Driving Main Street Success

We stand firm in our conviction that Main Street is rightfully the heart of the American economic system. While corporate America garners a lot of attention, 99% of all businesses are in fact, small businesses. Small businesses drive a large part of the economy, but we have never been great at banding together to build on our shared experience. The Spark Business Institute (SBI) works to do just that. We help business owners understand and improve their own businesses. We also think a lot about the larger landscape of “Main Street” America. We envision a community-based economic model that works to create stronger, more vibrant Main Streets, delivering what is needed to compete with global corporate interests. Together we will drive Main Street business to the forefront of the American economy. Connect with the Spark business community to stay informed and become part of the Main Street Revolution.

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3 Big Reasons to Stop Micromanaging Your Employees

Previously, we discussed what happens when business owners get stuck in the Founder’s Cap, and believe that they alone must make all the decisions that propel …

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Your Customers Are Talking: Are You Part of the Conversation?

People are talking about you and your business, and whether it’s good or bad, you want to be part of the conversation. That’s where social …

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The Pros & Cons of Sharing Office Space

Shared office space is a smart solution for some businesses, but definitely not for all. Here are five key considerations to help you decide whether …

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Do You Truly Want To Be A Growth CEO?

Professor William Wetzel, a venture capital expert, is credited as the first person to use the term “lifestyle business.” In these companies, he said, “there’s …

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Are You Leading or Following? Social Media for Business

Did your mother ever say to you, ‘Just because everyone else is jumping off a bridge, it doesn’t mean you have to too’? My mother …

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Everything You Need To Do (and Not DO!) When Building A Social Media Presence

If you want to find potential customers these days, one of the most likely places is on social media. Here are five dos and don’ts …

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The Spark Business Institute

Join Patrick Lee and Laura Richards as they talk with owners about how we can re-invent Main Street so our small businesses are more successful and rewarding.

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