Commercial Real Estate Capital Trends in Retail: Oct. 2016

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As a commercial real estate (CRE) broker and retail specialist, it is my commitment to my customers to follow the CRE market and have the knowledge of the current conditions. Real Capital Analytics (RCA) is an online big data analytics company, specializing in aggregating big data and generating capital market reports to influence areas of CRE investment markets. RCA has recorded over $16 trillion CRE transactions linked to over 155,000 investor and lender profiles (http://www.rcanalytics.com, 2016). RCA is the industry leader in providing reliable data for the CRE industry with right market valuations, cash flows, and equity investment trends.

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Audit, Investigate, and Control – HHS OIG – 2015 Work Plan

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In 2015 the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office of Inspector General (OIG) reported 925 criminal actions against people or entities engaged in crimes against HHS programs and 682 civil actions (i.e., false claims, unjust-enrichment lawsuits filed in Federal district court, CPM settlements, and administrative recoveries related to provider self-disclosure matter). Companies in the healthcare industry should have top of the mind awareness of the OIG’s initiatives each year as they develop, change, and keep up their compliance programs for the year. Continue reading

A Tool to Create Motivational Change in Entrepreneurs

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Changing our habits is difficult and at times a daunting task. In some instances the idea may even seem nearly impossible. Unhealthy habits negatively affect you personally and professionally, disrupting relationships, your reputation, and cause unwanted stress. Sometimes our unhealthy habits cross our threshold, transcending from our personal life into our professional life.

My question for you is if you have any unhealthy habits you are willing to acknowledge? Are you doing anything to alleviate those habits? Do you have a plan of action set in place to help alleviate the situation?

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5 Skills for Entrepreneurs to be Successful

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Success for any business person comes in many different shapes and sizes. Success can also be measured differently from business person to business person. For example, I might think that sales of a million dollars as a successful thing. However, if you talk to Tim Cook who is the CEO of apple would think that was a bad year. Being successful means you will have a mindset that fosters growth and innovation personally and for your business.

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Constructing a Successful Entrepreneurial Culture

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Sometimes culture in entrepreneurship environments falls to the waist side to productivity, growth, and profit to meet your organizations goals. Culture is an immeasurable thing that holds all the pieces of your organization together. If you talk to almost any Silicone Valley executive, they will all have different opinions about how to evolve a company’s culture, but one thing they will all agree on is that a solid culture cultivates an organizations success.

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Empowering Women as Entrepreneurs

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Why do women want to become entrepreneurs?

I asked a couple that are in my graduate program and most common responses were to have freedom, be their own boss, and to hopefully empower other women to become entrepreneurs themselves. Personally, I have enjoyed to see the growth in female business owners over the last few years. In fact, I have been working close with two sisters on a gourmet ice cream business where we have a very niche product that is offered by other companies (that’s to be discussed in a later blog post).

In 2013, Cox conducted a survey that was given to 624 women entrepreneurs and business owners in North America. The survey asked the women participants various well-being questions in regards to business.

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Building Your Minimal Viable Product (MVP)

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Eric Ries and Steve Blank are one of the early adopters of instigating a minimum viable product (MVP) as part of the startup process. Blank defines a MVP “not always a smaller/cheaper version of your final product. Defining the goal for a MVP can save you tons of time, money and grief.Blank is an advocate for executing Learn Startup approach for almost a business. One strategy behind building and utilizing a MVP is not to use too many resources (eg. time and money). Get your MVP built quickly so you can start testing your hypothesis using the new product.

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