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Small Business As Usual -- why borrowing got hard

9/4/2019
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Small business owners might wonder what happened to the world where they could dial their banker on the phone and arrange for a loan in a snap. As CEDF celebrates its 25th anniversary, President and CEO Jim Bzdyra looks back over the changes that impacted commercial banking.

Duration:00:17:21

Small Business As Usual -- emotions behind money

7/18/2019
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Problems in business with money? Maybe it's all in your head. Corrin Gibbs Burke, CFP, explains the emotional side of what none of us can live without, and how using archetypes helps us understand pitfalls and tendencies that interfere with small business success.

Duration:00:14:33

Small Business As Usual -- what customers want

5/14/2019
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Imagine racking up big debt and betting all on opening a small store only to find out the next day a big box competitor had come to town. Nick Tarzia, explains how he survived by finding out what his customers wanted and how it eventually led to success owning Awesome Toys & Gifts in Stamford and Westport.

Duration:00:16:11

Small Business As Usual -- right place, right time, right customer

3/24/2019
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Richard Portelance, CEO of CareerPath Mobile, developed a great solution that users loved, but the paying customers weren't ready to adopt it. What he did next explains how to move your business into the right place at the right time for the right customer. Thanks to Nelson Merchan of the CT SBDC for introducing his client.

Duration:00:17:53

Small Business As Usual -- the right questions

3/1/2019
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Episode 19-3: Are you asking the right questions about your business? Do you have the right business model? Are you solving problems for customers? Are you an entrepreneur or a small business owner? Middletown-based Anthony Price of LootScout wrote a book, "Get the loot and run," to explore questions like these.

Duration:00:19:24

Small Business As Usual -- innovation

2/3/2019
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Episode 19-2: Innovation doesn't come from brainstorming. It sneaks up on you like a cat at the intersection of experience and observation. Chris Raimo, owner of Happy Cat Hotel in Windsor, CT, explains how his concept evolved into what might become an industry disruptor.

Duration:00:18:20

Managing Conflict in your Workplace pt3

1/8/2019
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The most important and hardest element of a small business owner's role is handling people. But building a harmonious team requires careful attention to the staff as well as polishing your own management skills. Do you waste valuable hours dealing with workplace conflict? Do you find yourself attending to the same silly problems over and over again because the issues never get resolved? In this 90-minute introduction to conflict management in the workplace and beyond you'll learn how to more...

Duration:00:19:00

Managing Conflict in your Workplace pt2

1/8/2019
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The most important and hardest element of a small business owner's role is handling people. But building a harmonious team requires careful attention to the staff as well as polishing your own management skills. Do you waste valuable hours dealing with workplace conflict? Do you find yourself attending to the same silly problems over and over again because the issues never get resolved? In this 90-minute introduction to conflict management in the workplace and beyond you'll learn how to more...

Duration:00:18:41

Managing Conflict in your Workplace pt1

1/8/2019
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The most important and hardest element of a small business owner's role is handling people. But building a harmonious team requires careful attention to the staff as well as polishing your own management skills. Do you waste valuable hours dealing with workplace conflict? Do you find yourself attending to the same silly problems over and over again because the issues never get resolved? In this 90-minute introduction to conflict management in the workplace and beyond you'll learn how to more...

Duration:00:50:14

Small Business As Usual -- how your customers feel

1/7/2019
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Episode 19-1: Devon Scanlon, owner/operator of Chick-Fil-A in Brookfield, CT, shares her methods for maintaining fidelity to the simplest of ideas -- how you make your customers feel -- and why this can make sales and profits soar.

Duration:00:21:23

Small Business As Usual -- building community

11/23/2018
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Episode 18-12: In an era emphasizing referrals, social media and testimonials, growing a consumer-facing business is not just a matter of advertising but about building a community of enthusiasts who are wild about your offering and willing to help evangelize to like-minded. Jennifer Lord explains how its done at Twist Yarn in Niantic.

Duration:00:19:15

Building relationships with journalists pt 4

11/4/2018
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Almost every small business owner would love to have their operation featured in the local newspaper. Lee Howard, award winning journalist for The Day, will help you learn: -- What kind of story is likely to attract media interest. -- How to make an effective pitch for your idea. -- The proper use of news releases and other avenues of communication. -- How to become a valuable source for a reporter interested in your industry.

Duration:00:08:26

Building relationships with journalists pt 3

11/4/2018
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Almost every small business owner would love to have their operation featured in the local newspaper. Lee Howard, award winning journalist for The Day, will help you learn: -- What kind of story is likely to attract media interest. -- How to make an effective pitch for your idea. -- The proper use of news releases and other avenues of communication. -- How to become a valuable source for a reporter interested in your industry.

Duration:00:15:14

Building relationships with journalists pt 2

11/4/2018
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Almost every small business owner would love to have their operation featured in the local newspaper. Lee Howard, award winning journalist for The Day, will help you learn: -- What kind of story is likely to attract media interest. -- How to make an effective pitch for your idea. -- The proper use of news releases and other avenues of communication. -- How to become a valuable source for a reporter interested in your industry.

Duration:00:13:48

Building relationships with journalists pt 1

11/4/2018
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Almost every small business owner would love to have their operation featured in the local newspaper. Lee Howard, award winning journalist for The Day, will help you learn: -- What kind of story is likely to attract media interest. -- How to make an effective pitch for your idea. -- The proper use of news releases and other avenues of communication. -- How to become a valuable source for a reporter interested in your industry.

Duration:00:15:35

Small Business As Usual -- work into play

10/27/2018
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Episode 18-11: Turning work into play is easy for Laura Beckham of New London's Berry's Ice Cream and Candy Bar. Laura explains how she adds fun to the recipes to keep her team motivated and her customers enchanted.

Duration:00:16:12

Use LinkedIn to Make Things Happen for your B2B Enterprise pt 2

10/15/2018
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As a small business owner or solopreneur, leveraging social media to market your business and identify leads is essential. LinkedIn is considered to be the primary social media platform for B2B connections, with over 500 million global users. This workshop will provide you with the best practices to incorporate into your social media strategy to guarantee success with LinkedIn. Samantha (Sammi) Williams, is a content strategist with over twenty years of writing experience. As a LinkedIn...

Duration:01:02:33

Use LinkedIn to Make Things Happen for your B2B Enterprise

10/15/2018
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As a small business owner or solopreneur, leveraging social media to market your business and identify leads is essential. LinkedIn is considered to be the primary social media platform for B2B connections, with over 500 million global users. This workshop will provide you with the best practices to incorporate into your social media strategy to guarantee success with LinkedIn. Samantha (Sammi) Williams, is a content strategist with over twenty years of writing experience. As a LinkedIn...

Duration:01:02:33

Small Business As Usual -- entrepreneur, technician or manager

9/24/2018
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Episode 18-10: As a business owner, do you have the personalities of the entrepreneur, technician and manager in balance inside your head? Do you have your time appropriately segmented and planned for efficiency? Bob Walsh, CEO of Sound Coaching Inc., in Bridgeport explains how he makes it work.

Duration:00:15:56

So You Want to Buy a Building pt 3

8/21/2018
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Dreaming of freeing your business from an unaffordable rent or an unresponsive landlord? Buying a building with a commercial mortgage is very different experience than a residential real estate transaction. Learn what’s involved so you can prepare. Presenter is Karen Tessman, CEDF director of lending.

Duration:00:17:02