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Mike Michalowicz

Mike Michalowicz (pronounced mi-KAL-o-wits) started his first business at the age of 24, moving his young family to the only safe place he could afford – a retirement building. With no experience, no contacts and no savings he systematically bootstrapped a multi-million dollar business. Then he did it again. And again. Now he is doing it for other entrepreneurs. Mike is the CEO of Provendus Group, a consulting firm that ignites explosive growth in companies that have plateaued; is a former small business columnist for The Wall Street Journal; is MSNBC’s business make-over expert; is a keynote speaker on entrepreneurship; and is the author of the cult classic book, The Toilet Paper Entrepreneur. His newest book, The Pumpkin Plan has already been called “the next E-myth!”

Mondays with Mike: The Profit Crisis… And How You Can Solve It

By February 20, 2017 No Comments

Think there’s not a profit crisis?  The Small Business Administration conducted a recent study and found that of the 28 million small businesses in the US, about 83% are not profitable.  That’s a shocking statistic.  The vast majority of small businesses lose money.  That means these small businesses are likely to close, ending job opportunities and reducing incomes for millions of families.

How do so many small businesses fail to turn a profit?  It turns out that it’s because of the way we think about profit – our profit mindset.  We talk about “year-end profit” or “the bottom line.”  We consider profit to be whatever is left over after we pay all our bills. 

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Mondays with Mike: Don’t Let the Haters Get You Down! Practical Strategies for Handling Criticism

By February 13, 2017 No Comments

There’s not a one of us who enjoys hearing criticism or complaints about our businesses.  Criticism is inevitable, and it’s actually a useful tool if you learn how to handle it effectively.  Healthy companies grow and evolve, and customer complaints can actually help you focus your efforts to improve in a way that’s seriously productive. 

Have complaints?  A crummy online review?  An irate customer?  Try these strategies:

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Mondays with Mike: 7 Strengths of Likable Leaders

By February 6, 2017 No Comments

Sure, the best leaders sometimes have to make decisions that are unpopular, but we all crave respect and support from the staff that make our companies work.  Being a likable leader isn’t about currying favor or tiptoeing around the people you employ.  In fact, being likeable means being the best leader you can be.  Employing these strategies will not only help you gain big-picture abilities that will benefit your business, but you will also gain the loyalty of your employees.

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Mondays with Mike: 7 Stellar Strategies for Saving on your Taxes       

By January 30, 2017 No Comments

As we turn the page on the calendar it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re wrapping up the old year right and getting the new one off to a great start.  We know we have to pay taxes, and we may even appreciate the benefits we get from handing over our money to the government, but we owe it to ourselves to make sure we don’t hand over more than we’re required to by law.

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Mondays with Mike: 7 TED Talks Every Entrepreneur Should See

By January 23, 2017 No Comments

I can’t say enough about TED talks.  The concept of taking a few minutes to explore personal, important stories that connect us and help us become better versions of ourselves is just a magnificent wonder.  I’ve collected some of my favorite TED talks that promote ideas all entrepreneurs should consider.

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Mondays with Mike: Put Word of Mouth to Work for You

By January 16, 2017 No Comments

New customers bring you new revenue, new perspectives, and fresh inspiration.  But they don’t exactly fall into your lap.  It can take a significant amount of effort to bring in new customers, but it’s so worth it.

One of my favorite strategies is to use word of mouth to generate interest in your company.  If you can get your existing customers or your prospective customers talking about your company, you’re more than halfway there.  But before you can start a buzz, you need to realize what sorts of things actually attract attention.

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Mondays with Mike: 7 Enviable Habits of Productive People

By January 9, 2017 No Comments

We all struggle with feeling like we’re not as productive as we should be.  But really, any discussion of productivity must begin with a definition.  You see, productivity isn’t necessarily about doing more, working more, or spending more energy.  Productivity is really about accomplishing what’s necessary and doing it as efficiently as possible. 

So productivity isn’t about working longer or harder.  It’s about working better, working smarter.  So how do you go about it?  Let’s take a look at eight traits that super productive people all share.

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