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Will Your Franchise Be a Turn-Key Success, or Failure?

Winning business ideas aren’t easy to come by and that’s a major reason that purchasing a franchise can be so tempting. If a company has been selling franchises for many years, it must have a successful business idea and model, right? There is indeed some truth in this, but within any franchise concept there will [...]

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How to Recognize Workplace Bullying to Protect Your Small Business

Each year October is National Bullying Prevention Month and the first step toward prevention is being able to recognize bullying, its early warning signs, and the conditions within which it often arises. While the press often focuses on tragic cases of youth bullying, it also occurs in the workplace. Review this infographic to remind yourself of [...]

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When Does a ‘Small Business’ Become a ‘Venture’?

I am pleased every year to host a program for the New York State Bar Association on “Representing the Startup Venture.” Whenever I do this program, the question inevitably arises: what is a “venture” and how does it differ from any other business startup? It’s actually quite simple. A startup business can be either: A “small [...]

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All in the Family: Running a Small Business Together.

Mom and pop shops are a big part of our American culture.  It’s the picture many of us conjure up when we visualize main street America– very Normal Rockwell.  But today technology has dramatically changed the small business landscape to the point where you might think the family-owned business — the corner grocery store so [...]

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Retailers Aren’t Spooked About This Year’s Halloween Sales.

The state of the small business economy might be a bit ghoulish this season, but not when it comes to Halloween sales.  Consumers are spending in a big way on Halloween costumes. According to the National Retail Federation’s Halloween Consumer Spending Survey more than two-thirds (67.4%) of celebrants will buy Halloween costumes for the holiday.  [...]

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Can We Put ‘Affordable’ Into the Affordable Care Act?

Many of us are familiar with Rick Harrison from the hit reality TV show Pawn Stars and for years we’ve listened to him gripe about the amount of work he’s able to squeeze out of his son Corey and his employee ChumLee. But on his recent Fox & Friends visit, it was the Affordable Care [...]

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Technology at the Center of the Freelance Revolution

My parents were in business for themselves and they wanted nothing more than for me to go to college, get a good job with a big company, and work there until I retired with a gold watch and a nice pension.  While I tried to live the life they envisioned for me, two forces came [...]

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Be More Than Just Ready For a Harsh Winter

Are you planning for a mild winter, or a long, cold and snowy one? Before we get into the details of what I want to share with you, I’d like to ask one more question: What do you think is the most important word in my first question? If you think it’s one of the [...]

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The Workday is Short: Here’s How to Make the Most of It

When I’m on the road and talking to small business owners, one of the biggest problems they seem to face is a lack of time. Throughout history, the invention of time-saving devices usually ends up creating more work for us. When the time required to complete one task is shortened by a new invention, another [...]

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What You Can Learn From a Bread Stick

Olive Garden has been in the news a lot recently. The chain offered a $100 “pasta pass” to 1,000 customers that allows pass holders to chow down on unlimited pasta for seven weeks. That marketing ploy got a lot of coverage in the press, but more important to the restaurant in the long run is [...]

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