Note: For a full list of available articles on business (including those available in PDF format only), go to the MJSA Bookstore.
20/20 Vision Keeping your business on track and moving forward. By Lisa Krikawa
A Matter of Opinion In this increasingly digital world, online reviews can make or break your business. By Terri Wallo Strauss
Be the Outlier The importance of differentiating your business beyond design. By Andrea Hill
The Buddy System Adopt the buddy system when introducing new employees. By Andrea Hill
Building a Brand Building your business’s brand starts with creating your identity. By Andrea Hill
Business Strategies: Choose Your Own Adventure Confront the unknown to discover new customers. By Andrea Hill
Business Strategies: New Year, New You Start off the year by embracing your inner entrepreneur. By Andrea Hill
The Business of Design Video of a strategic planning session from the 2012 MJSA conFab.
Capital Kick-Start Crowdfunding is a great way to raise money for your business, but it takes effort. Here’s how to make an impact. By Terri Wallo Strauss
Careful Watch Monitoring Monitoring hidden manufacturing costs. By Ann Arnold
The Check Is in the Mail Pay your idea bank regularly to keep your business thriving. By Andrea Hill
The Cost of a Good Impression Making the most of Facebook. By Matthew Perosi
A Craft, Revered Paying tribute to a master who loves jewelry making and design—and helped others feel the same way. By Shawna Kulpa
Data Mining Gain business insights by reviewing your company’s data. By Andrea Hill
The Designer as Entrepreneur Bree Richey reflects on what it takes to get a business to the next level.
Doctor, Doctor Strategic planning can keep your company out of the emergency room. By Andrea Hill
Don’t Miss the Boat Strategies for capitalizing on jewelry industry growth opportunities in the coming decades. By Andrea Hill
Driving Directions Mapping your way to business growth. By Shannon L. Brown
The Fearless Exhibitor Taking the worry out of the trade show experience. By John Shanahan
Fight the Fear Tips for addressing the fear of the unknown. By Andrea Hill
Filter Down Beware the cost of inadequate business advice. By Andrea Hill
First Things First Describes an order for steps to achieving profitability. By Andrea Hill
Follow the Leader Great leaders are developed, not born. By Andrea Hill
From INventory to OUTventory How you can turn your stock faster and free up cash. By Andrea Hill
From Small Changes... At Lashbrook, the quest for improvement never ends. By Shawna Kulpa
Get It Together How to organize your way to being a better manager. By Andrea Hill
The Good Boss Tips for becoming a better manager. By Andrea Hill
Happy New Year Tips for making time to plan in the new year. By Andrea Hill
The Horror of Hiring Tips to avoid making painful hiring mistakes. By Andrea Hill
Hover and Spin Successful delegation is the key to productivity and quality. By Andrea Hill
How Does Your Garden Grow? Digging around to find the root of a problem. By Andrea Hill
It’s All a Blur Why the line between fine and fashion jewelry is disappearing. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder
It’s Just Conflict Dealing with disagreement in the workplace. By Andrea Hill
It’s Not About You Design websites to meet your customers’ needs. By Andrea Hill
Jeweler Mutual’s Safe & Secure Tips Jewelers Mutual Insurance Company offers tips for protecting investments.
The Letter of the Law A guide to intellectual property rights. By Sara E. Yood, Esq.
Letting Go Establishing expectations to help release control. By Andrea Hill
Losing Control Recognize the differences between managing and micromanaging. By Andrea Hill
Made in the USA: A Matter of Trust A case study on how Tiny Tags competes using a U.S.-based subcontractor. By Shawna Kulpa
Made in the USA: Flexing to Fit In How Superfit Inc. used CAD/CAM technology for a more flexible manufacturing approach. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder
Made in the USA: Going with the Flow Implementing Lean Manufacturing. By Tina Wojtkielo Snyder
Made in the USA: More for Less Case studies in how U.S.-based companies Tacori and Mark Schneider Design better compete.
Made in the USA: Right on Track RW Manufacturing discusses how a specialized software system has contributed to its global competitiveness.
Made in the USA: Trimming the Excess Case studies in how U.S.-based companies Tacori and Mark Schneider Design better compete.
Made in the USA: New Tube How a veteran U.S. jewelry manufacturer built a better business model. By Paul Nordt III
Made in the USA: Where We Stand An update on the jewelry industry’s efforts to promote homegrown products. By Irina Missiuro
Map It Out Diagnosing business problems beyond the symptoms. By Andrea Hill
Marketing 101 Defining your business’s value proposition. By Andrea Hill
Me, Myself, and I The key to overcoming workplace dysfunction starts with you. By Andrea Hill
Mind the Gap Planning for tomorrow’s success, today. By Terri Wallo Strauss
Never Too Late to Learn Making assumptions can cost a business dearly. By Andrea Hill
On the Move Keeping your business flexible for long-term success. By Andrea Hill
Paying On the Go What you need to know before choosing a mobile payment system for your business. By Terri Wallo-Strauss
Play at Your Own Risk Avoid getting caught in a zero-sum game. By Andrea Hill
The Price Is Right Three jewelers come on down to demonstrate just how personal the pricing game is. By Shawna Kulpa
The Price Is Right (or Is It?) An adequate return depends on accurate cost accounting and the right pricing strategies. By Gerry Davies (from Business Planning)
The Price Is Right Video session on pricing jewelry from the 2012 MJSA conFab.
Pricing Uniqueness When pricing your work, be sure to take its uniqueness into account. By Gary Dawson
Pursuing Perfection Achieving excellence through imperfection. By Andrea Hill
Reach Out and Touch Someone Tips for entrepreneurs to stay connected. By Andrea Hill
A Revolutionary Man Remembering Lee Marshall: 1935-2017. By Shawna Kulpa
Road Rules Hiring new employees to keep up with business growth. By Shannon L. Brown
Shades of Green Jewelry companies saving the planet, one step at a time. By John Shanahan & Shawna Kulpa
The Shop of Tomorrow A glance at the tools and technologies that may be coming soon to a workshop near you. By Shawna Kulpa
Standard Shifts FTC requests comments on proposed changes to its Jewelry Guides
Talk the Talk Creating an effective communications system. By Andrea Hill
Therapy Session Cultivating personal skills for business success. By Andrea Hill
Trade Show Packing Tips Exhibitors reveal their event must-haves. By Irina Missiuro
Try, Try Again Managing your emotions to master new things. By Andrea Hill
Untangling the Web Tips for getting the most out of your website. By Matthew A. Perosi
We Are Family The art of running a family business. By Marlene Richey
With the Best Intentions The importance of intentionally creating a business culture. By Andrea Hill