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[ 0 ] May. 13, 2013

Gaining Real Business Results From Google Glasses & Augmented Reality

Following in the trailblazing footsteps of social media and QR codes, augmented reality holds the potential to be a game changer in how brands communicate with customers. Augmented reality (AR) is a live, direct or indirect view of a physical, real-world environment, overlaid with artificial elements, such as computer-generated 2D or 3D graphics, sound, text, videos, […]

[ 0 ] May. 13, 2013

10 Key Cybersecurity Tips For Your Small Business

Broadband and information technology are powerful tools for small businesses to reach new markets and increase sales and productivity. However, cybersecurity threats are real and businesses must implement the best tools and tactics to protect themselves, their customers, and their data. Visit www.fcc.gov/cyberplanner to create a free customized Cyber Security Planning guide for your small […]

[ 0 ] May. 13, 2013

Better Bank Lending Will Improve Small Business Exports, says Report

Improved small business lending by banks in the United States would boost exports by the smallest businesses, says a new report by the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Office of Advocacy. The report, called The Impact of Credit Availability on Small Business Exports, examines the relationship between steep declines in small business lending and falling […]

[ 0 ] May. 11, 2013

Crowdfunding: Start A Biz, Market A Product, Launch A Dream Project

When President Obama signed the JOBS Act last year, he made it possible for individuals to invest in a wide variety of small businesses, projects and dreams. Crowdfunding is booming. There are more than 600 platforms dedicated to the fund-raising phenomenon. More than $1.7 billion has been raised for projects on these sites and $900 […]

[ 0 ] May. 11, 2013

Startup Saturday: Launch A Move-In Service

Moving into a house or apartment is a challenge for any new resident –especially if the home is not new construction. We’ve all experienced the sad saga of looking at homes and apartments and peering into a less than perfect oven, refrigerator or bathtub. It would be wonderful to hire a person or duo to […]

[ 0 ] May. 10, 2013

Staples Survey Says Small Biz Sees Value In Social Media

Small business owners recognize the power of social media in engaging customers but most lack the expertise to apply the latest digital marketing tools to their businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. “Small businesses play a vital role […]

[ 0 ] May. 10, 2013

May Is Direct Deposit & Direct Payment Month

May is Direct Deposit/Direct Payment Month, a time when financial institutions and other businesses encourage employees to receive payments through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Direct Deposit transactions, and other alternatives to paper payments. Dallas-based SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit electronic payments associations in the country, conducted a Consumer Insights Survey in 2011 and […]

[ 0 ] May. 10, 2013

McAlister’s Deli Delivers 11th Straight Quarter of Sales Growth

McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced a same-store sales increase of 5 percent during the first quarter of 2013. This marks the 11th straight quarter of positive sales growth. Comp sales were driven primarily by an increase in entrée sales, indicating overall traffic gains for McAlister’s restaurants system-wide. “McAlister’s continued growth not only highlights […]

[ 0 ] May. 9, 2013

Experts: How Washington Can Help Small Business

Lawmakers in Washington can help small-business owners by offering assistance with employee investment, limiting barriers to starting a small business, reaching out to struggling small-business owners, creating regulations that foster success, making the SBA loan process easier and increasing small-business access to government contracting. This is according to a panel of industry experts and thought […]

[ 0 ] May. 9, 2013

New, Casual Luxury Traveler Has Different Expectations

Hotel industry leaders convened at the American Express Publishing Luxury Summit recently, and most of them talked about an emerging class of luxury traveler that the hospitality industry has to cater to. CNBC wealth editor Robert Frank said the new luxury traveler may have “new” money and come from the Midwest, and may not crave […]

[ 0 ] May. 9, 2013

Restaurant Chains Boost Meal Deals

Taco Bell said it will roll out its $1 Cravings menu throughout the chain, the latest quickservice brand to court budget-conscious consumers with low-priced fare. Other chains including Olive Garden, Applebee’s and White Castle are promoting meal deals in an ongoing effort to revive traffic.

[ 0 ] May. 9, 2013

How To Give Your Employees A Boost & Develop A Better Workforce

Want a great workforce? Ask your existing workers to name the best colleagues they’ve ever had, then track them down and hire them, advises Amber Case of Esri R&D Center — Portland. “It helps avoid issues with work culture and conflict. You have people who are so excited because they get to work with the […]

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