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Small Business Matters

  • The Evolving Independent Music Store – Part II

    Menzie Pittman | Current IssueJune 2024Small Business Matters | June 4, 2024As I wrote last month’s article, Sam Ash had just announced the music store venture would be closing 16 store locations. Read More...
  • The Evolving Independent Music Store

    Menzie Pittman | May 2024Small Business Matters | May 5, 2024In the ‘60s and ‘70s there was only a sprinkling of music stores in the area where I lived. Read More...
  • The Differentiation Factor: Music History — A Million-Dollar Idea

    Menzie Pittman | April 2024ArchivesSmall Business Matters | April 5, 2024It was Bill Haley’s “Rock Around the Clock” in 1954 that broke the pre-internet “internet,” but can you explain the unusual ticking sound that you hear in the song? Read More...
  • The Legacy We Leave Behind – Mary Luehrsen

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesMarch 2024Small Business Matters | March 19, 2024At this point, no doubt, we have all returned and survived The NAMM Show, and most folks realize that they are truly glad they went. Read More...
  • Re-Awakening Your Originality!

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesFebruary 2024Small Business Matters | February 22, 2024When a customer first walks into your business, what inspires them? What senses are you trying to awaken in your customers to keep them engaged? Read More...
  • Ninja Leadership: Flipping the Script with Empathy

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesJanuary 2024Small Business Matters | January 9, 2024It is my hunch that if you were to question most folks in the music business, they would say that being an owner or manager was not their first plan if it was even their plan at all. Read More...
  • Dom Famularo: ‘Enrich, Educate, Empower’

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesNovember 2023Small Business Matters | November 7, 2023If ever there were a role model for the music industry to enshrine, it would be Dom Famularo. Read More...
  • @4410 Ten Years Later

    Menzie Pittman | September 2023Small Business Matters | September 8, 2023In order for an independent music store to compete in today’s marketplace successfully, it must stand out from the crowd. Read More...
  • Leadership Styles

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesAugust 2023Small Business Matters | August 9, 2023Whether we like it or not, as owners and managers, department heads and/or music teachers, our manner and style of leadership greatly determines its effectiveness. Read More...
  • Giving Back

    Menzie Pittman | July 2023Small Business Matters | July 11, 2023Recently I was invited to attend an awards ceremony for a professional friend in a different field of work than the arts. Read More...
  • Sometimes the Answer is Right Under Your Nose

    Menzie Pittman | June 2023Small Business Matters | June 7, 2023Successful business owners are always on the hunt for better ways to embellish their business growth. Read More...
  • Small Business Matters: The Feedback Loop – It’s Not Just About Reviews

    Menzie Pittman | ArchivesDecember 2022Small Business Matters | December 3, 2022The personal, positive feedback loop has always intrigued me because of its power and effectiveness. Read More...
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