December 17, 2014

Member Webinar: How to Get More New Client Calls From Google in 2015

IBPSA Member Exclusive Webinar How to Get More New Client Calls From Google in 2015: 3 Insider Secrets Directly From Google About Your Website Ranking! “How do I get on Page One?” It seems that just about everyone wants the answer to this Google question. In this IBPSA member exclusive webinar, Brian Kraff, CEO of IBPSA partner Market Hardware, gives our members the answer in an energetic and informative can’t-miss webinar. Every year Brian Kraff makes a pilgrimage to Silicon […]
September 16, 2014

Finding Your Support Team

Hello Readers, It has been a challenging time for the Association these past few months. Growing pains for some of it and also some failures. I am sure that as each of you look back over your business year there will be some hits and some misses – that is just how business is. Sometimes however it seems that Murphy’s Law is at work and we feel like we are experiencing more misses than hits. So what to do? One […]
November 30, 2012

An Original Recipe Revisted

Hello Again Readers! The cooking magazine clean up is still in progress and the pile of recipes (that I am sure I will cook – one day) continues to grow. This Holiday Season I wanted to use a recipe that I had found last year but finding that recipe was a challenge.   I searched through my pile of recipes but could not find this one recipe. Regret is what came next….if I had left the recipes in the magazines I […]
July 4, 2012

Cooking Up New Ideas

As business owners we become so focused on the day to day activities that we forget to look at the bigger picture. We have discussed money and business plans but now it is time to focus on how you keep growing so that your business can grow. We often plan to attend the industry trade show and conference or a regional meeting. Those are great times to meet with other business owners and share ideas. But sometimes we can learn […]
March 15, 2012

Review The Business Plan OR Call For A Pitchfork

Just when you thought I would be off of the “planning” subject… Lesson 2: Plan, Plan, and Plan some more or the poop will grow to gigantic proportions! The “Business Plan”. How many books did you read before you came up with your business plan? Penny and I read every book we could get our hands on to make sure we had a solid plan. I now own several books about writing a business plan. All the books were very […]
November 29, 2011

Build A Spending Plan OR Purchase A Shovel Today For The Poop That Will Come Tomorrow

Last week we talked about the Pet Care Service Association bankruptcy, dog poop and our response. This week we will begin the conversation on what we learned from PCSA and how we can turn poop into fertilizer for our own businesses. Lesson 1 – Plan, Plan, Plan! OR Buy A Shovel This seems like a “no brainer” – have a budget. However…..that is Really easy to say and Really difficult to accomplish! In a business environment, just like our personal finances, […]
November 8, 2011

Pet Care Services Bankrupted, Now What? Fertilizer!

Let’s just get this all out on the table. Bankruptcy makes picking up dog poop a dream job. Nobody really wants to pick up dog poop, but the dogs appreciate the clean yard and you may just get a doggy kiss or two as you go about cleaning up the yard. Bankruptcy however is a different story. All other options appear to have been exhausted and there isn’t enough money to keep the business alive.  Nobody wants to file bankruptcy […]
November 7, 2011

Dogs Changing Lives

Today, I would like to introduce you to a great program for our military who suffer from PTSD. Penny’s From Heaven: Train A Dog – Save A Warrior. We all have witnessed the contribution that dogs have made in the lives of individuals who suffer from a physical restriction. These dogs have the uncanny ability to know exactly how to take care of us when we are in need. Now, we are discovering that dogs can help us overcome mental distress and […]
February 10, 2011

Are You “Adding Value” To Your Services?

Last year, I took my dog to a doggie daycare for the day. I usually purchase several days worth of daycare to get a better rate which is “added value” to me. But this particular day the doggie daycare was trying to meet an in-house goal. As I purchased my “daycare package” of choice, they met a “mile marker” and rewarded me, the customer, with a dollar bill. Now, I can hear you saying a buck? Really? How is that […]
September 21, 2010

Member Benefits – Let us hear from you!

The staff at IBPSA are continually looking for benefits that our members would use and enjoy.  Please feel free to post your thoughts and ideas on what you would like to see as part of your benefit package.  We may not always be able to provide exactly what you want but we will do our best to give you the best benefits in the industry.