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KFC branch closed due to delivery issues

Topix - Sun, 2018-02-18 13:36

A FAST food chain branch is closed today due to the company having issues with deliveries, resulting in chicken not being available. KFC's Andover branch, in Enham Arch Retail Park, is not listed as open on the company's website in an update published at 1.55pm today.

Categories: Today's Food News

41% of Entrepreneurs Will Leave Their Small Business Behind in 5 Years

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2018-02-18 13:00

A staggering 41 percent of entrepreneurs will leave their small business behind in five years. This was the finding of a report by the global financial services firm UBS (NYSE: UBS), looking at business ownership and entrepreneurialism in modern America.

Business Ownership Statistics

The UBS Investor Watch ‘Who’s the Boss?’ report found that nearly 60 percent of wealthy investors would consider starting their own business, yet at the same time, more than 40 percent of existing small business owners are preparing to exit from their business.  Of the 41 percent of business owners planning to leave their business in the next five years, half plan to sell their business.

The UBS report highlights how entrepreneurialism is thriving in the United States and there is a growing belief amongst wealthy investors that owning a business is one of the most sought-after and prestigious careers to pursue.

However, the report also shows when it comes to selling a business, small business owners need to be adequately prepared for the sale. Being unprepared for an exit plan can result in a company being sold for an unsatisfactory price.

One way to prepare a business for sale is to have a formal exit strategy in place. The UBS report warns business owners may be underestimating what is required for a successful sale, stating:

“Business owners may be underestimating what’s required for a successful sale. In fact, 75 percent of owners planning to sell believe they could do so in a year or less. However, 58 percent of business owners have never had their business appraised, and 48 percent have no formal exit strategy in place. Most expect a competitor to buy their firm, ahead of employees, large companies or private equity firms.”

The report also highlights how heirs are often reluctant to take over a business. Amongst business owners who are planning to keep the business in the family, 89 percent said their potential heirs show a lack of interest in the family business.

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2 New Tools from Vimeo Help Businesses Share Content with More Viewers

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2018-02-18 10:00

Two new distribution tools for social media from Vimeo will help creators streamline their workflow so they can be more efficient and reach a wider audience.

New Vimeo Social Distribution Features

Simulcast and Publish to Social bring other online channels into the Vimeo platform so creators can deliver their content without additional tools and compatibility issues. This seamless integration gives creators on Vimeo access to hundreds of millions of users on Facebook, YouTube, Twitch and Periscope.

For small businesses and creators on Vimeo, the access to more channels means using a single platform from creation to distribution. And when it comes to marketing, it will also be just as effective because of the access it offers for two of the biggest video consuming platforms, YouTube and Facebook.

Anjali Sud, CEO of Vimeo, explained the benefits of having a distribution system in a press release. He said, “As ad-supported platforms become increasingly walled off to keep content on their sites, we are building new ways to be an agnostic distribution hub, so creators don’t have to choose. Our new social distribution tools will give Vimeo creators a wider audience, deeper engagement and a fundamentally simplified distribution process.”


With Simulcast, you can start streaming live events from Vimeo on sites enabled with Real-Time Messaging Protocol (RTMP). This includes Facebook, YouTube, Twitch, Periscope and others. The simulcast can be streamed to multiple destinations from your website to the social pages of your audience.

One of the benefits of using a single input stream is you won’t have to use separate streams for each destination, which will save you bandwidth costs. This process and the automated archiving on Vimeo simplifies your workflow so you can manage, review and share post-event videos.

Publish to Social

As the name implies, creators can now publish their videos natively to social platforms directly from Vimeo. And the entire distribution process takes place in a single location and with just one click. This means not having to upload your video to each social media channel one at a time.

In addition to the new level of efficiency, the videos will be loaded natively to each platform. This is important because some companies favor native uploads. Once it is uploaded, you can see comparison stats for each platform with plays, likes, and comments metrics for tracking the performance of your videos.

Workflow Efficiency

As the digital presence of your small business continues to increase, you have to streamline your workflow for managing your content. The new features from Vimeo make this possible by delivering a one-stop video creation, distribution and management platform.

You can try the new features now.

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Wondering why KFC branches are closed around Dorset this weekend?

Topix - Sun, 2018-02-18 08:45

BEWAILED by some fried poultry enthusiasts as heralding the end times, branches of fast food chain KFC are closed across the country this weekend. A sign pinned to the doors of the closed restaurants reads: "Sorry we're closed.

Categories: Today's Food News

Cheeseburgers, chocolate milk off Happy Meal menu

Topix - Sun, 2018-02-18 04:07

McDonald's is taking cheeseburgers and chocolate milk off its Happy Meal menu in an effort to cut down on the calories, sodium, saturated fat and sugar that kids consume at its restaurants. Diners can still ask specifically for cheeseburgers or chocolate milk with the kid's meal, but the fast-food company said that not listing them will reduce how often they're ordered.

