Think Tank Discussion Topics

The WBS Think Tank provides a forum for small business owners to share with one another their tips and tools of their trade.  The WBS Think Tank allows members to contribute to posts, ask questions, or simply initiate a discussion about a hot business topic.

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Using Forum Marketing

I'm an early start up that expected to utilize forum participation as an initial "word of mouth" marketing strategy. I identified several active forums on the topic (Internet Security) and proceeded to sign up only to read their rules to find they don't al

PAUL ROSEBROCK from Morganton, NC - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago
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Not getting enough sales

Our company, Stan's chip Dip, www.stanschipdip.com was started 8/08. We've made about $2,000.000 primarily from having a booth at food shows. We've only had 37 sales from our web site. Our website host says we're getting 2,000 hits a day. We also advertise

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Fuel costs

I have to make frequent trips to see clients and deliver product and I'm wondering what changes others are making in their business to cut back on fuel expenses?

BIZOWNER from Albuquerque, NM - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 years ago
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Small Business Challenges

What are the top challenges small business owners face?

ECARNEY from Minneapolis, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 years ago
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IRS 501C.3 Status - application and response time

My sister and I are currently unemployed. We have diligently been working on starting a new company. We have everything filed with the State and the Federal. However, just found out that the IRS is first processing 501C.3 - non-profit status application

KMADLOCK from Saint Paul, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 1 year ago
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Best Marketing Scheme

I work for a small, Web-based company (FlatDoor). What is the best marketing scheme to promote our website? We have gone through many grass-roots marketing campaigns with limited success and are now investing in many online campaigns. In case this affec

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Direction for Change?

A Business Owner recently said,”We need to change or we will be out of business in the next few months!” I have been in this situation before. And know what these words and feelings could do to a business without direction for change. Things happen. Som

DAVIDW from Provo, UT - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 months ago
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Small investor looking to invest in your current business or business you wish to start

Hi, this is my first post here. I am a former stock market investor. I invested for several years, but I have decided to pursue other avenues (invest elsewhere). I have a small amount of money to invest and I came to this forum in search of business ideas.

JAYDRAFT from Huffman, TX - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 8 months ago
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The Importance of Connections

These are times that try an entrepreneur’s spirit. How we lead, inspire hope, project confidence, build trusted relationships, and respond to adversity will go a long way toward our future success.

ROGERO from Minneapolis, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 months ago
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Small Business Tools - Researching a New Small Business

When researching a new business idea or thinking about starting a new small business, how do most people go about researching the potential of a new small business idea? It would be great to come up with a list of small business tools related to researchi

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Direction for Change?

A Business Owner recently said,”We need to change or we will be out of business in the next few months!” I have been in this situation before. And know what these words and feelings could do to a business without direction for change. Things happen. Som

DAVIDW from Provo, UT - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 months ago
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What are the essential quicken software supplies needed to start a very small business.

I am in the first steps of starting my small business and I dont want to purchase anything that is unneccessary. I've noticed there are several options and I want to get the right one. I do not need payroll. Any imput would be apreciated. Thanks.

CHELYNN from Columbus, OH - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 weeks ago
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A Management Guide to Success for Small Businesses

I have just published a book with the above title. It comes after a successful book, A Management Guide to Success for Auto Body Shops. This book sold over 4000 copies which is about 7% of the Auto Body market. This guide is akin to a recipe with all of th

JAMES LOWN from El Paso, TX - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago
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Promotional T-Shirts

Does anyone know of a good promotional T-shirt supplier that sells durable, high quality T-shirts and sweaters? Im looking for something close to Dickies that won't stretch out or fade quickly. Thanks.

C. BERRYHILL from Arroyo Grande, CA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago
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Retainer Templates

I am finding that my business is moving from an on line need to on-site need. I am looking for a well written retainer agreement for consulting purposes. Any suggestions, templates would be appreciated. website: http://hrsolutions4yourcompany.com e-mail:

JDAVISCAIN from Hyde Park, MA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 weeks ago

Best Marketing Scheme

I work for a small, Web-based company (FlatDoor). What is the best marketing scheme to promote our website? We have gone through many grass-roots marketing campaigns with limited success and are now investing in many online campaigns. In case this affec

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Chargebacks

Hi all, I run a small niche business selling electronics targeted at athletics. In the past few months, I have been receiving a higher number of chargebacks. My question: are there any online resources that small business folks like me can draw upon

BETSARN from Canton, MI - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 1 year ago

can someone explain a partnership and how it applies to an existing business?

