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    Terminating an employee is never a pleasant task, but at times it is a necessary part of managing your workforce. Here are some steps you can take to protect your business against possible wrongful termination claims. 1. Understand the Employment At-Will Rule Almost all states recognize employment at-will. This means that, absent a law or…

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    Most business owners have inherited their estimating program from past use, utilize “fudge factors” in costs, make no attempt to actually tie their estimating to their Profit and Loss Statement. If you want to run with the big dogs you have to get off the porch. It is not enough to simply buy a fancy…

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    Focus your company on attainable results The Fremont Group is offering to business owners an opportunity to focus their company on attainable results. We will work with the owner to determine their goals and develop a financial and operational roadmap to achieving them. We then host your key people in two half-day sessions to get…

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    Check out The Fremont Group’s new brochure powered by flipboard. We’ve harvested some of the best content from the our website to introduce ourselves and save our readers from having to click though all the years’ of blog posts to get to know us. Let us know what you think.

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    The Fremont Group is proud to announce our 2015 price guide to our business consulting services have been posted on our Linkedin company page.  We believe no business owner or executive should wonder if he or she can afford outside help.  TFG wants all business owners to know that choosing a consulting firm should follow…

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    View my Flipboard Magazine. If you wouldn’t shop at a store with no product labels or price tags, why would you hire business consultants who do business this way.  Here at The Fremont Group, “supermarket” level transparency is how we do business and serve our clients.  When you work with TFG we will always develop…

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    The Fremont Group is proud to announce we have risen to page 2 of Google search results. This is great news for all the businesses in need of trustworthy outside help to boost their bottom lines. Being easier to find makes it easier to fulfill our goal: making top notch business consulting available at less…

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  • 05/05/15--13:55: The Cost of Not Seeking Help
  • On TFG’s Linkedin page, we recently commented on a kickstarter campaign which crashed and burned violently. Worst of all, the project could easily have been a success if only a few key actions had been taken. Summary: The project was an affordable espresso machine for the home market. Founders just wanted to crowd fund a…

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  • 05/07/15--10:42: Managing Working Capital
  • The Fremont Group would like to share a NYT article about non-bank sources of working capital – the cash needed to run your business while wating for invoices to be paid. New online lenders are proliferating, often extending credit based on invoiced revenue. One online lender we support is The Finance Store. Bank loans cause…

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    By Dirk Dieters, Executive Director of The Fremont Group The term “entrepreneur” has been hijacked!  It has been stolen and unfortunately it is so far gone that it won’t come back.  Over my 20 years working with small business owners there is a disturbing trend among the younger owners—they have never learned how to make…

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    There is a controversial industry of small business management consulting.  Many have found it to be an expensive scam yet others have found it as “the answer” that they have sought.  Very few small businesses are yet to receive a phone call from such a firm offering a 2-day “business survey” for a nominal cost…

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    The health of your business is as important as your personal health.  The Fremont Group offers annual business physicals—an independent check-up of your systems, procedures and controls and the results might be the most important thing that you have ever done.  Head off future problems; address current problems; and get solid recommendations from an independent…

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    Small business owners fall into three categories.  The first are owners who have successfully used consultants or mentors and continue to do so; the second are owners who used expensive, private consulting firms who flew in a couple of people, charged an arm and a leg and left nothing but a binder; and the last…

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    As year ends our non-profit has subsidy money to use.  Existing clients and new clients will all receive a 10% match on all payments received by November 15th!  Those of you with balances can take advantage of this discount and new clients have the opportunity to start at less than existing 2015 rates!  New clients…

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    Do you use Facebook?  Check us out!  Learn about discounts, management, and many useful topics.

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    Dirk, Thank you for all your assistance with our business this year.   Your continued support and guidance has helped us identify areas to improve, what is working, and to plan ahead for future growth.  The tools you have shared with us have given us the ability to learn and execute our plan.   You always have…

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    Snow and slippery conditions during the winter months may make it difficult for your employees to travel to work. Consider the following guidelines that can help your company be prepared when bad weather strikes. 1. When an employee misses work due to bad weather conditions, whether the employee is entitled to be paid for the…

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    A number of federal, state, and local laws require employers to display labor posters in their workplaces that include information about relevant employment laws. Employers should be mindful of the following mistakes concerning workplace posters. Mistake #1: Posting the Wrong Posters A good place to start your poster inspection is with the U.S. Department of…

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    Everyone has had the experience of wanted a job so badly that they make the most elementary of mistakes. This is, in part, what keeps management consultants in business. I just experienced this first-hand and it moved me to write this post. (I won’t disclose the contractor). They had sent out a bid for some…

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    So are many other of our small business owners so we did some research–a lot of research. What we found is that there are a lot of bad people out there in this market. People ready to take advantage of small business owners. So as we looked into it we identified over 30 sources of…