11 05, 2017

How to Be the Best Small Business Leader You Can Be

By | 2017-05-11T10:29:07+00:00 May 11th, 2017|Small Business Matters|

There are principles of business leadership that transcend the size of an organization. Leadership basics work whether a business is large or small. But there are differences, and one of those is that in many ways it’s easier to lead a small business than a large corporation. In a small business, the team members are [...]

7 04, 2017

Are You Managing Your Business or is it Managing You?

By | 2017-04-07T09:55:27+00:00 April 7th, 2017|Small Business Matters|

I’d like to share two stories about small business owners. One is about managing your business the other is about being managed by the business. A Tale About My Dad My father worked in the grocery business for more than 50 years. He began as a stock boy in the late 1940’s and worked his [...]

16 03, 2017

Do Your People Believe Your Company Values are Real?

By | 2017-03-16T15:16:53+00:00 March 16th, 2017|Small Business Matters|

We all hope our employees follow and abide by company policies and procedures. We want to believe our teammates share the values set forth in mission statements and vision manifestos, but do we know they share our company values? Not unless we ask. Are Leadership and the Team on the Same Page? The problem with [...]

28 12, 2016

Preparing for Sudden Business Growth

By | 2017-01-23T09:48:23+00:00 December 28th, 2016|Small Business Matters|

I was fortunate to be mentored by a wise business person who, among many other things, taught me that business is always a problem—there’s not enough, or there’s too much. He preferred the latter. But sudden business growth can be a headache. Sudden Business Growth isn’t Always Sudden TKO is doing business at a record-setting [...]

4 11, 2016

Mark the Date Small Business Saturday is November 26th

By | 2016-11-04T09:19:55+00:00 November 4th, 2016|Small Business Matters, Uncategorized|

For many years, TKO Graphix has supported Small Business Saturday. We may not be a retail outlet, but we started in 1985 with one employee. That’s a small business. Many of our valued customers are small businesses. They’ve been integral to our growth. But it’s not only us; small business is the backbone of America. They [...]

29 09, 2016

B2B Acronym and Initialism Cheat Sheet

By | 2016-09-29T12:06:01+00:00 September 29th, 2016|Small Business Matters, Uncategorized|

The world is full of initialisms and acronyms. There have been times I’ve sat in a meeting and heard an initialism that I didn’t know, yet was too self-conscious to ask. I was at a writer’s workshop the first time I heard AA referred to for copy editing. I got online and looked it up during the meeting. It's [...]

31 08, 2016

Moving at the Speed of Business

By | 2016-08-31T11:08:00+00:00 August 31st, 2016|Small Business Matters|

Last week I attended a management presentation geared toward small business. It lasted more than 45 minutes. The topic is irrelevant. The presenter shared several acronyms and initialisms verbatim from a Prezi. Don’t get me wrong, most of the content had merit, it's just that as presented, it would be difficult to use in a [...]

29 07, 2016

10 Challenges Every Small Business Faces

By | 2016-07-29T09:52:19+00:00 July 29th, 2016|Small Business Matters|

My father, a small businessperson himself, said, “If you own your own business you deserve it.” To this day, I’m uncertain what he meant. How things were going defined his quote. Someday's he was a damn fool and others he was a small business genius. The business climate in America has changed since my father’s [...]