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[ 0 ] Nov. 21, 2011

Small Biz Owner Gives Away Makeovers & Builds Goodwill

The national unemployment rate continues to stagnate at a crushing 9.1%, but there was GOOD news recently when 100 unemployed women in Philadelphia received complete makeovers as winners of Style Me Hired (http://www.stylemehired.com), a community relations program created by small business owner Marc Voci. For one Style Me Hired winner, Andrea Blassingame, a single mom […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 21, 2011

Online & Mobile Shoppers Keep Retail Spirits Bright

The sluggish economy and rising household expenses are casting a chill over consumer confidence, but not enough to bring back the ghost of recessions past, according to Deloitte’s 26th annual survey of holiday spending intentions and trends. While two-thirds (67 percent) of consumers expect the economy to stay the same or weaken next year, nearly […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 21, 2011

Holiday Email Campaigns? No Sweat.

By Paul Turnbull Using email marketing campaigns during the holiday selling season is fast becoming a time-honored tradition right alongside decorating the Christmas tree. Fortunately for retailers working to increase their percentage of the estimated $873 to $877 billion in total holiday sales, setting up email marketing for holiday shoppers takes less time than it […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 21, 2011

International CES Is Largest Trade Show With Highest Economic Impact

The Consumer Electronics Association (CEA)® recently announced that the 2010 International CES® was named both the largest tradeshow and the tradeshow with the highest economic impact by Trade Show Executive (TSE) Magazine. CEA was awarded the highly coveted number one spot in TSE’s Gold 100 Rankings of 2010. CES has earned top honors as the […]

[ 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 […]

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