5 Events in Boulder this Fall for Small Business Owners

Networking is the mainframe of any expanding business. Without it, the business risks becoming unable to adapt when the market changes. It also emphasizes that positive community relationships are paramount to a successful business.

Here are a few networking opportunities this fall for small business owners in Boulder County:

1.      Strategic Connections Flat Irons 2016 Open House: (Free)
Thursday October 20, 7:30-9:30 AM MDT,
TBD Boulder, Co.

The Colorado Thought Leaders Forum holds this event to bring an open forum for sharing valuable, timely information among business leaders that influence not only the business leader themselves, but the business as a whole.

2.      2016 Workers Comp. Safety Seminar: Safety Through Good Hiring Practices: (Free)
Wednesday October 26, 11:00 am-12:52 pm, RSVP by October 25th
Longmont Chamber Commerce Room:
528 Main St. Longmont Co. 80501

This course offers attendee’s the opportunity to learn how to safely introduce employees to your workplace, pre-and-post offer. Learn how to select employees that will be as committed to safety as you are.

3.      50 Ways to Market Your Small Business: ($45.00)
Wednesday October 26, 9:00 am-12:00 pm,
Boulder Public Library Main Branch
1001 Arapahoe Avenue, Boulder, CO 80302

Speaker Maureen Kanwischer will lead a seminar on focusing your business’ marketing strategy to utilize its most effective tactics. This workshop is designed for business owners of all types to revamp the way you consider marketing.

4.       Tax Considerations for Small Businesses: ($45.00)
Thursday, November 03, 9:30 am – 12:00 pm
Boulder Small Business Development Center
528 Main Street Longmont, Co. 80501

Multiple speakers from Accounting, and Tax fields link-up to create a seminar geared towards developing small business owner’s understandings in topics such as choice of entity, filing requirements, business expenses, health insurance and more!

5.      October Networking Mixer @ Centennial Bank and Trust: (Free with RSVP)
Wednesday October 26th, 5:00 – 7:00 pm,
Centennial Bank and Trust Branch
199 S. Briggs Street, Erie

Small business owners, employees, friends and family are invited to a relaxing gathering complete with great food and drink. Come connect with old friends, meet new clients, and learn more about the local businesses in this community.

Getting out in the community is a great way for a business leader to show their customer base that they have their best interests in mind. It’s also a great way to meet new clients and reconnect with old friends.

4 Power Snacks and 1 Guilty Pleasure

Everyone has had that feeling before: It’s two o’clock, you’ve been back from lunch for a little over an hour (hopefully), and your eyes just can’t stay open. No matter what you try, your eyes keep getting heavier and heavier.

Here are four snacks to stash in your desk that will help alleviate those mid-afternoon blues and one to share with your boss while they’re giving you a lecture about getting enough sleep at night.

1.      Blueberries

Tufts University scientists found that blueberries have an incredible ability to boost memory, cognition, and may reverse loss of coordination. If you can’t stomach them raw, try them in trail mix and granola bars to minimize their bitterness.

2.      Whole Grains

Found in just about every kind of snack and energy bar on the market, whole grains slowly release glucose into the blood stream, keeping you mentally sharp all day. Most bars are made with all-natural ingredients, and have fewer calories than a can of diet soda. Some other great sources of whole grains are cereal, oatmeal, and pastas.

3.      Pumpkin Seeds

It’s that time of the season. Instead of watching your kids throw them around the kitchen at one another, take them and bake them with some salt and cinnamon. The seeds are rich in Zinc, an element which enhances brain agility and memory.

4.      Broccoli

Broccoli contains a healthy amount of Vitamin K, which has been shown to boost brain power and cognitive function. For the best results, eat raw or as close to it as you can..

Guilty Pleasure: Caffeine

Found in just about every workplace drink machine, caffeine can be the perfect stimulus one needs to perform at their highest. Be careful though. Too much will have the opposite effect. Taking in moderate amounts (50-300mg) can increase alertness, energy and ability to concentrate. It will not, however, get you out of an uncomfortable meeting with your boss. But, it may lighten the mood.

