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[ 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 […]

[ 0 ] May. 9, 2013

IFA Program Offers Support for Minority Entrepreneurs

The IFA founded MinorityFran in 2006 after realizing the franchise industry did not mirror the diversity of its customer base, said Miriam Brewer, IFA’s senior director of education and diversity. The program seeks to connect minority entrepreneurs and franchisors looking to enter new markets in an effort to help level the economic playing field in […]

[ 0 ] May. 8, 2013

9th Annual San Francisco Small Business Week Kicks Off on May 13

WHAT: 2013 San Francisco Small Business Week WHO: Presented by the U.S. Small Business Administration, SF Small Business Commission/Office of Small Business, SF Chamber of Commerce, SF Council of District Merchants Associations, Renaissance Entrepreneurship Center, SF African American Chamber of Commerce, SF Economic Development Alliance, Golden Gate Business Association and Wells Fargo Bank WHEN: Festivities […]

[ 0 ] May. 8, 2013

Sbarro Experiments With Out-Of-The-Mall Eateries

Pizza and pasta chain Sbarro will venture out of the food court with two standalone fast-casual units planned to open later this year in Columbus, Ohio, CEO David Karam said.

[ 0 ] May. 8, 2013

Treat Your Employees Like Valued Customers

As a business owner, it’s important to avoid blaming other people for your mistakes and to treat your employees with respect, writes Josh Patrick, founder and principal at Stage 2 Planning Partners. “At the end of the day, trust is what it’s all about,” he says. “If we don’t treat our employees the way we […]

[ 0 ] May. 8, 2013

Tropical Smoothie Cafe is Focused on Growth in 2013

Tropical Smoothie Café has expanded its franchise since being acquired by BIP Opportunities Fund, opening 40 new locations and entering into 41 new franchise agreements last year. The company currently operates 336 locations and plans to open 40 additional units nationwide in 2013. “The combination of our well-managed growth plan, healthy menu innovation and effective […]

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