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Are you a small business owner who wants to expand into working with the government? If so, you will want to start small by subcontracting with a Government Prime Contractor.   read more »


Some cause happiness wherever they go; others whenever they go. ~ Oscar Wilde read more »


Last month was Fathers Day and it got me thinking a little bit about the role of parenting in general. I hear constantly from people I coach and mentor as well as those that I’m friends and acquaintances with that they aspire to spending “quality” time with their children.

What is “quality time?” read more »


For entrepreneurs who have an innovative idea for a product or service but need help with next steps or “the pitch,” there are four lunchtime workshops in July at OfficeXpats on Bainbridge Island to move such ideas closer to reality. 

The presenter, Michael “Luni” Libes, is a serial entrepreneur. Over the past two decades he has founded or helped to build six start-ups, offering products for mobile analytics, mobile search, mobile gaming, enterprise collaboration, and pen computing.  read more »


Last month, I found myself sitting at an Applebee’s in Hurricane, West Virginia. I had made the trek with my family to this central West Virginia town to visit my 85-year old aunt. It was a 3½-hour trip from where our daughters live, but you never know how many more chances you get to visit aging relatives, so we took it. My cousin and his wife joined us and suggested we eat there.  read more »


So, you have a great idea for a start-up or you want to expand your current business. You have the perfect business plan and are confident that both revenue growth and profitability are sure-fire.  

Problem is, you don’t have the capital to fund the start-up or expansion. If that is the case, here are 10 ways to fund your business. Which one is right for you?  


1. Bank Loan or Line of Credit read more »


Government agencies frequently advertise for “Sources sought” – what does that mean? Should you bother responding to a sources sought when it doesn’t result in a contract? Isn’t this just a waste of government time and money? What is the government doing? read more »


By Donald Brown

For the KPBJ


You’ve probably heard the saying that there’s nothing good that cannot be improved on. In the changing world of payables, this rings particularly true. Today’s payment processes are impacted by several friction points that slow the process down. But as we look to tomorrow, emerging technologies are creating a payables environment that is increasingly more cohesive and conducive to improving the connection between buyers and suppliers. read more »


Last month, I was in Bogotá, Colombia, to speak at a conference. I stayed an extra week to visit with family, as I am half-Colombian on my mother’s side. I have five aunts still living and scads of cousins. It’s always a joy to mix business with pleasure, especially in such a cool city as Bogotá.  read more »

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