In today’s economy keeping customers is key. Are you listening to what your customer is asking of you? Are you willing to meet their special requests? The old adage is true: it is a lot easier to keep the customers you have than build a new customer base.
Think about scheduling promotions during typically “off season” times of the year by tying in and capitalizing on lesser known holidays and event days. Most restaurants do well celebrating Cinco de Mayo on May 5th, but why not draw in a crowd for August 6 National BBQ Day or August 19 Aviation Day and make […]
The WBENC was created in 1977 and is the nation’s leading advocate of women-owned businesses as suppliers to America’s corporations. The group works to foster diversity in the world of commerce with programs and policies designed to expand opportunities for women. Visit www.wbenc.org to learn more.
If you are interested in exporting one of your products around the world, check out www.export.gov for information. The site is a valuable resource from our government to help you learn about markets, industries, needs and demands around the world.
There are many ways to become more savvy in the way you approach and handle your money. Check out the following websites to learn more: Consumer Literacy Consortium: www.66ways.org Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation: www.fdic.gov/moneysmart U.S. Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas: www.dallasfed.org U.S. Financial Literacy and Education Commission: www.MyMoney.gov
Senior Corps of Retired Executives is a nonprofit organization and resource partner of the U.S. Small Business Administration. The SCORE group helps and serves as free counseling to entrepreneurs. The network includes more than 13,000 mentors in 62 industries. The group also provides workshops, seminars, webinars and phone counseling. To learn more, visit www.score.org.
Bauer Company of Wooster, Ohio manufactures the wooden stepladder. You can learn more about the company by visiting www.bauerladder.com.
If your small business relies at all on the weather–catering, ski resort, event planning, landscaping, outdoor work, house painting, etc.–you need to stay on top of the weather. Some of the most accurate forecasts for every community in the U.S. come from this government organization. Check out www.weather.gov.
The State of South Carolina will host the 5th Annual Southeastern U.S. – Canadian Provinces Alliance (SEUS-CP) trade conference in Myrtle Beach May 20-22. More than 300 Canadian and U.S. business and government leaders will connect at the Marriott Resort and Spa at Grand Dunes to promote trade and investment opportunities. SEUS-CP is a formal, […]
You can get credit counseling from the nonprofit organization the Association of Independent Consumer Credit Counseling Agencies. Contact them to find a group in your area that can help you manage and get out of debt. Visit www.aiccca.org.
This national bipartisan public policy organization advocates for and on behalf of women-owned businesses and educates women business owners on economic policy and current legislative initiatives that impact business health and growth.
Count Me In helps foster women’s economic independence by providing loans, education and consulting. The online microlender makes loans from $500 to $10,000 available to women in the U.S. who have no access to that first all-important starter money. Visit www.countmein.org to learn more. Nell Merlino is the founder.