Business Planning

Find Your Organization's Purpose: How To Use Brand Voice To Achieve Desired Outcomes

A thought leader can refer to an individual or firm that is recognized as an authority in a specialized field and whose expertise is sought and often rewarded. Thought leadership is often used as a way of increasing or creating demand for a product or service. While thought leadership is not new, …

Thought Leadership

5 Things You should Consider Before Buying a Business

Whether you’re looking at a takeaway for sale, home gardening franchise, IT Company or something else entirely, thoroughly investigate any …

Small Business

The Short Case For Athene Holding

Athene is an aggressive roll-up with a strategy that has never been tested in a credit shock - it should trade down to ~ 1.0x Price/Book ex. …

Business

In Procter & Gamble We Trust (To Turn Its Ship Around)

To drive growth, the company is enhancing product packaging; emphasizing excellent execution; focusing on cost/cash productivity; and ensuring …

Stocks

Can Good Corporate Citizenship Be Measured?

If you spend time around corporate boardrooms these days, you’ll hear the abbreviation “E.S.G.” thrown around with such frequency it is almost a trope.<p>E.S.G. stands for “environmental, social and governance.” Basically, it refers to the three main ways to measure a company’s commitments to …

Bank of America

How To Have The Guts To Charge More For Your Photography

Lack of self confidence, fear of losing jobs, or getting too comfortable with what they currently earn are main reasons photographers decide not to …

Eric Kim

Box-ticking approach to governance is failing companies, says new survey from Tomorrow's Company

An overly prescriptive approach to corporate governance is doing little to improve companies' prospects, a new report from non-profit think tank …

Business (UK)

20 Secrets to Saving Emergency Funds for Your Business

It makes shrewd business sense to build an emergency fund, cash put aside for a rainy day. Businesses that fail to have a ‘safety net’, a sum of …

Small Business

How to Write a Small Farm Business Plan

01 of 09<p>What Is a Business Plan?<p>A business plan is a roadmap for your small farm. It is both process and product. During the writing of a farm …

Small Business

The One Thing Every Digital Content Marketing Strategy for Manufacturing and B2B Companies Should Include

Consider that 85% of B2B marketing content developed by companies is never used by their sales forces. Read that again – 85% didn’t just not work – …

Digital Marketing

The Long Case For Masonite International

Masonite is one of two companies selling doors. It has a high barrier to entry.<p>A structural change in the industry drives pricing power and margin …

Stocks

The unconventional way I choose my startup investments

I recently retired after working for 40 years at publicly held companies where my fiduciary duty was to my shareholders. For those 40 years I was tasked with delivering the highest possible return to my investors, without engaging in anything illegal or unethical. While I balanced short-term …

Startups

AIG: The Path Forward Is Becoming Clearer

The company's new CEO is the right person for the job.<p>AIG's path forward is becoming clearer. There are two reasons to consider starting a position …

Stocks

Turning indirect sourcing into a multimillion-dollar profit center

Retail is facing massively declining margins and is struggling—and losing—against e-commerce. We highlight the case for change, and offer guidelines …

Business Strategy

7 Smart Restaurant Moves for Women Owners

It includes start up costs, annual budget and projected sales. It also helps you identify your targeted audience. Who will be your customers? Using …

Small Business

The Market Recognizes That Amazon Is Different

Investors react to the Amazon/Whole Foods deal by increasing valuation, indicating that they see increasing returns to scale and complexity - the …

Stocks

Revisiting Dow-DuPont Merger Motivation As Companies Win U.S. Anti-Trust Approval

, Contributor<p>Dow and DuPont recently cleared the final major hurdle in their proposed merger by winning U.S. anti-trust approval. This approval is contingent on DuPont selling part of its herbicide/insecticide business, and Dow selling its plastics packaging business. When the merger was first …

News (U.S.)

Seven & i: GMS Exposure Overshadows C-Store Growth

There is very little doubt surrounding Seven & i’s convenience growth story.<p>However, GMS operations has been a challenge, and Seven & i does not have …

Stocks

Write a business plan the right way [Deals]

Today’s entrepreneurial environment is always changing, and there’s just no way forward without a solid business plan. Whatever your idea, it has to be framed with an eye to what investors really expect.<p>Instead of starting from scratch, Bizplan offers help in the form of step-by-step business plan …

Small Business

The Differences Between Running a Small Company vs. a Big One

Does size matter when it comes to the CEO role? Yes, but it's all relative.<p>Is it easier to run a small company than a big one? What skills are needed at different stages of a company? Can a big company CEO succeed at a smaller organization and vice versa? Here are some answers from five CEOs (plus …

Leadership

Agility As A Strategy

Elevating agility to a strategic C-suite objective fosters a cultural change that ripples through the whole organization.<p>Many companies see agility …

C-suite Leadership

Is it better for India to have bigger but fewer banks?

There are reports that India will be going in for another round of consolidation in public sector banking.<p>There are reports that India will be going …

Reserve Bank of India

Nike shows signs of weakness amid 'drastic' strategy shifts: Analyst

Nike’s recent “drastic” strategy shifts amid intense competition in the sports apparel industry are signs that “the bloom is coming off the rose” for the venerable brand, according to a Canaccord Genuity research note released this week.<p>“While there aren't many times in recent memory in which …

Business

What Customers Want At Grocery Stores

Is Kroger's Customer 1st strategy a good use of time and resources?<p>Several observations show that price is the most important factor for customers at …

Stocks

GNC Holdings: An Obsolete Business Model Facing Industry Headwinds

Hoping to reverse the declining trend in same-store sales growth, GNC is ramping up sales/marketing campaigns. Insiders also increased share …

Stocks

The Long Case For Taro Pharmaceutical

TARO is a dominant generic drug manufacturer with a strong balance sheet.<p>Trades at significant discount to peers despite much higher …

Stocks

Two Bottlenecks To Business Growth: Owners And Management

I begin this post with a short story about an owner who found himself in a typical situation. (I’ve changed his name and circumstances to protect his privacy.) The actions he took to extract himself from this situation and achieve his exit goals are a blueprint for building business value.<p>As soon …

Peter Drucker

Revitalize Your Company Culture in 1, 2, 3

If culture has the most impact on business results, why do leaders still spend most of their time on strategy?<p>By Mattson Newell (@MattsonNewell), Director at Partners In Leadership.<p>Organizational leaders reported in a recent Global Workplace Accountability Study conducted by Partners In Leadership …

Leadership

Customers Are Harder to Win Over Than Ever--and It's a Great Opportunity for Any Entrepreneur

Knowing these three trends can help you win over the empowered consumer.<p>As a growth-oriented entrepreneur and Inc.com reader, you're no doubt committed to running your business as a well-oiled machine. You aspire to achieve both speed and sustainability as you set your vector toward double-digit …

Customer Service

Examining Dunkin' Brands' Growth Strategy

, Contributor<p>As it navigates through a challenging industry environment with increasing competition, Dunkin’ Brands has set out on a six-part plan to grow revenues. The company reported flat comparable sales for Q1 2017, but management believes that the company has a strategic plan in place which …

Business Strategy