The most powerful leadership tool in a business owner’s toolbox is trust and BlueGrace Logistics CEO Bobby Harris embodies that through practices including trading his office for a cubicle among his employees, Minda Zetlin writes. Harris’ company, which has grown to 26 franchises in two years, also provides beer on Friday evenings. “Trust is the […]
WePay, the easiest way to accept payments online, is leveling the playing field for the new, bottom up economy by disrupting traditional payment models. WePay provides tools for small merchants, enabling them to accept credit cards and – through its platform API – empowers marketplaces and apps serving small merchants to enable transactions on their […]
Smoothie King Franchises, Inc., the premier smoothie and nutritional lifestyle center, announced at their recent annual national franchisee conference, that it has named Roger and Stephanie Wilder of Denham Springs, La. “Franchisee of the Year.” The Wilders were selected for excellence in store operations, customer service and community dedication, as well as their strong passion […]
Grocery delivery to a hotel is beginning to expand beyond select-service and extended-stay properties and into boutique and luxury ones, offering guests an alternative from room service or restaurant fare. The trend allows guests to save on full-service expenses and offers a chance to experience local cuisine, while hotels avoid the loss often associated with […]
Most people claim to be good managers, but the truth is that management is something that has to be learned and cultivated over time, says business expert Susan Strayer LaMotte. It’s better for everyone if you assume you’re messing up and seek feedback from your team. “Every day you assume you’re a great leader or […]
Auntie Anne’s launched a test run of a pretzel food truck over the summer to promising results and now the company is planning several more small-footprint trucks to expand the brand’s portfolio. “We’d like to have one on every street corner,” said Andy Kmeic, the company’s associate vice president of real estate.
Pearle Vision, one of North America’s largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, announced today plans to unveil its new store design on Sept. 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the center in Legacy Village, located at 24539 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio. The new Cleveland neighborhood eye […]
Americans ate more than 25 billion chicken wings in 2012 and Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison says his quickservice chain is growing with the wing market, adding 70 restaurants this year. Wingstop has locations throughout the U.S. and in international markets, with agreements for units in Russia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The company will […]
Here’s a simple yet practical guide on how to go about preparing to apply for a small business loan. 1. What criteria do banks look for in making small business loans? Different banks or lending institutions may have different standards, but in general, in order to consider your application for a small business loan, banks will […]
Devoting time and attention to employees and their needs and offering flexible working arrangements are among the ways that managers can get the most out of their workers, says Cindy Bates of Microsoft. Also, pay attention to individual employees’ interests and help them take charge in those areas, she advises.
By Russell Holcombe, CEO of Holcombe Financial At its core, an entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator of new ideas who takes on considerable financial risks to start a business. They are full of energy and have an intoxicating and contagious positive attitude. They work day and night to make their idea, invention or […]
By Alex Tolbert, founder of Bernard Health It’s rare that small business employers have the opportunity to make decisions that are immediately beneficial for both the employer and employees. Health care reform, however, is presenting many employers with exactly that opportunity in 2014. The opportunity: employers with less than 50 employees can drop their group […]