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Sugar Kettle Cafe Creates Holiday-Themed Menu

PR Web - Fri, 2015-11-20 04:30

In light of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday, Michelle Young, owner of the Sugar Kettle Cafe, recently debuted the...

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$31,000,000 Loan Arranged by Barry Slatt Mortgage

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Complicated Deal Structure Includes Several Unique Elements

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Husband and Wife Team Bring Creative Colors International to Oklahoma...

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Industry Leading On-site Repair and Restoration Franchise Saves Local Customers 90% on Replacement Fees

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It’s a Laptop, It’s a Tablet, No, It’s the – Lenovo Yoga 900?

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2015-11-19 18:30

Upward facing dog, lotus, crane? No, this isn’t that kind of yoga. But if you want a 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid that promises to bend, flip and fold with ease then check out the new Lenovo Yoga 900. But don’t expect it to come cheap.

The flexibility of the Yoga 900 comes from its watchband-style hinge. According to Lenovo, their distinctive hinge is comprised of 813 individual components, and really looks quite different from most everything else out there. It gives the Yoga 900 an interesting and eye catching look. Though this particular style of hinge was also featured on the previous Yoga model.

Unlike other convertibles on the market with detachable keyboards, the keyboard for the Yoga 900 stays in place. Well, not in place exactly. With 360 degree mobility you can flip and fold the Yoga into a number of different configurations.

If you are comparing last years model to this newest addition to the Yoga line you will note that the 900 is little heavier than its predecessor, the 2.62-pound Yoga Pro 3. But the Lenovo Yoga 900 packs more power in it’s slim body so the weight trade off isn’t so bad.

Even with the added weight, the Yoga 900 comes in at around 2.8 pounds, a manageable device to carry.

Lenovo claims the Yoga 900’s 13-inch QHD 3200×1800 touch display offers vivid colors and a great view from any angle. The 13-inch screen might be on the small side. But the smaller screen size could be a plus if portability is more important to you.

To add to it’s light and easy to carry size, the Lenovo Yoga 900 is also thin. Measuring at around .59 inches in thickness, Lenovo claims the Yoga 900 is “the world’s thinnest Core i convertible.”

And it’s the new Intel Core i processor that could make this convertible worth it to you.

A step up in power from the Pro 3’s Core M, you can get up to a 6th Generations Intel Core i7 processor in the Yoga 900. Also under the hood is up to 16GB of RAM and 512GB solid state storage. The battery offers up to 9hrs of use, you will have to decide for yourself if this is a decent amount or not.

When is comes to ports the Yoga 900 offers a number of them. There are two USB Type A 3.0 ports, one USB Type C 3.0 port with video-out, one DC-in with USB 2.0 function port and an audio combo jack. In addition to these there is a 4-in1 card reader combining SD, MMC, SDXC and SDHC.

As before mentioned the Yoga 900 is not a cheap convertible option. With a starting price of $1,199 it can’t be considered a budget friendly option. If you want the model offering the full 16GB of RAM and 512GB of storage expect to pay closer to $1,399.

Image: Lenovo

This article, "It’s a Laptop, It’s a Tablet, No, It’s the – Lenovo Yoga 900?" was first published on Small Business Trends

Shaping your restaurant’s food safety defense plan

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 18:00
Government, industry food safety initiatives shared at symposium

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Luna Grill prepares to ramp up growth with new prototype

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:59
New design aims for more premium fast-casual Mediterranean niche New design aims for more premium fast-casual Mediterranean niche

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Zoe’s Kitchen swings to 3Q loss on special items

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:37
Fast-casual brand increases same-store sales guidance for fiscal year Fast-casual brand increases same-store sales guidance for fiscal year

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Communication, planning key to preventing foodborne illness at restaurants

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:26
Food Safety Symposium participants discuss keeping customers and employees safe

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What types of beer different consumers go for

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 17:04
NRN breaks down beer trends by age and sex NRN breaks down beer trends by age and sex

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Cousins Subs Teams Up with Milwaukee Bucks

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2015-11-19 16:54
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Wisconsin-based Cousins Subs announced that it is joining the Milwaukee Bucks on its road to ‘Owning the Future’ as a member of the Bucks partner line up for the 2015–2016 season.

Entering into a three-year partnership, the local sub sandwich chain is a first-time sponsor of the Bucks—bringing two Milwaukee organizations together to enhance the fan experience. As part of the partnership, Cousins will feed fans local cravings at its new concession, which features a variety of select sub offerings as well as award fans with coupons during home game activities.

