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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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Learn the benefits of hiring interns.

5 Ways Your Small Business Will Benefit From Hiring Interns

Learn the benefits of hiring interns.

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 1/18/2017. A lot of college students are on the lookout for work experience. Many of them will seek out internships and skill-building opportunities, and chances are, at least one potential intern is likely contact your business. You might be interested in hiring interns but aren’t sure if […]

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Teamwork lessons

Teamwork Lessons I Learned the Hard Way…So You Don’t Have To

Teamwork lessons

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 4/18/2016. Early in my career, before I became my own boss and the CEO of Patriot Software, I was a hard charging mover and shaker. I did whatever was necessary to get the job done. I took no prisoners, offered no quarter to failure, and if my […]

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Launch your startup no matter how the economy is doing.

The Only 5 Things You Need to Launch a Startup in Any Economy

Launch your startup no matter how the economy is doing.

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 6/1/2016. In 2008, one of my startups, Career Marketplace, was sinking fast. The market had tanked, new business was hard to come by and jobs were drying up. Career Marketplace, an online intermediary for job seekers and job creators, was getting hit particularly hard. After a few rough […]

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Times sucks that kill startups

10 Time Sucks That Kill Startups

Times sucks that kill startups

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 4/4/2016. As an entrepreneur, the most valuable asset you have is your time. You’ll rarely have enough time to do what you need, and virtually never enough time to do what you want. The general assumption is, since time is free, you’ll simply spend as much time as […]

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Learn ways to get PR for your small business.

7 Ways to Get PR Before You Can Afford to Hire a PR Manager

Learn ways to get PR for your small business.

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 6/1/2016. If you’re good at networking, you can be good at PR for your startup. Public Relations is all about building relationships by sharing mutually beneficial information.

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Answer these questions to target your customer base.

5 Must-Answer Questions to Succeed Targeting Your Customer Base

Answer these questions to target your customer base.

This column was originally published on Entrepreneur.com on 5/25/2016.  Marketing 101 is all about a little thing called “segmentation.” It’s not enough to say you sell your product to humans. You need to know as much about those humans as you possibly can. Specifically, what parts of their humanity correlate well with the purchase of […]

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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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