August 2nd, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Where did you grow up?  I was born and raised in Copenhagen, Denmark and spent my teenage years just south of the city. My family was stationed in Bangkok, Thailand, for almost two years when I was 10, (my dad was an airline pilot), where I attended an American school. I was later an exchange student with YFU during my high-school senior year in Decatur, Atlanta, Georgia and then completed my... [read more]
July 31st, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
As far as business techniques go, there aren’t many more important than your ability to negotiate. Whether it be negotiating a sales order, a deal on a new property, a better rate with your suppliers or even a straight shoot out with a key employee over their wage structure, negotiation is the core of all businesses and you must ensure that you can do it well. In order to maximize your level of ... [read more]
July 24th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Given the recent boom in entrepreneurship, it is easy to see why so many men and women around the world have looked at this as a career choice. What many seem to miss the point of however, is that while entrepreneurs may be smart thinking pioneers, they are also great leaders and to succeed in this industry, your leadership will be what is called in to question over any other aspect of your busine... [read more]
July 3rd, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
When recruiting, there are many companies who prefer to rely more heavily on the history, experience and references of a candidate, rather than their interview technique. Such an approach is easy to understand given the fact that some poor candidates can shine in an interview situation whereas a genius could struggle with a social situation which requires them to talk about themselves. Interviews ... [read more]
June 19th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
[caption id="attachment_5034" align="alignleft" width="282"] Growth by Nick Youngson CC BY-SA 3.0 Alpha Stock Images[/caption] Build, move, improve, the three golden rules when it comes to growing your business, but is it possible to seek this growth and still manage to keep costs down? The straight answer is yes, it most certainly is possible, but you are going to need a smart plan in order to a... [read more]
June 1st, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Upon assessing some of the greatest entrepreneurs of our lifetimes, there are some parallels which can be easily drawn between any of these successful men and women. Generally speaking, these forward thinkers succeed because they took a stand, they made hard decisions, they took risks and they stood by those calculated risks. Sure, there were times when hard moves didn't work out but these are the... [read more]
May 1st, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
We admire those who can successfully lead people. And even though we may not understand all of the qualities necessary to be a great leader, what we do know is that it requires a particular set of qualities that are difficult to master. Great leaders pay a heavy price in acquiring these qualities. Often times it is trial and error, and failures mount very high during the process. Many of those ... [read more]
April 24th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
One of the greatest challenges for any small company is locating quality talent. Small companies must compete with large organizations who can often offer larger salaries, and better benefits packages, in addition to being a recognized name brand. Small businesses must also compete against other small companies that may be desperate or very aggressive about hiring what talent there is availabl... [read more]
April 11th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Where did you grow up?  I grew up in Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania. Where did you study for college?  I earned my undergraduate degree from Penn State (B.S. in Quantitative Business Analysis) and my MBA with concentrations in Finance and Entrepreneurship from the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. What was the first job you had out of college? What was the most important l... [read more]
April 2nd, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Business today is fast-moving and complicated, requiring an in-depth understanding of the conditions that drives success. Gone are the days of being able to rest on your laurels, and staying on a straight line course to continuous success. Running a successful business today requires a high level of proficiency in a few interconnected skills. It is not enough to only master one of these skills,... [read more]
March 27th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
There is no way to overstate the importance of good communication as being a necessary skill in becoming a successful leader. In fact, clear communication is so important, there is virtually no chance for an individual to lead his team to success. To be clear, there is no doubt that there are other factors that are necessary. A leader must identify with his team members and get them to feel tha... [read more]
March 6th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Every young entrepreneur needs to follow a guideline that will assist in helping them to become successful. Many of the elements in any plan of action can seem counterintuitive, but they have proven over time to be very effective. With this in mind, here is a list of the most important elements of this guideline. Focus Your Activities on Innovation Many think that companies like Google, Facebo... [read more]
September 1st, 2017
by Achim Neumann, President
With optimism in the American economy high, many are looking to cash in on the businesses they built during the lean years of the Great Recession. While streamlining business processes, conducting renovations, and keeping key talent on board are all great ways to increase a company's value, few consider the power of building recurring income streams. In this article, we'll profile several ... [read more]
August 17th, 2017
by Achim Neumann, President
Joe, where did you grow up?  I was born in Harrisburg Pennsylvania and grew up in Steelton PA which is in South Central Pennsylvania. Where did you study for college?  I received my BS at Clarion University in Clarion, PA and my MBA from Shippensburg University in Shippensburg, PA. What was the first job you had out of college? What was the most important lesson you learned there that ... [read more]
July 18th, 2017
by Achim Neumann, President
Entrepreneurship is not an easy nut to crack. In fact, failure occurs so frequently in business, it is often celebrated for the lessons it teaches us. That being said, it is best to learn from the mistakes of others rather than suffering the pain of making them. In this article, we'll discuss the most common reasons small businesses experience failure. 1) No market for their product/serv... [read more]