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Archive for December, 2012

[ 0 ] Dec. 21, 2012

Small Business: Made In The USA: Enfield Shaker Dining Chair

Shaker Workshops of Gardner, Massachusetts manufactures the slightly splayed-legged form and low back of the Enfield dining chair.

[ 0 ] Dec. 20, 2012

Visionary Small Business Eco-Preneur: Gary Hirshberg

Stonyfield Organic is a booming company thanks to founder Gary Hirshberg. He directed the company to donate profits to foster the green movement. He cut out waste in packaging and production to create an eco-friendly empire and has kept hundreds of organic farmers in business.

[ 0 ] Dec. 20, 2012

SBOMAG.com & eBay Small Business Center Join Forces

Did you know that Small Business Opportunities magazine and our website, sbomag.com, are leading content providers to the eBay Small Business Center? Other providers are the United States Small Business Administration and the IRS. Here’s the link: http://cc.ebay.com/small-business-info/

[ 0 ] Dec. 19, 2012

Pet Franchise: Dogtopia Spa Barks Up $14 Million

Dogtopia is a unique dog daycare franchise that offers daycare services, overnight boarding and spa packages for their customer’s canines. Their annual systemwide sales figures were $13.1M in 2011 and they are on track for $14M this year.

[ 0 ] Dec. 19, 2012

Monitor & Manage Your Online Repuation

ReputationChanger.com, one of the premier providers of online reputation management services, recently announced the release of its Dashboard tool, a unique and innovative feature that allows users to easily monitor, track and instantly manage their online reputation across Google, Yahoo and Bing, as well as hundreds of social media websites, like Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 18, 2012

Online Custom Printing Service For Small Business

BuildASign.com is a leading online custom printing provider that enables customers to design, proof, and buy business, consumer signage, and home décor products. According to the company that posted sales of $30 million in 2011, “Our proprietary web-based technology lets customers place their online orders quickly and easily, while an innovative in-house production system ensures […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 18, 2012

Togo’s Franchise Boosts Oregon Expansion

Togo’s, a “West Coast Original” since 1971 serving up big, made-to-order sandwiches stuffed with the freshest ingredients, is aggressively targeting Oregon for expansion. The San Jose, Calif.-based sandwich chain has fueled its development plans based on recent success of its Oregon franchisees. Togo’s aims to open 25-30 restaurants throughout Oregon in cities such as Portland, Eugene, Hillsboro, […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2012

What We Can Learn From Ant Colonies About Organization [Video]

What We Can Learn From Ants About Organization With a dusty backhoe, a handful of Japanese paint markers and a few students in tow, Deborah Gordon digs up ant colonies in the Arizona desert to understand their complex social system. Over the course of years spent sucking insects from their nests, color-coding their abdomens with […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2012

Using Social Media To Promote Real & Virtual Special Events

Whether real-world or virtual, special events can do wonders to promote your company. Promotional events can encompass many kinds of happenings, from grand openings, open houses, seminars, product launches and tastings to webinars, Tweetups and online discussion groups. And that’s just a start. If well designed and implemented, all these events can generate buzz and […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2012

5 Key Year-End Tax Tips For Your Small Business

So where do you stand with this year’s taxes? Everyone’s situation is different, but your year may have included unemployment, contract work, job hunting, a new job, tuition expenses, or maybe even dipping into an IRA or 401(k) to make ends meet. It could make for a weird tax return next April 15. But know […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2012

New System Mechanic 11 Introduces Real-Time Performance Optimization Technology

iolo technologies, recognized globally as the top source for innovative computer optimization solutions, recently unveiled version 11 of its flagship PC performance software. A culmination of nearly two years of research and development, System Mechanic 11 breaks new ground with a combination of patented technology, expanded controls and enhanced intelligence that can elevate new computers […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 14, 2012

Made In The USA: Lodge Cast Iron Skillet

These skillets were first made in 1896 and are perfect for baking and braising. The Lodge Cast Iron Skillet and their other cookware is manufactured in South Pittsburg, Tennessee. The photo is a shot of their outlet store.

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