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[ 0 ] May. 14, 2013

Restaurant Jobs At Issue In Immigration Reform Bill

The immigration reform bill up for debate in the Senate would create a guest worker program with W visas that would allow immigrants to fill seasonal positions and other jobs, including many restaurant positions, that Americans don’t want to take. Supporters say the measure would offer workers protection and help end labor shortages, while opponents […]

[ 1 ] May. 14, 2013

UPS Store Coming To A Main Street Near You

The UPS Store introduced its Main Street franchise model to support opening stores in small towns and rural communities within the United States. The new franchise model allows qualifying franchisees to save $20,000 in fees and an additional $40,000 to $60,000 in other The UPS Store franchise costs compared to franchisees in more urban locations. […]

[ 0 ] May. 14, 2013

Mark Your Calendar’s for IFA’s Public Affairs Conference

Do you own a franchise? Members of Congress need to hear from you about issues affecting the ability of your franchise business to expand and provide local jobs. Join your peers on Sept. 16 and 17 in the nation’s capital to learn about policies and legislation affecting your business during the IFA Public Affairs Conference. […]

[ 0 ] May. 14, 2013

Hotels Take Casual Route With Dining Options

The casual-dining concept is taking over the lodging industry as more hotels transform their dining venues into less-formal spaces where guests can relax and socialize. Meal options are also giving way to upscale comfort foods that guests can pick up and eat where they like.

[ 0 ] May. 14, 2013

What to do When Employees Make Excuses

It’s natural to show sympathy for your fellow human beings, but you shouldn’t let your employees make excuses when they fail to fulfill their responsibilities, Avery Augustine says. Explain to your employees how their actions have affected other people at your organization and ask questions to learn more about what’s really going on, she recommends. […]

[ 0 ] May. 13, 2013

Smoothie King Franchisee Blends Up $4.5 Million

Want to make more money? Roger Wilder began working at Smoothie King when he was just 15 years old and today owns and operates 10 Greater Baton Rouge area locations. After holding his first job at the Celebration Station store for eight years, he took a position at the Smoothie King Home Office in New Orleans.  […]

[ 1 ] May. 13, 2013

TGI Friday’s Aims To Recapture The Social Crowd

Casual chain TGI Friday’s has launched a reinvention plan that hinges on trading kitschy decor and dining options for a sleeker feel aimed at appealing to young adults in search of a place to socialize. The 934-unit chain has seen international sales rise while revenue from its 565 U.S. locations has declined for six consecutive […]

[ 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 […]

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