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March 19th, 2019
by Achim Neumann, President
Since the past few years, North Carolina has been ranked among the top 5 best states to do business. This recognition is according to major American Business Magazines such as the Forbes, CNBC and Site Selection. The rankings were calculated by six categories, labor supply, economic climate, regulatory environment, quality of life, and business costs. The success and momentum of North Carolinaâ... [read more]
March 5th, 2019
by Achim Neumann, President
Although known as the Coal and Steel State, Pennsylvania actually has a very large and diversified economy.  Based on the “America's Top States for Business 2016” list by CNBC, Pennsylvania made the jump from rank 40 on the previous list to No. 33. The list is prepared by assessing the different indicators that can contribute toward creating a good climate for businesses to grow. Among... [read more]
February 26th, 2019
by Achim Neumann, President
The Forbes “Best States For Business" list ranked Maryland 32nd among the 50 states. One of the variables that dragged down its ranking is the high labor cost. However, employers are willing to overlook that because the state has one of the most educated labor forces in the country. The cost of living is another indicator that affected its rank. But the state makes up for it in terms of the ... [read more]
February 19th, 2019
by Achim Neumann, President
Florida has always been known as a "tax haven" for many businesses, but the sunshine state has many other advantages, which can be attractive for new investors. Corporate headquarters set roots in Florida because it has no corporate income tax on S-corporations and limited partnerships. It waives corporate franchise taxes and taxes on corporate inventories. It doesn't collect personal income t... [read more]
February 5th, 2019
by Achim Neumann, President
Just like the rest of the country, small and medium businesses (SMBs) dominate the economic field in Connecticut. There are more than 340,000 SMBs in the state, which makes up 99.4% of the total businesses, employing over 735,000 workers. Fairfield, Greenwich, and Westport are three of the top towns in Connecticut that have the best climate for businesses, including if you're looking to buy a ... [read more]
November 29th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
A great mentor is something everyone needs in business. It doesn’t matter if you’re an entrepreneur or a business leader, getting advice from someone that’s already been in the same situation is priceless. You’ll always have questions on whether or not you’re performing well, or if your business is growing the way it should be. A mentor can help understand the core issues and really ensu... [read more]
November 7th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Modern studies suggest that employee engagement leads to a more positive company culture. In turn, higher employee engagement also corresponds to increased innovation, which could potentially mean that innovation can become a basic part of any company culture. Whenever a new business is founded, even like this one, a business broker in New Jersey, the main innovation comes from its founders an... [read more]
October 23rd, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
At the core of any successful company is a high performing team, a team working together for the same goals, a team who have set high standards for themselves and a team that most importantly, is bonded together by trust. In spite of the important role that trust plays in a high performing team, it is not a feature which all businesses can depend upon. Ernst & Young recently carried out a glob... [read more]
October 16th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
All throughout the business world there are negotiations taking place each day, negotiations for better prices, better standards, better contracts and better valuations. In this regard the art of business hasn’t changed much since the days of trading 3 carrots for a head of lettuce. The winners of any negotiation are not those who necessarily get the best deal, but those who get what they set ou... [read more]
September 30th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
When people discuss the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur they will often discuss attributes such as motivational, inspirational and committed, what few people fail to realize is that without one, the others cannot exist. Many owners, self-proclaimed entrepreneurs and managers, will be more than happy to berate their team, blame them for low productivity when they fail to hit the high s... [read more]
September 19th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
Some may consider it a foolish notion to begin planning for the sale of a startup from the moment that it becomes successful, but in doing so, one can find the highest value for a business which may have reached its terminal velocity. A merger and acquisition is something which any startup CEO should be looking into, from the very moment that the business has reached success, with analytics and fi... [read more]
September 14th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
There is a swathe of information out there about what businesses can do to improve their chances of success. We often hear of how a company can better maneuver in the market, hire better staff and seek out new opportunities, but rarely do we see people discussing the implications of a toxic workforce, how it damages success and what can be done to remedy this. Long before the workforce begins to s... [read more]
August 28th, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
At the very foundation of all successful entrepreneurs and CEOs are true sales people, who could sell just about everything to just about anyone. With this in mind, to follow in their footsteps and to become a success in the business world, in whatever industry and at whichever level, one must master the art of sales. If you want to find better and more improved selling practices to find the succe... [read more]
August 21st, 2018
by Achim Neumann, President
When most people consider their retirement, they will usually conjure up images of days mowing the lawn, before firing up the grill with a beer mid-afternoon, spending long trips away during off-peak hours and grabbing some valuable family time. In reality however, many are bored and restless when they retire after so many years of working, and they see their retirement not as a chance to relax an... [read more]
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]