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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.


Small business security

Eight Easy Steps to Keep your Small Business Safe

By Rhonda Abrams on October 9, 2019

Every small business owner wants to know how to increase sales, improve their marketing, motivate their employees. But first, let’s make sure we keep your company safe—your data, your money, your physical premises. Having survived in business for over 25 years, I’ve picked up a few tricks along the way—and learned a hard lesson or … Read more »


How Not to Start a Startup

By Rhonda Abrams on September 25, 2019

I live in the heart of Silicon Valley, where the main industry seems to be starting businesses. As a result, I’ve seen a lot of startups come and go—and I’ve started a few myself—so I’ve had quite an education. I’ve had friends who’ve started businesses they’ve built and sold for millions of dollars. But even … Read more »


Remembering the Businesses that Died on 9/11

By Rhonda Abrams on September 11, 2019

September 11—9/11—is a day marked forever in the history of America. It’s a day to remember the tragedy of thousands of innocent lives lost, the heroism of first responders, the affliction of those who lost their loved ones. But one story of 9/11 is rarely told. It’s the story of the startups and small businesses … Read more »