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[ 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 […]

[ 0 ] May. 8, 2013

Startup Business Owners Are Optimistic About Growth

Startup Business Owners Optimistic About Growth in 2013, Kauffman/LegalZoom Index Shows Entrepreneurs’ confidence reaches the highest level since the quarterly survey was initiated Early-stage business owners’ confidence is climbing, according to the first-quarter 2013 Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index, released today by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom. Eighty-four percent of entrepreneurs said they are […]

[ 0 ] May. 7, 2013

New Bill In Congress To Help Small Business

U.S. Representative Hank Johnson (R-GA) has introduced a bill in Congress that will provide a major boost to the middle class economy. The bill could be one of the most efficient and effective stimulus plans introduced to date, with the potential to create millions of new jobs. “One of the most important challenges facing the […]

[ 0 ] May. 7, 2013

How Subway’s Fred DeLuca Built World’s Largest Restaurant Chain

Subway founder Fred DeLuca opened his first sandwich shop at the age of 17, using $1,000 he’d borrowed from a family friend — and now he’s overtaken McDonald’s to turn Subway into the world’s biggest restaurant chain. The secret, he says, was an aggressive franchising policy that gave heavy discounts and incentives to restaurant operators […]

[ 0 ] May. 7, 2013

Bellevate.com : Crowdfunding Site for Women Entrepreneurs

The next generation of Crowdfunding is opening doors for women.  Bellevate.com launched a site dedicated to helping women use the internet, and their social media currency to start or expand a business. Bellevate uses DreamfundingSM,  next generation Crowdfunding – a new way for entrepreneurs to raise funds through small individual contributions. It’s a way for […]

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