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5 Affordable Vacation Spots in 2017

People love to travel, but they don’t always have the means to do so. As a travel agent, you probably hear a lot of questions and concerns about the vacation destination. If you have a client on a budget, or want to reach out to potential clients who long to travel but don’t know the… Read more

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Making Recycling Successful in Small Business and Communities

As a business owner, you are already well-versed with the fact that the success of a business depends on maximizing profits and minimizing costs through optimal utilization of resources. Recycling is a simple yet effective way to use all your resources optimally, thereby reducing general operating and overhead costs. Benefits of Recycling  Enhances Brand Image… Read more

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5 Myths of Family Businesses

Mom & Pop businesses are at the heart of American culture, but they’re often misunderstood. Today’s family-owned businesses are no longer just the small general stores found along rural country roads. They are major drivers of jobs and economic growth, essential for a thriving economy. In celebration of National Mom & Pop Business Owners Day,… Read more

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Debunking the Myths of Incorporating a Small Business

What does it truly mean to incorporate a business, anyway? For entrepreneurs unfamiliar with the process, incorporating or forming an LLC can seem like a difficult, time-consuming ordeal that they would rather save for later while focusing on their company now. More often than not, that delay is made because of the myths surrounding legal… Read more

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How to Work with Multiple Partners that Are Competitors

One of the smartest things that a small business can do is establish a strategic partnership with another like-minded company. When working alongside partners that directly compete with each other, how can a small business keep the peace and ensure smooth sailings? To answer this question, it’s important to go back to the root of… Read more

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How to Improve the Physical Security of Your Small Business

No matter if you have a home office or storefront, physical products or a tech company, theft and vandalism put your company in financial risk. The cost to replace broken or stolen materials. The cost of downtime as your business is unable to function normally. These types of issues distract from what really matters: running… Read more

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Opening a Franchise as a College Student

This is Part 8 of our Back to College series, which aims to help college students thrive as small business owners. In Part 7, we covered running an Etsy store in college. To view all the posts in the series, click here.   Opening a Franchise as a College Student Once upon a time, the only option… Read more

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March Madness Meets Facts About Franchising [Infographic]

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Note: This post originally appeared on the NCR Silver business blog, The Sidewalk.  Drive this to the basket: The franchise market is heating up in 2016. If you’re an entrepreneur looking to franchise your business, or buy into one, you may be entering at a great time. In addition to an improving market, franchises also offer entrepreneurs the… Read more

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The Reclaimed Revolution: How Reclaimed Materials Business Owners are Slowly Saving the World

The Reclaimed Revolution: How Reclaimed Materials Business Owners are Slowly Saving the World

Business owners Jacob and Lyss say they are salvaging the world, piece by piece, through iReclaimed, their reclaimed materials furniture business. The husband-and-wife team from Michigan handcraft products out of reclaimed wood they’ve salvaged and then add repurposed industrial black iron pipe and other salvaged material such as reclaimed wood crates or vintage hardware. The… Read more

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5 Questions to Ask Yourself Before You Franchise Your Business

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As a business owner, you’ve probably heard of franchising as a way to scale your business and make more money. It’s a proven model that works. In fact, it works so well that you’re probably familiar with popular franchises like Subway, Hampton Inn and 7-11. Hampton Inn alone has expanded to more than 2,000 hotels… Read more