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Uncle Maddio’s Pizza Opening First Virginia Location

PR Web - Sun, 2017-03-26 03:30

Uncle Maddio's Pizza will open first Charlottesville, Va., location on Friday, March 17.

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Uber suspends self-driving car program after Arizona crash

AutoNews - Sat, 2017-03-25 20:00
Uber has suspended its pilot program for autonomous vehicles after a vehicle equipped with the nascent technology crashed on an Arizona roadway, the ride-hailing company and local police said.
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Rob Kardashian To Star In A Dating Show, But Blac Chyna Wants Him Back

Topix - Sat, 2017-03-25 17:18

It seems that Rob Kardashian is ready to move on from Blac Chyna after their recent split. According to Life & Style, the reality TV star is starring on his own version of The Bachelor.

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Franchise Event Can Help You Grow Your Business in South Florida

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2017-03-25 13:30

Interested in starting or growing a franchise business?

If you’re looking to start or expand a franchise business in the South Florida area, you’re in luck. The South Florida Regional Franchise Seminar is just around the corner. On March 29, the Fort Lauderdale event will feature the Franchise Consulting Company and some of its leading franchise partners.

You can learn all about the process of growing a franchise business in the area, while growing your network of other franchise business owners and community members.

Learn more about the South Florida Regional Franchise Seminar, along with some other interesting upcoming opportunities in the Featured Events section. Then check out even more upcoming business events in the list 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

South Florida Regional Franchise Seminar
March 29, 2017, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

The Franchise Consulting Company is proud to present our regional seminar to explore the world of franchising in South Florida on Wednesday March 29, 2017 5:30-9:00. We are excited to be joined by several of our leading US franchise partners.

EntreLeadership 1-Day
April 11, 2017, Los Angeles, Calif.

Grow yourself, your team & your profits! At EntreLeadership 1-Day, you will learn the six essentials of business: leadership, people, money, time, team, and higher calling. Dave Ramsey will be joined by business experts Chris Hogan & Christy Wright.
Discount Code
SMALLBIZ10 ($10 off)

ICON17
April 25, 2017, Phoenix, Ariz.

ICON17 is a 3-day conference for small business owners. It’s packed with inspiring keynote speakers, educational breakout sessions on modern business strategies, sales & marketing best practices, Infusionsoft product training, networking.

TECHSPO Toronto 2017
May 18, 2017, Toronto, Ontario

TECHSPO Toronto 2017 is a 2-day technology expo which takes place at the Toronto Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Toronto, Ontario. TECHSPO Toronto brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. TECHSPO Toronto 2017 promises to be better than ever and we’re excited to see all the amazing tech companies and talent that will be joining.

Secret Knock
May 22, 2017, Los Angeles, Calif.

Secret Knock is going to be the single greatest event for the top entrepreneurs and action-takers in the world to connect, share ideas, and help take each other to the next level. Each of the attendees have believed in themselves enough to get to where they are, and they are not stopping now. Secure your application for one of the few spots left at the Secret Knock.

Sales World 2017
November 08, 2017, Online

Sales World 2017 takes place November 8th to 9th, 2017, Online; Live and On Demand. It is the largest Sales Industry Event in the World and will be attended by over 10,000 Sales Professionals. It’s the one sales event you can’t afford to miss!

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 – Digital Marketing Conference
November 14, 2017, Online

DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017 Digital Marketing Conference takes place November 14th to 16th, 2017. Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DIGIMARCON WORLD 2017’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.

More Events More Contests

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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This article, "Franchise Event Can Help You Grow Your Business in South Florida" was first published on Small Business Trends

Taco Bell to open in St. Rose on Airline Drive: report

Topix - Sat, 2017-03-25 13:12

A Taco Bell restaurant is headed to St. Rose in St. Charles Parish A Taco Bell is headed to St. Rose, with a groundbreaking possible by the end of the year, according to the St. Charles Herald-Guide newspaper . The St. Charles Parish Council recently approved a zoning request that makes way for the fast-food chain to locate along Airline Drive, the newspaper reports.

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10 Tips for Connecting With Customers Online

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2017-03-25 12:00

If you want your business to succeed online, you can’t just sell to customers — you have to actually connect with them. Luckily, there are tons of different ways you can do this. And members of our small business community are well versed in all of those different techniques. Check out some of their top tips below.

