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7 Growth Opportunity Questions

As you create your travel plans, ask yourself and your team the following 7 questions to help you discover new growth opportunities on the road.


Define Your Wins

Take the time to define the short- and long-term goals of your business trip. A little pre-planning can lead to big returns!


Turn One Trip Into Multiple Wins

It can pay to extend your business trip by a day, add one or two strategic to-dos to your agenda, and build your business even more.


Build Your Local Intelligence

Before arriving at your destination and meeting with customers and prospects, to prepare, do some research and then fill out this worksheet.


What to Do When You Return

In some ways, the most important part of your trip happens when you return. Track your many leads, sales, and ideas on this worksheet—and then follow up.


Your High Return on Travel Plan

Before your next business trip, take time to create your a travel plan that will make the most of your travel investment.


Elevator Pitch

Can you pitch your business in the time it takes to go up 3 floors? This worksheet will help you hone your skills.


Social Networking Strategies

Like everything in business, social media needs a plan. Use this worksheet to build and bolster your social media presence and impact.


Retaining Customers

Keeping customers is important to the long-term health of your business. Make a plan for customer retention with this marketing worksheet.


Design a Business Card and Brochure

Tried-and-true marketing tactics like business cards and brochures may seem old fashioned but the truth is they work.


Table: Convert Prospects into Customers

You’ve attracted prospects, now build relationships, and turn those prospects into customers.


Worksheet: Convert Prospects into Customers

Use this worksheet to determine which strategies you'll use to turn prospects into customers.


Satisfaction Survey

Wondering if your customers think you're doing a good job? Ask them!


Loyalty Programs

It pays to take care of your best customers. Loyalty programs make customers feel valued and keep them coming back.


Getting Publicity

Use this worksheet to list newsworthy ideas and to list potential media contacts who cover issues related to your company.


Business Mistakes

Small Businesses: Avoid These 8 Mistakes Big Guys Make

By Rhonda Abrams on August 23, 2017

If you’re a small business owner or consumer who’s ever dealt with a large corporation—and who hasn’t?—you’ve probably encountered policies, procedures, or attitudes that drive you crazy. You wonder how these big companies manage to stay in business, let alone keep customers. Well, they can afford to lose customers. You, as a small business owner, … Read more »

Small Business Pam Hammond

#AmexWelcomed Rhonda Abrams & Paddington Station—Ashland, OR

By Rhonda Abrams on August 17, 2017

“Sometimes, I feel like I’m in a Nancy Drew mystery. I just wish I had her little roadster.” Pam Hammond, owner of Paddington Station, the “eclectic emporium” in Ashland Oregon, certainly seems like she could be a grown-up version of the clever, perky girl sleuth, solving one challenging dilemma after another. Throughout my many years … Read more »

Smallbiz Millennials

Small Businesses for Millennials

By Rhonda Abrams on August 16, 2017

Millennials: it’s time to start a small business. You know you want to be your own boss, and there’s lots of great small business ideas out there. Millennials—those born between 1982 and 2000’s (according to the US Census Bureau)—have good reason to consider striking out on their own and launching a business. Why? Because many … Read more »