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[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2014

News From Maria Contreras-Sweet

Small Businesses Drive U.S. Job Recovery By Maria Contreras-Sweet, SBA Administrator The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that our economy added 321,000 jobs in November. That’s 57 consecutive months we’ve added jobs – the longest employment growth streak since America started keeping track. November also marks 10 straight months we’ve added at least 200,000 jobs – […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2014

Small Business Owners Most Optimistic

Small Business Owners Most Optimistic Since 2008 Wells Fargo/Gallup survey shows small business owners expect to increase hiring and capital spending; anticipate an improved financial situation in 2015 Small business owners are the most optimistic they have been in more than six years, and business owners are feeling the most upbeat about the year ahead […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 17, 2014

Hottest Restaurant Trends For 2015

The National Restaurant Association surveyed nearly 1,300 professional chefs—members of the American Culinary Federation (ACF)—to find which foods, cuisines, beverages, and culinary themes will be hot trends on restaurant menus in 2015. Restaurant Food Trends The top 10 restaurant food trends for 2015 are: 1.       Locally sourced meats and seafood 2.       Locally grown produce 3.       Environmental sustainability […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 16, 2014

Exotic Car Garages Are Hot

f you love cars but can’t afford that Lambo just yet, consider opening an Exotic Car Garage. The New Jersey Motorsports Park is  a sprawling, 500-acre complex that boasts a clubhouse complete with restaurant, two race tracks, a paintball field and a driver’s club that offers members-only driving days and season passes to spectator events, […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 16, 2014

Is Cold Calling Dead?

New selling strategies in cold calling.  By Frank Paterno  VP, Marketing, Intelliverse Cold calling, the practice of randomly calling prospective clients to pitch a product or service, was formerly one of the primary methods that sales representatives used to generate leads. However, with the advent of digital marketing technology and social media, known as “Sales […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 15, 2014

Five Reasons You Need a File Sharing Solution

5 Reasons Your Small Business Needs a Secure File Sharing Solution By Sam Liu Vice President, Marketing Soonr   Online file sharing is quickly becoming a must-have business application. With the increasing mobility of today’s worker and the sheer volume of business documents that must be shared with co-workers, vendors, partners and clients, the need […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 15, 2014

Guidelines For Your Employee Handbook

Employee Handbooks: Key Guidelines and Best Practices By Michael Pires ‎Vice President, HR Solutions at ADP An employee handbook is one of the most effective tools for communicating policies, regulations, procedures and benefits to employees. For small businesses in particular, employee handbooks can be instrumental in setting expectations and creating the right tone for an […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 15, 2014

Barcodes and RFID

How Barcodes and RFID technology are Influencing the 2015 Industry By Brian Sutter Director of Marketing Wasp Barcode Technologies. Whether barcodes are helping fight crime or improving efficiency with tracking information, their use is becoming progressively popular. The tool is estimated to reach $350 million by 2015 with the barcode growing in functionality and range […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 15, 2014

Bella Mason Takes Joli & Company Online

Entrepreneur CASE STUDY: Joli & Company - Bella Mason How an aromatherapy product store soared after going online via 1&1MyWebsite http://www.joliandcompany.com/ The Customer Bella Mason is the owner and founder of aromatherapy product store, Joli & Company in San Jose, CA. The Challenge Mason needed a way to better communicate her mission and inform her audience […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 12, 2014

Free Shipping Day Is December 18

Results are rolling in from the holiday shopping weekend, and one fact is abundantly clear: online shopping is dominating holiday sales. For the first time in history, Cyber Monday exceeded $2 billion in online salesand is the heaviest online spending day to date. What’s more, total online sales between Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday jumped 24 percent over […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 11, 2014

Want to Reach Tweens? Go to YouTube

YouTube is the #1 website among tweens. That is according to a report on digital kids 8-11 across the U.S. by brand activation agency The Marketing Store and research partner KidSay, which reveals that among websites YouTube is by far the tween favorite. The research captures tweens’ online behavior, including how often they access the […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 11, 2014

Canna Paste Cannabis Franchise

Many marijuana enterprises are popping up all over the U.S. How is it that a cannabis franchise can open up when cannabis is still a class 1 drug? Things are either not what they seem or the company “Canna Paste” is pushing the envelope. Are things moving that fast? We all know cannabis futures are […]

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