The Business Mentoring Center
The Business Mentoring Center
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Welcome to Corporate Cranium Business Mentoring Center

Every great performer, whether an elite athlete or entertainment legend, has the need for professional coaches and advisors.

The goal of our bi-monthly newsletter is to help you find the advisors, coaches and professional support you need to maximize the performance of your business.

Find timely articles that help you navigate through the ever-changing daily grind of owning and managing a business.

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Our Goal is to support and mentor businesses in 3 key areas!

Starting Your New Business

Ask the right questions and find the right answers for issues such as entity type, financing, accounting structure, insurance, partnership, marketing and employees.

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Improving and Growing Your Business

Sales, Marketing and Advertising, Team Building and Recruitment, Systems and Business Process Development, and Customer Service.

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Selling Your Business for Maximum Value

Determine whether it is ready to be sold, its real value and an achievable selling price, as well as the potential structures for a transaction.

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Recent Mentor Articles

The Small Business: How do you know when you need HR?

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group

For the small business owner, conquering challenges like creating new business opportunities, improving the bottom line or finding a new office can seem like small potatoes compared to hiring and managing employees. And as the business grows, entrepreneurs can experience major challenges in terms of finding great people, performance issues and the thing we all…

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The Do’s and Don’ts of Conducting Effective Performance Appraisals

By Sheri Stolp, The Stolp Group

Do you dread conducting employee performance appraisals? Is it one of the last things you wish to do during your already pressing week? Are you concerned with conveying negative news to sub-par employees? If so, you’re not alone. Writing and conducting annual performance reviews is ranked as one of the least favorable activities of management.…

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How High Trust In Organizations Leads To Improved Performance

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD.

The author and leadership expert Warren Bennis has said, “Trust is essential to all organizations.” Yes, organizations that operate in an environment of high trust eliminate barriers to performance and stimulate employees to hone their skills and step up their game. You won’t be surprised to know that when your employees trust and have open…

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Minnesota Residents – Intention Does Not Always Win

By Roben Hunter, Hunter Advisors, PLLC

Minnesota has residents that consider themselves “snowbirds” – spending portions of their time (usually the long, cold, winter months) in a warmer climate and the summer months in Minnesota. Typically, by the time they are ready to retire, at least one of their advisors will tell them that for tax purposes, they would be better…

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Watch Out For The Worker’s Compensation Retaliation Claim!

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD.

One of the “growth” areas in employment litigation is retaliation claims, and in particular retaliation claims relating to worker’s compensation. Close ties between organizations representing employees in worker’s compensation claims and attorneys who handle plaintiffs’ employment retaliation claims, make it very likely that if you terminate an employee with an outstanding worker’s compensation claim, you…

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Race Car Drivers AND Business Owners Win on the Corners – Not on the Straight

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach

Car racing comes down to cornering.  Everything else being equal, the driver that can maintain the highest speeds through the corners will have the fastest lap times.  The whole objective when taking a corner is to have the fastest possible speed when exiting the corner. It’s not about having the fastest speed as you come…

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Employee or Partner: How to Decide When to Make a Key Employee an Owner in Your Business

By Bob Halagan, Halagan Law Firm, LTD.

In most small to mid-sized businesses, the question arises at some point in the life of the business whether to bring in a new or additional partner to the company.  Usually the question arises under one of two circumstances: (1) the employee is a dynamic rain-maker and you want to make sure he or she…

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Minnesota Residents-Intention Does Not Always Win

By Roben Hunter, Hunter Advisors, PLLC

Minnesota has residents that consider themselves “snowbirds” – spending portions of their time (usually the long, cold, winter months) in a warmer climate and the summer months in Minnesota.  Typically, by the time they are ready to retire, at least one of their advisors will tell them that for tax purposes, they would be better…

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How to Get Your Customers to do Your Selling for You

By Kelli Hoskins, Master Business Coach

We all hope that if we acquire a new customer and deliver our product or services to their expectations, we have a customer for life and through ‘word of mouth’ they’ll introduce us to many more.  While this happens some of the time, it’s a very passive and re-active way to grow your customer base…

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