5 Small Business Stories, Trends and Tips for Today

clock November 25, 2016 05:13 by author Ogoing Team

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1. 8 Last Minute Marketing Ideas for Small Business Saturday 

If you own a small business, it’s not too late to generate some extra PR for Small Business Saturday, on November 26. This week I tapped the social media universe for creative ways entrepreneurs are using the occasion to capture additional holiday sales. Read more athttp://bit.ly/2fRsdZl 

2. 5 Trumpcare Questions Answered for Small Business Owners 

During his campaign, President-elect Donald Trump made promises to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA), and has since made it a top priority in his first 100 days of office. It is still unclear whether the ACA will be repealed, replaced or amended, and the uncertainty is leaving small business owners wondering how to move forward with providing health coverage for their employees. Read more at http://bit.ly/2fRntTR 

3. Five Ways to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday 

American Express may have invented Small Business Saturday as a shopping holiday in 2010, but it has evolved into a “shop local” movement that gives retailers nationwide a considerable sales lift. Read more at http://for.tn/2fRoI5o 

4. Your Guide to Small Business Saturday 

With shoppers across the country gearing up for the holiday season, the National Retail Federation has predicted that sales in November and December are likely to increase 3.6 percent from last year, hitting nearly $655.8 billion. Read more at http://indy.st/2fRl1wp 

5. How Small-Business Owners Need to Rethink Their Job Postings 

Hiring is one of a small-business owner’s biggest challenges. As the unemployment rate shrinks, small-business owners are concerned about losing talent to large corporations that offer richer benefits and higher salaries. However, studies indicate that for millennials in particular, corporate culture ranks high when deciding where to apply, and the most expedient way for a small business to showcase its unique culture is through its job postings. Read more at http://on.wsj.com/2fRkUkr 


5 Small Business Stories, Trends and Tips for Today

clock September 15, 2016 18:44 by author Ogoing Team

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small business stories, trends and tips

1. Small businesses seek delay of overtime rule 

The nation’s leading small business trade group on Tuesday asked the Labor Department to delay a new rule making millions of Americans eligible for overtime pay, saying employers aren’t prepared to implement it when it goes into effect Dec. 1. Read more athttp://usat.ly/2cLIhfq 

2. The small business owners Trump never paid in full 

It was like we won the lottery," Beth Rosser remembers. Her dad, Forest Jenkins, had just secured a $200,000 contract to work at the biggest prize in Atlantic City: Donald Trump's Taj Mahal.His company installed toilet partitions -- not exactly glamorous, but important nonetheless. It was 1988, and a six-figure contract was huge. Read more athttp://cnn.it/2cLI0Jg 

3. ACA Making Small Business Owners Consider Retirement Benefits 

A survey conducted by Harris Poll on behalf of Nationwide, an insurance and financial services organization, found that because of the enactment of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), small business owners are increasingly reconsidering retirement plans in order to retain and recruit employees. Read more at http://bit.ly/2cLIO0H 

4. Even Without Interest Rate Hike, Banks Must Lend to Small Businesses 

Big banks ($10 billion+ in assets) anticipated that the Federal Reserve would raise interest rates this summer. Many bankers and economists then anticipated that the central bank would increase rates its next policy meeting on September 20-21. That seems unlikely to happen at this point. Read more at http://bit.ly/2cLIH5i 

5. Small business owners can’t afford retirement 

More than one-third of them are not putting money into their own superannuation despite many paying compulsory super to their employees, says today’s SME Snapshot by cloud accounting group MYOB. Read more at http://bit.ly/2cLIoHT

International Standard for Lean Six Sigma - Here's their small business story

clock October 10, 2013 07:44 by author Ogoing Team

Steven Bonacorsi, entrepreneur and founder of International Standard for Lean Six Sigma, shared his amazing story with the oGoing team.

Steven is an oGoing member.

