The Top 5 Business Challenges in 2016

Fear is dominant in today’s economy from the volatility of the stock market to unknown/unwanted rules and regulations pouring down from the federal government to oil prices unexpectedly plunging, to the possibility of yet another recession around the corner. Fear can be debilitating and makes running your business that much more challenging. The best thing to combat fear is education and positioning yourself to be smart and ahead of the curve with your business in 2016 and beyond. 1. Government Risk & Regulations Running a profitable small business is hard enough, now add the ever increasing government regulations that are […]

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Fintech Disruption Gunning for Big Financial Institutions

Huge institutions, brokerages and even asset managers have a stealthy new competitor and trillions of dollars are at stake. We have all seen major disruption in content distribution and travel from Netflix to Uber. The new major disruptive technology is coming from the financial sector and it’s known as ‘Fintech’. We at Paragon Financial like the definition proposed by the Wharton Fintech Club: Fin·Tech noun : an economic industry composed of companies that use technology to make financial systems more efficient. Fintech companies, entrepreneurial start-ups, are producing innovative online businesses that can dramatically improve the customer experience, realigning old, archaic […]

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The Changing Landscape of Cable/Telecom

“We always overestimate the change that will occur in the next two years and underestimate the change that will occur in the next ten. Don’t let yourself be lulled into inaction.” – Bill Gates As a 20 year funder of the cable and telecom industry, Paragon Financial closely monitors changes within the industry.  This allows us to proactively help cable/telecom vendors, suppliers and contractors succeed.  We all are watching as talks continue of AT&T’s merger with DirectTV, Comcast with Time-Warner, and T-mobile with Sprint.  There are also new players like Google Fiber, Apple TV and Netflix that are poised to further shake […]

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Handgun/Firearm Manufacturers and Vendors

Handgun/Firearm Manufacturers and Vendors: armalite.com auto-ordnance.com barrett.net browning.com bushmaster.com textronsystems.com calicolightweaponsystems.com cz-usa.com colt.com dillonaero.com cva.com dakotaarms.com franchiusa.com freedomarms.com glock.com hk-usa.com henryrepeating.com highstandard.com hi-pointfirearms.com ithacagun.com keltecweapons.com kimberamerica.com knightrifles.com marlinfirearms.com northamericanarms.com olyarms.com para-usa.com redjacketfirearms.com remington.com ruger.com sako.fi savagearms.com sigsauer.com smith-wesson.com springfield-armory.com stoegerindustries.com taurususa.com tcarms.com traditionsfirearms.com waltherarms.com weatherby.com winchesterguns.com magnumresearch.com

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Growing Your Business

To grow your business successfully, you need all three of the following: A substantial number of prospective clients, who you can locate and connect with. These prospective clients need to have a problem, which your service provides the answer to. Finally, they need to be willing and able to pay you for solving their problem. The three items above are what most people strive for to have a successful business. However, if you want even more from your business, something exceptional, you need to do one thing differently. To be exceptional, you need to change number 2 on this list to: These prospective clients need to […]

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National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month

The Small Business Administration (SBA) and AARP are teaming up to host National Encore Entrepreneur Mentor Month, targeting entrepreneurs over the age of 50. Building on last year’s successful strategic alliance, the two organizations provided nationwide mentoring and training to over 119,000 individuals. Throughout April, SBA district offices, state AARP offices and SBA resource partners will host more than 100 events (workshops, conferences, seminars, etc.) to help entrepreneurs 50+ start or grow a business. The following are valuable links to SBA and AARP entrepreneur online resources: Free Online Courses Encore Entrepreneurship for Women Encore Entrepreneurship Webinar Series Virtual Help Desk

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Anchorage Alaska’s Top 15 Employers

Anchorage Alaska’s Top 15 Employers 1. Providence Health & Services (hospital/medical center) 2. Wal-Mart/Sam’s Club (grocery/general merchandise) 3. Carrs/Safeway (grocery) 4. Fred Meyer (grocery/general merchandise) 5. ASRC Energy Services (oil field services) 6. BP Exploration Alaska (oil and gas extraction) 7. NANA Management Services (catering/lodging/security) 8. CH2MHill (oil field services) 9. Alaska Airlines (air carrier) 10. Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium (ANTHC) (hospital/medical center) 11. GCI Communications (communications) 12. Southcentral Foundation (hospital/medical center) 13. FedEx (air freight/courier service) 14. ConocoPhillips (oil and gas extraction) 15. Alaska USA Federal Credit Union (financial services)

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Build a Successful Marketing Plan – 15 Key Business Success Factors

Every marketing plan needs to include an industry analysis. Why? Because it is of critical importance to understand the industry you operate in, and to identify and track your performance to key business success factors (KSFs) for your organization. Understanding your industry and identifying your KSFs will help in building a successful marketing plan; one that is based on measurable progress and results. A key success factor is an element of a whole that affects your business’ ability to do well in your market. Most businesses focus on between three and five of the most important (to their business) success […]

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Louisiana Oil and Gas Industry Seeing Political Battles Heat Up

When it comes to oil and gas in Louisiana political blue and red is blurred. The Louisiana Senate race is bringing in money from Oil and Gas interests from all sides.      This is all good news for Louisiana and its oil and gas suppliers. “I want to say both candidates are pro-oil and gas industry,” Louisiana Mid-Continent Oil and Gas Association Environmental Affairs Director Richard Metcalf said. “Mary(Landrieu) has been a very effective advocate, a very good vote for us. She is next in line to chair the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee when Sen. Max Baucus, D-Montana, becomes ambassador […]

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Becoming a Vendor/Supplier for the Top US Companies

Is your small business ready to become a vendor or supplier for the top companies in the US?  We’ve put together links to each companies supplier page to make it easy for you to get started. Wal-Mart Stores Exxon Mobil Chevron Phillips Apple General Motors General Electric Valero Energy Ford Motor AT&T Fannie Mae CVS Caremark McKesson Hewlett-Packard Verizon Communications UnitedHealth Group J.P. Morgan Chase & Co. Cardinal Health International Business Machines Bank of America Corp. Costco Wholesale Kroger Express Scripts Holding Wells Fargo Citigroup Archer Daniels Midland Procter & Gamble Prudential Financial Boeing Freddie Mac AmerisourceBergen Marathon Petroleum Home […]

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