In 1968, Tom and Kate Chappell launched the Tom’s of Maine company. They had moved to rural Maine in search of a quieter and simpler lifestyle. When they couldn’t find deodorant and toothpaste that was natural enough for their tastes, they got a loan for $5000 and started their small business.
Archive for September, 2012
IFA advocates on issues critical to franchising will meet during its Public Affairs Conference Sept. 10 and 11 in Washington, D.C. IFA’s annual fly-in will enable franchisees, franchisors and suppliers to share their insights with federal lawmakers about issues affecting franchise businesses, including labor, health care and access to capital. This year’s event includes its [...]
AMF has put together a number of corporate bowling packages for businesses to consider. They make it easy and fun to build camaraderie at your local bowling lanes. A recent special offer for groups was $79.95 per lane for two hours of bowling, plus shoe rental, single-topping pizza and Xtreme appetizer platter. Call 800.206.4026 to [...]
Video games on wheels is a fun, fast-growing franchise you can run from home.
The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® announced that entries for the International CES Innovations 2013 Design and Engineering Awards will be accepted now through September 14, 2012. The 2013 Honorees will be announced November 12, 2012 at CEA’s New York Press Preview and showcased at the 2013 International CES®. Owned and produced by CEA, the 2013 [...]
By Fima Sklyar, CPA with K&A The starting gun has fired on healthcare reform. Businesses of all sizes need to evaluate their situation, consult their financial and tax advisors and take steps to prepare for the changes. The core of the bill for employers is this: beginning in 2014, employers that have 50 or more [...]
StraighterLine (StraighterLine.com) and Excelsior College (Excelsior.edu) announced an agreement that will enable StraighterLine students to access Excelsior College Examinations, directly from StraighterLine’s website. Students taking StraighterLine online college courses can use Excelsior’s internationally accepted exams to earn college credit that will be recorded on an Excelsior College transcript, in addition to StraighterLine transcripts. “Online learning [...]
Recently the SBA Deputy Administrator visited a food manufacturer in Charlotte to highlight the efforts of the Obama Administration to help small businesses grow and create jobs. B. Roberts Foods, LLC. converted their facility into a full-scale food plant and created 45 new jobs with the help of an SBA-backed loan. Earlier this year, SBA [...]
American Airlines released results of a recent online survey of more than 1,100 American Airlines Business ExtrAA® travel managers of small- and medium-size businesses (SMBs). The survey shows 71 percent of SMB travel managers estimate the economic outlook for their companies is expected to improve in the next 12 to 18 months. According to the [...]