Chains: Cousins Subs

Pal's Business Excellence Institute Teaches Companies

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2015-11-19 16:48
Pal's Business Excellence Institute teaches other operators.Exclusive Brief: 0

Pal's Business Excellence Institute (Pal’s BEI) is honored to announce it has won the prestigious Excellence Award from the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNCPE). Excellence Award recipients are outstanding examples of high-performance organizations, exhibiting high sustainable results, and world-class processes that serve as role models for others.

Chains: Pal's Sudden Service

Microsoft Lumia 950 Phone Comes to AT&T Nov. 20

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2015-11-19 16:30

The wait for the first Windows 10 phone is almost over. The Microsoft Lumia 950 can soon be in your hands. Microsoft’s newest Lumia phone, unveiled last month with a fleet of new Windows 10 devices, will be coming to AT&T November 20.

The Microsoft Lumia 950 is a decent sized phone, sporting a 5.2-inch Quad HD display which Microsoft claims can handle even the most demanding apps smoothly. The 3000mAh removable battery has built-in wireless charging as well as USB-C fast charging that can get you 50% power in around 30 minutes.

A 20 megapixel main camera features Rich Capture, triple LED natural flash and a sensor that Microsoft claims can virtually eliminate motion blur. There is 4K video resolution on the main camera as well. The 5 megapixel front camera as to be expected is not as impressive but does offer Full HD and wide angle capture.

But you may be more interested in the power and memory specifications of the Microsoft Lumia 950. A Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 Hexa-core processor offers “super fast” performance, according to Microsoft. The 32GB of storage and 3GB of RAM aren’t too shabby either, and of course the phone runs on Windows 10.

Because it runs on Windows 10, the Microsoft Lumia 950 can sync with your other Windows 10 devices. Such as your PC or tablet, if they happen to also be using the same operating system. An added bonus for being a Windows 10 device is the Lumia 950 can use Cortana. All this combined allows for actions like setting a location-based reminder from your PC that will notify you on your Lumia when you reach the specified destination.

Perhaps one of the more interesting capabilities Microsoft is boasting for the Lumia 950 is that the phone can work like a PC. To accomplish this the phone can be connected to a new Windows 10 device that will allow you to use an external monitor, keyboard and mouse. With this setup your phone becomes a desktop, or more specifically offers a “PC like experience.”

Microsoft claims that once docked the Office apps and Outlook on your phone will scale up to fit the monitor. This will allow you to perform tasks such as answering emails, write documents or create a Powerpoint presentation using your phone but with the convenience of a full sized screen and keyboard. While docked the Microsoft Lumia 950 can still function as a phone, sending/receiving calls and texts, without disrupting your work.

This could be useful if you frequently do business outside of the office or at multiple locations. Instead of carrying around a laptop, you would only need your phone and the dock.

So far AT&T is the only carrier offering the Microsoft Lumia 950, and there is no news yet as to if they will also be offering a more beefed up Lumia 950 XL that was announced at the same time as the 950. AT&T will be selling the Lumia 950 starting at $600 without a contract. The Microsoft Display Dock is not yet available, only promising to be coming soon.

Images: Microsoft

This article, "Microsoft Lumia 950 Phone Comes to AT&T Nov. 20" was first published on Small Business Trends

Wienerschnitzel Offers Chili Fries on 'Wiener Wednesday'

QSR Magazine - Thu, 2015-11-19 16:20
Wienerschnitzel offers 99-cent Chili Cheese Fries on Wiener Wednesday.Exclusive Brief: 0

Wienerschnitzel, home of America’s favorite Chili Cheese Fries, has introduced the first ever Wiener Wednesday, when guests can enjoy 99 cents Chili Cheese Fries all day long on November 25. To take advantage of this one-day deal, Wienerschnitzel fans must present a coupon available on Wienerschnitzel’s Facebook page.

Chains: Wienerschnitzel

Ford CFO says 'Friends' promo not costly

AutoNews - Thu, 2015-11-19 15:24
Ford's incentive spending declined slightly in the first few weeks of its year-end 'Friends and Neighbors' promotion, evidence that it's not a profit-damaging blowout sale, CFO Bob Shanks said today.
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Former Subway spokesman Jared Fogle sentenced to 15 years

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 15:17
Fogle pleads guilty to child pornography charges Fogle pleads guilty to child pornography charges

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My Fit Foods CEO discusses brand’s healthful positioning

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 14:57
Restaurants can be a solution to nation’s health problems, David Goronkin says Restaurants can be a solution to nation’s health problems, David Goronkin says

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11 Ways a Service Business Can Take Advantage of the Holidays

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2015-11-19 14:30

There is no reason that just because you don’t have a storefront or offer a tangible product you can’t get in on the holiday season offers. That’s why we asked entrepreneurs from Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) the following question:

“What is the best way for a service business to take advantage of the coming holiday season?”

