Senate may drop the soap (maker)

About six years ago, there was a big fuss about the CPSIA, a law that was written to sharply reduce lead in clothing, toys and other items made for children under 12. Why lead? Lead poisoning causes developmental and neurological damage in young children, including by breathing dust from peeling lead paint. I made some noise about the law as […]

Tell your fish story, Mr. Limpet

During a recent trip to Oregon, our journey took us to a dockside seafood restaurant in Newport. As you can see from my photo, this restaurant offers fresh local seafood in addition to meals made with the local catch. Take a close look at the sign used to describe this salmon. We know that the […]

What does a new business owner do first?

photo credit: Sebastian Mary Recently I received an email from a reader who said my blog made them feel like they had come in during the middle of a movie. Why? Because they’re at the startup stage in their business, while many of my posts focus on existing businesses. Fair enough. Let’s talk about startups. […]

URL the Cat

photo credit: rainy city Last weekend I spent some time visiting my youngest son at college in Western Oregon. While there, we visited the Portland Saturday Market, which is full of homemade goods from art to clothing to food. While many of the booths offered business cards that had a website on them, a very […]

If you want to sell honey, don’t forget the biscuits

photo credit: Todd Huffman Earlier this week, one of my younger Scouts did a presentation on beekeeping to the troop. His family keeps bees and sells some of the honey as a hobby, so he had some knowledge of the topic and how the bees are handled – but if you are going to talk […]

The force is strong with this Congress

photo credit: PixelManiatiK For decades, I have avoided getting involved in politics mostly because it has a way of seriously annoying me. As I hope you’ve noticed, I’ve also avoided getting politic-y here at Business is Personal – maybe with the exception of discussions regarding the CPSIA. Despite my best efforts, Congress is working overtime […]

The CPSIA, Glenn Beck, the Chicken and the Egg

photo credit: kevindooley Am I the last so-called journalist in this country? (stupid question, I’m not even one of those<g>) You may or may not know I write a business *opinion* column once a week in the Beacon – and that isn’t even my “real job”. What am I talking about? Yes, the CPSIA again. […]

Warm chocolate chip cookies and the big difference between you and them

[audio:] photo credit: scubadive67 Almost every day, I stumble upon someone looking for a way to differentiate their business from their competitors’. Far too often, they try to compete almost solely on price. Since I’ve beat the dont-compete-solely-on-price drum in the past (eg: all those WalMart posts), so today we’re going to take a different […]

Sorry Buster, but Grandpa’s mess kit is off-limits

photo credit: ginnerobot Yes, today is the day that the CPSIA – the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act – takes effect. Today is the day that manufacturers, resellers and retailers of products for children start to see the reality behind all the discussion going on for the last several months.  Some even call it “National […]

DeMint gives CPSIA instructions to small business owners

Look what happens when you step away from the CPSIA bonfire for a couple of days to get some work done…after all, *someone* has to bail out the country, may as well be me. Senator DeMint from South Carolina is working on some legislative fixes to the CPSIA, but more importantly, in his blog he […]