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Apple Pay to lead the way in customer loyalty

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
By the end of 2015, it’s expected nearly every retailer will have NFC readers.

Startup aimed at helping restaurants pay suppliers on single platform

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Sourcery, a San Francisco-based startup that helps restaurants, caterers and corporate kitchens to order and pay for food from local suppliers on a single platform, raised $2.5 million in seed funding from angel investors.

Pressed Juicery juices up fall menu, adds new units

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Pressed Juicery announced several additional to its fall menu, and several new units opening this year in Northern and Southern California.

Top 100: People – Rich Hicks, MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Rich Hicks, founder of MOOYAH Burgers, Fries & Shakes, is number 17 on our list of the 2014 Fast Casual Top 100 Movers & Shakers: People.

Dash mobile payment app debuts in Chicago

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Customers use the Dash app to pay their bill, split checks, tip and more, using the credit card stored in the app.

Garden Fresh names Krueger Communications agency of record

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Krueger will handle print, radio, and TV responsibilities as well as serving as a key strategic partner.

Square Order testing proximity tagging for line-busting ordering feature

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Customers can pre-order menu item, and when they are within a zone timed to food and beverage preparation, a 'proximity tag' is triggered alerting the restaurant to start prepping.

Garbanzo Mediterranean Grill expands gyro selection to include any protein

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Gyros can now be ordered with any Garbanzo protein, including chicken, steak, falafel, Portobello mushroom, and traditional gyro meat.

How your mobile payment app can cost you customers and ding your reputation

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Without a thoughtful approach to user experience, staff training and enticing loyalty incentives, brand apps are doomed to failure.

Corner Bakery Café recognized for sustainability efforts

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Each Corner Bakery Cafe uses, on average, 14.5-percent less energy and saves more than 52,000 kilowatt hours a year, equal to eliminating over 80,000 miles driven by an average passenger vehicle.

Johnny Rockets launches in Singapore

FastCasual.com - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:53
Johnny Rockets currently has partners across the region, including the Philippines, Malaysia and Indonesia, and it's eyeing Vietnam, Thailand and China next.

No More Plastic Phones: Samsung Galaxy A3, A5 Made of Metal

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2014-11-09 13:00

Forget plastic bodies and Kevlar skins. Samsung has just introduced its latest offerings on the smartphone market with the Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5.

And while Samsung may not be including many of the features that made its S-series smartphones so popular, the new phones represent the unveiling of the company’s first-ever all-metal design.

The Samsung Galaxy A3 and A5 are the slimmest smartphones that Samsung currently offers. The phones are just 6.7 millimeters and 6.9 millimeters thin, respectively.

The Galaxy A3 and A5 will also also a unibody aluminum design, cNet reports.

The phones are being targeted to a younger audience but they are certainly suitable for any small business owner, especially those with a tighter budget for new mobile devices.

In a release announcing the new devices, JK Shin, Samsung Electronics CEO and Head of IT and Mobile Communication, explains:

“The Galaxy A5 and A3 offer a beautifully crafted full metal unibody, slim design, superior hardware and the best possible social media experience. These devices make our advanced Galaxy experience even more accessible to young and trend conscious consumers.”

Samsung says the new phones are designed to create and share content for social media and social networking. So obviously, this could make both phones ideal for the kind of social media marketing, networking and branding done by many small business owners and entrepreneurs.

The phones are expected to be available worldwide this month but specifics on price have yet to be be announced.

However the phones are expected to be considerably less expensive than Samsung’s top-of-the-line S or Note smartphone series, making them a potential budget option for small businesses.

The company did not skimp on the cameras, including a 5MP front-facing camera for taking high-quality selfie shots. That’s included on both the Galaxy A3 and A5.

The Galaxy A5 is slightly larger than the A3. It has a 5-inch HD display while the A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD display.

The larger phone also has a better rear-mounted camera. The A5 takes shots with a 13MP camera with an LED flash. The smaller A3 has an 8MP rear-facing camera.

Each also runs Android 4.4 (KitKat) on a 1.2GHz Quad-Core Processor. The Galaxy A5 is stocked with 2GB of memory and 16 GB of stocked internal storage. The Samsung Galaxy A3 has 1GB of memory and also 16GB of storage for apps and media.

Image: Samsung Mobile

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Best Management and Productivity Books For Gifts

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2014-11-09 10:00

Carefully-chosen books are thoughtful yet inexpensive gift ideas for the entrepreneur or business person on your list.  They also make great choices to put on your own wish list.  Take a look at our choices of best management and productivity books:

Own Your Future: How to Think Like an Entrepreneur and Thrive in an Unpredictable Economy

When Paul B. Brown first wrote this book, the original title he intended was “Thriving in the Pink Slip Economy.”  Most of his friends saw that as ‘too depressing.’

So he changed it. Now, the title makes you feel in charge, and not a victim.

While mostly geared toward employees, it is also for every business owner wanting to take control of his or her life. We gave it an impressive 4.5 star rating. (Amazon) Read our review.

