics of successful small-business owners http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article29666110.html#storylink=rss Successful small-business owners are as different in personality as they are in appearance. Some of them are risk-takers and some are risk-averse. Some organized and some not. But from years of observing and training business owners across the country, I have found that successful small-business owners do share three characteristics.

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Fri, 31 Jul 2015 14:32:08 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: You deserve a raise; put yourself on the payroll http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699693.html#storylink=rss You have spent long hours getting your business started, and you continue to work long hours to ensure it runs smoothly. You deserve to be well paid for the work you do, so pay yourself what you are worth. There is another reason, though, for doing so. It is good business.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: What is your business worth? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25699612.html#storylink=rss If you have no plans of selling your business, when you retire you will need to replace the income you receive from your business with another income stream. Or you may intend to sell but no time soon. Whether you plan to sell in the near future, in the distant future, or not at all, I suggest running your business as if you intend to sell it. So you have to know what it is worth.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Is inefficiency stealing from your business? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article25345699.html#storylink=rss Inefficiency hurts your business in several ways: It increases costs, reduces profits and makes your business less competitive. Here are several steps you can take to root it out.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Setting goals will help get your business where you want it to go http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article24008428.html#storylink=rss Highly effective people set goals. As a small-business owner you should set goals and communicate them to your employees.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Assess your skills, and know the skills you need to succeed in business http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article23581222.html#storylink=rss To succeed in business, you need to choose an industry you’re ideally suited for. Inventory your skills and those needed for success, and hire good people to cover any of your skill gaps.

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Tue, 09 Jun 2015 12:13:13 CDT

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Debra Berlyn: The need for chip and PIN cards http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article23506309.html#storylink=rss Rising data and identity theft call for more secure technologies. Chip and PIN equipped cards are embedded with microchips that encrypt each point-of-sale transaction and require a unique four-digit code to be entered, eliminating the possibility of a thief forging a signature or counterfeiting stolen credit card information.

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: What’s your business grade? http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article21069063.html#storylink=rss To be an A grade business, you have to be a top performer in five key areas. Try this system to grade your business.

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Fri, 15 May 2015 06:32:50 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: Middle class pays too high a price for corporations moving jobs to repressive countries http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article20980857.html#storylink=rss Why do we let companies shift good jobs to countries that don’t share our democratic values and pay their workers low wages without labor protections?

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Thu, 14 May 2015 09:41:07 CDT

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Christopher Coursen: Republican Internet bill is a compromise worth making http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article20302479.html#storylink=rss The FCC decision to regulate the Internet in the interest of Net Neutrality is bound to hurt consumers and innovation. But a bill advanced by Sen. John Thune is a good alternative and could give moderate Democrats such as Sen. Claire McCaskill a chance to collaborate on useful legislation.

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Wed, 06 May 2015 01:00:00 CDT

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Marvin Carolina Jr.: Business owners must keep pace with technology to succeed http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article19127814.html#storylink=rss As a small-business owner, if you want to stay ahead of the competition — or even keep pace — you must find ways to operate more effectively and more efficiently. Technology helps do both.

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Tue, 21 Apr 2015 09:27:19 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: If you like to ponder over provocative questions, here’s a bunch http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article17945729.html#storylink=rss Is Warren Buffett going to buy up everything? Aren’t business executives more powerful than politicians? Why can’t you go to the doctor’s office on the weekend?

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Thu, 09 Apr 2015 11:29:46 CDT

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Keith Chrostowski: No, Yellen is not going to kill the recovery http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article16374773.html#storylink=rss With the health of the economic recovery at stake, we shouldn’t worry about rapid-fire interest rate increases from the Fed. But it must start the voyage toward normal rates and begin winding down its historically high balance sheet.

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Thu, 26 Mar 2015 11:30:40 CDT http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/article16374773.html
Keith Chrostowski: Utilities are flipping switches to avoid the solar power ‘death spiral’ http://www.kansascity.com/news/business/biz-columns-blogs/talking-business/article13863797.html#storylink=rss Electric companies worry that as consumers adopt residential solar, their traditional customers will be left to foot more of the cost of maintaining the grid. So they’re finding ways to make solar users chip in. Despite the concerns, KCP&L is embracing the turn to solar power.

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Thu, 12 Mar 2015 16:33:11 CDT

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