Categories: Today's Food News

Europe's luxury compact car segment forecast to decline for second year

AutoNews - Sun, 2018-02-18 01:01
Aging models such as the BMW 1 series and Audi A3 as well as the continued rise of SUV alternatives will cause sales in Europe's compact premium segment to fall for a second consecutive year, according to predictions.
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KFC's nationwide chicken and chips shortage has hit North Wales...

Topix - Sat, 2018-02-17 23:37

KFC's nationwide chicken and chips shortage has hit North Wales - here's what the situation is at stores across the region We've the fast food firm's outlets in Gwynedd. Anglesey, Conwy, Denbighshire and Wrexham to see if they're still open and what they've got in stock Chicken lovers have been left disappointed after many KFC restaurants up and down the country have been forced to close this weekend.

Categories: Today's Food News

KFC reveals Real reason behind chicken shortage Shutting Down ...

Topix - Sat, 2018-02-17 18:59

There are more than 900 KFC branches across the UK and chicken lovers have not been happy with the closures. On Twitter, the KFC's management in the UK revealed there had been no deliveries are some restaurants leading to the closes.

Categories: Today's Food News

KFC reveals why restaurants across the UK have been forced to close

Topix - Sat, 2018-02-17 14:44

Chicken lovers declared it was the 'end of the world' after several stores across Britain closed - now the fast food giant has explained why. Chicken lovers were declaring it was the 'end of the world' as they were left furious over the store closures.

Categories: Today's Food News

DocuSign Event will Help Your Business Make It Rain Money

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-02-17 14:30

Getting paid is an essential function of any business. So your goal as a business owner should be to make it as easy as possible for customers or clients to actually send you their payments.

So how do you go about accomplishing this goal? You can learn some valuable deal closing tips at an upcoming webinar put on by DocuSign. The webinar, Make it Rain Money: Close Deals Faster and Speed Up Collections, is scheduled for March 13 and includes some actionable ideas for improving your company’s systems. You’ll also get access to DocuSign whitepapers on the subject.

Interested in attending? You can learn more about the event and how to sign up in the Featured Events section.

And that’s just one of many upcoming events that could potentially benefit your small business. Check out the full list of opportunities below.

To see a full list or to submit your own event, contest or award listing, visit the Small Business Events Calendar.

Featured Events, Contests and Awards

WEBINAR: “Make it Rain Money: Close Deals Faster and Speed Up Collections”
March 13, 2018, Online

Would you like to bring revenue in the door faster? Do you want every edge possible to get paid fast? Register today for this webinar to learn how other small businesses are eliminating their pain points in the contract and invoicing process, through use of electronic signature and invoicing apps. Walk away with concrete tips for how to get contracts signed and invoices paid faster. Plus, get access to DocuSign whitepapers with actionable ideas for how to improve YOUR company’s systems. Register today!

Spring 2018 Franchise Business Expo. Meet with Top Franchisors!
March 27, 2018, Lafayette, Calif.

Don’t miss an exclusive opportunity meet face to face with select franchisors expanding in the SF Bay Area. The first 50 attendees will receive a free copy of E-Myth Revisited. All attendees will be entered into a drawing for a chance to win an iPad!

Entrepreneurs Cruise 2018
April 22, 2018, Fla.

Are you an Entrepreneur and need to get away and take a break? Ready to recharge, rejuvenate in new surroundings and be inspired by other like minds? Then, you can’t miss the 4th annual Entrepreneurs Cruise! Entrepreneurs Cruise 2018 takes place April 22nd to 29th, 2018 onboard the Royal Caribbean ‘Oasis of the Seas’ Cruise Ship departing Orlando (Port Canaveral), Florida, sailing to Philipsburg (St. Maarten), San Juan (Puerto Rico), Labadee (Haiti). Register today!

DigiMarCon East 2018 – Digital Marketing Conference
May 10, 2018, New York, N.Y.

DigiMarCon East 2018 Digital Marketing Conference takes place May 10th to 11th, 2018 at the luxurious New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City.
It’s the one digital marketing event you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon East 2018’s agenda will help attendees enhance their marketing efforts. Sessions will focus on building traffic, expanding brand awareness, improving customer service and gaining insight into today’s latest digital tools. Register today!

TECHSPO Houston 2018
June 06, 2018, Houston, Texas

TECHSPO Houston 2018 is a 2-day technology expo which takes place JUNE 6 – 7, 2018 at the luxurious Houston Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Houston, Ontario. TECHSPO Houston brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. TECHSPO Houston 2018 promises to be better than ever and we’re excited to see all the amazing tech companies and talent that will join us. Register today!

