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[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2013

Citibank Small Business Pulse Says Biz Owners Are Optimistic

More small business owners say business conditions are good or excellent today than at any point in years, according to the latest Citibank® Small Business Pulse released today. Nearly half of small business owners (48%) rate conditions as good or excellent, up from 43% in May 2012 and twice the rate three years ago (24%). […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2013

Prepare Early For Sales Success

By Richard Schroder Preparation is perhaps the most critical trait of a successful salesperson. Proper preparation positively affects all phases of the sales process and is especially critical to formal sales presentations.  Win Loss Analysis research shows that prospects both notice and favor a sales presentation delivered by a salesperson who comes across as well-prepared. […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2013

What Is A D-U-N-S Number and How Do I Get One?

Before you can bid on government proposals, you need to obtain a Dun & Bradstreet, or D-U-N-S, Number, a unique nine-digit identification number for each physical location of your business. D-U-N-S Number assignment is free for all businesses required to register with the federal government for contracts or grants. Visit www.dnb.com to learn about Dun […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2013

Can McDonald’s Win Millennials With the McWrap?

The McWrap took two years to perfect before McDonald’s launched it with great fanfare this year, as part of a push to attract 18-to-32-year-olds who haven’t included the chain on their list of top 10 eateries. “We can’t compromise on convenience, speed, and value. But we have to keep up with evolving tastes. This will […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 13, 2013

Startup Saturday: How To List Your Business In A Free Local Search

How does your business information appear across the internet? SCORE has partnered with Yext so you can see how your business is listed on a full network of premium sites including Yahoo!, Facebook, and Bing. Click the button below to get started.  Once there, enter your Business Name and Phone Number.  After you see the […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 12, 2013

How To Keep Your Business Going While On Vacation

Now that the economy has improved, some company owners are reluctant to take time off for fear of missing out on valuable opportunities, according to Alice Bredin, small-business adviser for American Express. But the truth is “taking a break can help you to clear your head and bring a fresh perspective to your business,” Annie […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 12, 2013

Radio Shack Debuts First Store With New Concept

RadioShack’s new concept debuted on New York City’s Upper West Side recently, with more planned for New York, New Jersey and Texas. The consumer electronics retailer aims to revive its stores with a mix of in-demand products from brands including Apple and Samsung and interactive displays that add more fun to consumers’ shopping experience, the […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 12, 2013

Smart Quote: Create Your Own Path

“Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson, American writer

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2013

Lack of Liquor Licenses Leaves Boston Restaurateurs High & Dry

Boston has been pumping money into community revitalization projects throughout the city, but the lack of available liquor licenses for the city’s restaurants is hindering economic growth, according to an editorial in the Boston Globe. Alcohol sales help buffer the high cost of running a restaurant and owners who can’t attain a license are risking […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2013

Green Hotels Are On The Rise

The Green Retail and Hospitality SmartMarket Report by McGraw Hill Construction found that green projects are on the rise in the lodging industry as more hoteliers recognize how adopting green practices can lower operating costs and improve consumer satisfaction. The report projects that the percentage of hoteliers with green buildings comprising more than half of […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2013

5 Leadership Styles

There are five leadership styles upon which executives depend, according to a recent study. Some bosses have a gruff, “tough love” approach; others are nurturing mentors, hard-working single-minded leaders or “country clubbers” who get things done by networking and charming those around them. Whatever your natural style, you’ll achieve more if you’re able to borrow […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2013

Applebee’s Sees Value Promotion As Key To Sales

Applebee’s launched its “Two for Twenty” meal deal at the start of the recession and has kept the promotion in place amid the slow recovery, as consumers continue to count their pennies in the face of higher payroll taxes. “Having a signature every-day value product, like ‘Two For Twenty’ in our case, or the ‘Foot […]

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