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Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder

Terri Kevany |

Passion and ideas are not enough to grow a successful business. Entrepreneurs or start-up teams need to possess key characteristics that give them a stronger ability to launch and succeed. Understanding who you are and where you stand as an entrepreneur can help you tap your talents to become successful. Gallup Strengths Center explored this concept, resulting in a book, Entrepreneurial StrengthsFinder by Jim Clifton and Sangeet Bharadwaj Badal.


Small Business Matters

Flawless Communication Leads to Happy Clients

Terri Kevany |

Communication is the lifeblood of any business/client relationship, and poor communication of any type is a surefire way to damage that connection. No matter what type of business you are in, healthy communication skills are key to keeping clients happy. William Beachy, president of GoMedia, a full-service web, logo and graphic design studio located in Cleveland understands the importance of quality engagement with clients. “We communicate with our clients on a daily basis, often through e-mail,” says Beachy. “It’s extremely important for us to make sure we are communicating effectively.” We asked Beachy to share some of his keys to superior client communications.


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Entrepreneur-in-Residence (EIR) Program Accepting Applications Today

Sante Ghetti |

Are you an entrepreneur interested in strengthening the connection between small business and state government? Then this pilot program could be for you. Beginning in September, select small business professionals will work in-house with LeanOhio through an entrepreneur-in-residence (EIR) program where they will spend one year assisting with Lean Six Sigma projects, events, and meetings involving state government agencies. The goal is to strengthen the connection between small business and state government. And, Ohio agencies will gain insights into private sector best practices and challenges – while entrepreneurs and their businesses will gain experience and tools from leaders in process improvement.


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Tips for Your Business: Always be Ready to Pitch

Terri Kevany |

Quick, in 30 seconds or less tell us what your company does and wow us with your unique selling proposition. Can’t do it? You’re not alone. It can take some time to get your business pitch just right. You'll likely go through several drafts before finding one that is compelling, and that sounds natural in conversation. A business pitch or elevator speech is a brief, persuasive speech used to spark interest in you and your business.