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News, tips, and advice for small business owners
Back of the Napkin Friday Fails: Failure as an Idea Generator with Kelly O’Neill
In this Back of the Napkin Friday Fail, Kelly O’Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, talks about intrinsic value, knowing your worth and tooting your own horn. Plus, Kelly reveals her favorite Detroit Coney. Listen to the episode.Read More
Brand Voice: A Primer for Small Business Owners
A clear, consistent brand voice helps your business stand out from the competition, create connections with new customers, and deepen relationships with existing customers. Check out these DIY tips on how to establish a unique brand voice, and take the What Is Your Brand Voice? assessment.Read More
The Employee Retention Tax Credit. What you need to know. A SurePayroll Mainstreet Minute
Back of the Napkin welcomes Holly Wade, Executive Director of the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) to the SurePayroll Mainstreet Minute. In this season 3 BOTN episode, Holly explains the Employee Retention Tax Credit. Check out the SurePayroll Blog post on the Employee Retention Tax Credit to learn more.Read More
The Art of Business and the Business of Art.
In this season 3 episode of Back of the Napkin, Kelly O'Neill, owner of Fusion of Iron and Earth, shares the inspiring story of her transition from the corporate world to starting a small business from little more than clay, scrap metal, sheer determination, and the passion to honor her father's legacy.Read More
From Reactive to Proactive—Post-Pandemic Reopening Tips & Resources From and For Small Business Owners
Small business owners throughout the country are rebuilding, and many seek tips on the best ways to restore business to pre-pandemic levels. Whether reaching out to fellow business owners on how they navigated recovery or accessing government resources, small business owners are hungry for information.Read More
I Scream, You Scream, We All Scream for … Gelato?
Jon Snyder, iI laboratorio gelato owner, shares his life-long entrepreneurial ice cream journey and describes the difference between ice cream and gelato.Read More
Sip a Moment to be Mindful with Aisha Chottani
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin, Aisha Chottani, founder of Moment, a flavored water formulated and packaged to inspire mindful moments, discusses the origins of her company and how she took a dip in the Shark Tank.Read More
A Taste for Rapid Expansion Serves Up Valuable Lessons Learned for Hiran Patel.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails, Hiran Patel, owner of Naansense Indian restaurants in Chicago, discusses the issues he encountered when expanding to a second location and the wisdom gained from failure. Listen to the episode.Read More
‘Thank You’s’ Do Go Out of Style.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin - Friday Fails , Rachel Doyle, social entrepreneur, CEO and founder of GlamourGals, shares an early failure due to inexperience writing thank you notes.Read More
Ready for Your Close-up? GlamourGals Opens the Door to Seniors in Isolation.
In this season 2 episode of Back of the Napkin, social entrepreneur Rachel Doyle, owner of GlamourGals, merges makeovers and service to bring joy to isolated seniors. Listen to the episode.Read More
Roasting High-Quality Coffee and Serving the Post-Prison Population with Pete Leonard.
In this season 1 episode of Back of the Napkin , Pete Leonard, owner of I Have A Bean Coffee Co in Wheaton, IL, shares how a trip to Brazil and a smoke-filled backyard started an obsession for roasting coffee, and how a personal experience changed his perspective on the post-prison population.Read More