Rick Slark

A Cigar, An Eclipse, and A Little Perspective

Today was unexpected. There I was, ready to tackle another day full of casework and client meetings, when my schedule suddenly cleared up. A client canceled at the last minute, and just like that, I found myself with a rare free moment. My neighbor, sensing an opportunity for a shared experience, handed me a pair …

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Elevate Your Leadership: The Power of Writing in Team Communication

For today’s managers, communicating effectively through writing is not just a skill—it’s a critical tool for leadership success. Your written words can inspire, direct, motivate, and clarify as a professional. They can bridge gaps, foster innovation, and build trust. Conversely, a lack of clarity and precision in your written communication can lead to confusion, misinterpretation, …

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Navigating Success: The Critical Path of Setting Business Objectives and Goals

Amid business uncertainty, clarity in objectives and goals stands as the beacon that guides companies through the murky waters of the market. Establishing clear, actionable, and strategic goals is beneficial and imperative for sustained success. Let’s delve into the significance of setting short-term and long-term business objectives, understand the repercussions of navigating without them, and …

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The Small Business Advantage: Leveraging a Holistic Approach for Comprehensive Growth

In the dynamic realm of small business, the key to sustained growth and success lies not in isolated strategies but in a comprehensive, holistic approach to business development. This method transcends traditional piecemeal tactics, integrating all facets of your business into a cohesive strategy. Let’s explore why adopting this holistic perspective is beneficial and essential …

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Prioritizing Mental Health for Spiritual Leaders

In their journey toward spiritual enlightenment and community guidance, spiritual leaders must remember to prioritize their own mental health. The path of guiding others is profoundly rewarding yet equally demanding, often requiring the supporting of many while neglecting your own needs. Why is their mental health paramount? Commit to regular self-reflection, seek support when needed, …

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Celebrating Empowerment: Honoring Women’s Achievements – Slark Consulting Group

As Women’s History Month unfolds, we at Slark Consulting Group take immense pride in celebrating the extraordinary achievements of our women-owned business clients. Your resilience, innovation, and leadership continue to break barriers and inspire a legacy of empowerment. Your ventures are more than businesses; they are a testament to the enduring spirit of female entrepreneurship …

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Important Deadline for PPP and EIDL Borrowers

The U.S. Small Business Administration will begin referring defaulted PPP and COVID-EIDL borrowers with loans under $100,000 to the U.S. Treasury Department and the Internal Revenue Service for collection beginning March 4, 2024. If you have not already applied for loan forgiveness or entered into a payment plan, you must act before March 3, 2024. If …

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Is It Worth It to Post Infrequently on Social Media?

This post was written by my friend, Melissa Forziat and I thought it was a powerful message for many small business owners. Rick Let’s face it – when you have a small business, you might be your own marketing department.  Plus the legal team.  Plus the bookkeeper.  Plus customer service.  Plus human resources.  There are …

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Why Your Small Business Needs a Mission and Vision Statement (and How to Write One)

A mission and vision statement is not just a catchy slogan or a marketing tool. It is a powerful way to communicate your small business’s purpose, goals, and values to your customers, employees, and stakeholders. A well-crafted mission and vision statement can help you: Define your niche and competitive advantage. A mission and vision statement …

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