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About Ben Gran

Ben Gran is a freelance writer based in Des Moines, Iowa. He has written for Fortune 500 companies, the Governor of Iowa, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and many corporate clients nationally and internationally, from Los Angeles to New York to Washington, D.C., from Germany to Tokyo to London to Western Australia.

Mars Cafe and the Ultimate Small Business Marketing Compliment

Mars Cafe is a fun success story of how a business can take on a life of its own that is bigger than any individual. I look forward to working and socializing there for many years to come. Ready to start a business and build up your dedicated community of customers? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2017-12-20T10:24:39+00:00 October 26th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |

3 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Marketing Beyond Order Taking

Small business sales and marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. Making bigger profits for your company is often just a simple matter of learning how to ask good questions, listen closely to what people say, and look for ways to deepen your conversations and build deeper relationships with your customers. But it does require a spirit of generosity, conscientiousness and attentiveness that goes beyond simply “taking orders.”

2018-01-10T12:00:58+00:00 October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |

One Simple Question That Can Help You Keep Customers

What do you do when a customer tries to leave your business? Whether you’re a freelancer who wants to avoid getting “fired” by a long-time client, or a retail location that wants to keep up steady traffic of repeat business and referrals, it’s important to maintain your customer relationships. But sometimes, what happens when a customer decides to no longer do business with you can be one of the most important ways to keep making your business better. If you learn from it, even going through the experience of losing a customer can help you gain more customers in the long run.

2017-12-20T10:04:53+00:00 October 19th, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: , |

Marketing Lessons From a Stand-up Comedian

Doing stand-up comedy is a huge rush, unlike anything else I’ve experienced. I love the complex interplay with the audience, the thought process of writing jokes, the energy of cultivating a stage presence and delivering lines, and the sound of a room full of laughter. In the same way, I hope your business can succeed in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled. Whether you’re a stand-up comedian or not, every entrepreneur is in the business of pleasing an audience and making your dreams come true. Ready to start a business and take the stage as a star performer in your industry? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2017-12-27T14:02:13+00:00 July 3rd, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

4 Reasons Why America is Still a Great Place to Start a Business

It’s easy to be down on America these days – the economy is struggling, unemployment is still way too high, and the past 10 years of business scandals, terrorism, disasters, war and political stalemate have led many to question whether America’s best days are behind it. This 4th of July, I’ve been thinking of some reasons why America shouldn’t count itself out just yet. Even though our country is facing many significant challenges, America still has many important advantages that make this country a great place to start a business. Here are a few reasons in this post as to why American entrepreneurs and Americans who are thinking of starting a business can take heart and find reason for optimism in starting a business.

2018-01-11T04:55:56+00:00 July 2nd, 2012|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: |

Running a Home-based Business: Myths and Realities

Running a business from home is a great way to get started as an entrepreneur, but make sure you keep in mind some of the possible pitfalls and productivity traps. You owe it to yourself and your business to be able to close the door and go away for awhile, and you also owe it to your family to be able to leave work at work - even if "work" is "upstairs in your home office."

2017-12-22T11:45:54+00:00 June 17th, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

Want More Customers for Your Small Business? Give Them What They Want!

In the movie “Big Night,” Primo and Secondo were in a difficult situation – the business was struggling, they urgently needed every customer, and so they didn’t have the luxury of telling the customers that they were “wrong.” But ideally, as your business grows, you can gain enough confidence to show customers the “right way” to experience your business’s offerings – not to be a prima donna or make your customers feel bad, but to help them have the best possible customer experience. Customers always get what they want (and need) when they hire CorpNet to incorporate a business. If you want to start a business, CorpNet can help you incorporate as an S-Corp or form an LLC to get your business up and running. We help entrepreneurs start a business by managing the business filings to incorporate a company. Whether you want to form an LLC or S-Corporation or other corporate entity, CorpNet can help you choose a business structure with a free business consultation.

2017-12-20T11:03:45+00:00 June 15th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , , |

Advice to the Graduating Class of 2012: Keep Learning!

The graduating class of 2012 needs to understand this: don’t wait around expecting that the world will recognize you and reward you. Don’t expect that just doing things “by the book” and by having a good resume and good grades is enough to get where you want to go in life – because the rules are changing and what worked 20 years ago won’t necessarily work today. The good news is that America still rewards talent, energy and hustle. Today’s graduates need to have a clearer sense of focus on what you want to do – you need to be ready to sell yourself and give people a clear understanding of the value that you can offer to them. Think like an entrepreneur. Keep learning. Start now.

