The casual-dining concept is taking over the lodging industry as more hotels transform their dining venues into less-formal spaces where guests can relax and socialize. Meal options are also giving way to upscale comfort foods that guests can pick up and eat where they like.
It’s natural to show sympathy for your fellow human beings, but you shouldn’t let your employees make excuses when they fail to fulfill their responsibilities, Avery Augustine says. Explain to your employees how their actions have affected other people at your organization and ask questions to learn more about what’s really going on, she recommends. […]
Want to make more money? Roger Wilder began working at Smoothie King when he was just 15 years old and today owns and operates 10 Greater Baton Rouge area locations. After holding his first job at the Celebration Station store for eight years, he took a position at the Smoothie King Home Office in New Orleans. […]
Casual chain TGI Friday’s has launched a reinvention plan that hinges on trading kitschy decor and dining options for a sleeker feel aimed at appealing to young adults in search of a place to socialize. The 934-unit chain has seen international sales rise while revenue from its 565 U.S. locations has declined for six consecutive […]
When President Obama signed the JOBS Act last year, he made it possible for individuals to invest in a wide variety of small businesses, projects and dreams. Crowdfunding is booming. There are more than 600 platforms dedicated to the fund-raising phenomenon. More than $1.7 billion has been raised for projects on these sites and $900 […]
Moving into a house or apartment is a challenge for any new resident –especially if the home is not new construction. We’ve all experienced the sad saga of looking at homes and apartments and peering into a less than perfect oven, refrigerator or bathtub. It would be wonderful to hire a person or duo to […]
Small business owners recognize the power of social media in engaging customers but most lack the expertise to apply the latest digital marketing tools to their businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by Staples, Inc. (NASDAQ: SPLS), the world’s largest office products company and second largest internet retailer. “Small businesses play a vital role […]
May is Direct Deposit/Direct Payment Month, a time when financial institutions and other businesses encourage employees to receive payments through the Automated Clearing House (ACH) Direct Deposit transactions, and other alternatives to paper payments. Dallas-based SWACHA, one of the largest not-for-profit electronic payments associations in the country, conducted a Consumer Insights Survey in 2011 and […]
McAlister’s Deli, a leading fast casual restaurant, announced a same-store sales increase of 5 percent during the first quarter of 2013. This marks the 11th straight quarter of positive sales growth. Comp sales were driven primarily by an increase in entrée sales, indicating overall traffic gains for McAlister’s restaurants system-wide. “McAlister’s continued growth not only highlights […]
Lawmakers in Washington can help small-business owners by offering assistance with employee investment, limiting barriers to starting a small business, reaching out to struggling small-business owners, creating regulations that foster success, making the SBA loan process easier and increasing small-business access to government contracting. This is according to a panel of industry experts and thought […]
Hotel industry leaders convened at the American Express Publishing Luxury Summit recently, and most of them talked about an emerging class of luxury traveler that the hospitality industry has to cater to. CNBC wealth editor Robert Frank said the new luxury traveler may have “new” money and come from the Midwest, and may not crave […]
Taco Bell said it will roll out its $1 Cravings menu throughout the chain, the latest quickservice brand to court budget-conscious consumers with low-priced fare. Other chains including Olive Garden, Applebee’s and White Castle are promoting meal deals in an ongoing effort to revive traffic.