Mark LeBlanc is a Past International President and an National Speaker Association member. Mark started "Small Business Success" in 1992, and has been working with and speaking for groups of business owners, and professionals who want to grow and sell more products and services.
"Mark will provide your people with what they need to know in order to jumpstart or grow their business. He will help them identify and develop certain skills that are critical from an owner’s perspective. In addition, he shares ways to enhance critical relationships inside and outside a business". http://www.markleblanc.com/
"Mark's strategies are street-smart, practical, and can be easily understood and accessed. His content is driven by 16 core principles and formulas, of which, any one can have immediate impact. When principles and formulas are integrated, an owner can create a wave of momentum that is unstoppable".
Mark will be in the Boston, MA (Waltham) area on January 30, 31 & February 1st, 2009 giving his his Achievers Circle Presentation. His new cell phone is (612) 834-2113
Oh and may I just share that I LOVE Mark's Dec 12, 2008 Blog Post "We'll Miss Him" a little UTUBE of outgoing President George Bush - PRICELESS and ya gatta admit Bush was a VERY ENTERTAINING SPEAKER!! ahaha. Now with all the time he will have on his hands - can someone from TEXAS (Maybe current International President, Jana Barnhill) find him a Toastmasters Club??? hahha
link to Mark LeBlanks' Blog
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A small business is a business that is independently owned and operated, with a small number of employees and relatively low volume of sales. The legal definition of "small" often varies by country and industry, but is generally under 100 employees in the United States and under 50 employees in the European Union. In comparison, the definition of mid-sized business by the number of employees is generally under 500 in the U.S. and 250 for the European Union. Small businesses are normally privately owned corporations, partnerships, or sole proprietorships. In Australia, a small business is defined as 1-19 employees and a medium business as 20-200 employees.
In addition to number of employees, other methods used to classify small companies include annual sales (turnover), value of assets and net profit (balance sheet), alone or in a mixed definition. These criteria are followed by the European Union, for instance (headcount, turnover and balance sheet totals). Small businesses are usually not dominant in their field of operation.
Small businesses are common in many countries, depending on the economic system in operation. Typical examples include: convenience stores, other small shops (such as a bakery or delicatessen), hairdressers, tradesmen, lawyers, accountants, restaurants, guest houses, photographers, small-scale manufacturing etc.
The smallest businesses, often located in private homes, are called microbusinesses (term used by international organizations such as the World Bank and the International Finance Corporation) or SoHos. The term "mom and pop business" is a common colloquial expression for a single-family operated business with few (or no) employees other than the owners. When judged by the number of employees, the American and the European definitions are the same: under 10 employees.