2018-01-10T12:01:51+00:00 June 7th, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: |

Lessons from Japan’s killer earthquake – over a year later

On March 11, 2011, Japan was hit by a massive earthquake, one of the 5 most powerful earthquakes in history. Over 15,000 people died, nearly 3,000 are still recorded as missing, and the economic costs of the earthquake and resulting tsunami have made this the most expensive natural disaster in history. For more information on the 2011 Japan Earthquake and Tsunami, watch this special from PBS Nova, “Japan’s Killer Quake.” Ready to start a business and build your own winning company culture? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2017-12-26T10:42:14+00:00 May 28th, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Ways of Adding Value With Your Small Business Marketing

If you can stay focused on the unique ways that your business adds value for customers, you’ll never need to worry about becoming a commodity. Here at CorpNet, we add value every day by helping entrepreneurs incorporate a business – in a cost-effective, efficient, timely and accurate manner. If you want to start a business, CorpNet can help you incorporate as an S-Corp or form an LLC to get your business up and running. We help entrepreneurs start a business by managing the business filings to incorporate a company. Whether you want to form an LLC or S-Corporation or other corporate entity, CorpNet can help you choose a business structure with a free business consultation.

2017-12-26T07:56:16+00:00 May 27th, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

3 Business Management Lessons From Jeremy Lin

If you’re a basketball fan, one of the most exciting stories of the 2011-2012 NBA season has been the emergence of Jeremy Lin, point guard for the New York Knicks. Lin came from out of nowhere, replaced an injured point guard, and led the Knicks to a stunning winning streak with one of the best career starts in NBA history, becoming the first NBA player to score more than 20 points and make seven assists in each of his first five starts. Ready to start a business and cut ties with your old corporate job? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2017-12-26T07:54:15+00:00 May 24th, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

The #1 reason why I should have hired CorpNet a long time ago…

I recently hired CorpNet to incorporate a business for me: Big Entertainment, LLC. It was an awesome experience and I'm really glad I did it - and my only regret is that I didn't form an LLC a long time ago. Do you want to feel this same kind of relief and optimism that comes from finally starting a business? It all starts with a single call to CorpNet. Start a business the right way, today - you won't be sorry. And you'll never have to see your accountant cry.

2018-02-06T07:16:48+00:00 May 23rd, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

The Quick and Easy Guide to Writing a Small Business Plan

Even the smallest, simplest small business needs a business plan to show how you’re going to find customers and make sales, how you’re going to compete with other existing players in the market, and how you’re going to assess your strategic options to decide where, whether and how to compete in various market niches. Writing a business plan also makes it easier for your company to get a small business loan or secure venture capital financing, as it gives you an official document to disclose your financial projections to potential lenders and investors. Here are a few key elements that you need to include in your small business plan, with guidelines for how to compose each part of the written business plan that i discuss in this post.

2017-12-27T11:39:59+00:00 May 21st, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , , |

Do You Have the Right Personality to Start a Business?

Entrepreneurship has always had an important place at the heart of the American dream. Americans love to start businesses. We are builders, dreamers, inventors and “do-ers.” There’s something about America that leads people to ask, “why can’t I do something better, or create something that has never been done before?” Not everyone has the right personality to start a business. Before you decide to take a leap of faith into entrepreneurship, it’s best to take stock of your personal strengths, personality traits, and ideal ways of working and living.

2017-12-26T07:54:49+00:00 May 11th, 2012|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: , |

Don’t Have Time to Start a Business? Think Again!

“I don’t have time to start a business” is a terrible excuse. Don’t let your dreams be extinguished by limiting beliefs and self-defeating expressions like these. If starting a business is truly important to you, you'll find time to make it work. Or if not, you could always go back to watching TV for five hours a day…

2017-12-26T09:40:51+00:00 May 5th, 2012|Categories: Seed and Development|Tags: |

Bakery Management and Bankruptcy: Lessons for Small Business

There was a local bakery that I used to love. The owners were a really nice married couple in their 50s, and they seemed to be loving life and having great success. They always wore funny hats for Halloween, Easter, Christmas, and offered fun seasonal promotions. There was a spirit of humor and excitement in the air, every time you went to that bakery the place was buzzing. Unfortunately, over the next couple of years, the business went downhill. In small but perceptible ways it just wasn't the same place anymore. I’m sorry that things didn’t work out better for the new owners of my old favorite bakery. But I hope anyone who reads this story can find some new inspiration and new ideas for how to keep your business strong and growing. Ready to start a business and create a special sense of place for your customers? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2017-09-27T08:59:11+00:00 May 3rd, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

To Succeed as an Entrepreneur, Think Like an Immigrant

If immigrants can succeed in starting a business in the U.S. despite all the extra complexities and challenges that they often have to overcome, then I think all Americans should take heart and know that if you decide to start a business, you can succeed with hard work, dedication and relentless focus on your goals.

2017-12-26T10:28:11+00:00 May 2nd, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |