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[ 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 […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 13, 2011

If You Build It–Like This–They Will Come!

Architects, builders, designers and contractors in the Northeast have taken quite a hit this year due to a roller-coaster economy and harsh weather systems including Hurricane Irene — but not Paul Consiglio. This in-demand Master Builder has the luxury of being able to handpick his projects–such as this state of the art oceanfront home Paul […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 12, 2011

Franchise Expo South: Miami

Gain exposure for your franchise and find great candidates at Franchise Expo South set for Miami, January 20-22, 2012. For more info on how to exhibit, visit www.franchiseexposouth.com or email exhibit@MFVEXPO.com.

[ 0 ] Oct. 11, 2011

Online Tool Lets Clients Design Their Own Shoes

The Shoe Designer tool on www.ShoesDesignedbyyou.com allows users to create their dream shoes without making any compromise. The application allows users to customize each part of the shoe, add decorations and choose the colors and materials from the wide range of leathers. The tool offers millions of possible models, starting with ballet flats and up […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 10, 2011

National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Cellphone Ban for Truck Drivers

If your small business involves trucking you need to be aware of a proposed ban on cell phones while driving. In a move that may show just how serious authorities are getting about distracted driving, the National Transportation Safety Board last month recommended barring truck drivers from using any type of cell phone behind the […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 10, 2011

Social Marketing Etiquette Can Pay Big Dividends

In her new book, Content Is Ca$h: Leveraging Great Content and the Web for Increased Traffic, Wendy Montes de Oca—an occasional speaker at SIPA conferences—offers her 10 rules of social marketing etiquette.  to. 1. “Be aware. Know each social media community’s law of the land.” I was just taking a look at the new Google+–invitations […]

[ 1 ] Oct. 10, 2011

October 16 through 22 is National Save for Retirement Week

Contributing to a 401(k) or other employee-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA and rebalancing one’s investment portfolio regularly are but three ways in which investors can ring in National Save for Retirement Week, says Maureen Ross, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Stuart, Florida. National Save for Retirement Week runs October 16 through 22. The event […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 10, 2011

Database Website

Looking for facts and statistics for a business plan or presentation? Check out www.youreconomy.org. It provicde info about business growth, specific industry categories and their standings, information about businesses in the U.S.  Data is provided from the National Establishment Time-Series Database that is based on Dun & Bradstreet data verified for accuracy and augmented to […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 7, 2011

Disaster Loans For Agricultural New York Biz

The U.S. Small Business Administration recently announced that federal economic injury disaster loans are available to small businesses, small agricultural cooperatives, small businesses engaged in aquaculture and most private non-profit organizations of all sizes located in New York as a result of the excessive rain, flooding and cooler than normal temperatures that occurred from March […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 6, 2011

Only Some Social Media Followers Buy More

Nearly four out of 10 people (36%) who follow a hotel on Facebook and Twitter buy more from that hotel or chain, a Starwood executive told hoteliers recently. The vast majority of social media fans, however, don’t. That’s according to Justin Holmerud, a Starwood marketer who specializes in social media. Holmerud mentioned the 36% figure […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 5, 2011

Batteries Plus Plugs Into Detroit

Batteries Plus may be well-known to Metro Detroit consumers who hear the company describe itself as “the battery experts” in advertisements during local television news broadcasts. But there is less awareness about the reputedly recession-resistant business among potential franchisees of the fast-growing Hartland, Wis.-based retailer. At five outlets, Metro Detroit is a vastly “under-stored” market […]

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