By Alan Chung According to the January report from the National Federation of Independent Business, economic optimism among small business owners is at a near record low. But innovative mobile marketing solutions are helping merchants boost sales and confidence levels. Research shows that mobile marketing is now far more effective than traditional marketing tactics. Businesses […]
Franchises offer a variety of benefits to entrepreneurs, but owning a franchise requires preparation and management skills, said Richard Sifuentes, assistant director at the Small Business Development Center at the University of Texas at San Antonio. He added that interested entrepreneurs should visit franchise headquarters and talk to existing and former franchise owners before making […]
60 Footwear Companies to Send 3,000 Employees to help out in 43 Cities Other American industries would do well to study the survival tactics of the U.S. footwear industry. In 1939 during the Great Depression at 210 Lincoln Street in Boston, shoe workers began the practice of passing the hat to collect money to help […]
The number of women entrepreneurs is expected to grow this year, as conditions for starting up a business in the UAE improve. Although according to the latest report published by the Global Entrepreneurship Monitor (GEM), men in the MENA region are 2.8 times more likely to start-up a business than women, there are several factors […]
If you work just for money, you’ll never make it, but if you love what you’re doing and you always put the customer first, success will be yours. – Ray Kroc. He joined McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into one of the world’s most successful brands.
Registration is open for the 2013 eBay Radio Party & Conference, June 18-20 at Bally’s Las Vegas. June 18 features product-sourcing information; June 19-20 offer eBay and ecommerce education. EBay sellers can sign up at erVegas.com. Registration is open to all eBay sellers at erVegas.com for the 2013 eBay Radio Party & Conference, to be […]
It’s a long way from the basement to the big time, but Barbara Baekgaard and Patricia Miller have taken their line of women’s luggage, accessories, and clothing from trunk sales in their homes to more than 3,000 retailers around the globe. As demand grew, they found their match in SCORE counselor George Cook, who applied […]
Rather than closing all of its upper-level shops for more than a month while its elevators were undergoing upgrades, Boston’s landmark Faneuil Hall came up with a better solution for making all shopping levels of its Commerce Center Mall accessible to visitors of every mobility level. They found the answer they were looking for in […]
ADP®, a leader in human resource and payroll outsourcing solutions, recently highlighted several important steps small-business owners can take to help navigate changes stemming from the recently enacted American Taxpayer Relief Act (ATRA). By carefully selecting an employer-sponsored tax-qualified retirement plan, business owners can get much-needed relief from tax increases they experience as a result […]
Slow Money, named one of the “top five trends in finance,” hosts its fourth Slow Money National Gathering April 29-30 in Boulder, Colorado. (Register at www.slowmoney.org.) In just three years, Slow Money has emerged as a major new funder of local food systems, moving $23 million into small food businesses around the country, including farms, […]
Take advantage of the free resources offered by the U.S. Small Business Administration. You can chat online, take a seminar, watch videos, receive online training and much more. Check out The Learning Center to get started. Visit www.sba.gov to learn more.
Starwood Hotels & Resorts Worldwide aims to open 50 new luxury hotels globally within the next five years as it seeks to capture the growth of a new generation of luxury travelers, executives said during the company’s first luxury General Managers Summit in Dubai, United Arab Emirates. “Today’s luxury consumer is multinational and cross-generational, defined […]