There is no doubt about it. Everyone is in holiday mode. Clients are busy trying to wrap up their year-end and are pressing with last minute requests before budgets disappear. There are extended vacations. There are stops and starts because Christmas and the New Year fall within the week. Let’s face it… it is a wonder anything can get done. Staying productive during this or any holiday season requires a huge effort- especially for service businesses. However, that does not mean that you can’t get meaningful work done.

This past week there were celebrations across the country for National Small Business Week to draw attention to the entrepreneurial spirit that still exists today despite the challenges that loom large. The week officially kicked off last Sunday at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History. There were the expected speeches and of course awards for everything including: SCORE Chapter of the Year, Small Business Development Center (SBDC) Excellence and Innovation Center Award, Women’s Business Center of Excellence Award, Veterans Business Outreach Center of the Year and more.

This past month I did the unthinkable I got a subscription to a service that will provide me with a steady stream of information. I know what you are thinking, “There is so much free data out there why would you pay for it?” That’s a really good question. The truth is that there is a lot of free content but how good is it?


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