Monthly Archives: February 2011

Boomers Considering Franchises Need to do Their Homework

Franchise ownership is up among baby boomers interested in supplementing their retirement or going out on their own, according to this article  by Catey Hill in SmartMoney.   While many experts say franchises are less risky, there’s nothing easy about owning one.  Just like any startup, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

From Groceries to Garden Ponds: John Olson’s Journey

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs John Olson is an inspiration for closet entrepreneurs who dream of turning a hobby into a multi-million dollar business.  Olson, 46, is the CEO of Graystone Industries, a pond and fountain supplies distributor and … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Gene Simmons’ Tips for Success

While “entrepreneur” may not be the first word that comes to mind when describing Gene Simmons, the 61-year-old rock star has done pretty well  leveraging the KISS rock music band into a money-making marketing and merchandising machine.  As reported in this … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

For Patemm’s Grace Welch, Change Brings Opportunities

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs Seven years ago, Grace Welch was talking with her sister about starting a business as she changed her baby daughter’s diaper.  Then something happened that changed Welch’s life as well.    Snapping orders to … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Connections Drive Success for Auto Finance Entrepreneur

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs While a number of factors can determine a company’s success, two that matter most are connections and insight.  Recognizing their importance, one entrepreneur has brought them together to form a consulting practice that serves … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Why Multitasking Isn’t a Great Way to do Business

Given all the things they have to do, many entrepreneurs like to multitask, thinking it saves time.  The problem is that it doesn’t work, writes consultant Mark Evans in a column appearing in The Globe and Mail.   The solution, he says, is singletasking, which allows you to focus … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Great Harvest Franchise Owner Reaps Success Through Hard Work

By Lynne Strang, Late Blooming Entrepreneurs Bonnie Alton is the owner of a Great Harvest Bread Company franchise in St. Paul, Minn.  In 1994, she left a career in legal marketing to join the franchise as an operating partner.  In 1998, … Continue reading

Posted in Business, entrepreneurs, Entrepreneurship, Leadership | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment