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Larry Galler

Start your planning session with the 'hard points'

For many people, the process of planning is difficult and the hardest part is getting started. Often the difficulty is staring at the proverbial blank sheet of paper, white board or monitor that is intimidating, causing a case of severe procrastination. But once the plan is started, words, d…

August 10, 2014 12:00 am
Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bike/pedestrian bridges changing the game

Bicycle/pedestrian bridges on a grand scale are popping up across Northwest Indiana, changing the look and feel of a region best known in the past for big industrial plants belching smoke and not so much for healthy living.

June 14, 2014 8:30 pm Photos


BUSINESS MARKETING: Right place, right time, right offer

The other day I heard a faint warbling sound in the sky. Looking up, I was able to spy a flight of sandhill cranes making their way north on their annual springtime migration. Just as swallows fly back to Capistrano, cranes, robins, geese, ducks -- and your customers -- all follow seasonal patterns.

March 25, 2014 5:35 pm

Seminars scheduled about planning for business sale or succession

Free seminars about selling one's business or transition it to the next generation are planned later this month.

October 08, 2013 12:00 pm

Building and marketing a business is simple -- and complex

Last week I was asked in an interview, “What are the challenges facing owners of small businesses?” It was a simple yet thought-provoking question.

September 15, 2013 12:00 am

Is your business on track or a train wreck?

Your business, my business, every business from the smallest one-person startup to the largest international mega-corporation is made up of many unique components. For the business to be successful, each component must work in harmony with all the others so the company will run smoothly, gro…

August 18, 2013 12:00 am

There are goals, and there are GOALS

To move forward in business or in every other part of life including dieting (please don’t ask me how I know this), it is important to have goals for many reasons.

June 16, 2013 12:00 am

Business coach set to talk at Lake Station chamber event

LAKE STATION | Larry Galler, known as the "Small Business Greatness Coach," will speak at noon Thursday at the Lake Station Chamber of Commerce meeting at the library, 2007 Central Ave.

May 22, 2013 12:00 am

The family business -- functional or not?

Over the years I have seen many family businesses with just about every imaginable combination of family members and every combination of ownership, even some that could be construed as bizarre combinations:

December 30, 2012 12:00 am

Turnover getting you dizzy?

Some companies seem to have a revolving door for new employees on their way to becoming former employees. They enter, walk through the place in a circle where they are taught their work responsibilities, introduced to other staff, and then soon leave causing the company to hire someone else …

September 09, 2012 12:00 am

Change for the sake of change?

If you have been reading this column for any length of time you know I often advocate that companies and therefore the people within those companies change to best serve their customers and stay competitive in an ever-changing world. But I attended a meeting where change was the topic, and i…

August 26, 2012 12:00 am

BUSINESS MARKETING - Active attention brings repeat business

Years ago someone gave me a little plaque that says, “A Satisfied Customer Isn’t Good Enough!” I keep it on my desk.

July 08, 2012 12:00 am

Regarding the impossible ...

Writing on the Google web page, co-founder Larry Page promised to maintain a healthy disregard for the impossible. It is that mindset that gets an entrepreneur's heart beating a little faster, and a little more adrenaline rushing throughout the body.

June 17, 2012 12:00 am

A new beginning toward a great business

Every New Year's Day, aside from the social and sporting aspects of today's celebration, many people take a few minutes to reflect on their lives, both personal and business.

January 01, 2012 12:00 am

Picking up litter is good for businesses, municipalities

Although he did not mention cities in his column (Business, 9/11), Larry Galler did a great service for those who love our cities and towns.

September 22, 2011 12:00 am

Yes, it is your job!

At least once a week someone asks me where I get my inspiration to write these columns. I tell them that, just by observing the business scene, I could probably write a column a day. To illustrate the point, late last week I was sitting innocently in my parked car in front of a large store (…

September 11, 2011 12:00 am

Are we family, or a business, or a family business?

Family businesses are super-complex things.

July 10, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS MARKETING: Instructions, frustrations and customer service

I have to admit it. When it comes to attaching Part A to Part B, I'm all thumbs.

July 03, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS MARKETING: What changes are on your radar?

If you go to any tourist attraction, you will see plenty of people taking photos using their digital cameras and cellphones.

June 26, 2011 12:00 am

BUSINESS MARKETING: 'Good, better, best' or 'one size fits all'?

The other day I stopped at a store to pick up a few needed items. There were only three things on my shopping list: milk, eggs, and toothpaste.

May 29, 2011 12:00 am
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