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Archive for May, 2013

[ 0 ] May. 24, 2013

Petsitting.com Helps Homeless Pets From Oklahoma’s Torndado Wrath

In response to the recent natural disaster in Moore, Oklahoma, Petsitting.com has announced that it will be donating 10 percent of its total sales this week toward helping the dogs and cats left without homes in the area. The company will donate to the Pet Food Pantry of OKC, which is offering dog and cat […]

[ 0 ] May. 24, 2013

How to Boost Employee Retention Rates

It’s important to do what you can to retain your experienced employees, who have valuable skills and can create a sense of continuity during ownership transitions, says Carole Spooner of Succession Services. She suggests tactics such as instituting a performance management system that lets employees know how they’ll be evaluated, providing opportunities for employees to […]

[ 0 ] May. 24, 2013

Have You Considered International Expansion?

Have you considered the opportunities for growth in new overseas markets? If you answered yes, make your plans now for the IFA/MFV International Symposium in New York City, from June 19 to 21. Learn everything from the first steps to success in international franchising to selecting the right markets for your brand. Leaders in international […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

McDonald’s To Boost China Workforce by 83%

McDonald’s will add about 75,000 new workers to its existing staff of more than 90,000 in China this year as it speeds up expansion plans and grows to 2,000 mainland units, the company said Thursday. Sales at quickservice chains in China are on track to grow 14% to $18.7 billion this year, according to Euromonitor […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

Luxury Countertop Sales Surging

Luxury countertop sales are surging, according to kitchen remodeling franchise Kitchen Solvers, which says that sales of solid surface countertops — primarily granite and quartz — were up 215% in 2012 compared to just two years ago. Kitchen Solvers, which has 48 franchises in the United States and Canada, serves more than 1,000 homeowners each […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

IRS Prepares To Increase Scope Under Affordable Care Act

The Internal Revenue Service is preparing to expand its powers under the Affordable Care Act, as the agency is charged with dispensing health insurance subsidies, enforcing the individual mandate to purchase health insurance and administering penalties to businesses that do not offer coverage to employees. To facilitate the agency’s new responsibilities, the IRS and the […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2013

Why Employees Need To Practice

As in sports, success in business is easier to achieve if you put in the necessary practice time, says Bryan Burkhart, founder of H.Bloom. Burkhart explains the nature of two training programs that his company uses to help people learn key concepts. The first, called SEED Program, prepares aspiring business owners to operate their own […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Radio Shack To Set Up Shop On College Campuses

Consumer electronics retailer RadioShack has signed a five-year deal with a subsidiary of the National Association of College Stores to set up branded sections in college bookstores selling a selection of popular items including headphones, batteries and flash drives. In addition to boosting sales, the goal of the non-traditional expansion plan is to raise greater […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Are You Getting The Most From Your Employee Handbook?

Beyond establishing rules, employee handbooks can communicate company history, strategic objectives and can serve as a leadership tool for management, Erin Dillon says. Handbooks can also serve to familiarize managers with state and local labor laws. She recommends having an employment lawyer review the handbook to make sure it complies with applicable laws and doesn’t […]

[ 0 ] May. 22, 2013

Indonesia Restricts Franchise Expansion With New Rules

Indonesia has implemented new rules that require large franchise chains to take on additional Indonesian partners and purchase 80% of their supplies from local vendors. The new rules, which could affect expansion plans for franchisors such as KFC, Starbucks and 7-Eleven, were enacted in response to an influx of chain stores and are meant to […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

Free Tips On Protecting Your Small Biz From Disaster

A global climate expert from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) will share the 2013 Atlantic Hurricane Season forecast during a free webinar Tuesday, May 28 hosted by SBA and Agility Recovery. After the weather discussion, disaster preparedness tips will be presented by Agility. Dr. Gerry Bell has been the lead scientist of NOAA’s Long-Range […]

[ 0 ] May. 21, 2013

24/7 Schedule for U.S. Workforce

The conventional, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., five-day work week is a thing of the past for the overwhelming majority of workers at small to mid-sized businesses (SMBs), according to a new survey on work-related email habits. Due to the widespread availability and use of smartphones and tablets, email is more accessible than ever and, […]

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