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[ 0 ] Dec. 10, 2012

U.S. Biz Owners More Optimistic Than Global Counterparts

A small business index survey released from Sage North America highlights that American small business owners feel more optimistic than their global counterparts.  According to the survey findings, American respondents were positive with an index value of 60.28, (indexes are based on a scale where zero to 50 is negative and 50 to 100 is […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Burger King Reaches Out To Latin America

The Burger King system in Latin America and the Caribbean has launched a new, region-wide, unified website. For the first time, every country across the region will have a website with a consistent look and feel that gives guests the opportunity to ask questions and leave comments and feedback for a more interactive experience with […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Small Business: Streamlined & Simplified

By Karen Mills, SBA Administrator As Administrator of the SBA, I have the opportunity to travel around the country meeting with small business owners and entrepreneurs. As you talk to these men and women, and walk the shop floor of their facilities, you understand exactly why America’s small businesses are the economic engine of our […]

[ 0 ] Dec. 3, 2012

Franchises Businesses Continue To Outperform Economy

The franchise industry continues to outperform the overall economy, according to the latest Franchise Business Index (FBI), which showed an increase of 0.6 percent, erasing declines of 0.3 percent in each of the previous two months.  A dip in the unemployment rate due to 368,000 people dropping-out of the workforce, and a rise in the […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 26, 2012

Where Do Good Ideas Come From?

Where Do Good Ideas Come FromPeople often credit their ideas to individual “Eureka!” moments. But Steven Johnson shows how history tells a different story. His fascinating tour takes us from the “liquid networks” of London’s coffee houses to Charles Darwin’s long, slow hunch to today’s high-velocity web. Steven Berlin Johnson is the best-selling author of […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 26, 2012

Fund Your Retirement, Not Just Your Business

According to a recent report conducted by The American College, forty percent of small business owners have no retirement savings or pension plan in place. Furthermore, the study found that three-fourths of those owners have no written plan as to how they intend to fund their retirement.1 Small business owners know the value of a […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 26, 2012

Can You Get A Patent?

Wondering if you can get a patent for your business idea? The bad news is you can’t patent and “idea” but the good news is there are a variety of ways you can get a patent.  While you can’t patent an idea you may be able to protect and patent a method of doing business […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 19, 2012

Help Wanted: Seasonal Hiring Forecast

With the National Retail Federation forecasting a healthy holiday season ahead, expecting between 585,000 and 625,000 jobs to be created, major retailers and seasonal employees have a reason to be merry. And for information on what kinds of part-time jobs are available now and where they are, check out the below data from Indeed.com, owner […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 19, 2012

Video: The New Power of Collaboration

Howard Rheingold talks about the coming world of collaboration, participatory media and collective action — and how Wikipedia is really an outgrowth of our natural human instinct to work as a group. View it here: Howard Rheingold on the Spirit of Collaboration

[ 0 ] Nov. 19, 2012

Smart Financial Moves for Late 2012/early 2013

By Bill Losey, CFP® What financial, business or life priorities do you need to address for 2013? Now is a good time to think about the investing, saving or budgeting methods you could employ toward specific objectives. Some year-end financial moves may prove crucial to the pursuit of those goals as well. What can you […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 12, 2012

Small Business Predicts Good Holiday Season

The National Retail Federation is predicting a small increase of 4.1 % in holiday sales this year. And according to a new survey from Manta, the largest online community dedicated entirely to small business, 43 percent of small business owners are more optimistic about holiday sales this year versus 2011. While 51 percent of those […]

[ 0 ] Nov. 12, 2012

Matco Tools’ Mobile Options Make Franchise Ownership More Feasible

The US Bureau of Labor reports that the national unemployment rate, while slightly lower than previous months, holds steady around 8.1%. As job opportunities remain scarce, many Americans are looking into franchise ownership opportunities. However, many of these options require large financial investments and force prospective owners to commit to a specific building location. Luckily, […]

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