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Reflections on The 2016 Election: Follow Your Dreams

November 22, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

As the 2016 election goes into the rearview mirror, what have we learned? We certainly saw a lot of divisiveness in the country. We saw a lot of fighting over the election that involved people expressing who they wanted as their candidate. We did see a strongly divided country. But I think we can take a more positive lesson from … Read the rest

Get Your Banker Involved In Your Business . . . Pronto

November 21, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

When I wrote Business Blunders: Ten Dangerous Business Mistakes and How To Protect Your Business So It Can Thrive (www.mcbridebook.com)  I looked at a number of common issues that I had seen, largely from my legal practice. Clients were coming to me after a problem had happened, and then we went back and analyzed the root cause, and … Read the rest

Investing In Your Business to Make It Great

November 18, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

Why it is important for you to invest in your business? I’ve seen a lot of businesses. We’ve seen businesses that have been great, and we’ve seen businesses that have struggled. There is definitely one real theme for the businesses that have succeeded. They’ve made investments in their business. They’ve spent money upfront to build something now. This is a … Read the rest

Crowdfunding is Not as Easy as Everybody Thought

November 17, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

What now? There’s certainly been a lot of attention on crowdfunding. People have been talking about it for some time. Congress approved crowdfunding back in 2012, with the Jobs Act (Jump-Start Our Business Start-ups.) The SEC took a while to come out with regulations and, in 2015, they adopted those regulations allowing companies to start using crowdfunding starting May 16, … Read the rest

A Woman’s Victory in The Presidential Election Campaign

November 16, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

Leading up to the 2016 election, there was a lot of talk about the possibility of Hillary Clinton becoming the first female to win the presidency. Of course, we know that didn’t happen but we did have one woman who was very successful in the presidential election cycle, a woman who did win in a sense.

Donald Trump’s campaign was … Read the rest

Create an Easy, Head-Turning Elevator Speech

November 16, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

The following blog is from Sandi Leyva, a guest of McBride For Business.

You’re sitting in a room with 30 other business entrepreneurs.  Each of you has one minute to introduce themselves to the group.  You are number 25 to speak.  Will anyone listen?  What can you do or say to catch your peers’ attention, be memorable, and have them … Read the rest

November Book Review

November 15, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

This blog post is the newest in our monthly Book Review series. The following books reviewed are a collection of invaluable reads, topics include: marketing, medicine, leadership and women in business.

Platform… Get Noticed in a Noisy World by Michael Hyatt is a prodigious guide for helping to build a brand and identifies how to get your business’ message out … Read the rest

Keys to Protect Your Business: The Laws of Empowerment To Excel in Your Business

November 15, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

It’s critical when putting plans together that there be an element of protection. We want to make sure that everybody gets what’s fair and right for their skills and efforts. This often comes down to negotiation and negotiation early in the process. When engaging in any transaction (especially a business transaction), we need to make sure that we’re looking forward … Read the rest

Keys to Planning: The Laws of Empowerment To Strengthen Your Business

November 14, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

It’s critical that if you’re going to achieve your goals that you have realistic plans that work. This means connecting the dots. Where are you today and where do you want to be? How do you work backwards from where you want to be to where you are? What intermediate steps need to happen to build the bridge from where … Read the rest

McBride’s Critical Tools for Business: The 3 Laws of Empowerment to Enhance Your Business Success

November 12, 2016 // R. Shawn McBride

In my experience as a corporate lawyer and business strategist, I’ve come across some fundamental principles that can be used to analyze a lot of business growth situations to determine which business will be successful and which will struggle. What it comes down to is what we at McBride For Business like to call “the 3 Laws of Empowerment.” From … Read the rest