Small Business Blog

US Economy Adds 165,000 Jobs, Unemployment Rate Now 7.5%

According to a new labor market report, the U.S. economy has added 165,000 net new jobs in April. This figure exceeded the analysts’ expectations of 120,000-150,000 new jobs and helped improve outlooks after a particularly disappointing March. March had an initial report of 88,0
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SBA Launches a New Program for Women Contractors

A new program has gone line aimed at helping women-owned small businesses secure more government contracts. Part of the National Defense Authorization Act passed in January removed a standing $6.5 million cap on federal manufacturing contracts and $4 million cap on other federal contr
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3 Ways to Increase Auto Detailing Profits

There are an estimated 254.4 million registered cars in America today. It’s not surprising, then, that auto detailing is a such hot industry to get into. There is a huge demand for body work, but that doesn’t make running your business any easier. Cars may have complicated
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Domino’s Pizza: A Franchisee’s American Dream

CNN ran a story that let us all know the American Dream is still alive and well at Domino’s Pizza. Rob Cookston began delivering pizzas for the franchise as a teenager in 1987. He earned a respectable (at the time) $500 a month, but he dreamed of having more. Hearing that franch
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Mother Starts Cookie Company In Wake Of Daughter’s Cancer Diagnosis

Why Entrepreneurs Start Small Businesses There are plenty of good reasons to start your own business, but we were especially touched by the story of Laura and Susan Stachler who have a story like no one else
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4 Spring Cleaning Tips for Small Business

As the days get longer and the temperature starts to rise, you can start to feel Spring in the air. Spring is a time of renewal and fresh starts. In order to keep your small business at the peak of health, it’s important to “go with the season” and let spring be a ti
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Reminder: We’re Offering to Build Your Online Profiles FREE!

According to this article from Fox Business, not having a presence online leaves your reputation vulnerable to slander and misinformation. By creating a place for your business online, you can control the conversation as well as lay claim to your name to protect it from competitors.&n
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McDonald’s New ‘Dual-Point’ Ordering System: Right for Your Restaurant?

Though McDonald’s serves as a sterling example of a well-run franchise, and white it remains one of the most profitable restaurants in the United States today recent years have brought it into a slight decline. An increased desire for healthier alternatives has played a major pa
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How Does Credit Card Processing Work?

Whether you already accept credit cards or are considering adding that new revenue stream to your business, credit card processing can be confusing. There are a lot of companies offering similar-sounding programs and it can be hard to know who’s who. Khan Academy produced a terr
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