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[ 0 ] Apr. 24, 2013

The Most Trusted Person At Work Is….Not The Boss

In honor of National Administrative Professionals’ Day on April 24, a Staples survey reveals that office administrators play a key role in boosting employee morale, often more than the boss. Two-thirds of non-admin respondents report the admin is the biggest team player in the office (66% vs. 49.6% for the boss) and are nearly twice […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 23, 2013

Franchise Lending Up — Good News For Small Business!

Franchise lending rose 2.92% in March after a slight drop in February attributed to federal budget cuts, according to the monthly Franchise Lending Index report from the IFA and BoeFly. “The increase in franchisee credit access month to month and year over year is a positive sign that could hopefully be maintained in the coming […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 23, 2013

7 Key Questions Small Business Owners Should Ask About Their Bank

Now that the 2012 tax season is in the rear-view mirror, it’s a good time for small business owners to reassess their company’s financial health and their relationship with their bank.  The American Bankers Association offers the following tips to help small business owners enhance their current banking relationship or choose the best bank for […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 23, 2013

Momentum Building For Home Improvement Activity: Great For Small Businesses!

Spending by homeowners on improvement projects is expected to accelerate as the year progresses, according to the Leading Indicator of Remodeling Activity (LIRA) just released by the Remodeling Futures Program at the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University.  On top of the almost 10% growth reflected in U.S. Census Bureau figures for 2012, […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 23, 2013

FICO Survey Finds Credit Spigot Opening For Small Businesses

Lenders expect credit supply for small businesses to meet demand, approval rate on loan applications to increase, and loan delinquencies to drop FICO (NYSE:FICO), a leading predictive analytics and decision management software company, released results from its quarterly survey of U.S. bank risk managers this week that reveal an optimistic forecast for small business lending. […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 23, 2013

Budweiser Introduces Bowtie-Shaped Can On May 6

This spring Budweiser will introduce a striking and original new beer can – a bowtie-shaped aluminum can that mirrors Budweiser’s iconic bowtie logo. Beer lovers can see for themselves the new bowtie-shaped can when it becomes available in a special 8-pack on store shelves nationwide beginning May 6. “This can is incomparable, like nothing you’ve […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

$1000 Grant For Your Small Business! Apply Now!

$1,000.00 Cash Grant for Small Businesses Now Open for Applications IdeaCafe.com announced the opening of its 14th Small Business Grant. Idea Café (http://ideacafe.com), an established online community for entrepreneurs, announced the beginning of a new Grant campaign in honor of all forward-thinking business owners, giving them the chance to win a cash grant and gain […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

Veterans: Register for VetFran at McDonald’s Hamburger University

On May 10, VetFran is staging a day-long program for 150 veterans at McDonald’s Hamburger University outside Chicago. The free program is designed to enable veterans to assess franchising and its opportunities and will cover the fundamentals of franchising, legal issues and franchise finance. Speakers will include industry leaders and board members of the International […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

Mobile Payments App From Flint

Flint Mobile, Inc. (www.flint.com), the mobile payments company that enables on-the-go businesses to accept credit or debit card payments through their iPhones without extra card reader hardware, unveiled new social marketing and customer management features at the Macworld/iWorld conference. Available for free on the Apple App Store®, Flint is the only company in the mobile […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

Tech Tools To Help Food Delivery Services Flourish

A growing number of delivery services in cities across the country are giving consumers more at-home dining choices than ever before, aided in large part by technology that lets consumers customize their dishes and track their orders. Minneapolis-based Bite Squad uses an algorithm to calculate the exact time the order should arrive, and the company […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

TD Bank Offers Franchising Financing for Veterans

TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®, recently announced that it has joined with the International Franchise Association and a pilot group of franchises to help United States Veterans become franchise owners. Across TD Bank’s Maine to Florida footprint, franchises such as Dunkin’ Donuts, Domino’s Pizza, Baskin-Robbins and Papa Murphy’s will be able to offer a […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 22, 2013

How Tablets and Your iPad are Changing The Entertainment Industry

Oren Jacob says tablet computers like the iPad are changing the nature of storytelling and enabling a new era of interactive entertainment. Jacob spent more than two decades at Pixar, where he rose to the rank of Chief Technical Officer. He recently started his own family entertainment company ToyTalk, which is developing a mobile application […]

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