GlobalBX Entrepreneur Business Articles - October 2012

Showrooming is an Opportunity Retailers Shouldn’t Refuse

Empowered Consumer – Mobile and web technologies haven’t put today’s retailers in a position they can’t refuse but have helped give consumers complete information about products, services and outlets. A more enlightened consumer should help produce a happier customer and better relationship for all parties. Stop me if you heard this one – “A gal [...]

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Customer Support Channels – Drive Friendly

While driving from the Austin (TX) airport to our soon-to-be-open new Creative Design & Customer Support Center, I had to smile as I passed one of the highway signs that urge drivers to “Drive Friendly.” During an early site survey, our contractor explained that the signs encourage Texans to yield to other drivers and be [...]

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The Cloud Success, Residue is All Your Fault

“You may have seen a meteor shower, but I bet you’ve never seen a shower “meatier” than this.” – Sam Sparks, “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” Columbia Pictures, 2009 Listen to Salesforce’s CEO Marc Benioff at this year’s Dreamforce ’12 and life, business couldn’t be better …we live in the virtual world with all [...]

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Home-Based Businesses & Franchises Growing In Popularity

Are you looking for a business opportunity with lower budget?  Sara Wilson at AllBusiness.com discusses the increasing viability of home-based franchises.  The popularity of these businesses is benefiting many households nationwide as these home-based ventures generate at least 50% of the owner’s income, according to a survey by the Small Business Success Index.  Franchise lawyer [...]

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SBA Business Loans – Is 90% Business Financing Possible?

The International Franchise Association relates the experience of Marla and Jason Brunk with the SBA 504 Program.  The Brunks saw in the Goddard School a business they want to operate.  With Marla’s retirement funds, they were able to purchase a franchise and launched their first Goddard School in 2006. An opportunity to own the building [...]

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Small Business News: Does Obama Know How To Create Jobs?

Fox Business released the video and transcript of IFA President Steve Caldeira’s interview criticizing U.S. President Barack Obama’s tax policies.  Caldeira laments the president’s “legendary” neglect of the job problem in the nation.  He does not buy the president’s argument that he’s been too busy to meet the Jobs council.  He says the president just [...]

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Papa John’s Pizza to Raise Prices Because of Obamacare

The Inquisitr reports the announced plan of John Schnatter, CEO of Papa John’s Pizza, to raise prices of about $.20 per order.  This is so the company can offer its 165,000 employees health care benefits in compliance with the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare.  The law applies to all businesses with more than 50 employees.  [...]

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Largest Veteran Hiring Fair Held In Detroit

Brad Cooper in The White House Blog reports on his experience when he joined the Department of Veterans Affairs and thousands of veterans at the largest hiring fair held in Detroit in July.  This fair for veterans was a continuation of the efforts of First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden’s Joining Forces Initiative [...]

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Taking Control of Your Own Future

Paranoid or Proactive – Some spend their workdays in quiet desperation, hoping they will never be found out, while others have gained confidence in using uncertainty as a challenge to help their company – and themselves – to move forward. It’s not always easy, but it does make your days interesting. You either know from [...]

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Mit Romney’s Choice of Paul Ryan Steers Debate on Bigger Issues

Big policy issues are taking center stage as Mitt Romney selects Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate on the Republican ticket.  In an article in The Wall Street Journal,  Janet Hook and Damian Paletta focus on the conflicting stands of the Romney and Obama tickets on Medicare, the budget, size of government and business.  Robert [...]

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Advice to Small Business Owners: Learn, Improve, Prepare

Rhonda Abrams in an article on USAToday.com compares Olympic athletes with small business owners – how running a business is like competing in a game.  She says that you do not have to be the number one company to run a profitable business, create a product, enjoy your work and provide jobs.  She says it [...]

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Chick-fil-A Controversy Attracts Mixed Reactions

Chick-fil-A is in the middle of a controversy brought by its Chief Operating Officer Dan Cathy’s support of traditional marriage.  His stand goes with the restaurant’s Christian worldview.  Gay supporters took Chick-fil-A to task for Cathy’s remarks in The Biblical Recorder.  They advocated boycotting the chain, while several politicians rode on the issue by announcing [...]

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Revitalizing Your Creativity As A Marketer

Creativity is the fuel that successful marketers run on, without it you are just another run-of-the-mill marketer with boring ideas and dull concepts. Therefore it is paramount that you do everything you can do exercise your creativity and keep it alive. “If I have seen further it is only by standing on the shoulders of [...]

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How To Run Family Businesses

Working with family may be a necessary move for most small businesses.  It could also be very challenging especially when non-family employees resent their favored status.  How then should you deal with family members in a business?  The Globe and Mail quotes Peter Jaskiewicz, who teaches a course on advising family enterprise at the University [...]

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How to Deal with Employees When Selling Your Business

Are you planning to sell your business?  Lee Polevoi in his Intuit Small Business Blog discusses the two available options for you – to tell your employees or to keep quiet.  You can disclose your plans and your reasons for selling to a few key employees.  You do not have to bare everything going on regarding [...]

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