The Best Sales Books for Small Business Owners in 2015

The Best Sales Books for Small Business Owners in 2015 From smallbiztrends.com: If you think that being successful in sales means convincing unsuspecting prospects to buy something they don’t want or need, you’re wrong. You’ll be happy to hear that the world of sales is so round that it’s gone through a full-scale revolution. Gone are […]

Small Business: Lean thinking

Small Business: Lean thinking nzherald.co.nz – The management philosophy “lean” is centered on making obvious what adds value by reducing everything else. This week we look at Kiwi companies’ lean strategies and how it works for them. Mention the term ‘lean’ and many will think it’s a topic that applies to big manufacturing companies. But it’s […]

Small Business Owners Swarm DC to Oppose ObamaCare Fines

Small Business Owners Swarm DC to Oppose ObamaCare Fines From thehill.com: Small-business owners are descending on Washington this week to lobby Congress to roll back an ObamaCare rule that could hit companies with thousands of dollars’ worth of penalties. About 150 small-business owners, organized by the National Federation of Independent Business (NFIB), will head to Capitol […]

Relevant WiFi Industry Updates for Small Business Owners

Relevant WiFi Industry Updates for Small Business Owners From smallbiztrends.com: I was talking to a friend over the phone. He was constantly whining about Internet connectivity issues — that he faces problems configuring the router, updating the firmware, sharing files, and so on. My limited technical knowledge had solutions to most of his problems, except one […]

Senators Press CFPB for Small-Business Loan Data

Senators Press CFPB for Small-Business Loan Data nerdwallet.com – Senate Democrats want rules in place to collect and make publicly available data on small-business loans. If you’re a small-business owner, especially one based in a low-income or underserved community, this data could help you find financing. The initiative was unveiled last week, when 19 Democratic senators […]

Style With a Purpose: Joanna Steinberg Discusses the Social Mission of Parcel & Journey

Style With a Purpose: Joanna Steinberg Discusses the Social Mission of Parcel & Journey The beaded bracelets from Kenya, the silk scarves from Nepal, the belts from Guatemala — they all have stories, and Joanna Steinberg wants to tell them. In January 2013, Steinberg launched Parcel & Journey, an altruistic lifestyle brand that offers artisan communities around the […]

Bootstrapper Q&A: StartUp FASHION Founder Nicole Giordano on the Business of Encouragement

Bootstrapper Q&A: StartUp FASHION Founder Nicole Giordano on the Business of Encouragement Nicole Giordano helps fashion designers find their amazing. In 2009, the former textile designer and fashion marketing consultant launched StartUp FASHION to educate, connect, and encourage designers looking to create successful businesses. StartUp FASHION now offers a wide range of online resources, including a collaborative membership community, business […]

Franchise Sector Shows Job Growth for February, Says ADP Report

Franchise Sector Shows Job Growth for February, Says ADP Report   smallbiztrends.com – U.S. private sector franchises continue to drive employment, according to the February 2016 ADP National Franchise Report, produced by human resources management solutions provider ADP in conjunction with Moody’s Analytics. The report found that franchise sector 2016 job growth in the U.S. was up […]

This Woman Brought a German Franchise to South Carolina With Wunderbar Results

This Woman Brought a German Franchise to South Carolina With Wunderbar Results   entrepreneur.com – Jean Brodnax-Martin was running the second-largest cosmetic surgery center in the country when she decided she needed a change. She shifted from improving people’s exteriors to helping them improve their interiors, via high quality food, by opening a Vom Fass with her […]

How to put “hospitality” back into the restaurant industry

How to put “hospitality” back into the restaurant industry   restaurant-hospitality.com – I was recently talking with a chef friend who gets it. He’s owned his own fine dining restaurants and one of his secrets to success was treating every guest as if they were the most important guest, even when his restaurant was full. I had the same […]