Auntie Anne’s launched a test run of a pretzel food truck over the summer to promising results and now the company is planning several more small-footprint trucks to expand the brand’s portfolio. “We’d like to have one on every street corner,” said Andy Kmeic, the company’s associate vice president of real estate.
Pearle Vision, one of North America’s largest and most trusted licensed optical brands, announced today plans to unveil its new store design on Sept. 17 in Cleveland, Ohio. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 11:30 a.m. at the center in Legacy Village, located at 24539 Cedar Road, Lyndhurst, Ohio. The new Cleveland neighborhood eye […]
Americans ate more than 25 billion chicken wings in 2012 and Wingstop CEO Charlie Morrison says his quickservice chain is growing with the wing market, adding 70 restaurants this year. Wingstop has locations throughout the U.S. and in international markets, with agreements for units in Russia, Singapore and the United Arab Emirates. The company will […]
Here’s a simple yet practical guide on how to go about preparing to apply for a small business loan. 1. What criteria do banks look for in making small business loans? Different banks or lending institutions may have different standards, but in general, in order to consider your application for a small business loan, banks will […]
Devoting time and attention to employees and their needs and offering flexible working arrangements are among the ways that managers can get the most out of their workers, says Cindy Bates of Microsoft. Also, pay attention to individual employees’ interests and help them take charge in those areas, she advises.
By Russell Holcombe, CEO of Holcombe Financial At its core, an entrepreneur is commonly seen as an innovator of new ideas who takes on considerable financial risks to start a business. They are full of energy and have an intoxicating and contagious positive attitude. They work day and night to make their idea, invention or […]
By Alex Tolbert, founder of Bernard Health It’s rare that small business employers have the opportunity to make decisions that are immediately beneficial for both the employer and employees. Health care reform, however, is presenting many employers with exactly that opportunity in 2014. The opportunity: employers with less than 50 employees can drop their group […]
By Erick Lauber, Ph.D. Bradley was failing, and failing badly. Not only did the members of his team avoid him in the lunchroom and never stop by to say “good morning,” they had begun taping a target to his back every day and everyone had signed up for archery lessons. Bradley’s leadership style just wasn’t […]
Commentary by Geoffrey Zimmerman, CFP®, Mosaic Financial Partners, Senior Client Advisor For many employed individuals and couples, open enrollment for 2014 group insurance and other benefits has either begun or will be starting October 1. This is a time when employees can make additions, changes, or reductions to their plan benefits. Careful evaluation of your […]
In the latest Kauffman/LegalZoom Startup Confidence Index, startup business owners’ confidence reached the highest level since the study was initiated in first quarter 2012. That’s according to the second-quarter 2013 Index, just released by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and LegalZoom. Business owners’ confidence in achieving greater profitability over the next 12 months saw an […]
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The SCORE Association “Counselors to America’s Small Business” provides “10 Tips to Starting a Business” Entrepreneurship has always been a significant stabilizer of economic recessions. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) report The New American Evolution: The Role and Impact of Small Firms, during the 1990s the U.S. economy was reinvented, “by fostering […]