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[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2011

The Debit Card Debacle: A Teachable Moment for Family Financiers

By Sharon Lechter What can $5 buy you these days?  In Bank of America’s case, a perfect storm. The backlash that ensued was fast and furious when BOA – the nation’s largest bank – announced the new $5 monthly fee on debit card customers. Whatever your opinions, I’m encouraged by at least one unintended consequence […]

[ 1 ] Oct. 24, 2011

M&T Bank Pledges To Up Lending By $50 Million

At a recent meeting in Cleveland, Ohio with Vice President Joe Biden, Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and officials from 12 other banks, M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) reaffirmed its commitment to small business owners, pledging to increase lending by $50 million above 2010 levels for each of the next three years. M&T is […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2011

How Designers Make Money In This Economy

New designers no longer have to wait for a lucky break to make it in the cutthroat fashion industry. New online marketplaces are making it easier for fresh designers to make a name for themselves, and do business online via Sense of Fashion (www.senseofashion.com) which allows a  platform for upcoming, budget-conscious fashion talent to showcase […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 21, 2011

Samuel Adams’ Experienceship Winners

Samuel Adams Founder and Brewer Jim Koch awards recipients of the first-ever Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream Experienceship; a mentoring program offered exclusively to craft brewer beneficiaries of Samuel Adams Brewing the American Dream. Jim Woods of MateVeza and brewing partners Chris Spinelli and Jon Mervine of Roc Brewing Co. have the opportunity to […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 20, 2011

Pennsylvania Small Biz Disaster Loans

The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding businesses in Pennsylvania that working capital loans are still available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives and most private non-profit organizations that were affected by the apartment building fire in Philadelphia County that occurred on Jan. 10, 2011. “Businesses that suffered economic losses as a result of the […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 19, 2011

Facebook/NFIB/U.S. Chamber of Commerce Give Boost To Small Biz

Facebook, the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB) and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce announced plans to help American small businesses grow and create jobs. The joint effort is designed to help small businesses acquire and retain customers, build a community around their business, and reach new customers among Facebook’s 800 million users. “Small businesses […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 18, 2011

Personal Trainers Use Social Media To Reach Clients

eNewsletters, Facebook, Twitter, blogs, email and more – the tools of the personal training business aren’t just weights, bands and machines anymore. More and more, successful trainers are turning to technology to help them build, maintain and increase business during challenging economic times. In particular, FitNews.tv offers online, mobile marketing that helps trainers organize their […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

Avis & TripIt Team Up On Car Rental Reservations

Avis Rent A Car has joined forces with TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), to offer millions of travelers a fast, easy and more personalized way to add a rental car to their trips. Now, anyone who connects their Avis and TripIt accounts can access their trip itineraries and make an […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

IFA Creates Strategic Department To Help Members

International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira recently announced that Beth Solomon will join the association Nov. 1 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Industry Relations. “Beth Solomon brings a wealth of trade association, private-sector and Capitol Hill experience to the IFA, which will help us to further develop and enhance new and […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

Whaleback Systems Marks 5th Year of Supporting U.S. Troops With Free Phone Service

Whaleback Systems, Inc., the leader in managed business communication services, recently marked its fifth year in supporting U.S. troops with free phone service. As a sponsor of Pease Greeters, an organization that welcomes troops passing through Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, NH on their way to, or from Iraq, Afghanistan or any other areas of […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

California Tortilla: Social Media Offers Feedback Opp

California Tortilla is known for giving out free tacos if customers use the secret password, celebrating National Pop Tart Day with free Pop Tarts and other promotions that engage customers to keep the conversation going. With nearly 40 locations, the taco chain has its ear to the ground and takes monitoring customer feedback a step […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 14, 2011

Otis Elevator Company to Open Manufacturing Facility in South Carolina

Otis Elevator Company, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE:UTX), recently announced that it is opening a new manufacturing center in Florence, South Carolina. The new facility will consolidate much of Otis’ North American new equipment operations and will bring more than 360 jobs to South Carolina. “Otis is excited to bring the production of […]

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