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Welcome to the first installment of Minority Owned Business Development. My name is Luis and I invite you to participate and help drive the direction and topics covered in this column. My articles will focus ...

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Welcome to the first installment of Minority Owned Business Development. My name is Luis and I invite you to participate and help drive the direction and topics covered in this column. My articles will focus on business development, marketing, sales and customer care topics relevant to established and emerging minority owned businesses. I will be concentrating on the Hispanic, African-American and Asian business communities but welcome communication from any and all of the minority business communities on Long Island. Along the way I'll address issues related to strategic planning, government and private resources available to minority and women owned businesses, also known as MWOB. I'll also address your questions and concerns about running a business on LI.

Today's business environment is more competitive and unforgiving than ever. It is a well-established fact that more than half of all small businesses started in any given year will fail. Business owners must make the most effective and efficient decisions in order to succeed in their markets. How do you know what decisions to make? When to make them? What resources to acquire? What are the best practices in your industry?

Stay tuned. And more important - participate. Send me your questions, suggestions and ideas. With your help we'll create an interactive useful forum.

Bienvenidos al primer plazo de la columna Desarrollo Comercial para Empresas Minoritarias. Mi nombre es Luis y le invito a participar y ayudar a establecer la direccin y los temas que cubriremos en esta columna. Mi enfoque sera en el desarrollo del negocio, destrezas de venta, mercadeo y temas del sobre el cuidado de clientes pertinentes a negocios minortarios establecidos y nacientes. Estar concentrando en las comunidades Hispanas, Afroamericanas y asiticas, pero le animo a cualquier minoria en Long Island que participen. Redactare sobre temas relacionados a la planificacin estratgica, recursos del gobierno y de empresas privados disponibles a duenos de negocios minortarios. Yo tambin respondere sus preguntas y conciernes acerca de la administracion de negocios en Long Island.

Hoy el ambiente del negocio es ms competitivo e implacable que nunca. Es un hecho bien establecido que ms de la mitad de todas las pequeas empresas establecidas en cualquier ao dado, fallarn. Los dueos de negocios deben hacer las decisiones ms efectivas y eficientes para triunfar en sus mercados. Cmo sabe usted qu decisiones de tomar? Cundo hacerlos? Qu recursos para adquirir? Cuales son las mejores prcticas en su industria?

Consultenos amenudo. Y ms importante - participe. Envieme sus preguntas, sugerencias e ideas. Con su ayuda crearemos un foro til e interactivo.