Boston has been pumping money into community revitalization projects throughout the city, but the lack of available liquor licenses for the city’s restaurants is hindering economic growth, according to an editorial in the Boston Globe. Alcohol sales help buffer the high cost of running a restaurant and owners who can’t attain a license are risking [...]
The Green Retail and Hospitality SmartMarket Report by McGraw Hill Construction found that green projects are on the rise in the lodging industry as more hoteliers recognize how adopting green practices can lower operating costs and improve consumer satisfaction. The report projects that the percentage of hoteliers with green buildings comprising more than half of [...]
There are five leadership styles upon which executives depend, according to a recent study. Some bosses have a gruff, “tough love” approach; others are nurturing mentors, hard-working single-minded leaders or “country clubbers” who get things done by networking and charming those around them. Whatever your natural style, you’ll achieve more if you’re able to borrow [...]
Applebee’s launched its “Two for Twenty” meal deal at the start of the recession and has kept the promotion in place amid the slow recovery, as consumers continue to count their pennies in the face of higher payroll taxes. “Having a signature every-day value product, like ‘Two For Twenty’ in our case, or the ‘Foot [...]
Strategic Alliance supports Small Business Growth On Tuesday, July 16, 2013, leaders of the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) and the Native American Contractors Association (NACA) will sign a historic Strategic Alliance Memorandum (SAM) to meet the needs of the growing small business community. “By combining our resources with NACA, we can continue to spur [...]
The Women for Women International (WfWI) opened its landmark Women’s Opportunity Center (WOC) in Kayonza district, Rwanda. The WOC will serve as a center of excellence and innovation supporting women’s economic and social development in the region through training, employment, and business opportunities. “The Women’s Opportunity Center is the result of a community-led approach that [...]
Shooting Sports Payments Package Offered to Abandoned Business Owners Nationwide Payment Alliance International (PAI), a leader in electronic payment processing solutions, is pleased to announce its ongoing commitment to merchants in the shooting sports industry after a number of financial institutions, merchant services providers and lenders have recently withdrawn from this segment. PAI embraces the [...]
Continuing its efforts to expand service presence in the continental United States, Aftermath Inc., the nation’s largest biohazard remediation company, will open two new locations this month in Pittsburgh and Waukegan, Ill. The company provides remediation and cleaning services for blood spills, crime scenes, suicides, unattended death, hoarding and tear gas in homes and businesses. [...]
Chains including Domino’s, Subway and KFC are increasingly experimenting with new mobile applications that make it easier for customers to place an order, pay and check on the progress of their food, and apps that incorporate geolocation capabilities are becoming a key tool for marketers. “The Burger King Free Fries Friday campaign is also a [...]
This month, Bruegger’s Bagels celebrates growing from one store in New York to 303 locations across the U.S. and Canada over the past three decades. The company’s largest franchisee now employs 500 people at 33 locations and plans to open three more units in the Rochester, N.Y., area.
Fast-casual franchise Smashburger announced Tuesday that it will receive a $35 million external capital infusion from equity firm Golub Capital that could allow the 210-location franchise to open as many as 80 new locations next year. The company plans to focus on new markets in San Francisco, Washington, D.C., Toronto, the U.K. and Australia.
Employees might or might not ask to establish links with their bosses on Facebook and LinkedIn, and VerticalResponse CEO Janine Popick says both perspectives are understandable. What’s important for your business, however, is to “make sure you’ve got a social media policy in place and be consistent with it,” she recommends.