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Do you like dogs? Do you like happiness? Then, boy oh good boi, do we have a business opportunity for you! This  state-of-the-art Doggie Daycare has a delightful mission: to increase the amount of joy in the world by helping dogs stay healthy and happy—and ­­better able to support us. For many animal-lovers, the idea of spending their days interacting with dogs and the people who love them can seem like the stuff of fantasy. This business...

A recent white paper by Deloitte explores strengths intrinsic to family business that may give these enterprises a relative advantage during this unusual year. Interestingly, the subject of business culture is once again comes into focus. "Alongside the millions of healthcare professionals and volunteers, some family businesses are being branded as 'heroes' by their local and national communities in the current crisis," the paper states. "This often comes down to the family values that have...

There is a potentially lucrative group of buyers that many sellers don’t initially think about.  We are talking about foreign buyers.  While there are some hurdles to working with these types of buyers, it is important to note that there are many huge advantages as well.  Let’s take a closer look. How Are Foreign Buyers Different?  At the top of the list of ways in which foreign buyers are different is that they are often seeking a...

Vendor relations are important, and this is probably even more true in a year with supply chain disruptions and budget adjustments. As many businesses are looking for ways to save money, many vendors are hoping to hold on to clients. It might be a good time to talk about wiggle room. "Suppliers and service providers are often open to negotiating their 'standard' prices if you ask, and doing so can help your business get the...

The Innovation Group at University of New Mexico's Anderson School of Management offers a program this Fall to "help New Mexico’s businesses respond to the management challenges of the new COVID-19 low-touch economy," according to a recent UNM post.  Teams of students can be tagged in to assist with a variety of challenges, including: Analyzing firms’ financial performance and plans Commercializing technology products and services Improving project management processes and plans Managing technology-related operations Writing...

A popular article on LinkedIn this week addresses career change. Personal growth sometimes requires new challenges. "There often comes a point in your career where it’s time to re-evaluate. Things change. You change," writes  business podcaster Jessi Hempel.  "How do you screw up the courage to leave the safety and security of the subject you’ve mastered and start something new?" To examine this question, Hempel interviews Robin Arzon. Arzon left a secure career as a...

[caption id="attachment_978513" align="alignleft" width="300"] Santa Fe Business Incubator public kick-off event via Zoom for Runway Program[/caption] New Grant Awards Announced Supporting 11 Economic Development Projects & 3 Solo-Entrepreneur Programs The New Mexico Economic Development Department has announced the recipients of this year’s LEADS grants, as well as three organizations that will split $75,000 for their programs supporting entrepreneurs working from home, Cabinet Secretary Alicia J. Keyes announced today. The Local Economic Assistance & Development Support Program (LEADS) supports...

The buyer-seller meeting is quite often a “make or break” meeting.  Your business broker or M&A Advisor will do everything possible to ensure that this meeting goes as well as possible.  It is vitally important to realize that rarely is there an offer before buyers and sellers actually meet.  The all-important offer usually comes directly after this all-important meeting.  As a result, you want to ensure that meetings are as positive and productive as possible. Buyers need...

New Mexico made multiple Top 10 lists in site selector Business Facilities' 16th Annual State Rankings Report. The Land of Enchantment is also the Land of Fantastic: Workforce Development/Talent Attraction (Number 9) Film Production Leaders (Number 2) Unmanned Aerial Systems (Number 9) Electricity Generation (Number 8) New Mexico's Job Training Incentive Program (JTIP) is one of the most generous in the country. NM JTIP funds classroom and on-the-job training, supporting newly-created jobs in expanding and relocating businesses. ...

The main street lending program has gotten less attention than other areas of the government's pandemic response and support for businesses. However, depending on your business' financial state and needs, it can be a powerful tool. The main street lending program was designed for businesses that were financially sound prior to the pandemic. The minimum loan amount is $250,000, lowered in June from the an initial $500,000 minimum to allow more small to medium-sized businesses to...

Preparing to sell your business can be scary. Here's something you've worked so hard to build and grow. Of course you want to know it will be continue to thrive beyond your time at the helm. You also want to be sure you get what you deserve for all your vision and effort. To maximize the value and sellability of your business, we suggest you consider and address these eight factors. Strong preparation will set...

"What impact has working from home had on productivity and creativity?” A recent study conducted by researchers from Harvard Business School, MIT Media Lab, and McCombs School of Business at the University of Texas at Austin explored this question with more data than has historically been available. The Study The researchers state: "We decided to explore how employees have fared since they began working virtually. To that end, we started surveying a diverse group of more than...

"When times are good, you should advertise. When times are bad, you must advertise." The 100 year old adage coined by advertising pioneer Bruce Barton remains relevant today, says Forbes Contributor Brad Adgate in this article.  "Studies going back nearly one century point out the advantages of maintaining or even increasing ad budgets during a weaker economy," writes Adgate. Those advertisers that maintained or grew their ad spending increased sales and market share during the recession...

This conversation about changing consumer behavior patterns due to the pandemic is trending on LinkedIn this week: The coronavirus pandemic has reshaped consumer behavior and the marketing landscape, pushing companies to rethink how they interact with customers. Amid social distancing measures and shutdowns of brick-and-mortar stores, e-commerce sales are booming — growing 76% in June, according to Digital Commerce 360. Meanwhile, shoppers continue to prioritize their spending on essentials such as grocery and household goods. As consumers become...

In today’s business climate, reviews are the differentiator.  Years ago, people commonly asked for references when they were vetting a product or service.  But these days when people are searching for a local business to work with, they are likely to conduct research on their own and read online reviews.  Google reviews can give businesses a big credibility boost without having to spend a dime.  Let’s take a look at some of the key benefits. Increased Credibility...