Chuck Blakeman

Author, speaker, and founder of the Crankset Group.



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Greed Doesn’t Drive Wall Street

Day 3 of 21 days with Chuck’s new book.


Greed did not drive the giant Industrialists of the 1800s, nor does it drive companies we love to hate on Wall Street today. It’s something quite different.

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Why Giant Corporation, Inc. doesn’t create jobs

And why Small and Local Business Does.


We’re addicted to big, and part of that addiction is the assumption that big corporations are the answer to job creation. But if jobs are created, it’s going to be almost exclusively by small and local businesses. Here’s why.

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Government Killed Small Biz Jobs on July 15

And the SBA is non-responsive.


In April I shared Why Small Business is Fed Up With Government – both sides are addicted to “big”. That addiction continues to escalate and hurt small businesses nationwide. And a Washington Post survey say you’re tired of it.

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Don’t take advice from T-Rex.

Run, Gazelle, run!


The overwhelming majority of small business advice is from people showing us how Giant Corporation, Inc. managed to free themselves from the drudgery of being small to finally become “great”. It’s time these patronizing forces understood that small business and big business are two entirely different animals.

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Why small business is fed up with government

Both sides are addicted to Big.


What really grinds the gears of small business owners is the near-complete inattention by lawmakers on who creates jobs.

So said Kimble Fletcher Ainslie in a Cato Institute article from December 20, 2001 titled “Bush Ignores Small Business.”

Eight years later under a different president, Catherine Clifford’s article in CNNMoney.com on September 30, 2009 continued the criticism of lawmakers ignoring small business:

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Big is Not Small

Help stop the SBA madness.


I’ve never used my blog to directly advocate for an issue, but the SBA’s long-term focus on big business has moved from absurd to something there is no word for. I don’t want more handouts. I just want them to stop giving them to big businesses, and expanding to include even more big businesses to give handouts to. Help us stop it.

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Bismarck had it all wrong - Retirement blows chunks.

Shut up. Sit down. LIve invisibly. Go out quietly.


I’m working on my third book “Retirement is a Bankrupt Industrial Age Idea” and the research confirms everything I’m seeing in the world around us – the title of my book reflects reality. We’ve got to rethink the whole idea.

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The Problem of Big

I’m a Smallist.


In 2009 our economy was rated by the National Security Agency as a higher threat to our national security than terrorism. One side blamed big government and the other blamed big business and big banks. But virtually no one was angry with local business or local government. This is very instructive as to where the problem is and where the solution lies.

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A Business Plan Will Not Make You More Successful


Palo Alto Software, which makes business planning software, just did a survey to their own users to show that those who completed business plans that they started with Palo Alto were nearly twice as likely to successfully grow their businesses or obtain capital as those who didn’t finish.

This research is a classic example of “there are lies, damnable lies, and statistics” (stolen from Twain who got it from someone else). An even more reasonable conclusion – people who DO SOMETHING and follow through on it are twice as likely to successfully grow their business.

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Why We’re Leaving Our Giant Bank

And why we didn’t do it earlier. UPDATED Jan 2013


Wells Fargo is likely the “great bank” among the big ones, with the highest integrity and the lowest tolerance for bad banking practices among the bigs. But if my experience is typical as I believe it is, that should scare us all.



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Chuck’s Books

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Making Money is Killing Your Business

You’re too busy making money; no business can survive that. Your business should give you both time and money. Not just money.

Making Money is Killing Your Business

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We started Crankset Group out of the desire to help small businesses grow and mature. Along the way, we have developed a lot of the tools and practices that we’ve created working directly with business owners. Now these tools and resources are available to you.

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