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Recharge and Refocus Your Small Business

Recharge Your Business

May 7, 2018

Spring, which seemed so far away for so long, is here. While many small business owners ran non-stop through the holiday season and have now taken a much-deserved rest, now is the time to re-energize and ensure they are ready to ramp up for the next rush. Here are some things to consider doing that will help you do just that.

Do Some Networking

As much as anything, relationships are critical to fostering small business success. Make some time to catch up with your fellow entrepreneurs in the community. If you aren’t sure where to start, considering joining a Chamber or an association if you’re not already a member to take advantage of the networking opportunities they offer. Social media is an easy way to stay in touch with and network with other entrepreneurs but there’s no substitute for “live” networking. 

Do Some Paperwork

Many small businesses often set paperwork aside during the busy holiday season. Now is a great time to go over the books and make sure all your paperwork is in order.

Do Some Planning

Where would you like to be this time next year? How are you going to get there? Reflect on the previous year’s challenges. What can you do to overcome them this year? Don’t forget to consider your successes as well. What worked? How can you build on that for this year? Now is a great time to set some new goals for the rest of the year and for reviewing and updating your business plan.

Find more tips on growing your business at sba.gov.

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Dave Lentell

Dave Lentell is the lead lender relations specialist with the U.S. Small Business Administration's (SBA's) Iowa District Office. He helps coordinate SBA's small business loan programs in the state of Iowa and promotes SBA's programs to the small business community. He has been with SBA since 1993.