Halloween spending is growing at a rate that is, well, scary. According to the National Retail Federation, a record 170 million Americans will spend close to $8 billion on candy, pumpkins, decorations and costumes – both for them and their pets. More than 70% of people in the U.S. say they’ll celebrate Halloween this year, […]
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By Laura Saitta It’s rare to meet someone where they don’t ask, “What do you do for a living?” For me, I inevitably say, “I invented a mosaic tile tool.” I never realized how fascinated people were with inventors until I became one, in part because I had never met one myself. Admittedly, I was […]
Designer Patrick Long created this durable sack. The bags are made in Portland, Oregon and the company makes about 1250 a year. The fabric is dyed and finished by a family-run enterprise in New Jersey.
The CLIF BAR was created when biker Gary Erickson was nearly finished with a 175-mile bike ride in 1990, he couldn’t bear to eat one more energy bar–too boring and tasteless. “I could do better than this,” he said. The rest, as they say, is history!
The Plexi-Craft company that manufactures the clever magazine rack is headquartered in Long Island City, New York.
In November and December, more than 4 million American businesses will receive 2012 Economic Census forms. Responses to the questionnaire are required by law (Title 13, U.S. Code), to be returned by February 12, 2013. Every 5 years, the Economic Census develops a comprehensive portrait of American business, from the national to the local level. Timely […]
Zippo manufactures the iconic lighter in Bradford, Pennsylvania.
Franchise owners and small businesses are the real owners of the American economy and offer the best solution to the world’s economic ills, Jim Amos, CEO of Tasti D-Lite and Planet Smoothie, told CNBC recently. “Franchises and small businesses are the heroes of our economy,” Amos said. The franchise industry in the U.S. alone consists […]
The childhood friends took a $5 correspondence course from the University of Pennsylvania in how to make ice cream to launch their first ice cream parlor in a converted gas station in Burlington, VT. It took them 3 months to clean the facility and ready it for their grand opening. They vowed from day one […]
There are currently 38 million home based businesses in America. Due to the cost effectiveness of running a business out of one’s home, a new home based business appears every 12 seconds. Small business owners have many options to help reduce not only costs, but their carbon footprint by using the space they already have. […]
Another fine product made in the United States comes from Pendleton Woolen Mills of Washougal, Washington. Pendleton Woolen Mills produces a small group of colorful blankets inspired by America’s great open spaces that are a fitting and cozy ode to our great national parks.
There are a lot of factors that go into the analysis of why businesses fail, but here are ten to consider as your plan your venture and fine tune your small business goals and strategies: 1. The business had insufficient financing. 2. Not enough “due diligence” research was conducted prior to opening. 3. No marketing […]