Author Archives for Michelle Bomberger

Does Your Family Business Suffer from the “Elephant in the Room Syndrome?

by | May 11, 2010

Our guest blogger this month is Lauren Owen, family business consultant and founder of Lauren Owen LLC.  She will be co-presenting our seminar “Managing Family Business Relationships” on May 19.  Learn more. ——————————— The dynamics of a family business can sometimes cause what we call the “elephant in the room syndrome: unspoken topics that no... View Article

There’s No Business Like A Family Business

by | May 4, 2010

Businesses are developed and grown through their relationships with people – people as owners, managers, customers, and vendors.  These people relationships, though critical for success, also create substantial risk for the business because people are emotional and often unpredictable.  Most businesses protect against this risk through contracts.  Why do they work?  Contracts allow a company... View Article

Business Continuity is Essential

by | April 21, 2010

Our guest blog post this week is from Pete DiSantis of Peter DiSantis Consulting Associates.  Pete will also be our guest presenter at the April Equinox Focus Event “Beating Your Competition through Contingency Planning.”  ———————– You lock your house, your office, your car.  You buy insurance for your house, your office, your car… even your... View Article

People Disasters and Business Continuity

by | April 2, 2010

When we think of disaster recovery for business, images of earthquakes, fires, and floods come to mind.   Thoughts about losses of expensive equipment, inability to access important data, and getting people to work and product out the door become overwhelming.   We take comfort in the fact that we have property and casualty insurance and start... View Article

Financial Variables in Manufacturing

by | March 30, 2010

Dennis Hebert of CFO Selections shares insights on the finance side of your manufacturing relationship.  ——————————— Congratulations!  You have found a company that will manufacture your product.  The company will produce your product at the quality level you want, and at a price that gives you great margins.  You’re ready to sign the formal manufacturing... View Article

Manufacturing Seminar Teaser

by | March 23, 2010

Our guest blog post comes from Bob Nitschke, Managing Partner of Arago Partners in Seattle, WA.  Bob provides some of the key questions we’ll address in tomorrow’s seminar on “Maximizing Your Manufactuing Relationship.”  If you have these questions, join us tomorrow for education and discussion. ——————————- Are you a first-timer?  Don’t be offended by the... View Article

Beginning a Manufacturing Process – Part 2

by | March 16, 2010

Part 2 of our “Beginning a Manufacturing Relationship” blog post by Erin Wilson, President and Chief Mama at Lots to Say Baby, a manufacturer and designer of funny pacifiers. Bringing your idea to reality – Part II Finding a Manufacturer Our last post talked about ways to research the manufacturing process.  Once you are armed with... View Article

Beginning a manufacturing process – Part 1

by | March 14, 2010

Our guest blog post this week comes from Erin Wilson, President and Chief Mama of Lots To Say Baby, a manufacturer and designer of funny pacifiers.   She can be reached at erin@lots2saybaby.com.  This is part 1 of a 2 part post… ————————————— You have the idea of the century; a product that just needs to be out... View Article

Maximizing Manufacturing Contracts

by | March 9, 2010

Over the past 18 months, many great ideas and inventions have come to the surface.  Maybe creativity and innovation is correlated with high levels of unemployment…  I haven’t looked into this but it makes sense.   Whatever the reason, we’ve seen more new products and concepts coming to market and our patent lawyer colleagues had a... View Article