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[ 0 ] Oct. 31, 2011

7 Questions To Ask Yourself When Considering A Consulting Franchise

Wall Street could lose nearly 10,000 jobs by the end of 2012, according to New York State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli’s annual report, released on October 10. As the economy continues to decline, more and more corporate executives are left searching for a new career path, making business-to-business consulting franchises very popular these days. Consulting franchises […]

[ 1 ] Oct. 24, 2011

Ads In Sky Over Football Games

“Imagine 50,000 people riveted to an ad with your company’s name or product on it.” Patrick Walsh, president of AirSign, Inc., says that can be a reality for any company, large or small, surprisingly inexpensively. After all, fifty thousand is the average attendance at an NCAA football game. The average attendance at an NFL game […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 24, 2011

The Debit Card Debacle: A Teachable Moment for Family Financiers

By Sharon Lechter What can $5 buy you these days?  In Bank of America’s case, a perfect storm. The backlash that ensued was fast and furious when BOA – the nation’s largest bank – announced the new $5 monthly fee on debit card customers. Whatever your opinions, I’m encouraged by at least one unintended consequence […]

[ 1 ] Oct. 24, 2011

M&T Bank Pledges To Up Lending By $50 Million

At a recent meeting in Cleveland, Ohio with Vice President Joe Biden, Small Business Administration (SBA) Administrator Karen Mills and officials from 12 other banks, M&T Bank (NYSE: MTB) reaffirmed its commitment to small business owners, pledging to increase lending by $50 million above 2010 levels for each of the next three years. M&T is […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

Avis & TripIt Team Up On Car Rental Reservations

Avis Rent A Car has joined forces with TripIt, the leading mobile trip organizer from Concur (NASDAQ: CNQR), to offer millions of travelers a fast, easy and more personalized way to add a rental car to their trips. Now, anyone who connects their Avis and TripIt accounts can access their trip itineraries and make an […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

IFA Creates Strategic Department To Help Members

International Franchise Association President & CEO Steve Caldeira recently announced that Beth Solomon will join the association Nov. 1 as Vice President of Strategic Initiatives & Industry Relations. “Beth Solomon brings a wealth of trade association, private-sector and Capitol Hill experience to the IFA, which will help us to further develop and enhance new and […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 17, 2011

Whaleback Systems Marks 5th Year of Supporting U.S. Troops With Free Phone Service

Whaleback Systems, Inc., the leader in managed business communication services, recently marked its fifth year in supporting U.S. troops with free phone service. As a sponsor of Pease Greeters, an organization that welcomes troops passing through Pease International Airport in Portsmouth, NH on their way to, or from Iraq, Afghanistan or any other areas of […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 10, 2011

National Transportation Safety Board Recommends Cellphone Ban for Truck Drivers

If your small business involves trucking you need to be aware of a proposed ban on cell phones while driving. In a move that may show just how serious authorities are getting about distracted driving, the National Transportation Safety Board last month recommended barring truck drivers from using any type of cell phone behind the […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 10, 2011

Social Marketing Etiquette Can Pay Big Dividends

In her new book, Content Is Ca$h: Leveraging Great Content and the Web for Increased Traffic, Wendy Montes de Oca—an occasional speaker at SIPA conferences—offers her 10 rules of social marketing etiquette.  to. 1. “Be aware. Know each social media community’s law of the land.” I was just taking a look at the new Google+–invitations […]

[ 1 ] Oct. 10, 2011

October 16 through 22 is National Save for Retirement Week

Contributing to a 401(k) or other employee-sponsored retirement plan, opening an IRA and rebalancing one’s investment portfolio regularly are but three ways in which investors can ring in National Save for Retirement Week, says Maureen Ross, Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Stuart, Florida. National Save for Retirement Week runs October 16 through 22. The event […]

[ 0 ] Oct. 3, 2011

Food Trucks Are Booming

Food trucks are one of the hottest trends in the restaurant industry right now, and consumers are showing increasing interest in mobile foodservice, new research by the National Restaurant Association confirms: Nearly six out of 10 (59 percent) would be likely to visit a food truck if their favorite restaurant offered one, up from 47 […]

[ 0 ] Sep. 26, 2011

Study Says Small Biz Unprepared For Disaster

Disaster is something that happens to someone else, right? That’s what SMBs seem to think, as new research from Carbonite, Inc. points to overwhelming states of unpreparedness throughout the SMB community. Only 13 percent think data disaster could happen, leaving 87 percent turning a blind eye to the possibility. What these SMBs are ignoring is […]

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