Franchise 500: Ten Fitness Companies on List

Where’s the growth? One way to research current industry trends is to take a look at the franchise market. And, Entrepreneur magazine has the trends with their recently released 31st annual Franchise 500 list. This year 10 fitness companies are recognized. The top spot for fitness franchises goes to Jazzercise Inc.  at No. 18 overall […]

Small Business: What Successful Owner's Already Know

Did you know professional licensing organizations and certain regulatory agencies have continuing education (CE) requirements? But, do you know of any to maintain the title, “small business owner?” Why? Because the most successful owners never stop learning. Today’s class includes tomorrows most successfully business owners.  And, we have already turned well beyond page 1. Have […]

Holiday Wishes and Best Lights

On behalf of all of us at AIM Custom Media, we wish you and your family happy holidays, Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2010 be your best year ever! [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sSn_FNlK0FY[/youtube]

Giving is Glorious

This holiday season, may the joy of giving overwhelm you! Here’s one gift that surely will rank among the best of the year: [youtube]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b4xHc2Ow9CY&feature=player_embedded[/youtube]

Deluxe Mentoring Methodology Project

Today I’m in Washington, DC, meeting with business professionals from around the country to discuss the Deluxe Mentoring Methodology Project. All of us are here to help small businesses grow. The Deluxe Mentoring Methodology Project is a SCORE project with a mission; Help Create 1 Million Small Businesses. Why create a standard mentoring methodology? SCORE […]

Small Business 2010 Website Marketing Plan

With 2009 coming to a close, small business owners are eager to ring in the New Year – new opportunities, new budgets and high hopes for 2010. And as you might guess, the vast majority of small business owners plan to use website marketing to bolster the bottom line. Will it work for your new […]

Workshop Presentation – Small Business Website Basics

Earlier today, I gave a presentation to entrepreneurs and new business owners at the monthly Richmond SCORE Small Business Workshop. The workshop is an all day event covering everything from writing an effective business plan to negotiating a commercial lease. Workshop Topics How to Write an Effective Business Plan Step-by-Step Guide to Starting a Business […]

digital AIM: Starting a Business – SCORE Workshop

Richmond SCORE Workshop – Dec. 11, 2009 Are you planning to start a new business? Or, are you a small business owner looking for assistance with business planning, marketing and finance? Richmond SCORE is holding a small business workshop on December 11, 2009, just for you. During the Richmond SCORE Workshop, local business professionals provide […]

digital AIM: Online Sales Continue to Rise

Shop till’ you drop, or nowadays, until your fingers cramp up! Cyber Monday reached $887 million in online spending, up 5 percent versus year ago according to comScore. Here’s an excerpt of the press release as well as a link to the full story: RESTON, VA, December 2, 2009 – comScore (NASDAQ : SCOR), a […]

Skills for Business Leaders

There are companies that go the extra mile; they are filled with business leaders that understand the importance of treating people well. And, these are the companies that always seem to do rather well. Have you noticed those focused on cutting corners often cut too deep and bleed as their competition races on by? To […]

Richmond Seminar: Small Business Survival and Growth

The Commonwealth of Virginia and U.S. Small Business Administration hosts “Small Business Survival and Growth in Virginia.” A facilitated discussion for small businesses and business resource providers on Federal and State small business assistance programs. The event is co-sponsored by SBA National Ombudsman Office and Virginia Department of Business Assistance and Virginia Department of Minority […]