Success Story: Idaho –
Matt Kent became interested in optometry as a 19-year-old, while serving as a volunteer at eye camps for under-served populations in India.
In 2015, he and his wife Becky started working with the Twin Falls CSI Small Business Development Center on a business plan for his own practice, closer to home. Since many grants and loan forgiveness programs available for rural areas are not offered to optometrists, support from the Idaho SBDC was important to Dr. Kent’s efforts to provide local eye care and employment in his small community.
In Shoshone, Dr. Kent offers comprehensive vision exams, disease management, urgent eye exams, contact lens services, and glasses. Additionally, he offers specialty contact lens options — a niche treatment option for patients with keratoconus. Optical Coherence Tomography (OCT) imaging — a specialty imaging service — provides enhanced ability to care for patients with conditions such as diabetes, macular degeneration, glaucoma, and other retinal issues. (more…)
The nation’s largest, proven, cost effective small business assistance program invites you to the celebration!
For almost 40 years the America’s Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Network has helped aspiring and emerging small business owners achieve the American dream of entrepreneurship. Today, March 20, SBDCs from around the country are coming together for one special day to celebrate their work, their impact, and most importantly, their clients — America’s small businesses.
With nearly 1,000 locations across the country, SBDCs provide local businesses and entrepreneurs with the resources to succeed. In 2017, America’s SBDC clients experienced annual sales growth of 18.1%, almost 4.5 times greater than the national average. SBDC assistance resulted in 93,471 jobs created; $7 billion in sales growth; $5.9 billion in capital investments; and 14,716 new businesses started.
To celebrate the impact and success that SBDCs have across the nation and in local communities, America’s SBDCs are hosting the third annual SBDC Day today. SBDC Day is a national movement to share the small business success SBDCs have fostered in communities nationwide.
America’s SBDCs would like to thank the following 2019 SBDC Day Ambassadors for promoting and supporting this year’s SBDC Day: the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA); Intuit; Google; LivePlan; BizBuySell; Nav; ComplyRight; United Midwest Savings Bank; GrowthWheel; Better Business Bureau; Finagraph; First Bank; FranNet; Hiscox; Koble; Profits Plus Solutions; The Profit Beacon; Launchpad; and Back2Basics LLC, and Small Business Majority. (more…)
Success Story: Wisconsin –
Katrina and Jason Julian want to feed your family affordable, delicious, healthy dairy and beef products. Three generations, from Jason’s mom to the Julians’ three sons, work in the family business. The Julians raise certified organic, grass-fed and grass-finished Fleckvieh cattle, a breed remarkable for its suitability for both meat and milk production. The Julians’ horses are just as remarkable: their team of American Brabants (a relative of the Belgian draft horse) takes the place of tractors for much of the farmwork.
Katrina and Jason, who both grew up on farms and met in the agricultural program at UW-River Falls, began farming conventionally when they bought a dairy farm in 1996. But a desire for a lifestyle more in line with their family values led to a switch in 2007. The Julians moved to a new farm outside Medford, Wisconsin, and began the transition to organic. In 2015, they received certification. Today, their cattle graze on clover and grasses. Katrina said, “I hear from customers our meat isn’t greasy, it smells great, it has a great texture. I tell them that’s because it’s real.” No hormones or antibiotics come near the herd — “just pure goodness.” (more…)
From TSheets, by Quickbooks –
Survey asks employers and employees to weigh in on remote workers’ performance and productivity.
When it comes to answering the question “Are remote workers actually working?” it’s easy to hear some skepticism behind the text. “Working from home” often comes with its own set of air quotes, like it’s code for “hanging out” or “watching Netflix.” But is that skepticism deserved? Or are remote workers getting a bad rap?
To get a clearer picture of remote workers and their habits, TSheets conducted two surveys: One for remote employees and one for employers who have remote workers on their team.* In addition to asking how remote employees spend their time on the clock, we asked about productivity, performance, and perceptions.
‘Working from home’ might mean ‘walking the dog’
When asked if they’ve ever done outside-of-work tasks inside of work hours, remote workers answered honestly: Absolutely. (more…)