Growth & Success Con
September 17, 2018, Online

This small business virtual conference is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs at all stages who are stuck in the daily grind of building their businesses and struggle to get solid advice and guidance. An amazing panel of experts in various disciplines and business coaches will share tips & tricks on topics including Growth, Marketing, Management & Business Building for Success. Register today!

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This weekly listing of small business events, contests and awards is provided as a community service by Small Business Trends and SmallBizTechnology.

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10 Tech-Centric Methods for Growing Your Business

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-02-17 13:00

You already know that technology can have a major impact on your business. But it’s finding the right technology to use that’s the real trick. For that, it can help to get some expertise from other successful business owners. Here’s what some members of the online small business community are saying about the tech tools they’ve used to grow their businesses.

Learn How to Use Automation for Your Ecommerce Business

Running an ecommerce business doesn’t have to be difficult. In fact, there are many tools out there that you can use to automate some of the essential functions of your business. Learn more about ecommerce automation in a recent post by Jeremy Webb.

Look Out for These App Development Trends

Apps continue to be powerful tools for businesses to market, communicate and interact with customers. But the trends related to those apps have changed throughout the years. Here are some app development trends to keep an eye on this year from Ravin Lad of Right Mix Marketing.

Use These Video Content Marketing Ideas

Video has become an incredibly powerful tool for marketers. If you’re not yet using the format because you’re not sure what type of content to create, check out the Cloohawk post by Uma Bhat for some ideas. Then see what BizSugar members are saying about the post here.

Start an Online Business That Lasts

The internet has made starting a business as easier than ever. In some cases, all you need is a website or an account on a platform like Amazon. But starting an online business that actually lasts can be a bit more tricky. A recent post on the Abtech Blog includes some valuable tips from Abasifreke Etop.

Read Up on the Google Chrome Ad Blocker

For businesses that advertise online, the new Google Chrome ad blocker is definitely something you should be aware of. Learn more about the new ad blocker and how it can impact your online advertising strategy in this Search Engine Journal post by Matt Southern.

Integrate Local SEO into Your Existing Marketing Strategy

Local businesses tend to have some low tech strategies as part of their marketing plans. But if you’re completely ignoring SEO and other tech in your marketing efforts, that could be a mistake. A recent Target Marketing post by Phil Frost features some tips for integrating local SEO into your existing marketing strategy.

Use Robotic Process Automation to Save Your Business Time and Money

Robotic process automation is a type of automation that learns processes based on what a human user does. It’s something that can potentially benefit a lot of businesses — if you understand how to use it properly. Benjamin Brandall provides a comprehensive guide in a recent Process Street post.

Follow These Laws of Content Marketing Mastery

Content marketing has become one of the most popular online marketing strategies for small businesses. If you’re looking to make use of this tactic for your own business, check out some important tips to consider from Jeff Bullas. You can also see what members of the BizSugar community are saying here.

Instantly Author Your Own Ebook for Just a Few Bucks

Becoming an author has never been easier, thanks in part to online tools and platforms that let you quickly self publish your own work. In her recent post, Susan Solovic details how you can make your own work available without a huge investment.

Check Out These Snapchat Analytics Tools

Lots of marketers and influencers have fled Snapchat in recent months in favor of rival Instagram. But the app is still popular with teens and now offers some analytics tools that could be beneficial to businesses. Tim Peterson elaborates in a recent Marketing Land post.

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Make Deals for Your Business in Plain English with Outlaw

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-02-17 10:30

The newly launched Outlaw platform seeks to help small businesses close deals faster by simplifying contracts. Outlaw helps small businesses and contractors who frequently make and sign deals with clients for products or services, do business faster with more transparency.

Outlaw transforms existing contracts from complex and unmanageable paperwork into easy-to-read, edit, share, negotiate and sign templates, available in real-time. Outlaw’s contract platform is based on a subscription model and features smart authoring tools.

A Look at the Outlaw Contract Platform

Composing, negotiating and signing contracts can be a lengthy, intricate and time-consuming process for small business owners. Being forced to spend time dealing with overcomplicated contracts means business owners are not spending time on what they do best, running their business.

By simplifying the whole process and bringing contracts ‘back to basics’, Outlaw takes the headache out of contracts, meaning small businesses don’t waste time on this often-laborious administration task.

Evan Schneyer, co-founder of Outlaw, explained in a press statement about the new contracts platform, how Outlaw brings transparency and cooperation to the contracts negotiating and signing process.

“Contracts are relationships. Because legalese is so intimidating, people lose sight of that essence. We started Outlaw to breathe mutual trust and understanding — the basis of successful relationships — back into contracts,” says Schneyer.

