Keep It or Shred It? A quick and easy guide to organizing your personal and business documents.

Spring has sprung.  The winter coats are put away and, if you’re like me, you’ve spent some time purging closets, pulling weeds, and generally organizing the house.  There’s just something fulfilling about cleaning out the “winter” of our lives. Similarly, it’s time to “spring clean” our records.  April is Records and Information Management (RIM) Month, […]

Right People, Right Jobs: Hire right every time.

If you’ve ever hired someone only to realize later that doing so was a huge mistake, well, welcome to the club.  Hiring new talent is one of the trickiest tasks for business owners, and getting it wrong is nothing short of expensive, time-consuming, awkward, and growth-hindering.  On the flip side, when we get it right, […]

We Need To Talk: Why you needn’t dread those four little words.

Are you dreading having a particular conversation at work?  Rest assured, your colleague is, too.  Better yet, he or she is likely struggling to figure out how to put you at ease. A recent survey conducted by Fractl, which asked 1,100 people about difficult conversations at work, revealed that most people, nearly 66%, not only […]

Strengthen Your Hiring Process By Harnessing the Power of Social Media

We live in a world connected by social media, and business is part of that network.  So much so that 93% of hiring managers report reviewing their candidates’ social media pages before making a hiring decision, according to recruiting platform Jobvite’s 2014 annual Social Recruiting Survey.   We want to see that our potential employees […]

Stay Calm and Conflict On: Harness the power of workplace conflict.

April is our busiest month here at BGW (hello, April tax deadline).  The good news is that we’re a family and we work together like a family.  The bad news is that we can get on each other’s nerves like family (I kid).  We’ve been through this many times before and we know we’ll come […]

Keep Your Eyes on the Prize: How to maintain your focus and stop floundering.

You can probably remember the exact moment the idea for your company emerged.  It was your “aha moment”, a split second when your dream was born.  From there you put a plan into action, and devoted your heart and soul into making your dream a reality.  Doing so took an enormous amount of fortitude and […]

Coming to a Lease Near You: New accounting standard brings big changes to your balance sheet.

Does your company lease equipment?  If so, you need to be aware of major changes related to the accounting of your leases. The Financial Accounting Standards Board (FASB) released its long-awaited changes in lease accounting standards last month, ending one of the biggest collaboration projects ever between it and the International Accounting Standards Board.  Under […]

Across the Milestones: Strengthen your relationships by celebrating your success.

Running a business is hard work.  Even when you’re on an upward trajectory, you (and the employees you have, if you have them) work hard to grow your business.  So hard, in fact, that you often don’t take the time to mark your achievements. Too many business owners fall into the trap of doing something […]

Supreme Uncertainty: How the Death of Justice Scalia May Impact Your Small Business

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia died unexpectedly in February.  While we don’t typically look to our highest court as a major player in our local businesses (it’s typically about individual candidates, especially in an election year), this year we must.  Scalia’s passing has immediate consequences for business. Five cases affecting small business — dealing with […]

Less Me, More We: Build your team and grow your business.

One of the best parts about living in the Carolinas this year was watching our hometown football team bulldoze its way into Super Bowl 50.  Criticism of the Panthers abound all season.  They were plagued by injuries, a glaring lack of obvious, big-money talent, and little experience in the post-season.  And yet, they made it, […]