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[ 0 ] Jul. 20, 2011

BATHTUBS OUT, SHOWERS IN

Bathtubs are disappearing from many hotels across the USA, going the way of a mint on the pillow, as chains use the freed-up space to install ever more luxurious showers. Holiday Inn has gone from roughly 95% of its newly built hotels having tubs a decade ago to only 55% of new structures featuring them […]

[ 4 ] Jul. 19, 2011

ONLINE SALES FOR CREMATION COMPANY

The face of cremation has changed dramatically.   At least that’s the case at Smart Cremation of Redmond, Washington.  Meet Jill Larson, Senior Vice President of Smart Cremation who is announcing that her company is the first to have a “true” online sales component.  Jill is a part of a new generation of eco-focused and technology […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 18, 2011

NESCESSITY IS THE MOTHER OF INVENTION

Comedian Marla Schultz www.marlaschultz.com turned a mishap in a ladies room into a business opportunity—one she hopes will prove beneficial not only to her and her partners — but also to millions of women who can now be liberated from schlepping large handbags — thanks to her bra pocket invention, The Racktrap.™ Schultz, a professional […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 15, 2011

MORE RETIREES ARE BUYING INTO FRANCHISING

From hair salons to real estate firms, fast food chains and interior decorators, franchisors are reporting a surge in the percentage of older owners in recent years – at Great Clips alone, the number of owners over 50 increased by more than 15% last year. Today’s 50-plus Americans are wealthier, healthier and more active than […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 14, 2011

BIG CHAINS ARE GOING ‘GREEN’ TO LURE MORE BIZ

Quick-service operators such as Chick-fil-A, KFC and Subway have recently embraced higher efficiency components. Meanwhile, McDonald’s, which began testing carbon footprint-reducing practices across its entire global system in 2007, has a handful of franchisees in its system exploring green innovations. For example, Cary, N.C., owner/operator Ric Richards installed NovaCharge electric vehicle charging stations at his McDonald’s unit in […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 13, 2011

Want To Build Biz? Check Your Facebook Page

Want to improve your customer service and build your business? Check your Facebook and twitter pages for comments.  Seventy percent of Americans said they are willing to spend more money at businesses that provide good customer service, according to the February survey. That’s up from 58% who said the same in 2010. Today, social media […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 12, 2011

Veterans: Enterpreneurial Candidates

Military service is highly correlated with self-employment, according to a new study from the Small Business Administration’s Office of Advocacy. The study found that veterans are at least 45 percent more likely than those with no active-duty military service to become entrepreneurs. And rank does have its privileges, as least when it comes to exercising […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Q&A: Expert Advice For Small Biz Startups

Robbin Block: Owner, Blockbeta Marketing Robbin Block has been evangelizing the benefits of marketing strategy for over 25 years to companies of all sizes and to thousands of readers via her book, Social Persuasion: Making Sense of Social Media for Small Business. Expert Tips from Robbin: Beyond Social Media Q: You’ve written that to understand your […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 11, 2011

Use Sponsorships to Reach New Customers

Your laundromat is lackluster, your food delivery biz has slowed down or your dent removal enterprise has taken a hit. Maybe it is time for you to potentially reach new customers and new markets through sponsorship. Sponsorship can take many forms: you can back a local Little League team, host a fundraising for a community […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 8, 2011

Do You Really Need A Business Plan?

A business plan will help you answer every question you have about your small business, so it is an excellent document to pursue even if you don’t need to attract investors or get a bank/SBA loan.  You’ll be forced to analyze your marketplace, access the competition, profile your strengths and create a forecast for your […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 7, 2011

Enter To Win Some Free PR Help

Summer’s here and before you know it we’ll all be trading in our parasols for protractors — back-to-school time. But isn’t it back-to-business time, too? BohlsenPR has developed Back2Business, a pro bono program to benefit local businesses and organizations by providing 20 hours of free public relations services. Submission guidelines for interested businesses: Select 3-5 […]

[ 1 ] Jul. 6, 2011

Franchise Conference: October In Atlanta

SAVE THE DATE 2011 Franchise Leadership & Development Conference October 12-14, 2011 InterContinental, Atlanta http://www.franchisedevelopmentconference.com/

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