Insights

27 Apr, 2015

Budget Blinds Makes List for Top 10 Home-Based Franchises!

Entrepreneur Magazine recently published their top 100 Home-Based Franchises for 2014.  Guess who made the top 10?  Budget Blinds at #8!   We know first hand that this is well-run franchise that provides franchisees plenty of flexibility, excellent training, solid marketing programs, attractive profit margins and the structure required to make the most of the […]

20 Apr, 2015

Entrepreneurship = Perseverance

I love a great story about perseverance … never giving up your dream regardless of what others think.  There are so many entrepreneurs who have similar stories.  They left the security of a regular paycheck, benefits and office friendships to explore the unknown, to go into debt, to wonder when the first sale will happen, […]

31 Mar, 2015

Landscape Architecture Market is valued at $2.3 Billion

I was struck by this headline from Huffington Post referencing just how large the Landscape Architecture Market is valued at.  Wow!  Who would of thought… $2.3 Billion?  It’s one of those  things that you often never think about but appreciate in a subtle way. The author, Jared Green, Editor of The Dirt, writes that “landscape architecture services account […]

19 Jan, 2015

New Single Family Home Construction Expected To Surge In 2015

Kimplinger.com reports that single family home construction and sales are expected to surge by 25% in 2015.  New home construction starts should hit 800,000 and new home sales to be at 545,000 by year-end.   National Association of Realtors Chief Economist Lawrence Yun estimates new construction starts for single family homes to increase 32% to […]

5 Dec, 2014

Don’t overlook small businesses and their economic impact

The SBA really pumps out a lot of great information about small businesses and their footprint on America.  Here is a quick run down: Right now, there are over 23 million small businesses accounting for 54% of all U.S. sales! These small businesses provide 55% of all jobs and 66% of all net new jobs […]

1 Dec, 2014

Interesting article about how businesses must meet customers needs “any time, any where”….

http://www.mckinsey.com/insights/marketing_sales/digitizing_the_consumer_decision_journey
20 Nov, 2014

The basics of SBA loans

There are many great sources for small business loans.  We always recommend starting with the Small Business Association (SBA) They are a great source information and start-up capital.  They force you to develop a business plan and really think about why you do it.  Here is a great article explaining the basics of SBA loans. Article