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[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

10 Things To Look For In President Obama’s Budget

By the Committee for a Responsible Budget On Wednesday, President Obama is expected to release his FY 2014 budget proposal, detailing his vision for the budget over the next ten years. With the House and Senate already passing their respective budget resolutions, the President’s budget will be another important contribution to the debate and, based […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

VetFran Program Helps Our Military Heroes With Franchise Financing

Nathan Johnson joined the Marine Corps in 2004, serving for 8 ½ years as a Sergeant. Near the end of his enlistment, Johnson saw The Grounds Guys landscape management franchise on the show Undercover Boss and was immediately interested by the company’s business systems, veteran discount, and partnership with Ronald McDonald House Charities. In December […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

Copyright, Trademark or Patent? What’s Right For You?

What is a trademark or service mark? –A trademark is generally a word, phrase, symbol, or design, or a combination, that identifies and distinguishes the source of the goods of one party from those of others. –A service mark is the same as a trademark, except that it identifies and distinguishes the source of a […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

RGA Rolls Out Euro Fashion In The U.S.

Retail Group of America has announced that it has executed a 52 lease package with Pyramid Management Group, the largest privately owned developer of shopping centers in the Northeast. The leases are for specialty French, Spanish, German and British fashion brands such as Promod, Jennyfer, Cortefiel, Women’s Secret, New Yorker, Ziddy, Sergent Major, Suite Blanco […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

PowerPointers for More Effective Presentations

By Carole Howell More often than not, I’ve stared at a screen while a presenter reads to me. It’s frustrating, and almost insulting. Presentations like these are neither provocative nor persuasive, and before the fourth slide, your audience will be checking their phones for messages, watching the clock, and wondering what’s for lunch. PowerPoint is […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

Yahoo’s Culture Shock–Revival or Flatline For Marissa Mayer?

By Dr. David “Doc” Vik Even though Marissa Mayer is not speaking publicly about the decision to ban telecommuting, starting in June 2013, the “new law” that she laid down is going into effect for Yahoo’s 13,000 employees. Her reasoning is that “speed and quality are often sacrificed when we work from home.” That could […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

South Carolina’s Exports Reach Record: Nearly $25.3 Billion in 2012

Gov. Nikki Haley, the South Carolina Department of Commerce and the State Ports Authority  announced the state’s 2012 exports totaled nearly $25.3 billion in goods sold to 197 countries around the world, according to data from the U.S. Department of Commerce. Figures represent a 2.23 percent increase over 2011 totals, and a record for the […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

Cash Flow Forecasting

Cash flow is the movement of money into or out of a business, project, or financial product. It is usually measured during a specified, finite period of time. You should try to estimate your monthly cash flow at least 12 months in advance and update it monthly with the real figures. When there are significant […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2013

TD Bank Offers Franchise Financing Options For Veterans

Participating Franchises can offer franchisee lower interest rates and waived fees through TD Bank Small Business Administration Loans TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently announced that it has joined with the International Franchise Association and a pilot group of franchises to help United States veterans become franchise owners. Across TD Bank’s Maine to Florida […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 5, 2013

Last Minute Tax Tips If You Started A Business in 2012

If you are a sole proprietor, any earnings you make or expenses you incur as a business owner are included as part of your individual annual tax return (Form 1040). To calculate exactly what to report on Form 1040, you must itemize all operational income and expenses on one of two forms – Schedule C […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 5, 2013

Housing Market Recovery Spurs Franchise Growth

Two Men and a Truck Chair Melanie Bergeron, Win Home Inspection President Steve Wadlington and Lawn Doctor CEO Scott Frith said home service and moving companies have experienced sales increases as the housing market has recovered. Bergeron said her company plans to expand to 35 new locations in 2013, focusing on coastal states with a […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 5, 2013

How To Start A Low-Tech Customer Loyalty Program

Quick & Easy Customer Loyalty Program: A Punch Card If you’re new to loyalty programs and want a low-tech option, the simple punch card formula is a good place to start. Just design and print out a card and offer a free gift after a certain number of purchases have been made. There are a […]

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