• Weird Holidays to Grow Your Social Media Following
    Thanks to social media, you’ve probably noticed there are a lot of really weird fun “holidays” that get people excited and sharing on social media. These holidays are an ideal time to get more engagement with your brand. Creative days of celebration also help people get to...
  • 15 Tips for Becoming a Better Writer, Even If You Hate Writing
    If you do a lot of your own marketing for your business, you need to be able to write. But before you start worrying about what that looks like, consider it’s a lot less formal than when your high school teacher talked to you about persuasive essays....
  • How to Create a Value Proposition That Matters to Your Customer
    If you spend a lot of time around sales and marketing folks you’ve undoubtedly heard of the term “unique value proposition (UVP).” It’s essential in differentiating yourself from the competition and yet so many businesses don’t really know what it means. How do you find and communicate...
  • 20 Skills to Learn in 2019 to Improve Your Professional Life
    The business landscape changes on a near daily basis and that drives almost a constant need for professional learning. Never before has it been more essential that you not only keep up with the details of your own job and industry but others as well. If you...
  • 19 Awesome Resolutions to Bring You More Business in 2019
    2019 is your year. It’s time to grow that business beyond your wildest dreams. But dreams aren’t enough to get you there. It takes hard work and implementation of tasks and projects that will bring you closer to your goals. If you’re ready to see a change...
  • How in the World Do I Increase Employee Productivity?
    It’s holiday time as I write this and countless employees across various industries have told me they aren’t in the mood to work. Sound familiar? Even if your employees haven’t been so brash as to tell you this, it’s likely their struggling. And if they’re struggling, your...
  • Where to Advertise
    When I was teaching entrepreneurship at the then College of Saint Thomas, the best advice for marketing was to get the business listed in the yellow pages.  Today in most parts of the nation they don’t even exist anymore and where they do, I could not recommend...
  • Ham Lake Business Profile: Made 2 Move Chiropractic
    Made 2 Move Chiropractic is Ham Lake’s newest chiropractic clinic. Owners Dr. Carly Furney and Dr. Luke Eggerichs started the clinic in November 2017, and moved it to its current location in Ham Lake in May of this year. Chiropractic philosophy is all about holistic health. Sometimes...
  • 10 Things to Check Before Posting to Social Media
    One of the most embarrassing things you can do on social media for your business is to mess up a post. For some of us, that might be a spelling or grammar mistake, for others, it may involve a humiliating auto-correct situation. For others still, it might...
  • 6 Things to Kill in Your Business for Better Customer Service
    Surveys aren’t the way to good customer service. They might’ve been five years ago, but they’re being used with such an annoying regularity that no one wants to take part in them. But how do you improve your business’ customer service if you don’t know what your...
  • The Must-do 5-question Exercise for Creating Content Your Audience Will Love
    Everyone is a publisher these days. Even five-year-olds are creating content on their parent’s YouTube channels. But what makes the type of content that your ideal audience will share? It takes understanding your market in the same way you probably conducted initial research when you began your...
  • Employer Provided Health Insurance
    Employer provided health care didn’t start until the 1940’s and there was no overarching plan for it to be the standard. Before that time, the American public largely paid its own way where medical costs were concerned, or more likely did not pay until there was a...
  • I want to be my own boss
    I want to be my own boss When people who are looking to start their own business are asked why they want to do that, by a great margin they say “To be my own boss.” Too many prospective small business owners really believe that they will...
  • Interest Rates
      By Mel Aanerud Former Assistant District Director of the United States Small Business Administration Suggestions to help Minnesota’s small business owners and potential small business owners. Interest rates I had a banker complain to me this month that he could not make as many small business...
  • Ham Lake Business Profile: Meineke Car Care Center
    Meineke Care Care Center in Ham Lake is a family-owned and operated business that’s crafted their business model on partnership. Partnership with their customers and partnership with the Ham Lake community. Owners Mark and Barbara Koloff grew up in Anoka County and have lived in Ham Lake...
Blog July 17, 2017