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Pepsi Drinks Will Contain Less Sugar – in 2025 (Watch)

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2016-10-18 15:30

If you plan on drinking PepsiCo beverages after 2025, you’re likely to get a beverage that has less than 100 calories from added sugars. By that date, the company plans to make two-thirds of its 12-oz. beverages meet that requirement.

This move comes after the Food and Drug Administration introduced new requirements for listing added sugars. It also comes about one week after the World Health Organization urged countries to tax sugary beverages in an effort to reduce obesity and tooth decay.

PepsiCo has a large array of different beverages, from carbonated sodas to SoBe teas and even Starbucks coffee drinks. At this point, it’s unclear exactly which of the beverages are likely to change. But the company did say that it plans to reformulate some of its carbonated soft drinks and create some new low-calorie beverages.

These changes might be more out of necessity than desire at this point. But it still likely makes a lot of sense for the soft drink company at a time when many consumers are becoming more cognizant of health issues and the labels on their food and drink purchases.

Changing Customer Tastes Often Require a Business Shift

Businesses large and small need to look at changing with the times and with consumer tastes if they plan to stay around. That goes for every business from the biggest soft drink empire to the smallest corner store.

Pepsi Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "Pepsi Drinks Will Contain Less Sugar – in 2025 (Watch)" was first published on Small Business Trends

Kruse/Thorn: National food days get out of hand

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 15:26
The proliferation of national food days spawns an oversaturation of gimmicks The proliferation of national food days spawns an oversaturation of gimmicks

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Green Burrito unveils new menu inspired by fast casual

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 14:57
Sister brand to Carl’s Jr. upgrades food offerings Sister brand to Carl’s Jr. upgrades food offerings

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Clinton vs Trump: Who's Collected the Most Fast-Food Funding?

Topix - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:36

Even though the United States' top restaurant chains tend to give most of their political donations to Republicans, when it comes to choosing the next president, the people who work for these companies are giving more money to Democratic contender Hillary Clinton than Republican Donald Trump. In February, Eater looked at how the Political Action Committees , CEOs, and employees of top American food chains like Wendy's and Chick-fil-A supported political candidates between the 2011 and 2014 election cycles.

Categories: Today's Food News

Organized crime costs $30B a year, is on the rise

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:30
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Trump Assembles Small Business Advisory Panel – Identifies 5 Issues

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:30

Presidential candidate Donald Trump announced the formation of a Small Business Advisory Panel this week.

The panel, consisting of 17 business leaders, says it will give advice on small business issues.   According to the announcement on the Trump website:

“The Council is geographically, gender and ethnically diverse. It represents a cross section of the Small Business Community. Members are Small Business people with an interest in policies that make it easier for Small Businesses to hire, invest, build, grow and produce in America. They also want to be on a level playing field to compete globally creating jobs here, not overseas.”

The panel’s role appears to be that of identifying key small business issues. The panel also will help formulate solutions and positions, according to the announcement.

The panel has identified five key small business issues:

Top Issues Affecting Small Business Owners today: 

Overregulation and costs associated with government record keeping and mandates (RED TAPE). 

Businesses are being stifled by over the top regulation and reporting requirements. No industry seems to have been saved from this issue over the last seven years. The burden in cost and time alone can put a Small Business out of business.

ObamaCare is a drag on the economy in general and especially on Small Business. 

In addition to cost, mandates and record keeping the, businesses are being forced to make poor business decisions as to number of employees, hours worked and part-time vs. full-time. (Bad for both employer and employee)

Taxation and accounting requirements 

Many small businesses are taxed as individuals on the owner’s 1040 so the rates can be higher and deductions are limited or eliminated. Payroll and FICA accounting and reporting can be very costly and one mistake can lead the owner into great legal trouble.

Labor issues like minimum wage, overtime rules, and union organizing all take their toll. 

It seems to many Small Business Owners out here in “flyover land” that the insiders in DC have it in for them. And they probably do. They tell you what you have to pay, set your work rules, mandate benefits and make it impossible to get a fair organizational vote.

Availability of capital 

Banking regulations favor large national banking organizations which typically do not lend to Small Businesses. Dodd frank made this worse. Community Banks are disappearing or being consolidated thus losing the local lender. SBA has gotten much harder to deal with and is not as viable for many businesses.

If these small business issues sound like ones you’ve heard before, it’s because the issues actually haven’t changed much … in years.

