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[ 0 ] May. 30, 2011

VET FRAN DIRECTORY

To honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” was developed to help them transition to civilian life. The idea of the late Don Dwyer Sr., founder of The Dwyer Group, VetFran is a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association member-companies that is […]

[ 1 ] May. 30, 2011

FINDING FINANCING IN TOUGH TIMES

The International Franchise Association recently hosted the Small Business Lending Summit, an event designed to help IFA members access credit and spur business growth. Franchisors, franchisees and bankers were all in attendance with a single goal in mind: to work together to accelerate job growth. According to National Restaurant Association COO David Gilbert, small business […]

[ 0 ] May. 30, 2011

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY

Betsy Ross finished the manufacturing and sewing of the first official stars-and -stripes American flag in late May or early June 1776. Ross, who owned her own upholstery business, was commissioned personally to do the flag by Gen. George Washington. Flag sales in the U.S. this year are booming. The Flag Manufacturers Association of America […]

[ 0 ] May. 30, 2011

POP UP STORES

There are plenty of vacant stores that landlord and realtors can’t rent right now and they offer a great opportunity to entrepreneurs who want to create a Pop Up Store. A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary — the space could be a sample sale one day and host a private cocktail […]

[ 0 ] May. 27, 2011

GOT A VAN? YOU’VE GOT A BUSINESS!

There are so many businesses you can run as a mobile mogul. If you’ve got a van, an SUV or even a station wagon, you can start a wide variety of businesses. Austad’s golf empire was started when the founder threw a bunch of golf clubs in the trunk of his car and traveled to […]

[ 0 ] May. 26, 2011

DO YOU WEDDLE? YOU SHOULD!

Weddle’s is a research, pubishing, consulting & training firm dedicated to helping organizations and people maximize their success in recruiting, retention, job search and career self-management. They publish a variety of lists, such as associations, to help you grow your small business. Visit their site at: www.weddles.com

[ 0 ] May. 25, 2011

THE RETURN OF AL FRESCO DINING

Restaurants around the country are ready to cater to winter-weary patrons eager to enjoy the outdoors as they dine or sip after-dinner cocktails. Many towns have caught on to the potential for restaurant patios and sidewalk cafes to add energy and life to downtown business districts, but many also walk a fine line between the […]

[ 0 ] May. 24, 2011

TRADE SCHOOLS: LIMITLESS OPPORTUNITIES

If you can’t see yourself spending $40,000+ a year to go to college, or if you have lost your job and the truth is your industry has been outsourced to another country, you might consider going to a trade school or a correspondence school to learn a skill that could help you launch your own […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

SMALL BIZ FAILS TO MAXIMIZE E-COMMERCE OPTIONS, SAYS NEW SURVEY

Seventy-Nine Percent of Small Business Owners Say They Don’t Use Traffic Tracking Tools Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts, announced today the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

TOP 50 WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Did you know that there are an estimated 8.1 million women-owned businesses that contribute $1.3 trillion to our national economy and employ 7.7 million Americans? Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a national non profit organization with 1,400 members and 90 chapters located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Peru and South Africa and American […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

RIB FESTIVAL PROMOTES BBQ BIZ FROM AROUND THE U.S.

The Rib America Festival presented by U.S. Cellular returns to downtown St. Louis May 27-30, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. daily at Soldier’s Memorial Plaza.  The Rib America Festival is a fun filled event-featuring award winning barbeque, music, and more!  Charter Media reserved seats in front of the stage are on sale now at all Ticketmaster […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

PRESCRIPTION FOR HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS

Last year’s health reform law revamping the U.S. health insurance system has small-business owners worried, according to a new survey. Sixty percent of the 2,223 small-business owners and top executives who took the survey identified the cost impact from President Barack Obama’s reform initiative on their business as a top concern. The finding, which is […]

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