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[ 0 ] Oct. 6, 2011

Only Some Social Media Followers Buy More

Nearly four out of 10 people (36%) who follow a hotel on Facebook and Twitter buy more from that hotel or chain, a Starwood executive told hoteliers recently. The vast majority of social media fans, however, don’t. That’s according to Justin Holmerud, a Starwood marketer who specializes in social media. Holmerud mentioned the 36% figure […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 5, 2011

Batteries Plus Plugs Into Detroit

Batteries Plus may be well-known to Metro Detroit consumers who hear the company describe itself as “the battery experts” in advertisements during local television news broadcasts. But there is less awareness about the reputedly recession-resistant business among potential franchisees of the fast-growing Hartland, Wis.-based retailer. At five outlets, Metro Detroit is a vastly “under-stored” market […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 4, 2011

StraightTalk Conference Begins Oct. 7 in New York City

StraightTalk, the bi-annual LGBT conference presented by dot429 and sponsored by FIAT 500 by Gucci,returns to the Tribeca Grand Hotel in New York on October 7th and 9th for a weekend of spirited, stimulating conversation with pioneering professionals from the fields of media, entertainment, design and politics. dot429 is the premier online and in-person professional […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 3, 2011

Consumers Are Spending More, But Less Often

Consumers are spending more, but doing so in fewer transactions, according to American Express Business Insights’ most recent Business Insights Spend Sights report. The study, which examines spending patterns across several key categories, U.S. cities and demographic groups, finds that while economic uncertainty continues to dampen overall consumer confidence, a new pattern of less frequent […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 30, 2011

Good Holiday $eason Is Forecast

Many industry analysts are predicting a good — but not great — holiday season. The chief economist for the International Council of Shopping Centers, a major retail trade group, estimates that sales will rise 3.5% for November and December combined. Last year, sales during the same period beat expectations, rising 4.4% in what industry analysts […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 29, 2011

Flexibility More Valued Than $$$ Among Employees

More than 2 in 5 (42 percent) working adults are willing to give up some percentage of their salary for more flexibility at work, according to an online survey of 1,071 working adults nationwide conducted on behalf of Mom Corps, a staffing firm.  The average cut they said they were willing to take was 6 […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 28, 2011

Disaster Loans For Texas Small Biz Owners

Low-interest federal disaster loans are now available to Texas residents and business owners as a result of President Obama’s major disaster declaration, U. S. Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen G. Mills announced recently. The declaration covers Bastrop County Texas for damages caused by wildfires that began August 30. “The U. S. Small Business Administration is strongly […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 27, 2011

Upcoming Opportunities To Promote Your Biz In Maryland

Calling all vendors! Want a chance to sell and promote your product and services at Maryland’s busiest mall, Arundel Mills? Are you a designer, artist, author, crafter, tourist destination, beauty consultant, or spa owner? Do you have a small business? Do you sell unique holiday decor or gift items? “We are excited about all the […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 26, 2011

Launch Your Import/Export Empire

Find the right product to import and sell to shops, individuals, businesses, etc. and you can make a mint. Market your find online, at flea markets, right from the trunk of your car! Need information on how to get started? Visit www.sbaonline.sba.gov or contact the U.S. Department of Commerce via their site www.doc.gov. Both groups […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 23, 2011

Market Your Invention

Think you have a great idea for a new product that is the next million-dollar idea? Go for it. Conduct your own due diligence search to find out if anyone is working on something similar to your idea. If not, consider doing it yourself. There are dozens of books out there and guides to help […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 22, 2011

Franchise Info

The International Franchise Association (www.franchise.org) is the world’s oldest and largest organization representing franchising worldwide. The IFA promotes the nearly 18 million jobs and $2.1 trillion of economic activity generated by franchising. IFA members include franchise companies in more than 90 different business format categories. Visit their site for a wide variety of resources on […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 21, 2011

Great Time To Start A Small Biz

Despite our roller-coaster economy, there has never been a better time to start your own business. Your job might have been rendered obsolete by outsourcing and you might never be able to penetrate the current job market with any degree of success. Why not start your own business? Make a list of things you love […]

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