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[ 0 ] Oct. 29, 2013

5 Ways To Get Ready For “Small Business Saturday” November 30th

How will you participate in Small Business Saturday? Hundreds of communities across the country will be rolling out the welcome mats for millions of shoppers on Small Business Saturday, November 30th. Founded by American Express® in 2010, Small Business Saturday is a day dedicated to supporting small businesses nationwide during the critical holiday shopping season. […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 29, 2013

5 Steps To Develop A Preparedness Program For Your Small Business

Today marks the sad one-year anniversary when Hurricane Sandy hit the northeast and five boroughts of New York City. Many businesses and home in that region have still not recovered. Surveys on small business prepardeness programs show that most are not ready for a disaster. Businesses can do much to prepare for the impact of […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 28, 2013

KFC, Taco Bell To Grow to 20,000 Units In Emerging Markets

Yum! Brands and its franchise partners will invest $10 billion in the next seven years to build its presence in seven emerging markets including India, China, Africa and Brazil to more than 20,000 restaurants, said CEO David Novak. In India, the parent of KFC, Taco Bell and Pizza Hut expects sales to hit $1 billion […]

[ 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 […]

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