Fired Up About New Products From the HPBExpo

  • by Tom Larsen | Mar 12, 2014 |
  • Marketing, Uncategorized |

The Christmas animated film character Heat Miser would have felt right at home visiting last week’s Hearth Patio and BBQ Expo in Salt Lake City. Of the more than 350 exhibitors, most were showing off their high-end fireplaces, patio heaters and BBQ grills. Looking for what’s new in the application of fire, we found innovation … Continue reading Fired Up About New Products From the HPBExpo


Building a Smarter Business – The Cost of Goods

  • by Tom Larsen | Nov 20, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization, Planning, Product Development |

The foundation of the widget based business, whether the widgets are medical devices, consumer products or packaged foods, is the Cost of Goods (COG). Every decision that is ever made in the business is built on the fundamental knowledge of “what does it cost completely, to make one selling item”.


Entrepreneur: Are You a Planter or a Gardener?

  • by Tom Larsen | Nov 13, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization |

After moving her family into their newly built home, Jane turns her attention to landscaping her yard. Her list is long: she needs trees, shrubs, a nice green lawn, the sprinkler system to keep it that way, uplighting, some decorative elements and a blueprint to tie it all together.  She finds a landscaping architect to … Continue reading Entrepreneur: Are You a Planter or a Gardener?


Entrepreneurs Play Midfield

  • by Jeff Haines | Sep 25, 2013 |
  • Operations, Organization |

Last Saturday as I watched my son’s lacrosse game, I empathized with the players in one particular position. While the defense and goalie were required to stay on the half of the field where their goal was located and the attack positions play near the opponent’s goal, the midfielders were allowed (and expected) to roam … Continue reading Entrepreneurs Play Midfield