Mark Stewart has been appointed the new state director of the R.I. Small Business Development Center, Stewart told Providence Business News Monday. Stewart, who was previously director of the Small Business Center at Halifax Community College in Weldon, N.C., began his job in Rhode Island in June.
For most small businesses – and especially startups, fast-growing firms and those facing the fiercest competition – operating at peak efficiency is vital. That includes finding and using the latest technology tools and solutions intended to make the lives of business owners, solo operators and professionals easier.
Bill and Linda Bohmbach demonstrate a stair lift in the showroom at their Portsmouth company, Home Healthsmith. In two years the company – which provides adaptive mobility equipment – has grown from a home-based business to a 5,000-square-foot facility with five employees. That growth earned the Bohmbachs the Newport County Chamber of Commerce 2014 Entrepreneur of the Year Award.
Business owners and entrepreneurs just starting out often face major challenges trying to “scale” the business once they achieve some initial success. Going from one person to many, from “do it all yourself” to delegating responsibilities, and from minimal-tech to major tech, can severely tax your resources, cash, patience and business know-how.
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