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[ 0 ] Jan. 13, 2014

Six Small Business Tech Trends To Watch This Year

  By Terry Connell, SVP, Comcast Business According to a recent report by Bank of America, small businesses are bullish on 2014 and expect to hire new employees to keep up with increases in sales. Coming in the face of uncertainty and challenges tied to the Affordable Care Act, this is great news for our […]

[ 1 ] Jan. 13, 2014

Five Points To Consider About Electronic Bill Paying

By Bill Price, CFO, MineralTree Are you still paying bills the old fashioned way by writing checks and sifting through mounds of paperwork?  Do you realize this method actually increases your financial vulnerability to fraud, cyber-attacks and identity theft? Did you know, unlike individual bank accounts, your business bank account is not protected by FDIC […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 13, 2014

How You Can Get A Competitive Edge

You are learning all about your industry and understand your market niche. How do you now gain an edge over your competition? Study and come up with a plan to do it better, cheaper, faster. What’s missing in your market and how can you fill that gap. How can you stand out from your competition? […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 11, 2014

Startup Saturday: Coming Up With A Simple Idea

Stephen Key (with Colleen Sell) wrote One Simple Idea for Startups and Entrepreneurs (McGrawHill, 2013) and in it advocated that one reason small businesses fail is because their ideas are ‘too big.’ Too new or too complicated for the market to grasp and buy. Key says begin small and start with a very simple idea. […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 10, 2014

Franchise Expo South Expecting Big Draw In Houston, Feb. 6-8

 For the first time in its eight-year history, the largest franchise expo in the South, Franchise Expo South, will relocate to its new home in Houston, Texas from Feb. 6-8. Thousands of entrepreneurs and business owners will head to the Reliant Center, located at One Reliant Park, to meet with hundreds of today’s top franchise concepts […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 10, 2014

Restaurants and Supermarkets Seek to Cut Food Waste and Feed the Hungry

Many supermarkets and restaurants are making strides to cut food waste and feed those in need. As much as 40% of food produced in the U.S. is never eaten, according to the Food Waste Reduction Alliance. Meanwhile, 50 million Americans suffer from food insecurity, according to the USDA. To alleviate the problem, Darden Restaurants locations […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 10, 2014

Franchisee Makes History: Andrea Brown Has The Midas Touch

Midas franchisee Andrea Brown has become the first female military veteran and the first black female franchise owner for the 2,500-unit auto repair company with the opening of her location in Chicago Heights, Ill. Brown was drawn to Midas by the recommendation of a friend and the company’s opportunities for veterans. “One of my goals […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 10, 2014

SBOMAG Roundup: 10 Cheapest Fast-Food Franchises

Interested in starting a fast-food business? Consider one of these least expensive franchises. Startup costs and contact info is listed: Papa John’s Pizza Pizza, fast-casual restaurant $15k www.papajohns.com 502-261-4844 7-Eleven Convenience store. $31k www.franchise.7-eleven.com 800-782-0711 Sertino’s Coffee Coffeehouse $40k www.sertinos.com 800-311-3930/503-224-6199 Cin City Donuts Mini-donuts, coffee $40k www.cincitydonuts.com 866-491-5987/604-940-0988 Filta Environmental Kitchen Solutions Mobile on-site […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Start and Run Your Own Gastropub

According to the Chicago Tribune, gastropubs began in the early 1990s in London, “when young chefs began buying old pubs and serving elevated fare designed to go with the beer.” The movement gained notoriety in the U.S. when The Spotted Pig opened in New York City in 2004 and earned a Michelin star in the […]

[ 1 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Crunch Fitness Franchise Plans to Open 50 New Gyms

The Crunch fitness franchise is rapidly expanding in the U.S. and abroad, and has become the fastest-growing franchise in its category. The company, which debuted in New York in 1989, plans to open 50 new gyms in 2014, starting with eight locations this month. “We took the franchise model, packaged it into the low-price, high-value […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

Looking For Information On Franchises?

Visit the IFA website to learn what’s available to help you find the right franchise. IFA members include franchise companies in more than 300 different business format categories — from accounting to campgrounds, from food services to home improvement and from lawn care to weight control. Members include individual franchisees and companies that support the […]

[ 0 ] Jan. 9, 2014

SBOMAG Roundup: 7 Key Tips To Launching Your Own Food Business At Home

Many people would consider Katrina Markoff a daring soul. She has a rare artistic flair of taking unlikely ingredients and turning them into “gold” in her kitchen. Markoff is the entrepreneur behind Vosges Haut-Chocolat, which started in a small chocolate shop in Chicago, in 1998. This $10 million dollar gourmet chocolate company, with its distinctive […]

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