Having a healthy snack at your desk can greatly improve productivity and overall well-being. These snacks will also bring a little bit of Boulder into your office with their freshness and variety.

Love Where You Live: Top 10 Local Boulder Coffee Shops with that Colorado Feel

Whether you’ve just moved to Colorado or are just blowing through, these coffee shops will give you an experience truly unique to the square state.

1.      Pekoe Sip HouseBoulder, Co.

Yelp Rating: 4 stars

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

They offer a wide variety of teas, coffees, and other drinks that are sure to leave you wondering why you ever bought commercial products in the first place. Skip the line and order online! Pekoe offers natural food and drinks that are as refreshing as mountain air.

2.      Village Coffee Boulder, Co.

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars

Social Media: Facebook

Village Coffee is the perfect early morning or late afternoon spot to enjoy a tall coffee. What makes it unique to Colorado is its simplicity. Its open floor plan, complete with breakfast bar and dining area, make it very easy to interact with everyone around you. It’s a communal kind of place.

3. East Simpson Coffee Company Lafayette, Co.

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars

Social Media: Facebook, Instagram

Located in Historic Old Town Lafayette, East Simpson is a collision of the past and present, all rolled up like one of their Toasted Hot Pockets. East Simpson Street was the epicenter of mining and excavation work at the turn of the 20th century, and is credited as the starting place of commercial business in Lafayette. East Simpson Coffee Company is well aware of this history, and displays it with pride.

4.      Java Stop Longmont, Co.

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars

Located on Main Street in the heat of Downtown Longmont, Javastop has been named the best coffee shop in town, “hands down”, by locals and passers-by alike. It has a warm, rustic, atmosphere, pairs well with the local art on the walls and the smell of fresh baked muffins in the air.

5.      Boxcar Coffee RoastersBoulder, Co.

Yelp Rating: 4.5 stars

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram

Known for their espresso art and delectable pastries, Boxcar is a must-see for anyone visiting Boulder, or a local looking for a new hangout. Each employee is dressed in a vest and bowtie, giving Boxcar an air of sophistication that fits the Colorado feel.

These coffee shops are great to take clients to for meetings and lunches. Their authentic Colorado feel will give your clients a sense of the local community your business represents.

Why Our Customers Love the ArrowStream Process

At Arrow, we want to give our customers an easy way to use our services. The ArrowStream Process improves your workspace flow and supply management. Lighten your load and focus on what you do best, running your business. Here are the ArrowStream Process helps bring peace of mind to your office.

We'll Make it Easy

You will have easy access to your personal account representative and direct access to ownership. It is key to us that you are receiving the best customer service possible when using our service. Our team takes priority in listening to your comments and suggestions. Anytime you have a question about the service we can ensure you will be speaking with a real person that genuinely cares about your concerns.

Ordering office products can become time consuming and more of a hassle than it should be. With ArrowStream, you will have access to 60,000 products that can be ordered on line, over the phone, via fax, or by e-mail. After your first order, the inventory manager within the ArrowStream Process will keep your supply closet well stocked with the products you need to run your office smoothly.

Do not worry about expensive delivery fees with all the office products you are needing to stock up on. ArrowStream offers free next day delivery with no minimum order amount. When you are in a pickle and need an emergency delivery, we are available when you need us. If you cannot find what you are looking for through our products we will do the hunting and help place your order with our suppliers to fill your needs in a timely manner. You let our dedicated delivery personnel know where you want the products and we will make sure to get them in and out of the way.

When you are ready to truly optimize your workspace and workflow by obtaining new furniture and a new layout to the office, the Space Planning is done by our professionals with your input and needs as the top priority. The furniture you have carefully selected will be assembled prior to delivery by Arrow team members. You will  not have to waste a day unpacking products, assembling and cleaning packaging messes.

Ultimately, we want you to have one less thing on your plate to worry about. The ArrowStream process is all about making it happen and going the extra mile to help you and your employees or coworkers be your best you can be.

