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Small Business Advice From the Experts

2016 can be your year to take your small business to the next level. For small business owners, growth is a constant goal. Sometimes this can be discouraging when the growth isn’t as fast or as steady as you would have liked, but it’s important to remember others have been where you are and have overcome the hurdles of starting their own business. Looking to those who have succeeded often motivates us to do the same, so here’s some invaluable advice from small business owners nationwide:

“Surround yourself around the best people you can and give them an opportunity to do what they love to do best. Each one of my staff and faculty are leaders themselves. I cannot succeed without them.”

-John Stonecipher, President and CEO of Guidance Aviation Inc. and Small Business Person Of The Year Winner

Hiring the best people and then giving them the opportunity to do what they genuinely love results in a productive work day for everyone. Having a work culture where your employee’s are fulfilled in their jobs results in the success of a business, every time.

“Try to find a mentor if possible. I was incredibly fortunate to have had Art Christoffersen as my business partner … He was a great sounding board and really never told me what to do, but he asked some great questions that led me to the answer.”

– Judith Huck, President Classique Floors Inc.

When it comes to talking about your ideas and goals, it helps tremendously to have someone to talk to who has been where you are. Having this support and guidance will do so much more for your business than any article you’ll ever read. Plus, the questions that come up in those conversations will help lead you through thought processes that you would have never tapped into before. Finding a trusted mentor (that you also respect) can play a major key in the success of your business.

“It’s about long-term relationships and treating your customers right. Do what’s right for them long-term. Once you win the business, that’s when the hard work begins…It’s all about relationships and reputation.”

– Mike Sawyers, President 7Delta

There’s no marketing that’s as effective as word of mouth marketing. Turn every customer into a raving customer so that not only do they want to continue doing business for you, but they become brand ambassadors and talk to their friends and colleagues about you. People buy from people they know and trust, and they buy from people that their friends know and trust. Focus on your current clients just as much as you focus on prospective ones.

As 2015 wraps up, take a look back at all the milestones your business has achieved. Find a way to genuinely celebrate those wins, and as you go into the new year, build on those wins and create new ones, because 2016 can be the year you take your business to the next level!

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