Category Archives: Business Insight

Commerce & Patriotism – words of wisdom from George Washington

We have just celebrated a Glorious Fourth, the anniversary of the founding of our country. We celebrated with hot dogs, S’mores, chips, lemonade and beer, maybe even a few veggies to assuage our guilt. We joined friends for games, good … Continue reading

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Non-verbal courtesy – Should Miss Manners make a come-back?

I read a fascinating article in the Wall Street Journal – Why Gen-Y Johnny Can’t Read Nonverbal Cues. The basic premise is that Gen-Y’ers are so caught up in social networking, all of which is written, that they haven’t picked … Continue reading

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Bailouts – good or bad for the economy?

Everyone seems to be in an uproar over the economy.  It has reached the point where some concern is certainly warranted.  The pressure is on our government to take immediate steps.  But is this the right approach?  Should our government … Continue reading

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Attracting and keeping the best employees

Lots of us shoppers out there are Costco addicts.  Speaking for myself, I have to say I love the thrill of the hunt, finding something unusual and exciting at a great price.  I appreciate the more mundane benefits of shopping … Continue reading

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Customer Service – Anyone home?

We thoroughly enjoyed our holiday weekend.  We slept in, relaxed, and got some projects done around the house.  On Sunday, however, we decided it was time to get out of town, at least for the day.  So we hit the … Continue reading

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Finding Inspiration in Tough Times

There is a great article in the Wall Street Journal (in the Startup Journal section) today – “Recommended Reading for Inspiring Leadership.â€??  The writer, Dana Mattioli, makes the point that being a successful entrepreneur means finding the strength and wisdom … Continue reading

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Leadership: Culture Flows from the Top

I really enjoy the Wall Street Journal and read as much as I can in the limited time available.  I have particularly enjoyed many of Carol Hymowitz’s columns.  The new one, published just today, is “New CEOs May Spur Resistance … Continue reading

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12 Steps to Take Your Company to the Next Level – Part 2

Step 1: Business Structure and Governance There are several viable forms of business entities, each with pros and cons relating to personal liability, income tax, payroll tax, limits on the number of owners, and taxation on profit distributions. Your business … Continue reading

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12 Steps That Will Take Your Company to the Next Level – Part One

Business is both exciting and dynamic. The variety is endless. Products and services are constantly expanding, as are the ways they are offered to the public. New industries emerge regularly, with attendant new opportunities. And the personalities of the diverse … Continue reading

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Welcome to our blog, Business In Washington!

At Next Step Solutions, Inc., we are business operations consultants focused on small- to medium-sized companies. We are passionate about business and strive to help businesses grow, thrive, and make more money. Our clients are entrepreneurs who have built businesses … Continue reading

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