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[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2011

HOW APPLEBEE’S WEATHERED THE RECESSION

Applebee’s survived the recession by creating a dialogue within its management instead of enforcing rigid operational mandates, said Wayne Vandewater, executive director of training at Applebee’s International, and Michael Norman, senior vice president at Sibson Consulting,  at this month’s HR in Hospitality Conference in Washington D.C. The recession hit shortly after IHOP acquired Applebee’s and […]

[ 0 ] Jun. 6, 2011

‘UNDERCOVER BOSS’ GIVES FRANCHISE AWAY

The values of hard work and humility ran throughout a recent episode of “Undercover Boss,” featuring Baja Fresh CEO and co-owner David Kim posing as reality-show contestant Ken Sang, and culminating in Kim giving away a Las Vegas franchise to one of the fast-casual chain’s particularly impressive young managers. General manager Jose started at the […]

[ 0 ] May. 30, 2011

VET FRAN DIRECTORY

To honor those men and women who have served in the U.S. military, the Veterans Transition Franchise Initiative, known as “VetFran,” was developed to help them transition to civilian life. The idea of the late Don Dwyer Sr., founder of The Dwyer Group, VetFran is a voluntary effort of International Franchise Association member-companies that is […]

[ 1 ] May. 30, 2011

FINDING FINANCING IN TOUGH TIMES

The International Franchise Association recently hosted the Small Business Lending Summit, an event designed to help IFA members access credit and spur business growth. Franchisors, franchisees and bankers were all in attendance with a single goal in mind: to work together to accelerate job growth. According to National Restaurant Association COO David Gilbert, small business […]

[ 0 ] May. 30, 2011

POP UP STORES

There are plenty of vacant stores that landlord and realtors can’t rent right now and they offer a great opportunity to entrepreneurs who want to create a Pop Up Store. A pop-up retail space is a venue that is temporary — the space could be a sample sale one day and host a private cocktail […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

SMALL BIZ FAILS TO MAXIMIZE E-COMMERCE OPTIONS, SAYS NEW SURVEY

Seventy-Nine Percent of Small Business Owners Say They Don’t Use Traffic Tracking Tools Newtek Business Services, NASDAQ: NEWT, The Small Business Authority with a portfolio of over 100,000 business accounts, announced today the findings of its SB Authority Market Sentiment Survey, a monthly window into the concerns of independent business owners. Based on a poll […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

TOP 50 WOMEN-OWNED BUSINESSES

Did you know that there are an estimated 8.1 million women-owned businesses that contribute $1.3 trillion to our national economy and employ 7.7 million Americans? Women Presidents’ Organization (WPO), a national non profit organization with 1,400 members and 90 chapters located in the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom, Peru and South Africa and American […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

PRESCRIPTION FOR HIGH HEALTH CARE COSTS

Last year’s health reform law revamping the U.S. health insurance system has small-business owners worried, according to a new survey. Sixty percent of the 2,223 small-business owners and top executives who took the survey identified the cost impact from President Barack Obama’s reform initiative on their business as a top concern. The finding, which is […]

[ 0 ] May. 23, 2011

5 STEPS TO REGISTERING YOUR BUSINESS

Whether you are starting a new business or expanding an existing business, you will need to follow some basic steps to ensure you have all the necessary licenses, permits and registrations needed to legally operate, says the U.S. Small Business Administration. 1. Determine the Legal Structure of Your Business You must organize your business as […]

[ 0 ] May. 16, 2011

5 WAYS TO IGNITE YOUR BIZ WITH SURVEYS

Love them or hate them, comment cards, client questionnaires, and surveys are often the only viable options for learning how customers honestly feel about your product or service. Dorsey West, founder of Free Phone Surveys (http://www.freephonesurveys.com), offers five compelling reasons why every small business owner should make customer surveys an integral part of their immediate […]

[ 1 ] May. 16, 2011

“BEST SERVICE BASED” CATEGORY SET FOR 2011 BUSINESS EXCELLENCE AWARDS

The 2011 Business Excellence Awards announced entries are now open for the “Best Service Based” category for this year’s event, which will take place at the conclusion of the 2011 Business Excellence Forum, hosted at Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami from August 19-20, 2011. The Business Excellence Awards honor the “best of the best” results in […]

[ 0 ] May. 16, 2011

MIRASSOU WINERY OFFERS GRANTS

Mirassou Bright Ideas™ Grant Program will Award a Total of $20,000 to Deserving Entrepreneurs Mirassou Winery announces its inaugural Bright Ideas grant program. Targeting those with innovative ideas, the program is inspired by the Mirassou Family’s more than 155 year history, making them America’s oldest winemaking family.  Built on a winemaking legacy that is steeped […]

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