Author Archives for Michelle Bomberger

preparation is key for difficult conversations

Preparation is Key for Difficult Conversations

by | March 30, 2021

We can all think back to difficult conversations. Most of us have had dozens of them across professional, personal, and family relationships. When thinking about which of these conversations ended successfully, what factors come to mind? For me, the answer is “preparation.” Preparation forces us to critically consider why the conversation will be difficult, how... View Article

data protection

Data Protection Goes Beyond “Don’t Click on That”

by | February 24, 2021

We’ve all heard about cybersecurity risks and the increasing sophistication of hackers seeking to access our data. Small businesses are particularly at risk because they often don’t have sophisticated systems in place. The increasing work-from-home environment due initially to COVID-19, but likely to continue in the future, created even more access. Employees may use their... View Article

Create Lasting Business Value by Protecting Assets

Create Lasting Business Value by Protecting Assets

by | January 27, 2021

In owning a business, you take responsibility for an entity separate from yourself. Daily, you make operational and strategic decisions on behalf of the entity to increase revenue and serve your customers. The goals you pursue are a means of creating business value. The value, though, arises from the cash generated by the business and... View Article

survive challenging times

3 Business Priorities to Survive Challenging Times

by | November 25, 2020

Business owners have been doused in COVID-19 news, regulations, and challenges for most of the year. We’re not looking to rehash this year, but to plan ahead for a better year in 2021. Tucked around all the challenges we faced, there are some exceptional lessons we can learn from each other to survive challenging times.... View Article

Why the hiring process matters

Why the Hiring Process Matters (and how to do it right)

by | October 29, 2020

Hiring is a beast of a process – and when done right, it pays off. However, what does “doing it right” look like? The hiring process specifics will be different for each company, but the core is about structuring the process. Structure helps you identify that the individual has the key characteristics to be successful... View Article

business transactions

Tips for Business Transactions During a Pandemic

by | September 29, 2020

Business leaders are asking if the business transaction landscape is changing, considering the pandemic. Do we see negative impacts on many businesses? To be honest, we don’t see much change – deals are moving forward with little change in the terms or contingencies. This may be due to the specific deals we’re seeing, or parties... View Article

Six Insights to Enhance Diversity in Your Business

by | August 28, 2020

“Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion” are words that have been floating around the business community for many years, but it’s been primarily an effort of big businesses. Small companies typically have infrequent hiring needs and, therefore, feel they can have a limited impact on diverse hiring. In recent months, however, more small businesses are asking how... View Article

disaster planning

Prioritize Disaster Planning Beyond Insurance

by | July 31, 2020

As the pandemic and related lockdown took hold in March, companies immediately began to look for ways to protect their businesses from the damage. Insurance coverage, of course, was a first thought – but in most cases, insurance didn’t deliver. Many companies were stuck with no revenue; other companies were stuck because their people couldn’t... View Article