Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Nan Earll records her baked goods and candy store’s income and expenses two to three times a week. While she doesn’t have a strict budget, Earll knows which products do well, … Continued

Creating an operating plan

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4 answers to questions about this vital business document for your small business Most experts agree that a budget, specifically an operating budget, is a critical component to being in business. “If you’re a new business getting ready to start, you want to have a budget … Continued

Help Wanted

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Learn how to utilize apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training and more Iowa’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than a decade. That’s good news for many but bad for businesses that struggle to find and retain workers with fewer people in need … Continued

Help Wanted

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Learn how to utilize apprenticeships, internships, on-the-job training and more Iowa’s 2.8 percent unemployment rate is the lowest in more than a decade. That’s good news for many but bad for businesses that struggle to find and retain workers with fewer people in need of employment. The … Continued

Data collection

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Small-business owners should proceed with caution when collecting and storing information about customers When customers rent inflatable units from Arthur McCarthy’s business, they automatically receive a promotion for a rental for the following year. It’s one way McCarthy uses his customers’ personal data to keep in touch … Continued

Data collection

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Small-business owners should proceed with caution when collecting and storing information about customers The owners of Heartland Soles, a relatively new shoe store in Johnston, have discovered the value of collecting their customers’ basic information and purchase history. “It’s really helpful for when customers come … Continued

Wellness programs

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Practical ways to increase productivity, boost morale and reduce stress at your small business It was evident from the start for Gina David that wellness was an important component of working at her new job. David, the marketing director at McGowen, Hurst, Clark and Smith, P.C. in … Continued

Wellness Programs

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Practical ways to increase productivity, boost morale and reduce stress at your small business When employees at Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center need a break, they can take a few moments to breathe deeply and calm their mind in their office meditation room. “We do try to … Continued

Time off policies

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Vacation. Holidays. Sick time. PTO. Learn how small businesses are handling their employees’ time away from work Ann Au understands that employees have lives and need time away from work. That’s why she’s created a flexible time-off policy for her two full-time employees that allows … Continued

Time off policies

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Vacation. Holidays. Sick time. PTO. Learn how small businesses are handling their employees’ time away from work Adam Obrecht knew that happy employees would be a key to his success when starting his own company in 2010. Part of that happiness would come in … Continued

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