Food Trucks: 4 Tips to Launch a Successful Mobile Food Business

by Edgar R. Olivo

Mobile food vendors bring a lot of flavors to corporate events, celebrations and public hang-out areas. Food trucks are an essential service to any community and, since 2008, boomed onto the food and beverage scene across the country with unique creations. It’s hard to escape videos on social media of people enjoying food creations from diverse chefs and food … [More]

What Small Business Owners Need to Know about the New Executive Order on Promoting Competition

by Edgar R. Olivo

On July 9, 2021, President Biden sign a wide-ranging executive order that promotes competition in markets across the United States economy and is meant to level the playing field for consumers, workers and smaller businesses. Many in the business world stand to benefit from this executive order as small groups like vendors and farmers have voiced support for it. The economy … [More]

High-Impact Coaching: 7 Skills That Will Take Your Coaching Results to the Next Level

by Edgar R. Olivo

In today's economy, flexibility is a key trait to have in a distributed workforce. Leaders and teams must embrace diversity, inclusion and equity to succeed in the future of work. Coaching as a skill has become the ultimate competency for team managers and leaders. The ability to engage in motivating and empowering conversations can create a safe space for teams to have a … [More]

The Art of Interviews: How to Ask the Right Questions for Effective Hiring

by Edgar R. Olivo

Small businesses all across the country and industries are feeling the pinch of a labor shortage as one of the many impacts of the pandemic. This has profound effects on our everyday services, such as delayed A/C repairs, more expensive flights and slower healthcare. Business managers everywhere are finding ways to attract new hires with sign-on bonuses, competitive benefit … [More]

Smart Energy Devices: 6 Ways Small Businesses Can Go Green with Smart Technology

by Edgar R. Olivo

Smart energy devices are playing a bigger role in how small businesses transform to a more efficient and sustainable way to grow. A smart device is any electronic device that can be connected to your energy system, with or without the internet, that can interact with other devices and make some decisions on its own. Lighting, alarm systems, doorbells, office equipment and … [More]

One-Page Business Plan: How to Create a Plan to Achieve Your Goals and Grow

by Edgar R. Olivo

Why is a business plan important? It helps business owners explore a business opportunity, create strategies to operate successfully, and guides them toward their goals. It is an important tool used during the valuation of a business and financial institutions as well as investors usually insist on reviewing one before making an investment. And, according to research, having a … [More]

Productivity Guilt: 6 Mindset Strategies to Help You Avoid This Common Burnout Symptom

by Edgar R. Olivo

Do you ever feel guilty when you are not productive? That feeling is called “productivity guilt” and it is a mindset of feeling bad when you are not creating, achieving, producing or working hard. You might have intrusive thoughts about how you wasted your time, you are not good enough or feel like a failure because you did not do enough work. It is more common than you … [More]

Water Economy: 5 Ways Small Businesses Can Conserve Our Most Precious Resource

by Edgar R. Olivo

Water is at the core of Arizona’s economy, lifestyle and uniqueness. Clean, reliable water sources are important for our communities and economy to thrive. Small businesses from all regions and industry sectors of Arizona’s economy have an active role in supporting policy and investments to secure Arizona’s water future. Arizona uses around 36% of its water from the Colorado … [More]

To Mask or Not to Mask? What Small Businesses Need to Know about the CDC’s New Guidance

by Edgar R. Olivo

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced on Thursday it is safe for fully vaccinated people to stop wearing masks in most indoor settings. But the new guidance came with conditions and confusion, leaving small businesses to sort through the information and decide how to update their own rules. To mask or not to mask? This new announcement sounded like … [More]

4 Tips to Leverage Your Voice as a Small Business for Political Causes

by Edgar R. Olivo

Hot political issues happening across the country like voter restriction legislation, social and racial justice, and the climate crisis have exposed the need for businesses to examine the risk of taking a stand or remaining silent. Businesses leveraging their voice for a political cause is nothing new. As the pandemic forced countless business closures across the country in … [More]

How to Apply for Financial Assistance for Restaurants, Bars, and Other Businesses Impacted by COVID-19

by Edgar R. Olivo

More financial help for food and beverage businesses has arrived! This new program provides emergency assistance for eligible restaurants, bars and other qualifying businesses impacted by COVID-19. The American Rescue Plan Act established the Restaurant Revitalization Fund (RRF) to provide funding to help restaurants and other eligible businesses keep their doors open. This … [More]

7 Strategies That Promote DEI Principles in Your Business

by Edgar R. Olivo

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) are no longer buzzwords in the business world, they are commitments and keys to success. Business leaders are realizing that when DEI is made a priority, it makes a difference in every facet of a company. A study by McKinsey & Company and the Society of Human Resource Management showed that a commitment to diversity correlates with … [More]

9 Tips to Make a Great Impression in Your Virtual Meetings

by Edgar R. Olivo

“You’re on mute” became the quote of the year in 2020 and was said 1,000% more times in virtual meetings between executives compared to 2019. Chances are you have said or heard it once or twice when you joined more virtual meetings since the start of the pandemic. This new way of conducting business is hardly new at all, but it has now become an indispensable way of getting … [More]

How Minority-Owned Small Businesses Can Gain a Competitive Edge with a Diversity Certification

by Edgar R. Olivo

If you own a small business and are part of a certain demographic group, your business could qualify for a diversity certification, which will grant you access to special grants, supplier programs and large contracts. This is a great way to grow your business when you plan to sell to other businesses or the government. As diversity becomes an ever-increasingly important topic … [More]

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