Categories for Community

Can Practicality and Art Coexist?

I’m an engineer at heart. I think this gives me an advantage in many areas because my desire is to implement creative solutions to difficult problems. But it’s also a hinderance when it comes to “problems” that don’t necessarily have an answer. Like… which is the best color to use for your company logo? Or what is the ideal copy to use... View Article

Are Free Websites the Right Solution for Small Business Owners?

Companies offering free websites – like Wix, Weebly and Yola – are popping up everywhere.  I love free stuff. I use tons of it. But just because it’s free doesn’t mean that it’s the best solution for your small business. When you’re bootstrapping your business – which is often a great approach – I completely understand that free tools can be your life... View Article

I can’t hear you: an 80-year-old lesson I screw up every day

I’m not good at meeting new people. I worry about saying something stupid or, more than anything, not having anything to say. I typically don’t talk alot. But when I have something new and exciting to talk about, I can’t wait to tell everyone. Common sense (and some of the “pros”) tell you that you have to get out there... View Article

You Have My Attention – Now What?

It’s kind of hard to get my attention, but not as hard as you think. The reality of the situation is that you have my attention all the time, you simply don’t know what to do with it. EXAMPLE: This morning, I was awake at 5:15 AM thanks to a 6-year-old whose name I will not mention. After tucking Luca... View Article

5 Ways to Ignite and Inspire Community Development

Communities all over our country are falling apart. Jobs are being lost. Corporations are packing up and moving. Small businesses are closing at astounding rates. It’s getting harder to retain the bright young minds that were born and raised there. Entrepreneurs aren’t skeptical of their ability to succeed in these towns. It’s not good. Given the facts, we can choose... View Article

Filling the Gap

In my community – and in yours – there is a gap. It’s a gap between what the community could look like and what it does look like. Each day we get to decide if we are going to be on the positive or negative side of that gap. We could talk about how you ended up on whatever side of the gap you’re... View Article

4 Reasons You Should Be Glad You Don’t Have More Followers

I fail at almost everything that I do. I post blogs that no one reads. I sell products that no one buys. I even try to give away free content that no one wants. But it may make you question my sanity even more when you know that I’m not planning to stop any time soon. I don’t have a... View Article