A group of retailers, restaurant chains and staffing companies known as E-Flex is asking Congress to change how the Affordable Care Act defines who qualifies as a full-time employee and to include a grace period for compliance with the law. However, efforts to change the ACA have been hindered by a polarized Congress.
This week for our Startup Saturday series, we present a checklist of 50 things to do to start a small business. Every year, thousands of Americans catch the entrepreneurial spirit, launching small businesses to sell their products or services. Some businesses thrive; many fail. The more you know about starting a business, the more power [...]
Expert Media Trainer, PR Expert & Speaker Lisa Elia will offer a free “Rock Every Media Interview” webinar in which she will share media interview tips and techniques for successful interviews through preparation, developing compelling messaging, and eloquent delivery. For more information and to register for the webinar, visit www.rockeverymediainterview.com
Meet Community-Minded Art-Preneur Urszula Abolik: Her Amber Connection Is Much More Than A Cool Store
For many, the phrase “think globally, act locally” –which urges people to consider the health of the entire planet and to take action in their own communities and cities– is a wonderful catchphrase that we all aspire to implement. But Urszula Abolik embraces this vision as a main tenet of her marvelous store-gallery-creative workshop-gathering place- [...]
Several hotels and hotel chains are putting a greater focus on technological upgrades to attract today’s tech-savvy travelers. Some of the newest hotels, such as the Radisson Blu hotel at Mall of America in Bloomington, Minn., tout automated lighting and air-conditioning, RFID-enabled room keycards and in-room iPads.
7-Eleven is running an “#Awesummer” promotion via its mobile application throughout the summer, offering mobile coupons and special offers such as 49-cent Slurpee weekends and free Snickers Ice Cream Bars. “7-Eleven is very excited at the fast growth of app downloads and great guest engagement in the app with the ‘App Feedback’ feature,” says Danielle [...]
Dan Lockwood took over his first Unishippers Global Logistics franchise in 1991 and was named executive vice president and chief products officer a little more than a decade later. In 2011, Lockwood became CEO of the Utah-based company, which manages shipping details and negotiates carrier rates for customers. “I’ve always had the desire to lead, [...]
The new Ryobi Backpack blower brings professional power to your small business. The blower features an extra large 42cc engine and variable speed throttle to make quick work of the toughest of clearing jobs. Learn more at www.ryobitools.com.
Coaching doesn’t mean telling people how to solve their problems, says business whiz Dan McCarthy. The real aim is to give workers the skills they need to find and implement their own solutions. “We all like to be advice columnists when it comes to other people’s problems. The problem is, when you don’t give employees [...]
Sen. Bob Casey, D-Pa., is leading a bipartisan campaign to create tax credits for veterans and their spouses who buy a franchise as part of a push to help veterans having a hard time finding jobs after returning home. According to a study by the IFA, one out of every seven franchises is owned by [...]
Here’s a list of well-known mail order catalogs and when they first published: Hammacher Schlemmer: 1848 Spiegel Inc. : 1865 Montgomery Ward: 1872 Eaton’s: 1884 Sears & Roebuck: 1893 L.L. Bean: 1912 Eddie Bauer: 1920 Miles Kimball: 1935 Vermont Country Store: 1945 Walter Drake: 1947 Cohasset Colonials: 1948 Lillian Vernon: 1951 Taylor Gifts: 1952 Harriet [...]
It’s a good idea to access your small business with a SWOT analysis every quarter. Take a sheet of paper and begin: Strengths: Jot down the ways your small business goes above and beyond your competition. What do you do better than all the rest? Weaknesses: Now write down the things you are not providing [...]