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[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

Need Help Buying Your Building? Let The Government Show You How

By Alexander Cohen, CEO of Liberty SBF While the U.S. economy is beginning to recover, many are worried that job growth – a necessary factor in getting many Americans back on their feet – has stalled.For small business owners, there is a little-known government program that can help create jobs to stimulate the economy, at […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

Postini Users: How To Prevent Spam From Flooding Your Email

By Julie May CEO of bytes knowledge Take yourself back to 1999. Remember when Y2K symbolized the death of the technological world as we knew it? Well, this time the technological threat is real and 26 million people could lose their email security as a result. By the end of the year, Google will retire […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

How Holiday Gift Cards Can Impact Your Bottom Line

By Michael Hursta Vice President of First Data Prepaid Solutions As temperatures drop, shopping season heats up, making now a critical time for small businesses to ensure they leave no stone unturned when planning their business strategy for the holiday season. According to First Data’s 2012 U.S. Gift Card Consumer Insights Study, more than 88 […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

Attracting Generations X and Y To Your Small Business

Join the next IFA WednesdayWise Webinar, “Attracting Gen X & Gen Y to your Franchises,” on Nov. 13 from 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. EST. Speakers will include FranchisEsource Brands International President and COO Brian Miller, CFE, ZorSource Brand Manager Jason Miller, CFE, and Barkley, Inc., Assistant Account Manager Greg Vodicka. The webinar, which is […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

Inventing Success: How The Microwave Was Created

A melted candy bar led to the invention of one of today’s most-used kitchen appliances. Percy Spencer was working on a military radar device in the mid-1940s when he noticed that his chocolate snack had gotten soft. Intrigued, he experimented with irradiating some kernels of popcorn, which promptly burst. Spencer’s work led to the first […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 26, 2013

Startup Saturday: How SCORE Can Help You Start Your Business

Q: What is SCORE? A: For 45 years, SCORE “Counselors to America’s Small Business” has been the premier, free business counseling and advice service in the United States. SCORE is a nonprofit association with 370 offices nationwide and more than 11,200 working and retired business professionals who volunteer to help a new generation of entrepreneurs. […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 25, 2013

3 Basic Steps To Your Business Plan

Business plans comes in every shape and size from a 2 page document to a PowerPoint presentation with a 55 page printout. Basically, there are three things you need to understand to prepare your business plan: 1. What is the concept? What type of business are you about to start and how will you present […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 25, 2013

$25,000 For Your Big Idea

Do you live in Central or South Central Pennsylvania? Do you have an idea for a new, technology-based product or process? Get busy, because your idea could win one of two $25,000 cash prizes in Ben Franklin’s BIG IDEA Business Plan Contest. This year’s competition, sponsored by Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Central & Northern […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 25, 2013

How To Land Lucrative Federal Government Contracts: Certify Your Business

If you’re a small business owner interested in making the federal government one of your next customers, you can benefit greatly from certifying your business first. Many government agencies require that a certain percentage of its work is  set aside for small businesses (and woman-owned, veteran-owned and more), so certifying your business can help you […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2013

Starbucks’ Teavana Concept Launches Today In New York City

Starbucks previewed the first-of-its-kind Teavana Fine Teas + Tea Bar in New York City’s Upper East Side. Opening today, the Tea Bar will elevate the premium tea experience by delivering a carefully curated assortment of handcrafted tea beverages, premium loose leaf teas, tea-inspired food offerings, and tea merchandise, making the ritual of tea more elevated […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2013

5 Businesses You Can Start For $100 Or Less

Looking to start a business quickly with little money? Consider one of these five. You can start right away for $100 or less. 1.Boat/Car Detailing: Car owners are fanatics about their vehicles and so are boat and plane owners. Investigate the products and start your own detailing biz. Check out Bill Rancic’s book, “You’re Hired” […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2013

10 Businesses That Make $1 Million The First Year Out

The following businesses have the potential to make $1 million the first year of operation. Location and dedication play a part in the success. 1.Cash in Collectibles: The franchised Vintage Stock stores sell new and vintage music, DVDs, comics, game cards and more. Many frnachisees exceed sales of $1 million. See vintagestock.com to learn more. […]

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