People Tools for Business

Alan Fox dispenses information such as this quote from the book: “When you receive a trouble letter or email, no matter how aggravated you feel, wait three days before you respond. Often the offending message will lose much of its power and will blend into the background ‘noise’ of your professional life. This will enable you to respond with a clearer head.”

This witty book is perfect for anyone who wants a light and interesting book that can actually change things. (Amazon) Read our review.

The Millionaire Master Plan: Your Personalized Path to Financial Success

If you’ve always wanted to change someone’s life for the next year, then give them this gift. After all, who doesn’t want to become a millionaire, right?

The Millionaire Master Plan by Roger Hamilton teaches you how to manage your personal wealth and also teaches you how to get to the next level with it.

And since business owners use our own wealth, our business IS our money (and vice versa). (Amazon)

Profit First: A Simple System to Transform Any Business From a Cash-Eating Monster to a Money-Making Machine

Here’s a twist to your usual business book. This one looks at business in terms of eating well. Yes, eating.

Author Mike Michalowicz discusses tasks as plates. Tasks, he says, should be served in small plates and must be eaten in smaller portions. From here, temptations should be avoided for greater results (productivity).

Your favorite business person will love how the author teaches people to make money.  (Amazon) Read our review.

To Do List Makeover: A Simple Guide to Getting the Most Important Things Done

This is not another book telling you to create a “to do” list.  According to the author, to do lists get to be complex and cluttered and become part of the problem, not the solution. The answer is to revamp your “to do” list.

S.J. Scott is one of the top Kindle authors in the personal productivity space.

This compact book of 98 pages is an easy read, even for people intimidated by time management books. Gets an impressive 4.5+ stars by us. (Amazon) Read our review.

The Obstacle is the Way: The Timeless Art of Turning Trials into Triumph

How many times have you viewed obstacles as threats instead of opportunities? Most of the time people react that way.

But with Ryan Holiday’s book, you’ll know how to work through the pain and turn it into something good. This book is inspiring for business owners having a rough time — or who just a need a positive boost.

Read it and start looking at the bright side.  See every obstacle as an opportunity to change for the better.   (Amazon)   Read our review.

How Do I Keep My Employees Motivated?

Ah, that age old question!  This compact book — 181 pages including appendices — is just the right size to help you understand how to get great results from employees.

Author George Langelett advocates that empathy leads to better management of business crises and challenges.

This book will help you understand the causes of employee behavior and what to do about it.   (Amazon)   Read our review.

Virtual Freedom: How to Work with Virtual Staff to Buy More Time, Become More Productive, and Build Your Dream Business

Have you ever thought of hiring a virtual team for your business? It is now possible to connect with people from all over the world for an online team.

Chris Ducker teaches you how to choose and train virtual staff. Flexible “just in time” workforces are in.

This book is a great solution for those needing an extra hand who aren’t quite ready to hire an employee.  We gave it an impressive 94 stars out of 100.   (Amazon) Read our review.

Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success

Ever wonder what makes someone stand out like a leader and another person not?

While some people may seem as if they were born with “presence” they actually were hewn by their own experiences and efforts, according to author Sylvia Hewlett.

Gravitas (how you act), it turns out, is one of the main factors that creates “presence.”  Read how to develop it for yourself and in others. (Amazon) Read our review.

Creative Confidence: Unleashing the Creative Potential Within Us All


Why is it that some people have creativity and ideas to invent new things.   Yet other people suppress their creativity in exchange for hard work, even though they shouldn’t.

Creativity is something that you choose to practice every day, say the authors, Tom and David Kelly.

This is a book bursting with passion.   (Amazon) Read our review.

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AlignLife of Simpsonivlle is Now Accepting New Patients

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Drs. Michael and Allie Hamstead, graduates of Sherman College of Chiropractic, have settled down in the Simpsonville, South Carolina area and are excited about the opening of their new chiropractic...

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Hot Dog & Sausage Production in the US Industry Market Research...

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Over the next five years, merger and acquisition activity will cause the industry's major companies to leverage brand value and economies of scale to increase their market share, pushing up their...

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Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Celebrates Win with Wisconsin-based...

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Toppers Pizza Founder Scott Gittrich Challenges Governor to Toppers “Skin Sprint” for Charity

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Better Burgers in the Bravos Valley: MOOYAH Burgers, Fries &...

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Local Family Adds Burger Franchise to Extensive Portfolio, Opens Dallas-based Brand's 39th Location in Texas

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Home Care Assistance Expands In-Home Care Services to Serve Santa...

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Senior care leaders open a new Santa Clarita office to meet growing demand for home care

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Mr. Appliance among “Top 50 Franchises for Minorities”

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

Ranks on World Franchising Network's 8th annual list

(PRWeb November 07, 2014)

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eLogic Learning Recognized in Capterra’s Top LMS Software List

PR Web - Sun, 2014-11-09 03:53

eLogic Learning has been recognized in the Top LMS Software list by leading software review service, Capterra.

(PRWeb November 07, 2014)

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