Learn the Do’s and Don’ts of Connecting Through Instagram

If you use Instagram for your business, then you have access to a great tool for connecting with customers and other members of your target audience. But there are some do’s and don’ts to consider when using the platform. Lexie Lu elaborates in this post on Design Roast.

Consider User Intent With Your SEO Efforts

Your SEO efforts aren’t likely to go very far if you don’t put yourself in your customers’ or visitors’ shoes. That’s why user intent can be a very important part of the process, as Julia McCoy explains in this Content Marketing Institute post.

Start Caring About Organic SEO

When building a blog or other website, SEO can be key. But organic SEO may differ from the techniques you’re used to reading about. In this post, Jane Sheeba of The DoSplash Blog explains what organic SEO is and why your business should care. And BizSugar members commented on the post here.

Connect With People in These Facebook Groups

Facebook groups can be a great way to find and communicate with like-minded individuals on social media. If you’re a blogger, you might want to check out the groups in this Mostly Blogging post by Janice Wald. And then see what the BizSugar community had to say about Facebook groups here.

Apply Emotional Marketing to Your Facebook Ads

When connecting with customers online, it can help to appeal to people’s emotions. That’s also true when it comes to Facebook ads. This Kissmetrics post by Karola Karlson includes some genius ways you can apply emotional marketing to your Facebook ads.

Use These Social Media Marketing Tips for Local Businesses

If you run a local business, you can still use social media to connect with your customers online. There are plenty of effective tactics to consider. Blair Evan Ball of Prepare 1 shares some tips for local businesses in this post.

Determine Your Audience of One

Connecting with an individual can be a lot easier than trying to connect with a whole group. That’s why some businesses find it beneficial to create an “audience of one.” Learn more in this Resonance Content Marketing post and video by Rachel Parker. Then check out what BizSugar members had to say here.

Create More Personalization in Your Business

Personalization can be a great way to really connect with customers and get their attention online. But in order for your business to really employ complete personalization, you’ll need the key elements listed in this Target Marketing post by Stephen H. Yu.

Blow Up Your Blog Visits via Community Management

Blogging isn’t just a way for you to promote your business and share helpful content. It can also help you build a community online. And if you’re able to effectively manage that community, you can give your blog a major boost. This Basic Blog Tips post by Disha Dinesh offers some insights on the topic.

Build Your Own Content Marketing Strategy

If your business doesn’t have a content marketing strategy by now, it may finally be time to consider jumping on the bandwagon. This Biz Epic post by Ivan Widjaya goes into more detail about why such a strategy is so important.

If you’d like to suggest your favorite small business content to be considered for an upcoming community roundup, please send your news tips to: sbtips@gmail.com.

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This article, "10 Tips for Connecting With Customers Online" was first published on Small Business Trends

It May Be a Good Idea to Change Your iCloud Password Right Now

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2017-03-25 09:30

 

For the many small business owners that are using iCloud, the newest hacker threat to Apple (NASDAQ:AAPL) is a serious issue.

The Turkish Crime Family, a syndicate of hackers, is demanding a ransom from Apple, according to reports.

The ransom would supposedly buy the safety of thousands of iCloud and Apple email accounts to which hackers have already gin access.

Apple is saying the claims are false and their systems show no signs of breach.

What’s hanging in the balance is the data of up to 559 million Apple email and iCloud accounts. It’s these accounts that the hackers are threatening to wipe clean by April 7. Currently more than 800 million people and businesses are using iCloud to store and backup their valuable data.

For those who don’t wish to take the chance that hackers are telling the truth, the following action steps will minimize your exposure.

iCloud Security Tips Change Your Password

The first and immediate action you should take is changing your password.

Password managers do a great job of generating and storing hard-to-crack passwords.

Break the Chain

Apple’s stance on the current issue is that the breach resulted from third party services being compromised. Account holders that used the same password for sites like LinkedIn were the ones affected.

Break the chain between your various accounts by assigning them different, securely generated, passwords.

Enable Two-Factor Authentication

Two-Factor Authentication (2FA), adds an extra layer of verification before log-in. While this additional step may be considered inconvenient, it could be the difference between a hacker accessing and failing to access your account.

Implement Better Password Policies

Small business owners should not underestimate the need for password policy. Protecting the data of your business and clients should be added to your standard list of priorities.

