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Getting off the boat

After a year-long hiatus, the B.R.A.I.N. blog is back. Just a brief introduction, my name is Mike and I just got off the boat, well maybe an airplane, and I am working with a great team here on the 5th floor at the Dallas Public Library to provide help...

Focus

Where was I? We’ve all been there: Losing our focus on a task amid the day-to-day events that make up our lives. Usually, the focus returns. Usually, in an hour or two; sometimes in a day or two; sometimes longer. And, usually, the lost focus doesn’t cost us anything...

Research (cont.)

Greetings entrepreneur enthusiasts. Last time we introduced the concept that research is the first among equal skills of successful entrepreneurs. This time I want to continue along that line of thought. I recently conducted a simple internet search for “entrepreneur success” using Google Chrome. The search returned 453 million...

Beat the summer heat

Summer heat is almost upon us, though the recent temperatures may have caused you to think otherwise. Now is a good time to stay in & research the start of your business. “Research?” you ask. Yes, research. Many entrepreneurial experts list “research” as being in the top 10, or...

More marketing

This week's blog is courtesy of Patricia of The Dallas Brain. Thank you, Patricia! You have started your small business, and you want to reach those who would be interested in your product. Well you’re in luck: free advertising is available for you with the click of a button on...

Oh, yes you can!

Type in “website design” into Google and you get 253,000,000 hits. Type in “website design business dallas” and the number drops 39,000,000. Of all the issues facing entrepreneurs, website design may be the most daunting. How much should I spend? How much can I spend? How do I find...

Big D is business friendly!

Dallas has a great reputation as a “business friendly” city (see:  https://fitsmallbusiness.com/most-entrepreneurial-cities/ ; https://www.bizjournals.com/dallas/news/2018/02/26/see-where-dfw-ranks-among-the-countrys-most.html ; and https://www.dmagazine.com/business-economy/2018/04/dallas-mayor-mike-rawlings-startups-are-setting-the-tone-for-the-city/ ). And rightly so. It is easy to start a business in the City of Dallas. How easy? Here’s a list of permits required by the city to start your business:    That’s right;...

What’s in a name?

What’s in a name? When it comes to naming your business, the better question might be “what’s not in the name?” After all, the company we know as Apple is Apple. Not Apple Computers. Not Steve Jobs’ Apple. Microsoft? Again, just Microsoft: not Bill Gates’ Microsoft. Many other companies...