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[ 0 ] Jul. 18, 2011

1and1′s Contest: Calling All Canadian Entrepreneurs!

Susan Rakowski, editor of Small Business Opportunities, is proud to be on the judging panel for 1and1 Candada’s My Business Heroes Contest. 1&1 Internet Inc. is a leader amongst global Web hosts, supplying personal and business users with reliable online solutions including data servers, email solutions, domains, website tools and ecommerce solutions. According to 1and1, […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 18, 2011

NESCESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

Comedian Marla Schultz www.marlaschultz.com turned a mishap in a ladies room into a business opportunity—one she hopes will prove beneficial not only to her and her partners — but also to millions of women who can now be liberated from schlepping large handbags — thanks to her bra pocket invention, The Racktrap.™ Schultz, a professional […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2011

MORE RETIREES ARE BUYING INTO FRANCHISING

From hair salons to real estate firms, fast food chains and interior decorators, franchisors are reporting a surge in the percentage of older owners in recent years – at Great Clips alone, the number of owners over 50 increased by more than 15% last year. Today’s 50-plus Americans are wealthier, healthier and more active than […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 14, 2011

BIG CHAINS ARE GOING ‘GREEN’ TO LURE MORE BIZ

Quick-service operators such as Chick-fil-A, KFC and Subway have recently embraced higher efficiency components. Meanwhile, McDonald’s, which began testing carbon footprint-reducing practices across its entire global system in 2007, has a handful of franchisees in its system exploring green innovations. For example, Cary, N.C., owner/operator Ric Richards installed NovaCharge electric vehicle charging stations at his McDonald’s unit in […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 13, 2011

Want To Build Biz? Check Your Facebook Page

Want to improve your customer service and build your business? Check your Facebook and twitter pages for comments.  Seventy percent of Americans said they are willing to spend more money at businesses that provide good customer service, according to the February survey. That’s up from 58% who said the same in 2010. Today, social media […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 12, 2011

Veterans: Enterpreneurial Candidates

Military service is highly correlated with self-employment, according to a new study from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. The study found that veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military service to become entrepreneurs. And rank does have its privileges, as least when it comes to exercising […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Increase Business By Becoming Pet Friendly

Being pet-friendly makes sense to thousands of hotels. The “Traveling with Your Pet: The AAA PetBook” lists more than 13,000 AAA-approved pet-friendly properties in the U.S. and Canada. A pet friendly hotels website claims a list of 25,000 properties. Caesar Millan, The Pet Whisperer, is a Best Western spokesperson who touts the chain’s pet-friendly policies […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Small is the New Big

Berkshire Hathaway Inc.’s Dairy Queen promoted the baby Blizzards last month, giving diners about half the calories of the small 12-ounce size. In March, Starbucks Corp. unveiled the “petite” line of mini cupcakes, whoopie pies and lemon squares for $1.50 each; the junior lemon square has 120 calories, compared with 490 for Starbucks’s lemon pound […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Follow These 6 Tips For Better Franchisee Financing

As president of National Restaurant Development Inc., a board member for the International Franchise Association, and owner of more than 50 quick-serve restaurants, Aziz Hashim is a veteran of the franchise business. With brands like Popeyes, Checkers/Rally’s, Subway, and Moe’s Southwest Grill under his watch, Hashim has the know-how to obtain the finances needed for […]

[ 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 […]

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