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About Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel is a serial entrepreneur of 5 small businesses, and president and CEO of Patriot Software. After a rough startup, Mike understands that small business owners need to keep their time and money. He enjoys sharing his small business expertise with other small business owners.

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How to Be a Team Player in a Leadership Role

As a small business owner, you naturally want to lead your business towards success. The way you choose to lead your team has a huge impact on your company. Fostering effective teamwork in an organization is an important step in building a strong workforce. You need to know how to be a team player at […]

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How to Create a Mission Statement

How to Create a Mission Statement for Your Business

How to Create a Mission Statement

You’re a small business owner, and you want to take your business to the next level. It’s time to learn how to create your mission statement. A mission statement reflects your business’s goals and values with few words. You use a mission statement to show potential customers what makes your company stand out. I’ve created […]

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Find a small business adviser to improve your business.

Does Your Business Need Help? Find a Small Business Adviser

Find a small business adviser to improve your business.

If you are a small business owner, you probably try to save every dime that you can. This means that you wear many hats and do many things yourself. But, there will be some things that you’re not able to do yourself, or you shouldn’t spend your precious time trying to do them. During my […]

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Find out how to reward your employees on a budget at your small business.

How to Reward Your Employees on a Budget

Find out how to reward your employees on a budget at your small business.

As an entrepreneur, I know my employees are a big part of Patriot Software’s success. After almost 30 years as a business owner, I know that rewarding employees doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. How to reward your employees: The stuff that money can’t buy Employee rewards do not have to […]

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Learn the three startup criteria you business needs to meet.

The 3 Startup Criteria Your Successful Business Idea Needs to Meet

Learn the three startup criteria you business needs to meet.

It’s easy to come up with a business idea. You can copy an already successful business. Or, you can build on something you are passionate about. However, it’s difficult to come up with a successful business idea that will lead to a thriving organization. Today, my companies sell recruiting software, payroll software, and accounting software, […]

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Business Succession Planning for Your Small Company

Whether you own a startup or an established company, you likely focus on growing your business. That’s why it might be hard to think about the day you step down from your leadership role. But, the earlier you start business succession planning, the easier the transition will be. A business succession plan helps you when […]

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Use marketing metrics for small business to track the results of your marketing campaigns.

5 Digital Marketing Metrics for Small Business Owners

Use marketing metrics for small business to track the results of your marketing campaigns.

Many small business owners aren’t just the boss. They’re the secretary, janitor, and marketing department all rolled into one. They wear a lot of hats, spin a lot of plates, and juggle a lot of knives—sometimes all at once!

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Track Your Most Important KPIs for Small Business Success

As a small business owner, some days might feel more successful than others. As the owner and CEO of an accounting and payroll software company, I have experienced this first-hand. But, do you use quantifiable data to record your progress? If not, apply your most important KPIs (key performance indicators) to your business practices. KPIs […]

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6 Startup Lessons Learned the Hard Way

I started the first of my six businesses 30 years ago. I didn’t have a formal business degree, accounting training, or even an idea for what business I really wanted to start. All I knew was, I wanted to be my own boss and start my own business. Because I was starting at square one […]

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5 Tips for Software Entrepreneurs

I’ve been a software entrepreneur for over 30 years now. But a lot has changed since my days of staying up all night to write custom code on black and green screens. Today’s software development landscape is vast, with numerous niches to specialize in. If I was going to start a business in the software […]

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