Here’s what YEC community members had to say:

1. Start Planning Now

“You need to have your holiday campaigns planned out early. Determine what special offers you are going to roll out, have the landing pages completed early, identify your marketing channels and begin to work on your ad copy and creatives. The sooner you have this ready, the more prepared you will be. Trying to throw something together at the last minute is a recipe for failure.” ~ Jonathan LongMarket Domination Media

2. Create Revenue-Generating Intellectual Property

“The holidays are the perfect time to create an intellectual property asset that can generate revenue for your business during your slow months. Use this time to create a group course or informative product so you can diversify your revenue. Or presell a productized service at a special price before the end of the year (that you don’t have to deliver until next year).” ~ Rachel RodgersRachel Rodgers Law Office

3. Encourage Staff to Use Vacations

“We are an IT service company and have less work during the holiday season. I encourage all of my staff to take more days off and plan long vacations this time. This way it doesn’t hurt the business and staff also gets ready for the workload that begins after the second week of January. If they stay back, I organize a retreat. This increases bonding and passion for work.” ~ Piyush JainSIMpalm

4. Send Out (Secular) Holiday Cards

“It’s a great excuse to remind prospects that you exist. You can take a very neutral approach and send out a non-specific holiday card offering a holiday (or end-of-year) discount.” ~ Andrew NammingaAndesign

5. Send Creative Holiday Gifts

“Everyone sends generic holiday cards. Stand out by sending creative holiday-themed gifts. Hot cocoa, candy canes or even a bag of fake snow! Think creatively, your leads will appreciate it.” ~ Brian CurlissMailLift

6. Turn Your Service Into the Perfect Gift

“People spend more during the holidays, so take advantage of that by productizing your service into the perfect gift. Let people buy a one-hour consultation, a 10-hour or three-day trial of your software, or any other small chunk of what you offer as a gift for others. B2B businesses can offer great corporate gifts. For B2C businesses, your potential market is even larger.” ~ Dave

7. Become EMV-Compliant Before the Commercial Rush

“EMV chips offer a safer way to process card transactions and protect against fraud. If a business is not EMV-compliant, it becomes liable for fraud that results from their lack of compliance. Considering the commercial rush during the holiday season, service–based businesses should be compliant in time. Some merchant service companies even offer free EMV-compliant card terminal upgrades.” ~ Jason Thanh La, Merchant Service Group, LLC & K5 Ventures

8. Do Small Acts of Unexpected Kindness

“The holidays are about showing people how much we appreciate them, so show your clients and potential clients all that you appreciate. Create content related to the holidays to gain your audience’s interest and provide your clients with care packages that contain gifts relevant to the service you provide. This small act of kindness will be unexpected and will show your client how much you care.” ~ David TomasCyberclick

9. Utilize Social Media

“Use your social media accounts to remind your previous clients or alert possible new ones of the services you provide, but not necessarily by asking for theirbusiness. Take a more informational approach. A retail business might send out a post or newsletter about Black Friday shopping tips, and a housecleaningservice might put together a list of strategies for effective dinner party hosting.” ~ Andrew SchrageMoney Crashers Personal Finance

10. Thank Your Clients

“Say thank you to your clients. Too many companies spend all of the fourth quarter worried about squeezing the last drop out of their customers. Don’t forget to embrace the holiday spirit, and express your gratitude for their support with no strings attached.” ~ Christopher KellyConvene

11. Create a Friendly Holiday Thank You Video

“Seize this opportunity to show off what you have to offer and roll out a special holiday deal that you can promote in this video. Better yet, don’t promote anything and simply wish your partners and clients a happy holiday from your team to theirs. This shows that you care about your business relationships and not just making money.” ~ Stanley MeytinTrue Film Production

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This article, "11 Ways a Service Business Can Take Advantage of the Holidays" was first published on Small Business Trends

Listen to highlights from the 2015 International Top 25 report

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 13:27
Euromonitor International’s Michael Schaefer, head of beverages and foodservice, breaks down the report

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20 Resources for Veteran Business Owners

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2015-11-19 13:00

U.S. military veterans display many of the same leadership qualities as successful entrepreneurs. Some even go on to launch their own businesses upon their return. Luckily, there are resources available to help those veteran owned businesses thrive in a competitive environment. Below are resources for veteran business owners that can help start and grow successful businesses.

