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[ 0 ] Apr. 25, 2013

New Opportunities For Hoteliers In China

Hotel franchisors in China have the opportunity to practice new, innovative strategies as an economic shift in the country brings younger travelers more interested in domestic travel and an emerging middle class. “One can make the case for a notion that we’re in a different era, an age in which constant surprise is a way […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 25, 2013

How to Manage Millennial Employees

Millennial employees are likely used to constant feedback, so communicate clearly with those on your staff. Focus on accountability, set high standards for quality and admit mistakes when you make them, writes Steve Cody, managing partner of Peppercomm. “Being authentic with a generation that prizes authenticity above all else is probably the single best way […]

[ 1 ] Apr. 24, 2013

American Dream Massage Envy Biz For Two Co-Workers

Marcia Connelley and Terri Paradise, who formerly worked together at a payroll company, decided to go into business together by opening a spa in Kentucky under the Massage Envy brand. After experiencing initial difficulties with finances and advertising, they were able to get their spa back on the right track with the help of advisers […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 24, 2013

Big Bucks For Home Remodelers This Spring, Says NARI

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry’s (NARI) first-quarter Remodeling Business Pulse (RBP) data of current and future remodeling business conditions is reaching new heights, as quarter-over-quarter increases are seen across all sub-components measuring remodeling activity. As remodelers approach the busy season, overall current business conditions have seen steady increases since March of 2012, now […]

[ 1 ] Apr. 24, 2013

10 Reasons To Sign A Green Lease

Rising in popularity with corporate tenants and their landlords (and even municipalities like New York City and San Francisco), green leases improve the environmental performance of a leased office space, ensuring that the company occupying the space and the landlord that owns the building are operating in a sustainable manner from the inside out. This […]

[ 0 ] Apr. 24, 2013

Top 10 Cities To Start A Small Business, from NerdWallet

May is Small Business Month, and entrepreneurs everywhere face uphill battles with funding, the economy, hiring and affordability in the effort to get their businesses off the ground.  NerdWallet sifted through the factors that matter to small business owners to determine which cities are the best for those looking to start a business. NerdWallet calculated […]

[ 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 […]

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