Five Things To Know This Week:
1) Can Eating Chocolate Make You Healthier?
2) Putting Google Chrome on a “Diet”
3) Extend the Battery Life of Your iPhone
4) The State of Black Entrepreneurship
5) Business Owner Spotlight: Len Green, The Green Group
Sure, technically, it’s still February, but I’m a big fan of March. Here are four reasons why I love the third month of the year:
- Springtime – We officially welcome spring on March 21st, but I start thinking about warmer weather, spring cleaning, and being outdoors more on my youngest daughter’s birthday (March 1st).
- Beginning of Daylight Savings – On March 12th at 2:00 am ET, 90% of the clocks in my house will jump to 3:00 am ET. Later that morning, I will gleefully walk around my house and manually change the remaining clocks to the correct time. I love later sunsets. It feels like I have more time to get things done at work and around the house. My productivity levels will increase in almost every area.
- March Madness – I love college basketball, especially when my Marquette Golden Eagles are playing well. The Big East tournament, which I attend every year, and the first weekend of the NCAA tournament, rival any other sporting event on the planet. If you’re also a fan, you know what I’m talking about.
- Things Start Happening in Business – The hibernation period for many companies seems to end in March. Businesses get their budgets and sea legs for the year, they reorg their teams, and come March, they begin to execute their GPS plans. Thankfully, I’ve been executing mine since January 1st, so I can hit the ground running with my clients, especially the new ones.
What do you like about March? What are your goals for this month? If I can help you achieve your goals, send me an email or give me a call. Let’s see if we can work together to make things happen.
In the meantime, enjoy February 28th!
Brian Moran, CEO
Small Business Edge
Brian Moran & Associates
Can Eating Chocolate Make You Healthier?
Was one of New Year’s resolutions to eat healthier? Mine too. And have you already slipped up more times than you can count? Yeah, me too.
But eating healthier is not just about losing weight. Several foods actually help your immune system fight diseases like the flu, COVID-19, and even the common cold.
Don’t grimace. Some of the foods on the list are delicious, like dark chocolate. Yes! Finally, a healthy food plan encouraging me to eat dark chocolate.
Learn more about the 7 types of food that can bolster your immune system.
Putting Google Chrome on a “Diet”
I don’t know about you, but I always have a lot of tabs open on my laptop—which can be a problem. As TechRadar reports, Google’s Chrome is the world’s most popular web browser, but it’s a hog “when it comes to gobbling up your system’s memory,” which can seriously mess with your productivity.
But TechRadar says an updated version of Chrome (Chrome 110) is being released, including a Memory Saver feature, which snoozes tabs you’re not using to save memory. And you can create a list of tabs you never want to snooze, so you can pause and save your place.
There are other updates included as well. And Chrome updates are easy—Google always notifies you when they’re ready on screen, and all you have to do is relaunch it.
Read more about the benefits of Chrome 110.
You may think you know all the tricks of extending battery life, but Macworld says, “a lot of the iPhone battery-saving tips from yesteryear just don’t apply anymore…It’s not worth turning off Bluetooth, for example, just to make your battery last a few minutes longer.”
But there are newer ways you can extend your phone’s battery life.
Learn more about the 4 simple tricks to help your iPhone last longer.
The State of Black Entrepreneurship
As Black History Month comes to an end, my friend Rieva Lesonsky reports on the extra challenges Black small business owners face.
Intuit QuickBooks recently released a new insights report showing that “in addition to the pressures of running a business, Black business owners must navigate racism and biases that threaten their success.”
And the 2022 Women & Minority Business Owner Spotlight from Bank of America shows that 46% of Black business owners say that, among other challenges, they’ve faced issues accessing capital.
Learn more about the state of Black entrepreneurship in America today.
Len’s been involved with over 40 business ventures, including SoBe beverages and Blue Buffalo pet food. Plus, he’s sat on the board of a dozen companies across various industries. In 2017, Len released his first book, The Entrepreneur’s Playbook, based on his entrepreneurship courses at Babson College. He has taught over 2,000 students in his tenure and continues to inspire the world’s next generation of business leaders.
Click here to listen to the Not So Small Business podcast with Len Green