A common complaint is that small business issues don’t ever seem to get solved by politicians.  That’s despite promises in hundreds of local, state and federal campaigns across America over the years.

The announcement does not lay out detailed solutions to the five small business issues.  However, Trump has addressed most of the concerns multiple times in his speeches. (All of Trump’s rallies and speeches are available on RSBN Network’s YouTube channel.)

We previously pointed out quotes from Donald Trump on small businesses. Quotes from candidate Hillary Clinton about small businesses are here.

Embedded below is the full statement of the Trump small business advisory panel.

Trump Small Business Advisory Panel Statement 


This article, "Trump Assembles Small Business Advisory Panel – Identifies 5 Issues" was first published on Small Business Trends

Apple's stores will soon be more than just stores

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:09
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Restaurant food prices rise in September

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 13:04
Trend counters deflation in grocery prices, Bureau of Labor Statistics says Trend counters deflation in grocery prices, Bureau of Labor Statistics says

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Dog Haus signs $500M franchise agreement

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 12:40
Unusual deal for more than 300 units brings together capital, construction and franchisees Unusual deal for more than 300 units brings together capital, construction and franchisees

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Chefs turn carrot tops from waste into gold

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 12:22
Blog: As awareness of food waste grows, chefs find uses for ingredients that used to be garbage

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Online shoppers want in-store experience

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2016-10-18 12:16
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New Brand Needs

Hotel Interactive - Tue, 2016-10-18 12:10
BITAC Purchasing & Design Panel Defines The Keys To Success

50 Small Business Ideas for Beginners

Small Business Trends - Tue, 2016-10-18 12:00

Not every entrepreneur starts out with a specific business idea in mind. Some might start out as employees or apprentices for other businesses and then gradually build up the skills, experience and potential client base needed to set out on their own.

Some businesses are a bit easier to manage than others for those who have never actually owned their own businesses in the past. Here are 50 potential business ideas for beginners.

Business Ideas for Beginners Home Contractor

If you have the experience working for a company that does home repairs or contracting work, then you can fairly easily start your own contracting business where you offer various services to homeowners.

Lawn Care Specialist

Starting a lawn care business mainly just requires some equipment, transportation and a steady base of clients. So you don’t need to have business experience to get started.

Freelance Writer

If you have some writing skills, you can get started with your own writing business fairly easily by offering your services to businesses on a freelance basis.


You can also fairly easily start your own blog where you post about topics that match up with your own experience and expertise.

Virtual Assistant

Virtual assistants can offer a variety of different online services to businesses and professionals, including email organization and communication, social media scheduling and bookkeeping. So you can start a virtual assistant business even if your experience in those areas comes from working for other companies.


If you’re trained as an accountant, you can build up your own base of business or individual customers and build your own accounting business.

Home Cleaning Service

For those who enjoy cleaning, or at least don’t mind it, starting a house cleaning business can provide a pretty straightforward path to business ownership.

Child Care Service

If you’re a kid person, you can start a child care business out of your home or even offer babysitting services where you go to the family’s home.


A courier simply provides a service that delivers messages from one person to another. So you don’t need much in the way of supplies or experience in order to get started.

Errand Service

You can also start a business that offers various errand services like picking up dry cleaning or groceries.


Or if you prefer working out of a home instead, you can start a business as a housekeeper that provides various homemaking services for families.

Social Media Manager

If you’re knowledgeable about social media, you can potentially offer your services to various businesses managing their social media accounts.

Social Media Influencer

Or you could focus more on building up your own social media accounts and eventually build your business as a social media influencer who earns an income from posting about various brands and promotions.

Etsy Seller

If you have any crafty skills, you can put them to good use by making various items by hand and then selling them on sites like Etsy, which make it fairly easy for beginner business owners.

Flea Market Vendor

You can also focus more on selling your goods in person. Flea markets and similar events provide a pretty simple way for new business owners to get started selling various items.

Ecommerce Reseller

Even if you don’t necessarily make your own items, you can purchase and resell goods on sites like eBay or Amazon without any prior business experience.

Web Designer

If you have knowledge or experience in web design, you can offer your services to clients and build your own business as a web designer.

House Painter

You can also take a more low-tech approach and offer services as a housepainter for local homeowners or even businesses.

Dog Walker

If you enjoy spending time with four-legged friends, you can start a business that just offers dog walking services to pet owners who don’t have enough time to walk theirs regularly.


Starting a food service business can be pretty involved for a beginner. But if you enjoy making food and want to build your first business around it, you can start a baking business where you sell specific items or custom creations for events out of your home kitchen.

