This Entrepreneur Made a Business of Grandma’s Recipes

Theo Lee is the CEO and founder of KPOP Foods, a business he started with friend and classmate Mike Kim. KPOP is a Korean food brand inviting people to discover and enjoy Korean food and flavors through its products. Lee and Kim sell a variety of products online, including a Korean chili sauce and roasted seaweed snacks. They hope to offer their products in retail stores in the coming year. Starting Out Why did you start the company? I graduated Read More

10 Goals to Set for Your Business in 2019

There is something uniquely liberating about the new year. For many, business owners and employees alike, the first quarter is a time of renewed motivation and plans for improvement. It’s also the perfect time to set goals that can guide your business towards another successful trip around the sun. Though there are many ways you can improve your business in the new year, these goals can help you improve numerous aspects of your business, keeping employees happy and productive and Read More

What Address Should I Use for My Business?

When you’re starting your business, you have many decisions to make. Some will be straightforward, and others will seem straightforward— but turn out to be more complicated. Take your business address, for example. If you have secured an office or retail location, your business address is straightforward. It’s where your business is located. But what if you decide to work from home?  What if you are subleasing space or your current location is temporary? One business owner recently told us Read More

6 Ways to Help Your Business Fight Inflation

There are quite a few reasons why it costs more to do business this year. A record-low unemployment rate (just above 2% in the most competitive markets) and state and locally-mandated minimum wage hikes have forced employee wages to go up at an amazing pace. Add in some of the strains that businesses are feeling from tariff changes, and it’s likely that any of the sales increases the National Retail Federation predicted for this year may be eaten up by Read More

Overcoming Digital File Hoarding for Your Small Business

When it comes to digital files, almost everyone hoards. Digital storage limitations of even a few years ago may have forced some to purchase additional hard drives to store basic necessary files, but today’s laptops make it easy to store massive amounts of data with virtually zero financial cost. Unfortunately, the ease of downloading a file or scanning receipts or other important documents belies the fact that, without proper organization, many may still feel the anxiety and difficulty functioning that Read More

A Small Business Success Secret You Can Easily Steal

What’s the one thing that unites a company that grows crickets for food, one that solves an embarrassing health problem, and one that sells beverages that are helping to save the planet one bottle at a time? They’ve been helped by a small business mentor. While their stories are inspiring and instructive, the best part is that you can steal their secret to success, and it won’t cost you a dime. Cowboy Cricket Farms When Kathleen Rolin told her husband Read More

10 Documents You’ll Need to Be Approved for a Business Loan

Applying for a small business loan can be an intensive and time-consuming process. As such, it’s important to start preparing long before you apply. A critical component of a business loan application is documentation. Lending to a small business can be a risky endeavor for lenders, so they’ll want to know that you and your business are worth taking that risk. The sooner you start putting together your documents, the more smoothly the application process will go. Here’s what you’ll Read More

12 Ways to Increase Cash Flow in 2019

There are a variety of metrics that can be used to determine the health of your business, but few are as indicative of success or failure as cash flow, or the net amount of cash that flows in to and out of your business. A positive cash flow is essential for growth, as it’s indicative of spending that’s under control and flourishing sales. But how do you create a positive cash flow?   There are two primary ways to answer Read More

Why You Can’t Afford to Max Out Your Business Credit Card

Getting a new credit card or line of credit can be an exciting opportunity for your business. If used responsibly, it may open doors for funding new equipment, materials, communications, and travel. It also comes with the additional perk of some rewarding cash-back or points programs that help your money stretch a bit further. If not watched carefully, however, using up your available credit can put you in a precarious position—one that can’t always be escaped. See why it’s not Read More

This Veteran-Owned Business Brings the Spa to You

Founded in March 2010 by U.S. Army veteran Jessica Dragan, Spa Massage on the Go brings spa-quality massage treatments directly to their clients. Dragan started the company to help veterans that are sick, disabled, elderly, disabled or hospice. Being a veteran herself, she feels a calling and a love for her peers. Based in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, they now have operations in Illinois, Maryland, and Washington. A veteran and certified woman-owned business with twelve employees, Spa Massage on the Go is growing Read More