Hi! I'm Ellen Huxtable, the owner of Advantage Business Concepts. Advantage Business Concepts offers simple solutions to grow strong businesses. We conduct seminars, workshops and mastermind groups, as well as providing direct one-on-one support to businesses. Our business workbook, "Turbo-charge & Transform!" gives business owners and managers a concise format to get a team rowing in the same direction, looking to the future, and planning realistic, proactive responses to challenges and opportunities.

The Fight for the Not-For-Profit

For a not-for-profit organization, confusion regarding the roles of the Board of Directors and the Executive Director can be painful. Both sides can feel they are acting in good faith. And both sides can feel victimized. Ultimately, the question is, “Whose NFP is this, anyway?”   The Board of Directors is responsible for setting the…

Find Your Leadership Batting Average

In the leadership game, are you batting 500 or struggling at the bottom of the league? You are playing in the majors. And like any major league player, you skills need to be razor sharp. Rate yourself onthe following ten items; each is worth 50 points.   Do you have the financial and other reports…

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Do Good and Boost the Bottom Line

What is your strategy to boost the bottom line? You may be considering new markets, new products, or new competitive tactics. Your plans may include investing heavily in technology. Sometimes, however, simply doing good can help your business do well.  Consider the following five good ways to boost your bottom line. Treat employees with respect.…

Beating the Business Survival Odds

What are your odds for business survival? When tomorrow comes, will you have a solid customer base,  or will you be left behind? Crazy change is the norm for business. Our favorite cookies or soups might be the hot items today, and be off the shelves tomorrow. Log into Facebook, and the options have changed since…

15 Traits of an Inspirational Leader

Are you an inspirational leader? How would you describe yourself? What would your staff say? An inspirational leader brings out the best from staff members. The staff resonates with energy, enthusiasm, and a willingness to go the extra mile. So how does a leader achieve this? Inspirational leaders: Respect their staff. Inspirational leaders hire talented…

Business Innovation for Fun and Profit – 5 Steps Plus a Template

        Business innovation can be a never-ending rat race. Customer expectations are constantly evolving and growing. The stakes are high and there is little room for wasted effort. Get a handle on business innovation. Focus and maximize your impact.   Get excited about change. Change is constant and accelerating. You can’t stop…

Happiness is an Efficient Meeting – 7 Tips Plus an Agenda Template!

When was the last time you were in an efficient meeting? When did you last walk out of the room thinking, “Wow! That was the best use of time, ever!” Whether the organizer or a participant, use the following tips to boost effectiveness. Know why you are meeting. Are you meeting to share information, or…