Ben Gran

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Ben Gran

About Ben Gran

Ben Gran is a freelance writer based in Des Moines, Iowa. He has written for Fortune 500 companies, the Governor of Iowa, the U.S. Secretary of the Navy, and many corporate clients nationally and internationally, from Los Angeles to New York to Washington, D.C., from Germany to Tokyo to London to Western Australia.

Mars Cafe and the Ultimate Small Business Marketing Compliment

Mars Cafe is a fun success story of how a business can take on a life of its own that is bigger than any individual. I look forward to working and socializing there for many years to come. Ready to start a business and build up your dedicated community of customers? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2019-09-03T05:49:52-08:00October 26th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|

3 Ways to Boost Your Small Business Marketing Beyond Order Taking

Small business sales and marketing doesn’t have to be complicated. Making bigger profits for your company is often just a simple matter of learning how to ask good questions, listen closely to what people say, and look for ways to deepen your conversations and build deeper relationships with your customers. But it does require a spirit of generosity, conscientiousness and attentiveness that goes beyond simply “taking orders.”

2019-09-03T05:49:53-08:00October 23rd, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: |

One Simple Question That Can Help You Keep Customers

What do you do when a customer tries to leave your business? Whether you’re a freelancer who wants to avoid getting “fired” by a long-time client, or a retail location that wants to keep up steady traffic of repeat business and referrals, it’s important to maintain your customer relationships. But sometimes, what happens when a customer decides to no longer do business with you can be one of the most important ways to keep making your business better. If you learn from it, even going through the experience of losing a customer can help you gain more customers in the long run.

2019-09-03T05:49:54-08:00October 19th, 2012|Categories: Ongoing Management and Protection|Tags: |

Marketing Lessons From a Stand-up Comedian

Doing stand-up comedy is a huge rush, unlike anything else I’ve experienced. I love the complex interplay with the audience, the thought process of writing jokes, the energy of cultivating a stage presence and delivering lines, and the sound of a room full of laughter. In the same way, I hope your business can succeed in a way that leaves you feeling fulfilled. Whether you’re a stand-up comedian or not, every entrepreneur is in the business of pleasing an audience and making your dreams come true. Ready to start a business and take the stage as a star performer in your industry? Talk to CorpNet for a free business consultation on how to incorporate a business. CorpNet’s free tools, advice and guidance can help you choose a business structure, form an LLC, set up an S-Corporation or other corporate entity to protect your assets and attain the corporate tax benefits and financial advantages of doing business as a corporation.

2019-09-03T05:51:03-08:00July 3rd, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|

4 Reasons Why America is Still a Great Place to Start a Business

It’s easy to be down on America these days – the economy is struggling, unemployment is still way too high, and the past 10 years of business scandals, terrorism, disasters, war and political stalemate have led many to question whether America’s best days are behind it. This 4th of July, I’ve been thinking of some reasons why America shouldn’t count itself out just yet. Even though our country is facing many significant challenges, America still has many important advantages that make this country a great place to start a business. Here are a few reasons in this post as to why American entrepreneurs and Americans who are thinking of starting a business can take heart and find reason for optimism in starting a business.

2019-09-03T05:51:03-08:00July 2nd, 2012|Categories: Seed and Development|

Running a Home-based Business: Myths and Realities

Running a business from home is a great way to get started as an entrepreneur, but make sure you keep in mind some of the possible pitfalls and productivity traps. You owe it to yourself and your business to be able to close the door and go away for awhile, and you also owe it to your family to be able to leave work at work - even if "work" is "upstairs in your home office."

2019-09-03T05:51:08-08:00June 17th, 2012|Categories: Startup and Launch|Tags: , |

Want More Customers for Your Small Business? Give Them What They Want!

In the movie “Big Night,” Primo and Secondo were in a difficult situation – the business was struggling, they urgently needed every customer, and so they didn’t have the luxury of telling the customers that they were “wrong.” But ideally, as your business grows, you can gain enough confidence to show customers the “right way” to experience your business’s offerings – not to be a prima donna or make your customers feel bad, but to help them have the best possible customer experience. Customers always get what they want (and need) when they hire CorpNet to incorporate a business. If you want to start a business, CorpNet can help you incorporate as an S-Corp or form an LLC to get your business up and running. We help entrepreneurs start a business by managing the business filings to incorporate a company. Whether you want to form an LLC or S-Corporation or other corporate entity, CorpNet can help you choose a business structure with a free business consultation.

2019-09-03T05:51:09-08:00June 15th, 2012|Categories: Growth and Expansion|Tags: , |