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96% of San Antonio Restaurants Open on Labor Day – Just 53% in Phoenix

Labor Day is just around the corner and for restaurant owners, the question of staying open for the holiday is a weighty one. For Labor Day 2017, restaurants in San Antonio had the highest open rates at 96%, with Phoenix delivering the highest close rate at 53%. According to from Labor Day 2017, when it  came to what cities had the most open or closed restaurants, the results were a mixed bag. Whether talking about a family-owned restaurant or a single franchise, this is a segment dominated […]

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Small Business Leaders Praise Potential Mexico Trade Deal

In a phone conversation with Mexico’s President Enrique Peña Nieto, U.S. President Donald Trump announced an to revise the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). A Revised NAFTA Agreement The Small Business & Entrepreneurship Council (SBE Council) was the positives about this agreement as well as the remaining challenges, including bringing Canada in as part of a trilateral agreement. According to the SBE Council, small to medium-sized businesses dominate trade with Mexico and Canada. And while improving the 25-year-old NAFTA agreement with Mexico is more than welcomed, […]

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Pzizz App Aims to Give Entrepreneurs Better Sleep

Pzizz is an app which uses the science of psychoacoustics to ensure you get the sleep you need so you can be the best version of yourself. has a patented technology which plays dreamscapes to help users fall asleep, sleep, and wake up feeling refreshed. Small business owners are notoriously famous for burning the candle at both ends, and invariably this results in getting . If you are not getting the right amount of sleep, you will be less effective in running your company and directing the […]

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Where to Get Free Grants for Small Businesses

When your business needs money for capital investment, employees, marketing and more, what options do you have. Free business grants can be one of the most sought-after ways for small businesses to secure the finance they desperately need. And, unlike business loans, they don’t accrue interest and the money doesn’t have to be paid back. However, generally speaking, free grants for small businesses are not handed out arbitrarily and grant providers are specific about what type of business can apply and what they can spend the money […]

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10 Effective Ways to Transform Your Business – And Yourself

Want to automate your social media posts? Make your online ads more effective? Create unique visuals? No matter what you’re looking to accomplish in your business, you can find tools to help. Members of the online small business community have tried out tons of options already. So they can provide guidance to help you leverage the most effective platforms, apps and strategies for your business. Here are some of their top tips. Leverage the Power of These Social Media Monitoring Tools If you want to make the […]

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Free Virtual Conference Will Teach Business Owners to Communicate Effectively

Being in business today means having to be proficient in a whole variety of skill sets. Growth & Success Con is going to bring together experts in different fields as part of its Virtual Conference Series so you can get insights from their experience and knowledge. The free virtual conference for small business owners will be held September 17- 18, 2018. Experts in branding, communications strategies, video marketing, mentoring, coaching and more will participate providing up to 10 hours of business tips. The insights they provide will […]

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51% of Small Business Owners Say There is Too Much Government Regulation

The Bi-Annual Trends Report from Small Business Expo was just released, and more than half or 51% of respondent in the survey say there is too much government regulation. The report looks to gauge small businesses sentiment to gain insight into the challenges and trends currently affecting this segment. This is the first of the bi-annual reports, and the data represents what has taken place in the first half of 2018. The impact of regulations is disproportionately higher for small business owners. According to the US Chamber […]

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Experts Debate whether Instagram or Facebook is More Effective for Small Business

Experts Debate whether Instagram or Facebook is More Effective for Small Business

? I say Instagram Stories and John “Colderice” Lawson is ready to jump into it on the latest edition of This Week in Small Business. We kicked off this week’s show by talking about one of my favorite recent articles from Small Business Trends. This from Alex Yong in which he interviews rising entrepreneur Nicholas Kirchner, who at 21 already owns his own marketing agency, got John going right away. “I’m just starting to love it,” he says. “What it’s great for marketing is that you can […]

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'What the hell were we thinking?' Startup founders who landed a $55,000 deal on 'Shark Tank' nearly missed their big break

'What the hell were we thinking?' Startup founders who landed a $55,000 deal on 'Shark Tank' nearly missed their big break

cousins maine lobster” /> The founders of Cousins Maine Lobster appeared on “” in 2012. They landed a $55,000 deal with Barbara Corcoran. When the “Shark Tank” producers initially reached out to them, the founders declined — twice — because their business was only two months old. Looking back, they say going on the show was one of the best decisions they’ve ever made. Cousins Maine Lobster opened for business in April 2012. In July, they landed a $55,000 deal with Barbara Corcoran on “Shark Tank.” But […]

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15 Email Signature Best Practices

With an incredible sent every day around the world, it stands to reason, emails are a vital form of . Email signatures are an important part of a small business’s identity, helping nurture consistency and professionalism. Email Signature Best Practices If you want to improve what is likely to be one of your most prevailing forms of business communication, take a look at the following 15 best email signature practices. Have an Email Signature Practice in Place First and foremost, you should have an email signature practice […]

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