Conclusion

One of the promises that Apple asserted with iCloud is that customers would never have to worry about their passwords again. The only safe assumption at this point is that your password remains the only obstacle between hackers and your data.

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This article, "It May Be a Good Idea to Change Your iCloud Password Right Now" was first published on Small Business Trends

The One Thing You Should Order At Burger King If You're A...

Topix - Sat, 2017-03-25 08:51

Like most fast food joints, Burger King doesn't usually have a veggie-friendly reputation. Fast food is known to not be particularly pro-vegetarian, but lately that's beginning to change.

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Why the Middle Class Comeback Could Be the Key to Saving America

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2017-03-25 07:30

With the Global Recession, a housing crisis, the internet bubble, rising college costs, increasing student debt and more, the middle class has been hit hard in the past few decades. While these things may seem to cast a rather negative light on the prospects of America’s middle class, Munir Moon doesn’t think so. In his book, The Middle Class Comeback: Women, Millennials, and Technology Leading the Way, he argues that the middle class (both the current and aspiring members) is entering a period where their collective actions could radically transform America as we know it.

What is The Middle Class Comeback About?

If you ask any economist, magazine editor or politician, the middle class is struggling financially. To be more honest, it is shrinking and shrinking fast. This is important because the American middle class is the financial and social anchor of American life. It’s the image most people have in mind when they think of an “American” family. It’s the group politicians campaign to reach. It’s the group that all other levels of American society are measured against. Without the American middle class, there is no America as we know it.

Despite concerns about this pivotal group’s decline, Munir Moon believes there is a reason to be optimistic. The news isn’t all bad. In fact, there are segments of the population and sectors of the economy where the middle class ideal seems to still be a reality. Those sectors are where Moon argues we should be focusing. But where are they? Moon chooses to focus on two areas, demographics (women and Millennials in particular) and technology. He argues these groups — women, Millennials and the technology sector — have the ability to transform decades-old industries in need of rejuvenation. He also believes they can transform education, the workforce, medicine, politics and America’s taxation system.

The Middle Class Comeback contends that capitalism and democracy are adaptable. When a certain industry doesn’t serve its customer or client base, it fails or gets remixed into something that is useful to the needs of that customer base. The changes of the future will be fueled by the dynamic shifts of demographics and technology. There will be more Millennials, more women in the labor force and positions of leadership, and more technology transforming how society interacts. These changes will in turn bring changes in products and services consumers purchase, the politicians they vote for and the policies they support. With that collective power comes a collective potential for the middle class to completely revolutionize almost every aspect of American society.

Moon is an author, entrepreneur, and commentator on social policy and issues for the Huffington Post and LA Progressive.

What Was Best About The Middle Class Comeback?

The best part of The Middle Class Comeback is the action-oriented optimism that fills the entire book. Many books praise the ingenuity of the middle class, but they contain more political rhetoric than policy. The Middle Class Comeback maintains the same amount of optimism without falling into that trap. The focus in this book is on exploring the potential of America’s future by exploring the future created by the most promising trends of today.

What Could Have Been Done Differently?

The Middle Class Comeback is a welcome dose of optimism for readers who are tired of hearing nothing but negative news. In that optimism, it glosses over social issues that don’t have an easily defined solution. To its credit, the book discusses the need for more work in the areas of race relations, women’s rights and representation, among other issues. The book, however, doesn’t really provide more than a simple optimistic overview. A deeper exploration of those issues and how they relate to the economy, possibly in future books, would yield more solutions for the future of middle-class America.

Why Read The Middle Class Comeback?

The Middle Class Comeback was written for those readers who want to dig a little deeper into economics (particularly in the areas of technology, healthcare or Millennials). The middle class has mythic status in the eyes of the American public and politicians alike. Moon dives into that mythic side and asks, “What makes America’s middle class so great?”. His enthusiastic, but nuanced, answer to this question is an exploration into the potential and hope behind America’s powerful social and cultural engine. Moon’s book shows why and how (in a lot of cases) America’s middle class has a lot more power than its members might believe.

This article, "Why the Middle Class Comeback Could Be the Key to Saving America" was first published on Small Business Trends

McDonald's Monopoly LIVE: Where to find 100k Mayfair? How to ...

