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[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Small Business: Streamlined & Simplified

By Karen Mills, SBA Administrator As Administrator of the SBA, I have the opportunity to travel around the country meeting with small business owners and entrepreneurs. As you talk to these men and women, and walk the shop floor of their facilities, you understand exactly why America’s small businesses are the economic engine of our […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Franchises Businesses Continue To Outperform Economy

The franchise industry continues to outperform the overall economy, according to the latest Franchise Business Index (FBI), which showed an increase of 0.6 percent, erasing declines of 0.3 percent in each of the previous two months.  A dip in the unemployment rate due to 368,000 people dropping-out of the workforce, and a rise in the […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Small Business Owners Can Print From Your iPhone or iPad

Great gift for the Apple lover on your list!  It’s a gadget called the xPrintServer – Home Edition that enables easy printing from your iPad, iPhone (including the new iPhone 5), and any iOS device to your home printer.  Brought to you by Lantronix, the $99 xPrintServer – Home Edition is the perfect accessory for […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 30, 2012

Small Business Made In The USA: Gibraltar Premium Mailbox

The smooth finish aluminum of the Gibraltar ALM11000 Premium Mailbox is classic. The company is an American institution. Manufactured by the Solar Group in Taylorsville, Mississippi. You can buy one at any hardware store for less than $20.

[ 0 ] Nov. 29, 2012

Teacher Sells Ad Space On Tests

A cash-strapped math teacher named Tom Farber in Rancho Bernardo, California, raised money for the class and school by selling ads of sponsorship on coursework and tests. He charged $10 for a quiz and $30 for an ad on a final.

[ 0 ] Nov. 29, 2012

Firefighter Runs Franchise Part-Time

Firefighter Charles Baldwin purchased a lawn care franchise he owns with his son, Charles Baldwin Jr., a member of the Air Force Reserve. They call it Ground Guys. They were the first franchise to use the Public Protec­tors Franchise Advantage program. The promotion by parent company The Dwyer Group offered a 20 percent discount off […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 28, 2012

Is Your Small Business Weather-Dependent?

If rain or snow brings your bike rental business to a halt, you need to branch out and  some fun nylon windbreakers, rain gear and umbrellas in your kiosk, stand or bike rack business. Don’t let weather slow down your earning power. Think of an option for that rainy–or sunny–day.

[ 0 ] Nov. 28, 2012

Lower Your Price?

A customer comes into your shop or fills out your website information form and requests a lower price. Should you do it? Not without getting a benefit in return. Sure times have been tough and customers expect to get the world, but some negotiation must take place.  You can offer a lower price if they […]

[ 1 ] Nov. 27, 2012

Small Business Spotlight: Time To Make The Donuts

William Rosenberg Founder of Dunkin’ Donuts “Show me a person who never made a mistake, and I will show you a person who never did anything.” In the 1940s, William Rosenberg founded Industrial Luncheon Services using $1,500 in war bonds and $1,000 in borrowed seed capital.  Following its success, and noticing that a significant percentage […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 27, 2012

Should You Consider A Remote Accountant?

Suppose you need an accountant to review your financial spreadsheets/scenarios or your business needs and provide financial statements for reporting to your lender, but your accountant suddenly tells you he’s dropping you because of his financial hardships or he or she just doesn’t call you back. What do you do? A Remote Accountant caters to small businesses and […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 26, 2012

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come FromPeople often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web. Steven Berlin Johnson is the best-selling author of […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 26, 2012

Fund Your Retirement, Not Just Your Business

According to a recent report conducted by The American College, forty percent of small business owners have no retirement savings or pension plan in place. Furthermore, the study found that three-fourths of those owners have no written plan as to how they intend to fund their retirement.1 Small business owners know the value of a […]

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