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Attracting and retaining great employees

Ask 100 franchise operators to name their biggest business challenge, and it’s a safe bet that at least 95 of them will say “people”. As the economy gains steam and unemployment shrinks, it’s tough to find new employees, and even tougher to retain good employees. This...

Should you borrow to reach your goals?

For businesses that consider or choose to take on debt to implement growth initiatives, achieving the right balance between that debt and equity is important. Maximizing a company’s return on equity requires a certain amount of debt. Oak Street appreciates the need...

5 Ways to Generate Leads

Lead Generation Attracting and retaining customers is critical to business growth. This is why it is beneficial to develop a lead generation strategy that provides access to prospective customers, as well as nurtures existing customers. The fact is, if you do not have...

Minimum wage hikes: disaster or opportunity?

While nobody knows how the recent presidential election may affect the issue, the last decade has seen increased pressure for raising the minimum wage. California and New York State and the city of Seattle approved $15/hour minimums (with different implementation...