The International Franchise Association has joined several other business groups in the Discover America Partnership asking the U.S. Department of Commerce to take more aggressive steps to boost the U.S.’s share of the international tourism market. IFA is a member of the partnership, with IFA President & CEO Steve Caldeira serving on the board of [...]
StoreSigns.com is an online site where store owners can choose from 100s of layouts, customize to their brand, and in minutes, place an order for their specific needs. Using imagery and templates that have been successful in national chains, the program is able to produce a premium signage that will upgrade the atmosphere of a small shop. [...]
The Wingtip Blucher Oxford shoe is made by the Alden Shoe Company in Middleborough, Massachusetts. There are still many fine products made in the U.S.A.
You could experience a sales dip if your business relies on boat traffic.Higher gas prices are rippling through South Florida’s marine community, raising fears that regional spending will contract as boat owners idle their vessels or budget more on fuel. More than 77,000 boats generate $991 million in annual spending in Broward and Palm Beach [...]
Wendy’s Co. is hoping that a new look for its restaurants, coupled with a revamped menu featuring its new premium Dave’s Hot ‘N Juicy burger, will rejuvenate its image as a higher-end fast food chain. The Dublin, Ohio-based company plans to make its airy new designs with metallic highlights a key part of its efforts [...]
You’ve finally achieved your dream. Don’t lose it to a power outage, hacker disruption, fire, earthquake or other disaster. If you’re not prepared, a disaster could put you and your employees at risk, possibly shutting down your business forever. Roughly 40 to 60 percent of small businesses never reopen their doors following a disaster. But [...]
Grow your business! IFA’s 2012 Franchise Development Seminar Series has been completely re-tooled to focus more on networking with peers and sharing personal experiences and lessons learned. Come hear from leading franchise executives offering development solutions and best practices based on real world scenarios. Everyone wants to grow their business, but the recent difficulties in [...]
“It’s kind of fun to do the impossible.” ~Walt Disney (1901-1966) , founder of Disney
Planning on doing business in Australia? Consider the following snapshot: The Commonwealth of Australia has 22 million people with a median age of 37.7. The GDP per capita is $41,300. The legal voting and drinking age is 18. Australians often make jokes that their national religion is sports. If you are working on any promotion [...]
Made in Duluth, Minnesota using 288 recycled plastic milk jugs, the Racer Rocker is completely sustainable. The Racer is made at the Hawks Boots Sustainable Manufacturing Facility, which for 80 years prior to Loll’s purchase was a concrete plant.
“Life is a succession of lessons which must be lived to be understood.” ~Ralph Waldo Emerson, American Poet & Philosopher (1803-1882)
The ‘Main Street Revolution’ is a partnership between Overstock.com and small and minority-owned business owners across the United States. This initiative creates a national marketing and distribution channel for producers of consumer products by providing the opportunity to sell their products on Overstock.com and O.biz (the company’s B2B website). According to Overstock.com CEO Patrick M. [...]