Resources for Veteran Business Owners Veteran Business Outreach Centers

The SBA provides assistance to veterans in their local communities through Veteran Business Outreach Centers. The centers can help veterans access resources such as business training, counseling and mentoring, right in their local communities.

Veteran Fast Launch Initiative

From SCORE, the Veteran Fast Launch Initiative provides mentoring and training, along with free software and other services, to military veteran entrepreneurs.

Veteran Entrepreneur Portal

A part of the VA’s Office of Small and Disadvantaged Business Utilization, the Veteran Entrepreneur Portal provides access to a number of business tools and services, from business education to financing opportunities. The site also provides links and information related to government programs and services created specifically for veterans.

Boots to Business

Boots to Business is another program of the SBA. It’s a two-step entrepreneurial training program that includes a two-day classroom course and an eight-week online course that offer instruction on forming a business plan and other essential elements of early business ownership.

National Veteran Small Business Coalition

This organization supports veteran owned small businesses by promoting policies that encourage participation of veteran owned businesses in federal contracting opportunities. Members receive access to resources related to federal contracting.

SBA Contracting Support for Small Businesses

The SBA also offers resources for service-disabled veteran owned businesses looking to procure federal contracts. The SDVOSBC program allows procuring agencies to set aside contracts specifically for veteran owned businesses.

American Corporate Partners

This non-profit organization connects U.S. veterans to business leaders for mentorship and career advice. The organization partners with businesses and institutions like Allstate, AT&T, Whirlpool, HP and many more to find mentors and assistance for veteran participants.


The BusinessUSA Veterans Resource tool is an interactive guide to help veteran business owners find the most relevant federal, state and local tools to help start and grow their businesses.


The VA’s VetBiz site provides information about the Center for Verification and Evaluation’s verification process for veteran owned businesses looking to gain eligibility for the VA’s Veterans First Contracting Program. Any veteran owned business looking for VA contracts set aside for veterans must first go through the verification process.


The Federal Business Opportunities website provides a portal for businesses looking for active federal contracting opportunities. It’s not specific to veteran owned businesses. But since some contracts are set aside for such businesses, it can be a useful resource for finding those opportunities.

Victory Spark

As part of the Global Entrepreneurship Collective, Inc., Victory Spark is an accelerator program focused on startups led by U.S. military veterans. The program includes a 12-week mentor-driven Lean LaunchPad Program, along with grant funding for entrepreneurs who complete the program.

Institute for Veteran and Military Families

A program of Syracuse University, IVMF provides a wide variety of resources for military veterans. There are plenty of resources specifically geared toward veterans re-entering the workforce or looking to start their own businesses.


The National Veteran-Owned Business Association is a membership-based program that advocates for veteran business owners. The association works as a watchdog to hold the federal government accountable to its veteran contractor mandates, while also encouraging large businesses to work with veteran owned small business vendors.

21 Gun Salute Initiative

The GSA’s program to support service-disabled veteran owned businesses is known as the 21 Gun Salute Initiative. The initiative includes an action plan aimed at meeting or exceeding the goal of reserving 3% of contracts to service-disabled veteran owned small businesses.


Veteran Women Igniting the Spirit of Entrepreneurship is an organization that provides resources, courses and mentorship to female veterans who have started businesses or are looking to do so.

EBV Foundation

EBV Foundation’s Entrepreneurship Bootcamp for Veterans with Disabilities offers experiential training in entrepreneurship and business management to post-9/11 veterans with service related disabilities. The foundation provides grants to graduates of the program, help with business plan development, raising donations for participating schools and more.

Patriot Boot Camp

Presented by Techstars, Patriot Boot Camp is an accelerator program focused on helping military veterans and their spouses build technology companies. Open to all active duty military members, veterans and their spouses, PBC’s main program is a 3-day event that provides participants with free education, training and mentorship.

Vetrepreneur Mentoring

Vetrepreneur Mentoring provides mentoring services to help veteran entrepreneurs with everything from contractor registration to website creation.

Honor Courage Commitment, Inc.

HCC provides resources and empowerment to veteran entrepreneurs including grants, scholarships and a fellowship program designed to build leadership qualities.


VetBizCentral is a veteran run site that assists veteran and active duty military entrepreneurs through training and counseling, networking opportunities, mentoring and advocacy.

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This article, "20 Resources for Veteran Business Owners" was first published on Small Business Trends

Taco Bell to save original restaurant from wrecking ball

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2015-11-19 12:47
Restaurant Numero Uno will be trucked to chain headquarters Restaurant Numero Uno will be trucked to chain headquarters

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