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Buying a Business: 9 Questions That Will Keep You From Being the Greater Fool, by Bill McKown, Florida SBDC at USF – Avon Park

Buying an established enterprise can be a great way to expand your firm or to get into business for the first time… But even with all the perks, purchasing an existing small business falls under the old adage of “buyer beware.” Foolish buying decisions are made almost daily as shrewd sellers burden unsuspecting buyers with unprofitable or failing businesses…


Raise Prices and Still Keep Your Customers, by Pat Gordon, Florida SBDC at USF – Venice

How loyal are your customers?  How long have your clients been coming to your place of business?  Do they consider your services to be unique, one-of-a-kind, irreplaceable? I was having a conversation recently with a business owner who, not surprisingly, was looking for ways to increase the bottom line of her company.  Although she has done well in her business, she was contemplating whether she should raise her prices, but concerned about how many customers she would lose if and when she did decide to increase her prices…


Disaster Recovery Plans Can Yield Return on Investment, by Yanina Rosario, Florida SBDC at USF – Tampa

This is the time of the year in which we hear much talk about disaster preparedness and disaster recovery, primarily for our homes during hurricane season.  However, there are so many other potential disasters from natural to man made, that some government agencies are starting to include disaster recovery into their proposal evaluation criteria…

Preparedness Key to International Business Success, by Selma Canas, Florida SBDC at USF – Tampa