International Standard for Lean Six Sigma

1. Can you tell us about you and your business? 

The “International Standard for Lean Six Sigma (ISLSS)” is a management consulting firm that specializes in training, project coaching, deployment planning, Kaizen Events, process improvement marketing, and Lean Six Sigma certification.

2. How is your business doing? 

We are doing well, we are owner of the LinkedIn Lean Six Sigma Group that currently has 207,000 members http://www.linkedin.com/groups/Lean-Six-Sigma-37987 We have over 2,000 jobs posted on our boards each week, and grow over 5,000 new members each month.

3. What gets you going? 

We love our customers and it is a value for our team to want to wow “delight” our customers every single day. We even guarantee a 4:1 Return on Investment to our customers. We can offer this because we have never delivered and ROI that low, in fact we have never delivered an ROI less than 10:1, usually our $ impact is in the 25:1 range or higher. That’s exciting to our clients as well as the Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belts on our team that deliver these financial results.

4. What are your products or services, and key benefits? 

Lean Six Sigma Yellow Belt Certification (2 days) – Key Benefits: Ability to participate on Lean Six Sigma Projects with hands-on skill development in executing basic project management tools and methods

Lean Six Sigma Green Belt Certification (10 days) – Key Benefits: Ability to Lead Lean Six Sigma DMAIC Projects; Pass GB Exam; and Execute a 3-4 month business process improvement project.

Lean Six Sigma Black Belt Certification (20 days) – Key Benefits: Ability to Lead cross-functional Lean Six Sigma; Pass BB Exam; Coach GB Projects; Execute a 3-5 month business process improvement project.

Kaizen Event Certification (3 days) – Key Benefits: Ability to lead Kaizen Events(3-5 day full time team) rapid improvement continuous improvement projects.

5. Who are your customers? Can you share a brief success story?

We have led 27 Fortune 100 and over 40 Fortune 500 Company Lean Six Sigma Deployments; We also support businesses in marketing and promotion on social networks. The Process Excellence Network, a division of IQPC, has been a client of our for over 3 years, we helped the Lean Six Sigma community become aware of Events, Webinars, Case Studies, White Papers, Interviews with thought leaders, book reviews, summits, awards, videos, training, tools and templates, and book reviews. We share Announcements, Featured Topics, Group Management, Profile Enhancements, and we share content across social networking sites to reach 10’s of millions of followers.

6. How do you find new customers? Or customers find you?

Customers find us. We operate by references. Our exposure as the leader in Lean Six Sigma on the various social networking sites and through our partnerships enables new customers to find us, while our existing customers are extremely satisfied with our results and call us back for repeat business often.

7. What is your biggest challenge? What help do you need to overcome this?

We offer Open Enrollment training programs internationally, these are often 3-4 workshops that range 2-3 days each, so that when traveling Internationally we can develop students quickly on a number of business skills in a 2 week visit to that country. Each workshop needs a minimum of 15 students to run the workshop and a maximum of 30 students in order to justify the trip to that country. In a 2 week trip we can deliver 4 workshops over the 10 business days and so can develop a total of 120 professionals. These are open enrollment training workshops and could use help in filling these seats so that we can travel to more countries – growing the talent needed to execute business process improvement transformation projects.

8. What are your 2013 goals? Did you kill them? 

One of our 2013 goals was to publish a Kaizen Event book. Yes we will kill this goal. We are completing final edits in October, Book Reviews by November, Graphics by December, and Publication in Jan 2014.

9. Can you share some tips with our community?

Business Networking is not a periodic activity but a daily activity. It is important to manage ones time so as to prioritize not only business execution, business development, but also in sharing results. Business Networking allows others to see your performance, build your professional image, and create exposure of your value proposition. All three are critical to long-term strategic growth.

Warm Regards,

Steven Bonacorsi, LSS MBB
International Standard for Lean Six Sigma
603-401-7047 (mobile)

Skype: sbonacorsi


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