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A Real War on Poverty

I was just a kid coming to grips with the fact that I had to really put together some serious career thinking and preparing to make a living on my own when President Lyndon Baines Johnson launched his major initiative of the 1960s, the War on Poverty. At that time the story was that around 15% of Americans were living in poverty. This week, nearly fifty years later, the Census Bureau issued the latest poverty numbers and what a surprise, about 15% of us are living in poverty in this decade. This confirms my long held suspicion that the legislative army in Washington was either firing blanks in that war or aiming their guns at the wrong target. President Johnson’s “War on Poverty,” was an initiative that aimed to eliminate poverty … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business & Politics, In Perspective, The Business Mind

Margaret Thatcher – Business Advocate

Margaret Thatcher – Business Advocate

The recent death of Margaret Thatcher tugged at me in ways that I didn’t expect. Perhaps it was because it was during her later years as Prime Minister of Great Britain that my business was born. When I was struggling to pull the elements together to launch a small business television show and production company in 1988-89, Prime Minister Thatcher was to me a smart but tangential figure in a … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business & Politics, In Perspective

Owning A Business As Your Next Career

For an increasing number of Americans, 50 is the new 25, a time to decide what they want to do with the rest of their life. Many people between the ages of 55 and 64 are deciding to start their own business. In fact, they are the fastest-growing group of entrepreneurs in the U.S. according to the Kaufmann Foundation. Some are starting their own business because they’re now financially secure and they’ve always dreamed of doing it. Others have been pushed out of the workforce and are launching a business because it’s their best option for long term stability. If you’re a mature and experienced person considering a new career as an entrepreneur, you’ll want to make sure you are pursuing something viable. Here are some questions to ask yourself: Does your business meet … Read entire article »

Filed under: Entrepreneurship, Expert Advice

Burnout: How to Spot it and what to Do about It

If you are hustling to make a lot of things happen in the business world, you are likely to hit a period of time when you simply feel heavily stressed and burned out. Whether you are self-employed or leading a team in a giant corporation, you are likely where the buck stops and that brings stresses into your world on a daily basis. To spot it, ask yourself some questions. Do you feel disillusioned about your business or job? Do you drag yourself to work and have trouble getting started once you arrive? Have you become irritable or impatient with co-workers, customers or clients? Do you lack the energy to be consistently productive Do you lack satisfaction from your achievements?   1. Get back in touch with the things you value. If your work isn’t fulfilling and … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business Concerns, Expert Advice, The Business Mind

Finding a Business Mentor

What is a mentor? A mentor is someone who has been down the same path you’re taking. You want that person to be experienced, successful and willing to provide advice and guidance — for no real personal gain. Here are some steps for finding and working with a mentor for your business venture or in your job. A mentor should have experience in the field that you’re in or want to be in. Obviously, if you are in high tech, you don’t want someone from the food service business. Like any other relationship, you need to start by identifying people, getting their attention and developing a level or respect and understanding. The biggest benefit is that you’ll have some expert advice and guidance. Yes, two heads can certainly be better than one. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business Concerns, Expert Advice, The Business Mind

Steps to Making Small Businesses Successful

Nelson Davis talks about steps small business owners should take to make 2013 the best year ever. … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business Concerns, Expert Advice, The Business Mind

How to Get a Job with a Small Business

California’s jobless rate was unchanged at 9.8% in January and that put us in a tie with Rhode Island for the worst unemployment in the U.S. Yet, a number of small business owners are reporting they are having trouble finding employees. Small businesses account for about half of all jobs in the United States and create 65 percent of the new jobs. Looking for a job with a small business can be a bit different than chasing one at a giant corporation. Here are some tips: 1. Understand something about small businesses. Small-business owners and managers are often overwhelmed. They’re hiring because they have more work than they can handle, and they probably don’t have a human resources department. That means … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business Concerns, Expert Advice, The Business Mind

Tax Tips For The Self-Employed

The tax season started slowly this year because of fiscal cliff legislation passed on Jan. 1. To help small business owners and self-employed individuals get through tax time with a minimum of stress, here are some tips. Understand whether it pays to file by yourself. The IRS offers free software for people who want to prepare their own returns. Take advantage of that method if you have a very straightforward return with no tax deductions. Most small business owners have more complicated returns, with such items as business expense deductions, depreciation, and other items. The good news is that the cost of hiring a professional is tax deductible. Preparation is Key. You don’t want to show up with shoeboxes full of … Read entire article »

Filed under: Business Concerns, Expert Advice, Money

Nelson’s Networking Tips

Networking is one of those business building tasks that strike fear in the hearts many people. The beginning of the year is an ideal time to begin building your network of people. You don’t have to turn into one of those people that shove their business card in your face and immediately pitch their business. 1. Decide who you want to meet at an event in advance. Whether it’s other business owners, prospective customers or other opportunities, pick one to four people you really want to meet. Once there, you’ll find others that you didn’t even know about. That’s why I love events where people wear name tags. Last week I drove 30 miles to an event with the goal of getting 5 minutes with the CEO of a Fortune 500 company. I … Read entire article »

Filed under: Expert Advice, The Business Mind

Happy Holidays!

Helping the small business community and advertisers connect with each other has been our pleasure this past year. We look forward to doing even more with TV, radio and online in 2013. We hope that your holidays are bright and your next twelve months even brighter! Sincerely, Nelson Davis Productions | Making It! … Read entire article »

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