Business Consultant and Coaching

Serial entrepreneur looks for new challenge

By William Manzanares | May 17, 2017

I write often about the dream of business ownership and the challenges of operating businesses. I have also written about mentorship and giving back to the community. So here is my newest challenge for readers to help me find a business that needs help to get off the ground. Do you or do you know…

Would you read a book to get a job?

By William Manzanares | April 10, 2017

The average worker reads one book per year.” – Grant Cardone If you were interviewed for a job and in order to get the job you would have to read a book, would you read the book? In past articles I have talked about the multiple round system of interviews we developed to help us…

Dream it, do it

By William Manzanares | March 16, 2017

“All our dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.” – Walt Disney What is your dream job? Have you ever asked yourself this question? I ask this question in all of the interviews for employment that I conduct. I do this because I truly want to know what the applicants…

It’s Just Business: What type of worker are you?

By William Manzanares | March 2, 2017

“Most people work just hard enough not to get fired and get paid just enough money not to quit.” – George Carlin What type of worker are you? Do you just do the minimum to keep your job? Do you go above and beyond? I have discussed in previous articles about my three round system…

It’s Just Business: UWT business plan competition reaches out to veterans

By William Manzanares | February 16, 2017

The Veterans Incubator for Better Entrepreneurship (VIBE) at University of Washington-Tacoma has launched its first ever business plan competition. With the goal to create future business leaders in Pierce County, and Tacoma in particular, the competition is open to all colleges and universities in the South Sound and members of the broader community as well.  The…

It’s just business: SECRET SHOPPERS

By William Manzanares | January 19, 2017

// Using this tried-and-true practice can provide a wealth of information to business owners, and help your employees grow as well It’s pretty much a given that if you are an entrepreneur, you are a very busy person. For those who have families to tend to, multiple business locations to maintain or other areas in…

It’s Just Business: The Minimum Wage

By William Manzanares | November 10, 2016

Last year when Dan Price, founder and CEO of the Seattle-based credit card payment processing firm Gravity Payments, announced that he would raise the company’s minimum salary to $70,000 a year, he was roundly praised by many – and roundly criticized by others, notably his own customers. It seems that in his zeal to do…

It’s Just Business: The cost of being cheap

By William Manzanares | October 27, 2016

In a lot of ways, service industry businesses – restaurants, auto repair shops, beauty salons, etc. – are unique ventures with their own set of challenges and rewards, and number one among these is the people who walk through the door. Service industry businesses depend on the lifeblood of interacting face-to-face every day with a…

It’s just business // Kids in business: A dad and daughter talk about entrepreneurship

By William Manzanares | October 13, 2016

With fall having arrived and school now back in full swing, I’ve been thinking a lot lately about how to get kids interested in business – how to ignite the entrepreneurial spirit in young people starting at the earliest age possible. Myself, I was engaging in business transactions going back to grade school when I…

It’s Just Business: Employee retention

By William Manzanares | September 29, 2016

In the April 29 Tacoma Weekly article “Local entrepreneur talks about the quandary of hiring,” I discussed my three-tier hiring procedure that has worked out rather well for me despite the difficulties of finding quality people to hire. Granted, it’s not a perfect system but I can say that it has allowed me to find…