June 13, 2017

Why You Must Have Video

Websites have come a long way in just the last two years.  Two years ago, content was king.  No new content meant no one cared, and two years ago, the buzz was all about mobile.  Now, if you’re not …

| By Tony Caldwell
March 07, 2017

Why Do Some (So Many) Small Businesses Fail?

In my last post, I discussed the varying views on how many small businesses don’t make it.  There is debate on the rate of survival but not on the difficulty.  Many experts have theories, and, while …

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March 01, 2017

Small Business Failure Rate

Rand Paul, the U.S. Senator and former presidential candidate, claimed during his campaign that 90% of all small businesses fail.  According to Bloomberg News, 80% of all businesses fail in the first …

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January 25, 2017

It’s Time to Make Hay

Ever since the election in November, I’ve been talking to business people about the results.  Regardless of party affiliation or candidate preference in the election, one thing has been coming …

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November 30, 2016

Why Don’t We Celebrate Mistakes?

I attended a meeting held in Tulsa, Oklahoma last week at the Youth Services of Tulsa offices.   This is a nonprofit organization that works with at risk, troubled, and delinquent youth.  Some of the …

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November 08, 2016

Lemonade Success Strategy # 1 - Squeeze Costs Through Improved Operations

The essence of the threat to insurance companies and insurance agents from technology driven carriers like Hamilton, distributors like CoverHound, or alternative providers like Lemonade is reduced …

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October 25, 2016

The Power of Big

As the market for insurance changes and the consumer has more and more choices of what to buy and where to buy it, the small agent is at an increasing disadvantage.  The reasons are lack of capital …

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October 05, 2016

How to Determine Your Insurance Agency's Value

As agency owners, we are all aware that as we build income in our business we’re also building value. For most of us, tracking that value is something we like to do because eventually, due to …

| By Tony Caldwell
June 21, 2016

Give Yourself a Raise!

Every entrepreneur I have ever met started out as the chief cook and bottle washer.  When we begin our businesses, we owners have to do it all – don’t we?  After all, we’re the only employee, and we …

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May 24, 2016

Can You Feel the Earth Move?

”I feel the earth move under my feet,” sang Carole King in 1971.  She went on to say in her hit song “I feel the sky tumbling down…”

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