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[ 0 ] Jul. 25, 2011

BUSINESS OWNERS POLICY FOR SMALL BIZ

Hiscox, the first insurer offering U.S. small businesses the ability to purchase insurance direct online and in real time, recently announced the launch of their Business Owners Policy (BOP) offering in Arizona, California and New York, with coverage in additional states planned for later this year. The business owner’s insurance package (BOP) combines general liability […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 22, 2011

LAUNCH YOUR VACATION HOME RENTAL BIZ

Rent My Vacation Home operates its family of 83 websites designed to help owners of vacation rentals and home vacationers find each other in a Pro Setting with all aspects of online vacation rental management, including: Private-Label Online Availability Calendars, Real-Time Online Booking and Reservations Management, Credit Card Processing, Travel and Damage Insurance and distribution […]

[ 0 ] Jul. 21, 2011

TIME TO GET AN APP FOR YOUR SMALL BIZ?

Pizza Hut has introduced iPad and Android apps that expand on the chain’s successful iPhone app to let you order pizza from anywhere. New features of the apps, which launched Thursday, include access to the full Pizza Hut menu and limited time offers, guest checkout that lets customers order without checking in and a “most […]

[ 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 […]

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