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[ 0 ] Nov. 21, 2011

Opportunities For Native American Small Businesses

Wednesday, November 23, 2011, from 1:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m., ET In recognition of National Native American Heritage Month, SBA’s November web chat will highlight Native American small businesses.  The U.S. Small Business Administration’s Office of Native American Affairs helps to ensure that American Indians, Native Alaskans and Native Hawaiians who want to start or […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 18, 2011

Made In The U.S.A.: Airstream Classic Limited Trailer

Yes, there are many fine products still made in the U.S. of A. and the Classic Limited Trailer by Airstream is one of them. The company is based in Jackson Center, Ohio. The Airstream history is fascinating.  In 1929, Wally Byam purchased a Model T Ford chassis, built a platform on it, towed it with […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 17, 2011

The Amazing Growth of Small Biz

Dun & Bradstreet reported back in the late 1980s that there were one million small businesses starting up each year and half of them were being launched by women. Today, there are close to 565,000 new businesses starting up each month and about 215,000 are being created by women. There has never been a better […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 16, 2011

Small Biz Offer Car Charging Stations

Across the US, car charging stations for electric vehicles such as the Chevy Volt and Nissa Leaf are proliferating even though it is unclear whether plug-in cars will prove popular. Walgreen Co. has chargers outside four Texas stores and plans to add more there and in San Francisco, Orlando, Fla., and Washington, D.C. Cracker Barrel […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 15, 2011

Monopoly

The board game Monopoly is still as popular as ever but the company has changed some of the tools to keep up with the times. The lantern, the rocking horse and the purse have been replaced with a dog, the wheelbarrow and the horseback rider. The game debuted in 1935 and was inspired by an […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 14, 2011

Maturity In Leaders Is A Must

By Richard Davis “My idea is better.” “Is not.” “If we don’t use my idea, I’m not playing!” “Fine, I don’t like you anymore.” An argument among six-graders in the schoolyard? Unfortunately not. In the past few months we’ve seen the attitude above reflected in the halls of government and corporate boardrooms across the country. […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 14, 2011

Facebook Teams Up With IFA

Facebook is teaming up with the International Franchise Association. The trade association, representing more than 825,000 U.S.-based franchise establishments, said recently that Facebook has become an official member, with the intent to connect “franchisors and franchisees with tools to grow their franchise systems and better connect with customers in their communities.” Franchised companies are looking […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 14, 2011

Small Biz Likely To Dump Their BlackBerry’s

As many as 60 percent of users at small companies plan to exchange their BlackBerry phone over the next 12 months for another platform such as Apple’s iPhone or Google’s Android, according to a new report from Boulder, Colo.-based research firm Enterprise Management Associates. Some 30 percent of users at larger, enterprise-size companies are expected […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 14, 2011

How Craigslist Was Created

Craigslist, a simple web listing service, can now be found in 100 cities worldwide. It is a Web-based platform that has greatly impacted the world of classified advertising. Craig Newmark started the business as an email list that he sent to a small group of friends back in 1995. He was working at Charles Schwab […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 11, 2011

Made In The U.S.A.: John Deere X700 Tractors

The company has expanded worldwide with factories around the globe but many products are still made in the U.S.A. such as the Series X700 tractors. John Deere is based in Horicon, Wisconsin. The original site is Grand Detour, Illinois. Take a trip there and walk where John Deere walked, and lived, and invented the world-famous plow. […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 10, 2011

Travel App For Your Biz Travel

If you are planning a trip to an upcoming trade show, marketing event, seminar, convention or field trip check out TRIPIT. The app –free for Blackberry, Android and iOS users–can help you create an itinerary. You’ll receive updates, too. If your gate number changes the TripIt app will email you.

[ 0 ] Nov. 9, 2011

Building Trust With Hispanic Community Takes Authenticity

As the retail industry navigates the marketing waters to reach Hispanic consumers, it is important to remember to “keep it real.” That was just one piece of advice Pitbull, a rapper, singer-songwriter and record producer, told attendees at the Hispanic Retail 360 Summit, held in San Diego. “Remember the Taco Bell commercial with the little […]

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