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[ 0 ] Apr. 10, 2014

Meet SBA Chief Maria Contreras-Sweet

Maria Contreras-Sweet became the 24th Administrator of the U.S. Small Business Administration and a member of President Obama’s Cabinet on April 7, 2014. Contreras-Sweet is a successful entrepreneur, business executive, and state cabinet official. Throughout her career in the public and private sector, she has been a champion of diversity, access to capital and equal […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 10, 2014

Portland Hosts Manufacturing Challenge

Manufacturing is back. Portland to Host Manufacturing Challenge May 4-19 and it is an exciting part of the Maker Revolution. The Portand Manufacturing event called, The Future of Stuff , brings together industry and education. American Manufacturing What is the future of stuff, and why does it matter to Portland? If you track the rise […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 10, 2014

Invention Expo Set For May 2-3

Aspiring inventors and consumers of all ages are invited to explore new inventions at Invention Expo 2014 on May 2-3, from 10 a.m.-6 p.m., at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Presented by the Minnesota Inventors Congress, Invention Expo 2014 provides opportunities to see new products from Minnesota and across the nation, give feedback to inventors on […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 9, 2014

Planet Beach Celebrates 18 Years

                                                                                          Planet Beach Franchising Corporation is celebrating 18 years of success and innovation.  Did you know Stephen Smith had the Planet Beach concept in mind when he passed by a neon sign in front of a vacant uptown New Orleans tanning salon in 1994? He named it […]

[ 1 ] Apr. 9, 2014

More Women Are Starting A Microbusiness

More women entrepreneurs are launching a microbusiness. Nearly half of new these ventures are women-owned Many microbusiness owners are pulling double duty, depending on a second job to make ends meet Despite struggles, 69 percent of microbusiness owners say they have the ideal job Microbusinesses would rather spend more time serving customers than taking time […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 9, 2014

GSA Small Business Opportunities

The building shows is the U.S. government General Services Administration in Washington, DC. The GSA was established by The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The group presents many opportunities for small businesses to do business with the government. The group moved very quickly to award contracts and get construction projects off the ground. Learn more […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

How to Investigate a Business Opportunity

Business opportunity or turnkey business packages are popular ways to start a small business. A business opportunity can help you start a business right away. You might want to start your own business but don’t want to go it on your own, completely from scratch, launching an independently owned company. A business opportunity, also known […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

Franchise Growth On Track

Franchise growth remains on track for 2014. Despite slower than expected growth in 2014 so far, the outlook for franchise growth remains strong with employment and output forecasts revised up slightly from January estimates, according to research released today by the International Franchise Association (IFA) Educational Foundation. Developed by IHS, The Franchise Business Economic Outlook: […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

Largest Direct Selling Companies

Looking to get into direct selling? The Direct Selling Association (DSA) has announced the 20 Largest DSA Member Companies for 2014. The ranking is based on net U.S. sales in 2013. Offering products ranging from cosmetics, skincare and wellness to residential energy and gas services, each of the 20 companies named to this year’s list […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 8, 2014

The 50+ Encore Entrepreneur

April is the month for the Encore Entrepreneur. It is Encore Entrepreneurship Mentor Month and if you are a 50+ encore entrepreneur, you can receive free help and resources from your local U.S. Small Business Administration office. Are you nearing retirement and exploring new opportunities? Or, are you wondering how you will generate income once […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

From Idea To Invention

Move from idea to invention by following the steps outlined in Patricia Nolan-Brown’s new book Idea to Invention. While many see an inventor as a bespectacled genius working away on their new idea in a lab, the author of Idea to Invention see herself as an ordinary person, mother of three and self-made inventor. Patricia […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 7, 2014

6 Ways To Put Your Customer First

How do you grow a new small business? One way is to always put your customer first. Follow these six tips from a pro. By Bob La Loggia CEO, Appointment-Plus A good customer experience can make or break your business. Customers are vitally important to your brand, your business, and your bottom line. This may […]

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