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Midtown Chimney Sweeps Franchising Opens Philadelphia Fireplace...

PR Web - Wed, 2017-11-22 04:30

How the Fastest Growing Chimney Sweep Franchise in America Recruited Philadelphia Franchisees

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Good Neighbors: RAM fund helped survivor of domestic violence in a tight time

Topix - Wed, 2017-11-22 03:39

Amy Peters, who preferred not to give her age, calls herself "The Queen" of her neighborhood because she has been living in her tiny Old Southwest Apartment for 20 years.

Categories: Today's Food News

Audi races to the mall

AutoNews - Wed, 2017-11-22 01:01
Audi's off to the races this holiday season.
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Activist could push for big changes at Bloomin’ Brands

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-11-21 23:30
Jana Partners floats exploring strategic alternatives, trimming Outback owners’ other brands

The internet is pretty skeptical of this fast food cup illusion

Topix - Tue, 2017-11-21 23:16

A Jack in the Box employee may have just exposed the biggest scam in the fast food industry, but Twitter users are hesitant to believe him. Twitter user Franco_713 posted a video to the social media site that shows someone pouring the same amount of liquid into drink cups of three different sizes - and somehow all of the cups appear full.

Categories: Today's Food News

Denny’s international expansion continues with first Guatemala unit

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-11-21 21:20
Locations outside U.S. grow to more than 7% of brand’s portfolio

Cracker Barrel to expand off-premise platforms

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-11-21 20:06
Company also focuses on value, coffee mix after 1Q profit declines 4.1%

McDonald’s to raze replica of Ray Kroc’s first restaurant

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-11-21 20:03
Long closed, company to tear down oft-flooded museum

16 ways to market to Black Friday and Cyber Monday crowds

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2017-11-21 19:37
Operators tout after-Thanksgiving deals

Chicopee police looking to identify individuals in connection to large fight

Topix - Tue, 2017-11-21 18:18

Chicopee police are asking the public's help in identifying several people who they call "persons of interest" in connection to a large disturbance outside a fast food restaurant on November 15. Chicopee Police Officer Mike Wilk released surveillance photos taken of the individuals inside Wendy's on Memorial Drive. Wilk told 22News a witness called the police department around 6:45 that night to report a fight outside between a large group of individuals in which a handgun might have been involved.

Categories: Today's Food News

NADA fights to save floorplan interest deduction in Senate tax bill

AutoNews - Tue, 2017-11-21 17:18
NADA hopes to whip up grassroots support to block a provision in the U.S. Senate's tax bill that would limit the ability of dealers to write off interest expense on vehicle inventories.
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Why Your Business Credit Score Matters When Applying for a Small Business Loan

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2017-11-21 16:30

More than half of small businesses have not built a credit score. And that can be a major problem when those businesses seek out financing to grow their business.

Small Business Trends recently sat down with Rania Succar, head of QuickBooks Capital, to discuss the importance of business credit scores and planning ahead for financing your small business’s growth.

One of the biggest issues that Succar believes is overlooked by small business owners is the need to grow their credit scores in order to get the capital they need.

Why Your Business Credit Score Matters

Succar explained, “One of the things you need to think about is having a business credit score. A lot of small businesses don’t think about that. They think about their personal credit score. More than half of small businesses have not built a business credit score. And when you go to borrow, that can really hurt you in terms of what you can get.”

And a business credit score doesn’t just impact the amount or the rate of your loan. It can also help you avoid tricky situations where you might end up with a last minute financing solution that has less than ideal terms for your business.

Succar said, “We know that 70 percent of small businesses need capital to grow. But you need to plan for it. It’s not just the type of thing that you want to get into a situation where you need it overnight and you get yourself into terms that are not good for your business.”

Overall, Succar says that small businesses can avoid these difficult situations by planning ahead and thinking about capital opportunities early on, even if you don’t need the money right away. If you grow your credit score, evaluate opportunities and keep an eye on rates and trends, you can have a much better chance of getting the capital you need to grow without putting your business at risk.

This article, "Why Your Business Credit Score Matters When Applying for a Small Business Loan" was first published on Small Business Trends

Last Minute Business Flights Could Cost You on Average 44% More

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2017-11-21 14:33

Travel is usually more hectic as you approach Christmas. According to a report by Concur Technologies (Nasdaq: CNQR), a SaaS company providing travel and expense management services to businesses, waiting until the last-minute to book your business flight could be a very costly move.

Last-Minute Travel Costs for Small Businesses

Concur conducted a study that looked into last-minute business travel costs and patterns, comparing trends across the globe, fare classes, industries and age groups. The study found eleventh-hour bookings (i.e. those tickets booked less than seven days prior to departure) average 44 percent higher in cost than the same ticket booked 15 days in advance.

So, for example, a round-trip ticket costing $489 booked at least two weeks out could cost you $704 if booked in seven days or fewer, says the SaaS company.

Concur also found cost premiums on last-minute domestic travel booked less than eight days in advance are highest in the U.S. Travelers who booked at least eight days in advance paid 39 percent more than the same ticket booked 15 days in advance, the highest compared to Canada, U.K., France and Germany.

This data can help your small businesses make better decisions around holiday travel bookings and flights.

End-of-year Travel Bookings and Management

Most last-minute business travel occurs in June and November. Concur says this happens because many companies’ fiscal year ends in June or December, which often necessitates a last-minute dash to close deals and get business in order before year’s end.

The best month for last-minute travel in the U.S., however, is June. Historically, this is the time when premiums average about 8 percentage points lower in comparison to the overall flight costs. January and August are the months with the highest premiums on last-minute travel.

Setting business travel policies that encourage employees to travel more on the least costly months, and book flights at least eight days prior to departure can lead to great savings. Concur says businesses can save on average $148 per ticket by adding such a guideline.

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This article, "Last Minute Business Flights Could Cost You on Average 44% More" was first published on Small Business Trends

Tempting your taste buds: Food cues entice consumers to overeat

Topix - Tue, 2017-11-21 13:21

The mouth-watering aroma of juicy burgers and crispy fries, and the eye-catching menu signs with delicious food pictures can tempt many hungry patrons to stop at fast-food restaurants. But these food cues, which stimulate brain activity, can nudge some customers to overeat due to increased cravings and hunger, a new University of Michigan study suggests.

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Walmart, Home Depot rank in top 5 most influential brands

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2017-11-21 12:03
Walmart and Home Depot were ranked among the top five brands with the biggest impact on U.S. communities, according to consumers.

Top 4 questions to ask when staffing for Black Friday

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2017-11-21 11:26
ShopperTrak's Senior Director of Advisory Services Brian Field lays out the questions that retailers need to ask in order to effectively plan staffing models for Black Friday and the holiday weekend.

Trending Toward The Future

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2017-11-21 11:13
Shared Vacation Ownership Conference Provides Update On Industry Issues

Blaze Pizza, McAlister's, Beefsteak chefs chat about menu innovation

FastCasual.com - Tue, 2017-11-21 11:01
There is no single path to successful menu development, but a successful menu is always a collaborative effort.