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Welcome to Inspired2

When inspiration is squared, it raises your power and increases your impact.  Inspiration2 is your multiplier.  Our blog designed to help you to stay abreast of the stories, tips and tools to help you and your business. But more importantly, it is a place for a steady flow of information, insight and inspiration that will not only become invaluable, but will leave people wondering what you are reading when they see that smirk on you face!   Time to be inspired!

5 Ways To Keep Your Head Above Cash Flow

Good afternoon captains of small business; we would like to direct your attention to the ensuing content of this post, as we demonstrate the proper safety procedures in the event that cash flow overcomes your business boat.   When you are faced with an out of...

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How To Stay Active Even If You’re Always Busy

Last week for the WSG 90 Day Boost Your Business and Your Health Challenge, we compiled a list of healthy on-the-go recipes. This week, we’re bringing you some tips for getting exercise on-the-go. Exercise helps stimulate thoughts, ideas, and even helps you sleep...

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Healthy On-The-Go Snacks, Perfect For Any Busy Boss

  As a business owner, you’re constantly pulled in a multitude of directions. You spend the day running from meeting to meeting, filling in for absent employees, and navigating around unexpected obstacles. The rush might leave you without a lot of time left to...

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How Business Owners Can Learn From The State Fair

How do you think the Minnesota State Fair became the largest State Fair (by average daily attendance) in the United States? To celebrate the opening week of the fair, we’re serving up some hot State Fair business strategy –on a stick.

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Top 3 Things That Cost Small Business Owners Sleep

From coffee shop owners to photographers, we see a variety of small business owners come through the We Spark Growth doors with a familiar set of concerns. We are quick to help any client resolve these issues because we know how serious the consequences can be for...

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5 Unexpected Things That Made Us Smile This Week

Pause and take a deep breath.   It’s nice to get your mind off the clock every once in a while, even if only for a split second. The hectic life of a small business owner can keep your thoughts constantly racing ahead. I find it helpful to give myself a break...

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Taking the Lead: Financials of a Business

We are pleased to announce that our CEO & Founder, Buffie Blesi, will be one of four women panelists to participate in a discussion on the Financials of a Business. Join us at the James J. Hill Center for this FREE panel on August 10th.

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5 Ways to Rule Your Cash Flow

While delegating or outsourcing your accounting activities is the best choice for most small businesses, every owner needs to be reviewing the cash flow to make quick and effective business decisions.

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Don’t Skimp: Education and Training Matters

Want to know a dirty little secret?  Most small business owners have absolutely no knowledge of or training on business fundamentals.  Concepts such as ROI, budgeting, sales, legal issues, KPIs, opportunity costs, finance, accounting, marketing, human resources,...

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Reignite Your Passion

Over the course of running a business, many owners begin to lose their passion. Complacency settles in, sometimes resulting in closing down shop. If you ask successful business owners their secret recipe, many will tell you that you need to do something you love and...

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Just Shut Up and Drive!

You started a business to live your passion, it was successful beyond your wildest dreams and all of a sudden you were faced with problems in finance, human resources and operations. It took some time, but you (with back office help) were able to get everything back...

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It’s Not Too Late!

Did you fall victim to the myth of the summertime slump, expecting business to slowdown but finding that it’s speeding up and intruding on your summer vacation plans? If you’re an entrepreneur or small business owner in the Twin Cities, it’s not too late to take a...

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3 Questions

OK.  You’ve spent that last three years building a great small business in the Twin Cities and now your rewards are beginning to show up. Why would you want to change the way you manage your business? Don’t assume that what’s worked well in the past is going to take...

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From a Little Spark

From a little spark burst a flame, the beginning - Dante Alighieri Do you ever think about the word SPARK and use it in your language or writing?  Likely not. According to Merriam Webster, this word ranks in the bottom 50% of word use.  How can this be for such a...

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Love Your FOES!

You have FOES that you’re dealing with every day. You started a company because you knew you were great at doing something and you loved doing it. You gained customers and, all of a sudden, you notice that you are having to deal with a lot of things that get in the...

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It’s Lucky Penny Day!

Perhaps a Lucky Penny will be lucky for you today.  Taken at face value, a penny doesn't buy you much, if anything. It used to. During your parents and grandparent’s days, a penny bought a lot of things. Most notably, "Penny Candy" got its name because a piece of...

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June Tax Deadlines!

June 15, 2016 2nd quarter estimated tax payments due for the 2016 tax year. Deadline for US citizens living abroad to file individual tax returns and to pay any tax due. You can request an additional 4-month extension (Form 4868). June 20, 2016 May Sales & Use Tax...

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Today is Pack Rat Day!

Today is Pack Rat Day! C'mon, admit it...  as an entrepreneur you're a Pack Rat like the so many! If you are a Pack Rat, you're in good company. You might as well come out of hiding behind those piles of valuable "to do lists" that you are buried behind, and celebrate...

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The Inspiration2 conversation begins here... When inspiration is squared, it raises your power and increases your impact. Inspiration2 is your multiplier.  It's blog designed for you to stay abreast of the stories, tips and tools available to you and your business....

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