Mike Kappel

Mike Kappel

Serial Entrepreneur, Charis Holdings CEO, Patriot Software President and CEO
Mike Kappel is the CEO and owner of the Canton, Ohio-based Charis Holdings group, which includes Patriot SoftwareTop Echelon Network, Top Echelon Contracting, Synergy Data Systems and Career Marketplace. He also serves as president and CEO of Patriot Software, a developer of online payroll and accounting software for U.S. small-business owners. He writes the Small Business Expert blog.
Before You Form a Partnership, Make Sure Your Bases Are Covered
Partnerships

Before You Form a Partnership, Make Sure Your Bases Are Covered

No man is an island -- not even you, fearless entrepreneur. And sometimes, you need a partner to help your business take off, but you need to be careful.
How to Get Employees to Stick Around
Employee Retention

How to Get Employees to Stick Around

The worker-employer relationship can involve a complicated give-and-take. A serial entrepreneur reveals some of his techniques to promote staff satisfaction.
The Biggest Mistake Is Ignoring the Law of Supply and Demand
Startups

The Biggest Mistake Is Ignoring the Law of Supply and Demand

An entrepreneur's passion must be tempered by one question. Will anybody buy the product?
4 Ways to Deal With Competitors
Competition

4 Ways to Deal With Competitors

In business, you can't make the competition disappear completely, but that's alright. Accept the challenge -- you will have a stronger business because of it.
Crafting a Mission Statement That You'll Remember
Mission Statement

Crafting a Mission Statement That You'll Remember

The key is for you to set goals like it's really your business; then use them as a yardstick for to measure everything your startup does.
The One Thing Your Company Needs Right Off the Bat
Starting a Business

The One Thing Your Company Needs Right Off the Bat

While traditional business plans may be going out of vogue, it is still important for companies to make sure they have one of these.