Let me expand on this. My sister is a hair care professional in Oregon. She's been in the biz for 25 years. The owner of the salon she works at now has had a stroke and can't work any longer. She has offered it to my sister at a reasonable price, and my si

BIGBILL756 from Plummer, ID - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago
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Grant money available

I'm in Boston MA- I 'm serching for assistance on getting grant money for a buisness. I need help in devleloping a business plan. There is a company in Boston that helps with this. They are retired entrpreneuras. Do you know the name of the group? Richa

Licenses for Record Label?

I'm starting a record label that will be based out of Boulder, CO. I'm the sole proprietor and only artist (for now) on the label. I won't be paying employees, as I will be doing everything myself.. again, for now. I will NOT be making hard copies for s

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Mail Order business

I am interested in knowing what the business model is for the mail order companies that I receive infornation from. One is for general merchandise and the other is for health products, and in either case they use the same format. My experience is that once I order from a company I then am put on other mailing lists and the deluge starts. In the case of the general merchandise the company names are all different but the details are the same, i.e same order blank, same numbering system for goods, same pricing method (reg. price/sale price), same shipping policies, same handling charge, a code no. in the same location on the order blank, etc. Some of the mailings are small or large catalogs and others come in envelopes of 50 or so single sheets. In the case of the health products there are small 6-8 page brochures touting the value of the products, which all have weird sounding names; the same doctor testifies to the value of them, the address is from the state of Illinois, they all have a code number, etc. I am really interested in knowing how that model works and what the code number tells them. Can anyone help me out?

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Fitness For Duty Exams

Fitness for Duty Exams When can employers require an employee to undergo a fitness-for-duty exam? The Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) prevents an employer from requiring a medical examination, inquiring as to whether an employee has a disability,

JSEBESTA from Mendota Heights, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 1 year ago

What do your customers want these days?

With the last several years being a lousy economy many businesses have changed focus from trying to keep up with demand to trying to survive. We all know our markets have changed and so have our customer's preferences. How have your customer's preferenc

KEVINSTIRTZ from Burnsville, MN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 12 months ago
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Balancing Income between Equal Owners with Unequal Contributions

I have 25 years experience as a Hair stylist and have build up a relatively large clientele. 12 years ago the owner of the salon where I worked more or less left town. My sister, who had no experience in the salon business, provided one half of the money

BHEMMICK from Pittsburgh, PA - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 3 months ago
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HISTORY BEARS REPEATING

History Bears Repeating Ask borrowers to tell you about their past and future to better understand deals Brokers who have recently entered commercial lending — even those with considerable residential experience — may find it a mind-boggling world of

MSKY from Scottsdale, AZ - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago

Staying organized amid information overload

What are the tools and techniques that small business owners need to create in order to establish some peace, sanity, organization and success in their business and life? Are there simple steps small business owners can take to regain control lost throu

JIZAKS from Deerfield, IL - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 months ago
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Small Business Success

Hello , Im a student at Bryan College, and future small business owner. My father owns a small sign company but that is an issue I will cover later. Im constructing a statistical research paper and Im in need of a population to sample. I will be able to

SIGNGUY from Dayton, TN - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 6 months ago
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Have you ever produced digital media?

I am interested in knowing if businesses have ever wanted to create a CD, on demand presentation or an online video? If you have not, what has keep you from doing it? If you have, what was the cost and the process you went through?

JAREDVO from Ogden, UT - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 12 months ago
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Using Forum Marketing

I'm an early start up that expected to utilize forum participation as an initial "word of mouth" marketing strategy. I identified several active forums on the topic (Internet Security) and proceeded to sign up only to read their rules to find they don't al

PAUL ROSEBROCK from Morganton, NC - Add to my Personal PeerSphere - 2 years ago
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