Get Down to Business
You know me. I am all about strategic planning. I blog about it, talk about it, dream about it, blog about my dreams about it. I like strategic planning. I think it’s crucial for small businesses. So it is only logical that I would be a huge proponent of budgeting because that is one of[…]
Actually, CRM stands for Customer Relationship Management, but it might as well stand for clients really matter, because they do. And a CRM system will help you show it. Regular readers of this blog know how important I think it is to collect client information – for everything including marketing, pricing, identifying your ideal client,[…]
How many social media followers does your business have? Have you ever posted something that was “liked” more than a thousand times? Do you know what the IMHO in the headline means? Hopefully you’re not hyperventilating at this point. I know a lot of business owners who are terrified at the concept of social media.[…]
Your business is humming right along. Things are going well. And then a thought occurs to you – “Should I open another location?” Don’t panic. You’re not going crazy. This is a natural part of owning a successful business. Many business owners just like you ask themselves this very same question. Sometimes because they need[…]
As a recent graduate of business school, it was inevitable that I was going to force you to read some kind of case study. It’s what we “business school people” do. And as you all know, I am a big believer in the value that analytics can bring to any organization no matter what size.[…]
(And other characteristics that entrepreneurs possess.) What does it mean to be an entrepreneur? If you own or manage your own business, take a big step back and look at the big picture… why do you do it? Why don’t you just have a “regular job” like most of your friends and family? What is[…]
And are you treating it that way? Overheard at a coffee machine somewhere in Indiana: MANAGER 1: We need to spend some money to train our employees. MANAGER 2: Yeah, but what if we train them, and they just leave? MANAGER 1: Yeah, but what if we DON’T train them, and they stay? When asked[…]
Be careful that’s not what you sound like when touting your customer service. Just about every small business on the planet claims to have the “best customer service.” And most of them think that, just by claiming it, they set themselves apart from their competition. But if every small business is declaring it, and all[…]
There. You just took the first step of succession planning. It’s a tough topic for most business owners. But it comes up a lot in the meetings I have with clients and prospective clients. So many business owners I speak with have put off the succession planning discussion for too long, and they know they[…]
Instead of minding my own business, my job is to mind yours.
I’m a banker who loves business.
I’ve always been interested in learning how businesses operate, exploring the industry they serve, and especially meeting the people who make them run.
For the past decade, I’ve met with hundreds of business owners and managers to discuss their businesses. I love listening to their stories – how they got started, why they are passionate about their business, and what they need to grow and succeed. Every story and every business owner is different. I learn something every time. And the most important thing I’ve learned is that all I really have to do is listen… and they’ll tell me exactly how I can best partner with them.
All this experience listening to business owners serves me well as a Commercial Banker at Alliance Bank. Every single day I have the chance to help business owners of all shapes and sizes in any way I can – everything from arranging financing to providing outside perspective on their business plans. (Strangely enough, I have participated in, and judged business plan competitions… I told you I loved business!) I’m also a “data guy”, so I’ve studied analytics extensively and I’m always ready to discuss what big data means to small and medium-sized businesses.
On the personal side, I’m married to my high school sweetheart, who is also from Lafayette. I love reading, I’m a history buff, and enjoy watching sports. I have a degree in political science from Purdue, and just recently completed my MBA from Indiana University. But when push comes to shove… I always Boiler Up!
I’m looking forward to sharing some of my thoughts on business with you in the coming months. In the meantime, if you have any questions about business lending, business operations/analytics, Purdue sports, or just want to say hi, drop me a note below. Or stop by my office and let’s talk business!
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When you need funds to help grow your business, Alliance Bank can help. Whether for upgrades on equipment or just equipment replacement, refinancing existing debt, or additional working capital, term loans are flexible and can help you to achieve your business’ goals.
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At Alliance Bank, we pride ourselves on getting to know you and your business. We provide detailed financial analysis that provides a complete picture of the financial health of your business. Operating lines of credit help your business to manage its cash flow as effectively as possible.
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