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[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Q&A: Expert Advice For Small Biz Startups

Robbin Block: Owner, Blockbeta Marketing Robbin Block has been evangelizing the benefits of marketing strategy for over 25 years to companies of all sizes and to thousands of readers via her book, Social Persuasion: Making Sense of Social Media for Small Business. Expert Tips from Robbin: Beyond Social Media Q: You’ve written that to understand your […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Use Sponsorships to Reach New Customers

Your laundromat is lackluster, your food delivery biz has slowed down or your dent removal enterprise has taken a hit. Maybe it is time for you to potentially reach new customers and new markets through sponsorship. Sponsorship can take many forms: you can back a local Little League team, host a fundraising for a community […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 8, 2011

Do You Really Need A Business Plan?

A business plan will help you answer every question you have about your small business, so it is an excellent document to pursue even if you don’t need to attract investors or get a bank/SBA loan.  You’ll be forced to analyze your marketplace, access the competition, profile your strengths and create a forecast for your […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 7, 2011

Enter To Win Some Free PR Help

Summer’s here and before you know it we’ll all be trading in our parasols for protractors — back-to-school time. But isn’t it back-to-business time, too? BohlsenPR has developed Back2Business, a pro bono program to benefit local businesses and organizations by providing 20 hours of free public relations services. Submission guidelines for interested businesses: Select 3-5 […]

[ 1 ] Jul. 6, 2011

Franchise Conference: October In Atlanta

SAVE THE DATE 2011 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference October 12-14, 2011 InterContinental, Atlanta http://www.franchisedevelopmentconference.com/

[ 0 ] Jul. 5, 2011

GET A QR CODE FOR YOUR SMALL BIZ

A QR code, or Quick Response code, is a 2D barcode that can store more than 4,000 alphanumeric characters in a limited space. When you compare that to a traditional linear (1D) barcode, it’s easy to see the advantage – more information, in less space. These barcodes were originally developed by Denso Wave, a subsidiary […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 4, 2011

QUIZ: ARE YOU READY TO START YOUR OWN BUSINESS?

Susan T.  Spencer is a successful entrepreneur, attorney, award-winning author www.BriefcaseEssentials.com and former GM and minority owner of The Philadelphia Eagles. Susan currently consults with small business owners when they are ready to “take off” and is working with banks across the country to include a Women’s Financial Group as a separate category within each […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 4, 2011

IFA JOINS EFFORT TO BOOST JOB CREATION IN U.S. TRAVEL INDUSTRY

The International Franchise Association recently announced its support for the Discover America Partnership to help create $1.3 million U.S. jobs and add $859 billion to the U.S. economy by 2020 by reforming immigration policy that often drives international travelers to other countries. “Travelers to the U.S. are significant customers for the nearly 825,000 franchised businesses […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 4, 2011

CARVE YOUR UNIQUE NICHE: IF YOU BUILD IT…

Exclusively.In Targets $20 Billion Indian Wedding Market with New Online Boutique: Exclusively.In Weddings Private sale site partners with world-renowned designers Ritu Kumar, Payal Singhal, Satya Paul, and Shyamal & Bhumika Exclusively.In, the members-only private sale site for Indian fashion, jewelry and décor, is launching Exclusively.In Weddings, an online wedding boutique giving South Asian brides, grooms, […]

[ 1 ] Jul. 4, 2011

EASIER TOOL TO RECORD PHONE CALLS

eVoice®, a “Radically Better Phone Number” and brand of technology leader j2 Global Communications, Inc. (NASDAQ: JCOM), today announced Call Recording for eVoice® customers who have the need to record and replay business or personal telephone calls. Phone-centric professionals can now benefit from having the ability to record, store and review any call made from […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 1, 2011

LEGALIZING ‘THE GREEN FAIRY’ COULD MEAN NEW BIZ OPPORTUNITIES

Bacardi just bought Grey Goose for $2 billion so there is quite a market for beverage entrepreneurs. Is absinthe likely to be the new beverage buzz? Green, incredibly alcoholic and some say mind-altering – these are the qualities that led to absinthe being banned in France almost 100 years ago. But all that’s about to […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 30, 2011

McDONALD’S GETS A MAKEOVER

The fast food giant has decided it is time to shake off the primary colors and go earthy. It’s part of a $1 billion-plus undertaking that McDonald’s and its franchisees hope, by 2015, will have the vast majority of America’s 14,000 McDonald’s looking comfortable enough to hang out in long after you’ve gobbled down your […]

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