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Summer Daze

It’s a slow summer day in my wine store, as it usually as my clients spend their summers elsewhere, so I cranked up some Husker Du, an amazing post punk band that may or may not be appropriate for a … Continue reading

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A problem and a chance for a solution

(from the “real world”) A very frustrated letter to a principal at one of the larger vendors in the NY wine and liquor business detailing my frustration at the lack of communication and customer service at a very basic level. … Continue reading

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Guest or Customer

Is it annoying when a teller at the bank refers to you as a guest instead of a customer? Maybe; but there is a good reason they are doing that: Large companies are large. Well “duh” you may say but … Continue reading

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Is It Ever Fun?

Reading these blog entries I’m even asking myself why I do this. It seems like it’s nothing but problem after problem running a small business and for seemingly little payoff. So why do it? Why go to all this trouble … Continue reading

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Losing It?

Losing it I’m pretty even tempered. Those that know me have rarely if ever seen me lose it but every once in a while it happens and it isn’t pretty. As you might begin to infer it happened today. I … Continue reading

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4 Steps To Getting Over The Rough Patches

Unless you lead a very charmed business life (and you know who you are) there is a good likelihood that your business will hit a rough patch here or there. For me it’s the summer when my clientele leave and … Continue reading

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The Future Is Now . . .

I love the motivational posters that you sometimes see in offices. Granted, I’m not in a lot of offices but I have seen them. they say things like: Teamwork and have a picture and some inspirational words. So I’m always … Continue reading

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Problems? I don’t see no stinkin’ problems.

I started my first “grown-up” business when I was 24. I say “grown-up” because like many people I had small businesses when I was a kid, mostly flea market stands. My “grown-up” business was different of course because not only … Continue reading

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Why Trust Me?

I was in the jewelry business for many years. I owned a few stores and at one point decided to possibly bring in a consultant to help streamline my business and addess some problem areas. He was a very nice … Continue reading

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Days of our Lives

I really could have picked any Soap Opera title but that one seemd most appropriate. Sometimes it feels like running a small business is a never endind series of issues, confrontations, problems and more issues. I take that back, it … Continue reading

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