This Woman-Owned Business Is Serving Out Caffeine Between Tours of Duty

A first-of-its-kind, the Caffeine Corps offers all things caffeine to clientele in the Mobile, Alabama area. Owner Mandy Clark-Green, a veteran, took home $2,000 as a runner-up in Nav’s latest Business Grant round, and is looking to franchise her business. She is also preparing to deploy again, and discussed the challenges of running a business in between tours of duty with Nav. Starting Out When did you start the company? Veterans Day, November 11th 2017 Where is your company based? Mobile, Alabama Read More

This New Service Can Help You Build Business Credit Faster

Many entrepreneurs find the process of building business credit frustrating. It’s not terribly difficult, but it does involve a few steps, the most important of which is to obtain accounts that report to commercial credit agencies. By paying those bills on time (or early) and keeping your debt in check, you can help build strong business credit. But because many small business bills aren’t reported to commercial credit reporting agencies, business owners may find themselves with little credit data on Read More

This Former Artisan Created a Business to Help Other Artisans Succeed

Kim Kraemer is the owner of Marketspace Vendor Events, a business based in New Jersey that organizes popup handmade markets in the Tri-State area. With a network of 1,600 vendors, Marketspace partners with venues like wineries or rented storefronts to create special events featuring tailored artisan markets. Starting Out Why did you start your business? My husband and I both had careers working in the city and commuting. After we left work and put the kids to bed, we had Read More

Sorry Parents, Your Kids Don’t Want Your Small Business

Family businesses have a rich history here in the U.S. In fact, of the Fortune 500 brands dominating the economy today, almost 35% are considered family-owned. While few of us have the possibility of being handed down a major corporation, parents generally consider their children to be the first in line to inherit both the assets of a business and the management. Plumbers, farmers, food truck operators, and even franchisers are quick to look to their next generation of the Read More

This Candle Business is Fighting to End Human Trafficking

Just one year into their operation, Texas-based Calyan Wax won $1,000 as a runner-up in Nav’s recent Business Grant round. As their operation grows, not only will their efforts to offer quality candle products to the public expand, but their efforts to end human trafficking will as well. Owner Jacob Johnson took some time to answer our questions to give us better insight into their business and efforts to make great changes in the world. Starting Out 1. When did you Read More

SB 1235 and Truth-in-Lending, What it Means for Small Business Owners

Whether or not you’re not big on following politics or your local government, it’s worth your time to learn about California’s SB 1235. Many of us take for granted the fact that any personal loan or credit card or other consumer lending product comes with some key details, such as the total amount being financed, the cost of financing, repayment terms, etc. It’s not just nice information to know, it’s also a way that the law protects consumers. What may Read More

How This Entrepreneur Grew His Business Through Acquisitions

Nick Haschka is the CEO of The Wright Gardener, an office plant company headquartered in South San Francisco with about 30 employees. The business serves 11 counties in Northern California by selling, leasing, and servicing interior office plants. The Wright Gardener also provides some exterior plant and corporate floral services. Haschka acquired the business last year. “I didn’t know that this was what I was looking for, but once I found it, I was really excited about it and grew Read More

6 Tools to Help Automate Payroll

Running a small business includes so many tasks. From marketing to manufacturing to customer service, it can be easy to let payroll get lost in the shuffle. Thankfully, things have changed quite a bit from those paper ledgers and handwritten checks of the 70’s. First, it’s important to understand the benefits of adopting a new system. While automation can sometimes be accused of lacking personalization and being unresponsive to change, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, today’s Read More

7 Things You Can Do If You Can’t Make Payroll

If you’ve experienced a sudden change in cash flow or an unexpected expense, it can throw off your plans for your business. In some cases, it could impact your long-term goals. But in a worst-case scenario, it can have immediate ramifications, including not being able to make payroll. Not only would a late paycheck anger your employees, but it could also be a violation of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FSLA) and incur legal penalties. What’s more, employees may also Read More

How Much Should You Pay Yourself as a Business Owner?

You’ve done it. You’ve started your business, you have a killer product, business plan, and customers who love what you do…you’re living the dream. The dream, that is, until it comes to the tough questions. Most people don’t start a business because they love to crunch numbers and figure out a budget. The fact is, however, that you need to pay yourself, and that means sitting down and budgeting out every facet of your business, including your salary. The key Read More