Interviews

David Stebenne
David Stebenne joins Jim Blasingame to report on the SBA’s program to provide grants for operators of in-person venues which were hit hard as a result of the pandemic shutdown.
Tom Borg
Tom Borg joins Jim Blasingame to report on some of the issues and opportunities you should be discussing with customers to prepare for the post-pandemic economic expansion.
Tom Borg
Tom Borg joins Jim Blasingame to report on some of the issues and opportunities you should be talking with employees about as the economy expands post-pandemic.
Doug Stephens
Doug Stephens joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the role the pandemic played in accelerating ecommerce at the expense of Main Street retail, and the future of retail with a dominant Amazon.
Jeff Zbar
Jeff Zbar joins Jim Blasingame to report on how his customers are talking to him about business and the pragmatic way people are thinking about investing in reopening.
Michelle Seiler Tucker
Michele Seiler Tucker joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the things that have been changed/disrupted by the pandemic that will impact your ability to sell your business, even some in a good way.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to reveal some of the things you’ll need to do to shift from survival to renewal and reinvention of your business as we emerge from the pandemic to whatever is next.
Mark Babbitt
Mark Babbitt joins Jim Blasingame to discuss some of the ways that your business will be required to adjust to the post-pandemic expectations of your customers.
Megan Wintersteen
Megan Wintersteen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss how restaurants used technology and innovation to adjust to the pandemic shutdowns and lessons all of us can learn from their experience and creativity.
Megan Wintersteen
Megan Wintersteen joins Jim Blasingame to discuss the concept of a “ghost kitchen” being the coronavirus response by restaurants shifting away from serving their customers in-house with delivery/pickup.

Articles

Jim Blasingame
As noted in Part I, prior to every presidential election since 2000, Jim has compared the two major-party presidential candidates based on their performance and promises regarding top small busines... » More
Jim Blasingame
No doubt you’ve heard the maxim “Fear and greed drive the marketplace.” But, there are many kinder and gentler emotions and motivations that drive our marketplace. Here are seven. » More
Jim Blasingame
One of the markers of the 2020 coronavirus pandemic is its disruptiveness, both on society in general and the marketplace in particular, illuminating the need for more redundancy. To help you budge... » More
Jim Blasingame
The coronavirus pandemic has contributed to redefining the value proposition by accelerating e-commerce expectations by five years. Is your business ready for the new Moment of Relevance? » More
Jim Blasingame
As a small business owner, you’ve accrued a rare pandemic present arising from the increased velocity of the New Regular economy: Trust is now more valuable and more powerful than ever. And since s... » More
Jim Blasingame
The already accelerating shift to more IP leverage was punched into overdrive by the coronavirus pandemic. Main Street businesses that survive and thrive will blend the two types of intellectual pr... » More
Jim Blasingame
In a year that now defines unprecedented, we risk losing our grip on what really matters. Jim offers advice on how to maintain perspective during a pandemic. » More
Jim Blasingame
Every Main Street business owner had a business plan when they opened in January 2020. But now they’re going to need a new one. Here are tips to help get you started on your post-pandemic business ... » More
Jim Blasingame
The coronavirus pandemic has required small business to adapt to marketplace adjustments. Make sure you differentiate between those adjustments that were inconvenient - some extremely so - and thos... » More
Jim Blasingame
Even when operating a business is fun, it usually isn’t funny, except when we're laughing at ourselves. But perhaps we can learn something from the simple truths that are foundational for all good ... » More