With Outlook’s fill-in-the-blank authoring tool that customizes contracts in seconds, small businesses and entrepreneurs can draw up contracts with custom templates.

The platform also provides summaries in plain English, which offer translated summaries without unnecessary and overcomplicated legal jargon.

Outlaw also allows contracts to be shared to multi-parties, alongside commenting and digital signing, to accelerate the legal process.

This new contract platform is ideal for small businesses and freelancers who are wanting to take their contracts and legal process to another level, whether it’s for HR purposes or sales processes.

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The city's branches have signs up saying they are closed for maintenance

Topix - Sat, 2018-02-17 10:24

KFCs across the country were forced to close or turn customers away last night - as they ran out of chips and chicken. Both of Cambridge's branches of the fast food chain, in East Road and at the Cambridge Services on the A14, are closed today .

Categories: Today's Food News

Marijuana Business Leaders Sue Sessions Over Schedule I Designation

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-02-17 08:00

Business leaders from the legal cannabis industry have filed a lawsuit against U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions in an effort to reverse the decision to have cannabis classified as a Schedule 1 controlled substance.

Cannabis Schedule 1 Lawsuit

The lawsuit, which was originally filed over the summer, aims to prove that this classification is unconstitutional in an effort to get cannabis descheduled. This move would allow states to set and enforce their own laws in regards to cannabis without fear of the federal government getting involved. This week, the court heard the Justice Department’s motion to dismiss the case. However, attorneys for the plaintiffs are optimistic they’ll be able to continue presenting their case.

One of the lead attorneys, Lauren Rudick, recently spoke with Small Business Trends in a phone interview to explain a bit about the case and how it could impact businesses in the cannabis industry.

She explained, “We’re arguing that the classification of cannabis as a Schedule 1 substance under the Controlled Substances Act is unconstitutional on a number of fronts.”

That includes arguing that the classification violates the equal protection clause, freedom of speech and the right to seek medical treatment, among others. Currently, attorneys are arguing the constitutionality of the classification on all of these fronts. However, Rudick notes that a partial appeal would not be an option in this case. So if, for instance, the judge rules they can only argue it’s unconstitutional based on the equal protection clause but not freedom of speech or other areas, the team will have to continue its argument using only that part of the law.

The ultimate goal is to get cannabis descheduled, which would leave the legality of marijuana use and sales up to the states. Currently, the federal government does not recognize the legality of marijuana even where states have voted to legalize. So many believe that a ruling to deschedule the substance would lead to more potential for investors and outside support, as well as the possibility for innovations in medical research.

If the judge at some point rules against the plaintiffs in all of their arguments, Rudick says they would appeal. However, in the meantime, such a ruling wouldn’t lead to any tangible negative changes for cannabis businesses. They could continue to operate in states where medical marijuana or recreational marijuana have been legalized, but without the backing of the federal government.

Rudick says, “For businesses, it wouldn’t necessarily lead to any changes from how things currently are.”

The case has been granted expedited status. So Rudick is optimistic there will be some kind of resolution in the near future, though the actual timetable will depend on whether or not appeals are needed.

She also stressed the importance of cannabis businesses advocating for change and staying up-to-date with the ever-changing regulations and landscape of the industry.

Rudick adds, “If you’re in this industry, you’re also in the industry of being an advocate. So it’s important for small businesses whose futures depend on legalization to stay abreast of the changes in laws and the regulatory landscape.”

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Top Round is Now Open and Serving Arby's-Inspired Bites

Topix - Sat, 2018-02-17 05:57

Newly opened Top Round will inevitably be compared to Arby's. The similarities are glaringly obvious.

Categories: Today's Food News

Colling Media Named Best Large Advertising Agency in Arizona

PR Web - Sat, 2018-02-17 04:30

Local Ad Agency Wins 2018 Best of the Valley Award by Arizona Foothills Magazine

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Engel & Völkers Florida Opens Shop in Jacksonville Beach

PR Web - Sat, 2018-02-17 04:30

Global luxury real estate brand continues expansion in Northeast Florida

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Andrea Farrell Joins Engel & Völkers Destin as Real Estate...

PR Web - Sat, 2018-02-17 04:30

Destin Luxury Real Estate Brokerage Gains Market Leader

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Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas Appoints Nathan Nordstrom...

PR Web - Sat, 2018-02-17 04:30

Hand & Stone Massage and Facial Spas announced today the addition of Nathan Nordstrom as Director of Massage Therapy.

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SVN Expands Presence in Tennessee with the Addition of New Franchise...

PR Web - Sat, 2018-02-17 04:30

SVN International Corp. (SVN), a full-service commercial real estate franchisor of the SVN brand, announced the addition of its newest franchise office, SVN | Wood Properties, based in Knoxville,...

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