Fall is the beginning of my year. It always has been. In the first place, I’m Jewish, so I celebrate the new year in the fall rather than in January. I take stock and make my resolutions in the fall. Fall is also when school starts, and when people come back after having a long break. Fall is when I naturally feel compelled to start in new directions and when the economy begins to ramp up again.
This year my main goal is to take those new directions and make them more, um…directed. I’m trying to set clear, achievable goals for … Read more »
SCORE stands for “Service Corps of Retired Executives,” and is a volunteer organization dedicated to helping individuals start successful businesses by receiving advice from those who have already done it. I’ve taken a few SCORE-sponsored workshops in the past, and used their sample business plan to write my own, but today I discovered even more free, useful goodies on their web site.
I’m particularly taken with their “60-Second Guides,” which cover everything from pricing to hiring. Especially at this time of year, time is tight, and I love being able to learn how … Read more »
A few days ago I was faced with a dilemma: whether or not to participate in the New York International Gift Fair. The NYIGF is the best-known trade show in the biz, and the show of choice for hip, high-end designers. To show in one of the juried divisions, you need to submit a lengthy application. If accepted to the show, you can typically expect to wait anywhere from three to eighteen months for a spot.
A little recent history: when I first visited my local SCORE center, Barry, my counselor, … Read more »