The mission of the International Franchise Association’s (IFA) Government Relations Department is to preserve and enhance the legislative and regulatory climate for the growth of franchising worldwide by providing services and representation that only IFA can achieve. The Department achieves this by monitoring legislative and regulatory activity, conducting lobbying and grassroots campaigns, participating in national […]
The American Girl company started as a mail order catalog-only business in 1986. The company introduced its first store in 1998 in Chicago. The huge retail space encouraged kids and their parents to find accessories, books, toys and clothing for their dolls. A hair salon was added as the brand grew.
Small banks approved 45.1% of loan applications by small firms in September, up from 43.8% in August and 43.5% at the start of the year, the New York lending broker Biz2Credit said. Credit unions, Community Development Financial Institutions and microlenders also increased small-business lending last month, approving 61.5% of funding requests, up from 58% in […]
“If I had a brick for every time I’ve repeated the phrase Quality, Service, Cleanliness and Value, I think I’d probably be able to bridge the Atlantic Ocean with them.” —Ray Kroc How do you create a restaurant empire and become an overnight success at the age of 52? As Ray Kroc said, “I was […]
It turns out IT departments have good reason to second guess whether or not they allow employees to bring their own devices to work. Motorola Mobility recently surveyed 1, 000 prosumers that use their smartphone for work and personal uses to explore attitudes and habits about smartphone security. The survey found that there is a […]
Color Forecast Preview, Spring/Summer 2013 | Men’s: a sneak preview from Trendstop.com’s inspirational Color Trend Book for Spring / Summer 2013 Men’s Market shows that mint is hot. Presented on WeConnectFashion, courtesy of Trendstop.com, the site known for inspirational and accurate trend analysis.
In 1901 William S. Harley attached an engine to a bicycle. Two years later he teamed up with Arthur Davidson and put the first Harley Davidson motorcycle into production. Today the Sportster is manufactured in Kansas City, Missouri.
True FitTM (www.truefit.com), the global leader in fit personalization software, announced the launch of groundbreaking new technology that helps each customer know how well clothes and shoes they view onscreen (online, mobile, tablet and in-store kiosks) will fit them in real life, and recommends which size is best. As the inaugural retail partner, Macy’s will […]
Traveling for business or pleasure with Android or iOS is more interesting with an app from Wikitude. Just point your camera at a street, store or museum and you’ll find overlays with relevant Wikitude entries.
Daimer Industries, Inc.®, a business known worldwide for auto detailing power washers, has just released the Super Max™ 6230SCW (steam car wash) line featuring a 240 volt, single phase, electric motor. The dedicated steam-only machines have been engineered for minimal water usage, limited waste and environmental friendliness to address the negative perceptions often associated with […]
In response to the federal government announcing its draft rule to require cars, SUVs and light-duty trucks to reach 54.5 mpg by 2025, Small Business Majority founder and CEO John Arensmeyer released the following statement: “Helping small businesses grow and put Americans back to work should be our No. 1 priority. Increasing fuel efficiency standards […]
While accepting credit cards at your small business should be a simple endeavor, many merchants quickly find that identifying the best merchant processor for their specific needs is a difficult process. CheapestMerchantAccounts.com, the leader in independent merchant account reviews, has recently revealed the best practices for small business owners searching for a merchant processor. By […]