Business

The Human Resource: Employee breaks cost

Before we even get into the core message of this article, be sure to check if your business is even obligated to provide a break to your employees under federal or state law. In many jurisdictions, there is no legal mandate forcing an employer to provide workers over the age of 18 any breaks whatsoever. In other states, such as Delaware, state law covers “meal ...

 
 

The Human Resource: Investing in your employees

From the moment you hire a new employee, you should be considering the competitive advantage you gain by developing the skills and capabilities of the employee. To do this effectively, examine the needs of your business to meet current skill gaps and when hiring fills these gaps with individuals who can make the most immediate and sustained impact for you. However, ...

 

Boost Your Business: Five things you need to know

Recently in a client meeting, I was asked by one of the sales employees what they needed to know to help them be more successful next year. It’s a great question and one that we should be asking ourselves on a regular basis, not just about next year but about next quarter and next month. Here’s what I told the salesperson and the rest of the team: If you can’t raise ...

 

The Human Resource: Calculate the cost of a bad hire

Regardless of how effective your recruitment process may be, there will be times when a new employee simply cannot effectively or successfully perform the job they were hired for. Further, there are times that an applicant is simply successful at getting through the process without the necessary skills and expertise to perform the role well. The result? A bad hire. ...

 

Business Briefs Nov. 3

• SCORE Women's Entrepreneurship Conference is Friday, Nov. 17, from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Strategic Steps for Success - An educational conference for women that focuses on how you can develop and implement a targeted, strategic approach to starting or growing a business. Panelists include Debi Friedmann, Blue Dog Printing and Design; Tracy Flanagan, senior vice ...

 

Weymouth legacy continues

George A. "Frolic" Weymouth was one of the driving forces and founders of the Brandywine Conservancy and later the Brandywine River Museum. That was 50 years ago. Weymouth died in April 2016, but his legacy and efforts live on. Today, Virginia "Ginny" Logan is the Frolic Weymouth executive director and CEO of the Brandywine Conservancy and River Museum of Art. She ...

 

The Human Resource: Teach employees to share

Perhaps you remember the old-fashioned and antiquated business approach to employee engagement formerly known as the “suggestion box.” This was the method used by many organizations to allow employees to share ideas and thoughts about what to do differently in the workplace. Instead of finding a way to directly engage the workforce, a box would be stationed in the ...

 

Boost Your Business: Choose your best entity

Determining the legal structure of your business is one of the most important business decisions you’ll ever make. This decision can significantly impact the security of your business as well as its profitability; the type of business you’re in can help you determine which entity to choose. Sole Proprietorship If you’re a single owner or a married couple just ...

 

The Human Resource: Difficult decisions

It is not uncommon for a small business owner to face a decision that has significant consequences to the company. What may not be common, is when the decision requires the business owner to decide what is good for the business, or what is good for an employee. These situations go right to the core of leadership capabilities that influence the owner’s ability to see ...

 

Barn Shops reborn in Chadds Ford

The Barn Shops, a landmark for shopping in Chadds Ford Township for decades, has had dwindling traffic over the past dozen years. But new owner John Anderson hopes to resurrect the former vigor. Anderson recently renovated the front building, the former Chadds Ford Gallery, to accommodate new businesses and said a café would be moving into the location currently ...

 

Boost Your Business: Fire these customers

Not all clients are created equal. Nor should you be compelled to treat them equally. There’s no law stating you must sell to everyone or keep servicing clients that are the wrong fit for your business. It’s as fair to say that your business has outgrown certain types of customers as it is to say that you have some customers you should have never brought on in the ...