Thoughts on starting & operating a small business

  • Bricks-and-Mortar

    Bricks-and-mortar versus online sales is a hot topic for so many businesses right now. It’s funny to think that both Andrew at a bank and me at a cupcake store can be thinking about the same question:  what is the balance between having a presence …

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  • Last Minute Menu

    I’ve mentioned here that every innovation or idea in a small business carries with it the possibility of wild success…or colossal failure. Actually, that also applies to large businesses and even the initial launch of a business. It’s hard (impossible?) to know what customers will …

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  • And then there was Donald…

    Yesterday I was listening to a radio interview of the chair of the Republican Nominating Committee, Reince Priebus. Apparently this job is usually a boring one, planning a boring convention at which there’s one boring candidate who gives a rousing speech and is then named …

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  • Last Minute Menu

    A trend that I  think is important and here to stay is ordering food – all types of food- right now. The idea of chow mein and pizza as the only option for online ordering is passé. So a few months ago I had the …

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  • Happy 5th Birthday, Prairie Girl!

    This Friday, April 1st 2016, will be the 5th anniversary of PGB”s first day in business! Wow! Where does time go? It was supposed to be a friends-and-family-only day but we realized that it wasn’t exactly an auspicious start to a new business to tell …

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  • Time Management

    I’ve written about time management before here and it is one of the most commonly written about topics in the blogosphere. But time being the most valuable commodity we have, I am going to share my latest thinking on what works for me. The way …

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  • Want to start a business? Here’s looking at you!

    I’ve been really grateful for the media about the cookbook – and as a confirmed introvert, I’m really glad to see the end of it! To me, the toughest type of interview is television. With radio and print media you don’t have to worry about …

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  • Media time

    Working at the bank, I did quite a few media interviews – and also after the two estate planning books were published. But this time around, with The Prairie Girl Cupcake Cookbook, is quite different – more fun and although it is nerve-wracking to be …

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  • Vintage recipes

    Andrew’s Mom, Shirley, passed away a couple of weeks ago, so it has been a sad time, as well as a time to share memories about her. In the course of spending time with family, my sister in law gave me Shirley’s recipe collection, a …

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  • WedLuxe Show – 2016

    One of Andrew’s pet peeves is being wished Happy New Year on any day after January 1st. I agree with him even though that might seem a little Grinch – like. In any event, here’s hoping 2016 is treating you well so far! The year …

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