Small business loan approvals improved to an all-time index high of 16.8% at big banks, according to the Biz2Credit Small Business Lending Index, a monthly analysis of 1,000 loan applications on Biz2Credit.com. Lending approvals jumped in April after experiencing a minor setback in March when approval ratings were at 15.7%. More importantly, in a year-to-year [...]
Largest gathering in Russia of small business startups! On 26-28 May, 2013 in Moscow (Skolkovo) Startup Village opens. This international conference will be held for the first time and will be hosted annually by the Skolkovo Foundation and other partners. It is going to be the largest startup conference in Russia. Startup Village will gather [...]
Despite their concerns about the current economic environment, the majority of Hispanic small business owners (64 percent) are optimistic about their business in the year ahead, compared with general market business owners (40 percent), according to a new survey just released by TD Bank, America’s Most Convenient Bank®. The survey, which served as a barometer [...]
Shortly after the purchase of their first home, Debra Cohen and her husband discovered an unexpected welcoming committee. First there was a bird that flew in through the chimney and then one night, she and her husband heard something scurrying around upstairs. When they went to investigate, they found a pregnant squirrel! Over the course [...]
Paradoxos is a unique event created to showcase the best of what Durham, NC (and the surrounding region) has to offer – including a rising creative and diverse community encompassing business (big and small) music, food, beer and more. Where Durham was once dominated by a single industry, the area now depends on the flourishing [...]
Cold Stone Creamery announced it signed a 10-year master franchise agreement last week with a partner company in Pakistan and that it will expand its locations in Saudi Arabia. The brand plans to open at least 15 stores in both markets over the next five years.
The immigration reform bill up for debate in the Senate would create a guest worker program with W visas that would allow immigrants to fill seasonal positions and other jobs, including many restaurant positions, that Americans don’t want to take. Supporters say the measure would offer workers protection and help end labor shortages, while opponents [...]
The UPS Store introduced its Main Street franchise model to support opening stores in small towns and rural communities within the United States. The new franchise model allows qualifying franchisees to save $20,000 in fees and an additional $40,000 to $60,000 in other The UPS Store franchise costs compared to franchisees in more urban locations. [...]
Do you own a franchise? Members of Congress need to hear from you about issues affecting the ability of your franchise business to expand and provide local jobs. Join your peers on Sept. 16 and 17 in the nation’s capital to learn about policies and legislation affecting your business during the IFA Public Affairs Conference. [...]
The casual-dining concept is taking over the lodging industry as more hotels transform their dining venues into less-formal spaces where guests can relax and socialize. Meal options are also giving way to upscale comfort foods that guests can pick up and eat where they like.
It’s natural to show sympathy for your fellow human beings, but you shouldn’t let your employees make excuses when they fail to fulfill their responsibilities, Avery Augustine says. Explain to your employees how their actions have affected other people at your organization and ask questions to learn more about what’s really going on, she recommends. [...]
Want to make more money? Roger Wilder began working at Smoothie King when he was just 15 years old and today owns and operates 10 Greater Baton Rouge area locations. After holding his first job at the Celebration Station store for eight years, he took a position at the Smoothie King Home Office in New Orleans. [...]