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Washington the US first environmentalist?

George Washington may well be the first environmentalist in our country.  All planters knew that the tobacco crop depleted the soil.  Others just bought more land, George looked into ways to replenish the soil.  His research lead him to move away from tobacco as the...

George Washington, the Entrepreneur

I read a review of the book George Washington, Entrepreneur.  It was surprising, all that I had read about Washington, and it never really touched on this aspect of his life. So, I purchased and read the books it was fascinating with what George and Martha did, they...

Taxes: Rich and Poor

The bottom 43 to 45% of taxpayers don’t pay in any money for federal income taxes. So, it is unsurprising, that most Americans pay more in payroll taxes than in income taxes. Based on the structure of the Social Security payroll tax, poor and working-class people...

The “Next Steps”

Your business is back up and running.  Your revenue and profits are down significantly from last year. The prospects are not looking good for a strong 4th quarter. What we are doing is solidifying our foundation.  Making sure we touch all of our existing clients,...

A Simpler Time

It’s the 4th of July weekend and all five of us are here for the annual barbeque. While my wife was thrilled to have us all together, it was interesting to see my boys all in their twenties playing video games together. While this has been a common sight in years...

Movies

Have you noticed that there are significantly fewer movie studios than there were 20 years ago?  Some still exist in name only like Columbia, but they are owned by Sony, so don’t count. The consolidations have left us with studios who are less willing to take risks...

Customer Service

We all have our own horror story for poor customer service. This one is mine. I have been going to this place for years to pick up food.  There is an elderly woman who my whole family hates to deal with.  She is rude and condescending and slow in her actions. This...

Overspending

Overspending whether in business or home will only cause trouble. I had a client who had a huge payday and literally spend all the proceeds, while paying no taxes They came to us with a huge, and I mean huge tax bill from both the IRS and Illinois. When I asked why...

Implosion

Years ago, I was working with a client who really thought she was better than she was. She was looking at selling her business at one point and expected to earn $150,000 from the purchasing business.  When I explained the financials to her and we did some quickie...

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