Lessons in business

Learn from other businesses how to improve your website. Use technology to ease your workload. Get more referrals.


Encourage your kids to be entrepreneurs

If you hope your daughter or son will take over your business, train them in business thinking. Parents who want to instill the entrepreneurial spirit in their children will find this parent’s solution works.


Tips for getting more word of mouth referrals

People refer friends to a business far less frequently than most SBOs would like to believe. Here are three tips for getting more referrals.


How much to flip a burger?

Proposals to raise the pay for fast-food workers to $15 an hour has sparked a battle over the purpose of the minimum wage. Small businesses in lower Hudson Valley are quoted in article.


Let tech do non-CEO tasks

Use technology to handle some of the work that doesn’t require your hands-on, totally focused attention. Most of these suggestions require a well-built website to collect data that will enable you to educate visitors and convert them to customers.


Remodeling website lessons from Ikea

A writer visited an Ikea store and picked up lessons for home remodeling websites, which also apply to many other retail operations.


In-family loans put relationships at risk

If your business is your family’s success story, you may be asked to “help” less successful relatives. To help you handle loans to family members without hurting the personal relationship, read these tips.


Humane farmers offered pasture-use grants

Fund a Farmer will award grants of up to $2,500 for projects that help farms transition to pasture-based systems or improve access to pasture. Applications are due by Nov. 3, 2015 for grants to be awarded in March, 2016.


Wireless cost drop from Sprint competition

Through Sept. 30, 2015, Sprint will give DirecTV customers who switch to Sprint a free year of service with unlimited talk, text and a full 2GB of data per line (up to five). The promotion is a counter to AT&T’s acquisition of DirecTV. For details about the promotion, click here.


Cannonsville Dam scare officially over

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (NYCDEP) said last week a turgid water discharge downstream of Cannonsville Reservoir in Deposit has been remediated. In early July, sediment and water were released into the Delaware River when workers drilling holes for a hydropower plant hit a pressurized aquifer.


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