How to Grow Your Business in 2016

New Year, new goals, right? The top of your list of 2016 business goals should be growing your company. Accomplishing long term goals starts with making everyday changes. In order to grow your business successfully in 2016, start with small measures to make a difference each day, then watch your long term goals come true.

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1. Work only on new business until 11AM

It’s incredibly easy to get caught up in paperwork, meetings, organization and other daily tasks, then when it’s time to end the day there is no new revenue. While your brain is fresh first thing in the morning, spend this time creating new appointments, making sales calls, or generally working to increase your bottom line.

2. Make office hours non-negotiable

While an open-door policy is a good idea to keep employees happy, it can also fragment your day into oblivion. Make a point to work three 90 blocks of time per day and close doors to employees during that time in order to get a proper amount of work done.

3. Accept that you can’t do everything

Starting a business as an entrepreneur or running a small business can be exhilarating. When starting out, wearing many hats is a necessity but can stunt your business’ growth over time. Ultimately, it is important to hire who you need to help you make the business grow.

4. Run the business you want, not the business you have

The old adage “fake it til you make it” applies to every small business and entrepreneur. While you shouldn’t mislead a client or new sale, you want to instill confidence in your new clients all the same. Act as if you are a top level business person and you’ll find and keep top level clients who will help your business succeed.

5. Get systems in place
Without organization, there is nowhere for your business to go but straight into the ground. Stay as organized as possible, create systems and defend those systems. If everything is running smoothly on the backend, you will find it is easier to hire and train new employees, increase sales and ultimately grow your business. Creating and keeping systems isn’t as hard as you think it is, all it takes are a few of the right products, like filing systems.

7 Reasons to Consider the ArrowStream Process

Your time is valuable and should be used wisely to focus on your business. The ArrowStream Process is a supply management program to help keep your business running smoothly. Here are 7 reasons you should consider the ArrowStream Process for your business.

1. Easy Access
You have a personal account representative and direct access to ownership.

2. Ordering Process
Ordering can be done online, over the phone, via fax, or by email.

3. Inventory Management
Your supply closet will stay stocked with products you need to run your business day in and day out.

4. Delivery
Free next day delivery on office supplies with no minimum order.

5. Workspace Flow
Space Planning and Office Design Layouts are done by our professionals with our customers input and needs always being the top priority.

6. No Mess, No Stress Furniture Installation
Furniture is assembled prior to delivery at Arrow by our team who are familiar with the product and how it should be constructed.

7.Special Orders
We will gladly place special orders with our suppliers to fulfill your needs.

Bullseye

Bullseye-Fishing-Pole-VestBullseye here. I am a local business owner here in Boulder and I have found that Arrow Office Products & Interiors has all I need to keep my business running. I have become their biggest fan and they’ve given me a spot to make me feel like one of the gang. Who would be better to give you the inside scoop on Arrow and anything office than one of their best customers? I’ve been through machine repairs, breakroom stocks, complete office redesigns and so much more, all with Arrow by my side.

As a business owner I know that days can be RUFF when you run out of the supplies needed to run your company. So when my employees are growling for office products, we always call Arrow Office Products and Interiors. Arrow has over 60,000 supply items at their fingertips, as well as a great selection of new and used furniture at amazing prices in Bullseye’s House – named after Yours Truly.

Trust me I can sniff out bargains anywhere, but time is money. I trust that Arrow will make it happen so why should I waste time shopping around when I know that Arrow always gives me the deal I need and so much more!

Like any other Boulderite, I can’t wait to get outside the office to enjoy the foothills, flat irons, trails, and my favorite alpine lakes. I love sharing my weekend fishing stories with the team at Arrow, and on a weekday, catching their great prices and fantastic service is as satisfying as releasing a Rainbow on a crystal clear day in the Mountains. I feel like their ArrowStream Process was made just for me.

Arrow is the place for me, heck they even keep us stocked with dog biscuits for our breakroom, so call Arrow and tell them Bullseye sent you.