Do you remember the feeling you had when you first started your business? Do you remember your first product launch? The first time a customer told you how great your company was, how much they loved a product? The joy you experienced by doing the work? I was reminded of all of that this past week. I sat on a panel of judges for a business competition which specifically targeted young female entrepreneurs. It was sponsored by the Michigan Women’s Foundation.

I have often believed that small business owners are flexible, responsive and willing to try new things. They are also pretty optimistic when it comes to their businesses as reported by the NSBA’s Mid-Year Economic Report . But the big question is whether they are optimistic enough about business to spend money and where will they spend it.

One day you see it clearly. Your employees are acting like owners. How did it happen? When did it happen? Why did it happen? These are all good questions. Chances are if your employees are acting like owners it is because you treat them like owners. What are the signs? Here are five big ones.



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