Event Planner

For those who have some strong organizational and communication skills, you can build up a client base and start a business planning weddings or various other events.


If you’re trained in cosmetology, you can start your own business as a hairdresser or hair stylist that travels to clients for events or other occasions.

Makeup Artist

Likewise, you can build up a client base and offer makeup services for events, photoshoots or special occasions.


If you’re skilled as a musician, you can build a business where you play at events or venues and earn a portion of the ticket sales or merchandising.


You can also fairly easily start a business offering photography services for events or local clients who want to schedule portrait photoshoots.

Car Washing or Detailing Service

Car washing or detailing services don’t always need to involve lots of complicated equipment or business acumen. You can set up a simple location where you provide services to customers or you can even travel to clients with your detailing supplies.

T-shirt Designer

Online services like Redbubble and CafePress make selling custom t-shirts fairly simple. So you can create your own designs and sell them online or even order a supply of them to sell on your own.

Coffee Cart Operator

Coffee shops and cafes can be complicated operations. But you can simplify the process and make it more attainable for a first-time business owner by opting for a coffee cart business instead.

Meal Preparation Service

You can also prepare single-serve meals and sell them to consumers out of your home or a simple commercial kitchen as long as you have the supplies and necessary licenses.

Antique Refurbisher

For those who enjoy working with antiques, you can start a business where customers can bring you their items for repair or refurbishing.

Public Speaker

If you have expertise in a given topic, even if you’ve never had your own business in that niche, you can start a business by offering public speaking services at events or conferences.

Personal Trainer

For those who have a lot of experience in physical fitness, you can build up a client base and start working as a personal trainer out of a home gym or even connect with a commercial gym.

Yoga Teacher

Or you could get certified as a yoga instructor and build a business teaching yoga classes.

Dance Instructor

If you want to teach more of a variety of movements, you can start your own dance classes out of your home or a local studio.

Music Teacher

You can also work one-on-one or in small groups to offer music lessons or classes in various instruments or styles.


Or you could opt to teach in a one-on-one setting in a variety of different subjects. Providing tutoring services to students can be a fairly straightforward way to start your first business.

Graphic Designer

If you have any design experience, you can work on attracting your own clients who need things like logo or branding design elements.

Tech Support Business

You can also start your own tech support company where you provide assistance to people over the phone or online when they experience tech issues.

Affiliate Marketer

If you’re able to build up your own online network or audience related to a specific topic, you can start working with different brands as an affiliate and earn a portion of each sale you send their way.

YouTube Personality

YouTube also offers a popular platform for people to share information related to a number of different topics. And you can earn a share of ad revenue by posting and promoting your own videos.


You can also start your own podcast and sell advertising space or work with brands to earn an income from your show.

eBook Author

Writing a book isn’t exactly an easy undertaking. But it doesn’t require any official business experience to get started publishing and selling your own ebook online.

Interior Decorator

You can also start a business as an interior decorator without a lot of expensive equipment or complicated business knowledge.

Pool Cleaner

If you want to spend time outside and provide services for local homeowners, pool cleaning is another pretty straightforward service around which you can build a business.

Furniture Maker

You can also build or re-purpose your own furniture and then sell it to local boutiques or even at art fairs or similar events.


If you want to work from home or even just build a small side business, you can offer proofreading services to businesses, authors or individuals who want to pay someone to look over their work.

Resume Service

You can also focus on helping local job seekers who need some help putting together their resumes or cover letters.

Scrapbook Maker

If you enjoy scrapbooking, you can actually build a business doing that for customers who want to preserve their memories in a creative way but don’t want to do the work themselves.

Clothing Alterations Service

For those who are skilled with a needle and thread, clothing alterations offers a potential business opportunity that doesn’t require a lot of equipment or prior business knowledge.


As long as you know multiple languages, you can build a business by offering translator services to individuals or businesses in need of assistance converting conversations or documents from one language to another.

ContractorAccountantHousekeeperEcommerce Seller Photos via Shutterstock

This article, "50 Small Business Ideas for Beginners" was first published on Small Business Trends

Dick's sets sights on Golfsmith

Store Front Talk Back - Tue, 2016-10-18 11:58
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How vendor management tools elevate your food cost control strategy

Nation's Restaurant News - Tue, 2016-10-18 11:20
Partnering with a restaurant back office solution that includes vendor management tools can provide a lift to your foodservice distribution strategy.

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