Topix - Sat, 2017-03-25 04:29

Fast-food lovers are scouring the internet in search for anyone who might be selling rare stickers to give them big jackpot wins. There are only four in the UK and these are the places where people are trying to find that illusive Monopoly property.

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Mercedes-AMG expects another vroom year

AutoNews - Sat, 2017-03-25 01:01
Following a big rollout of new models, Mercedes-AMG sales are up 30 percent so far in 2017, according to Mercedes-Benz USA. While the pace will slow, a double-digit percentage increase is expected for 2017.
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Falling beef prices could make for prime grilling season

Topix - Sat, 2017-03-25 00:28

This Monday, Oct. 26, 2009 file photo shows a Whopper sandwich at a Burger King restaurant in Allison Park, Pa. Soaring beef prices have hurt fast-food restaurants that feature the meat as the centerpiece of their menus: Burger King, Wendy's and McDonald's _ the nation's three biggest burger chains _ all say they're dealing with higher beef costs.

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House Republicans pull healthcare bill off the table

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-24 21:41

House Republican leaders reportedly pulled the American Health Care Act, or AHCA, off the table on Friday, saying the party failed to win enough votes.

“We came really close today, but we came up short,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a livestream press conference. 

The decision came after the vote originally scheduled for Thursday was delayed until Friday, as President Donald Trump and supporters attempted to negotiate a deal on the legislation, which would have repealed and replaced the Affordable Care Act, or ACA.

Shortly before the Friday vote was scheduled, Ryan said he recommended that the legislation be pulled.

As a result, the ACA remains in place, which amounts to a resounding defeat for President Trump, who campaigned on a promise to bring an end to the Affordable Care Act.

The National Restaurant Association supported the AHCA, saying it was a first step toward reforming the employer mandate and lessening the burden employers have faced in complying with the Affordable Care Act.

But the NRA also advocated for additional changes to the bill.

Meanwhile, Ryan said he would confer with Republicans about how to proceed.

“This is a disappointing day for us,” Ryan said. “Doing big things is hard.”

Contact Lisa Jennings at lisa.jennings@penton.com

Follow her on Twitter: @livetodineout

Mnuchin Creepily Praises Trump's 'Perfect Genes'

Topix - Fri, 2017-03-24 20:19

"[Trump]'s got perfect genes," said Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin during an interview with Mike Allen at Axios.com earlier today. In the middle of an interview about tax policy, Mnuchin dropped that little nugget, also reassuring the audience that the president no longer eats Kentucky Fried Chicken because now he's got great chefs at the White House to make crappy food for him.

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5 ways to ensure a profitable restaurant remodel

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-03-24 17:55

Bob Donofrio is senior vice president of consulting solutions for Revenue Management Solutions. This article does not necessarily reflect the opinions of the editors or management of Nation’s Restaurant News.

So, you’ve decided to remodel a restaurant location.

Beyond questions about design, budget and contractors, you are undoubtedly thinking about some customer-related questions:

Will your longtime customers like the new look and keep coming back? Will the remodel attract new customers? And, just as important, will customers be willing to pay higher menu prices if you spruce the place up?

The good news is that with proper planning and a deep understanding of your customers, a remodel can help you fine-tune your image in a profitable way. And with smart menu pricing decisions, you can offset the costs of the work over time without hurting customer traffic. 

Analysis has shown that customer price sensitivity generally decreases when guests are enjoying an updated restaurant environment.

Customers place added value on a sleeker experience. When you improve the restaurant with an updated design and features such as flat-screen TVs, mobile charging stations and Wi-Fi, the customer experience is transformed. In turn, the customer will be more willing to pay for the added benefits.

How much you choose to raise prices should depend on the extent of the redesign. Simply sprucing up the interior or painting the exterior may not support a significant increase in the pricing structure. However, a complete rebuild at the same location probably will. Also, consider that added efficiencies like an additional register or drive-thru lane will result in more throughput, another way to boost profitability.

Here are some things to keep in mind to make sure your remodel is profitable in the long term:

1. Determine your expectations for return on investment and revisit menu pricing before you reopen. A remodel is a big investment on many fronts. Before you start, it’s important to plan for recouping the expenditures and to be realistic about how long it may take.

Also, as you estimate the return on investment, consider lease terms, lost revenue (should you need to stop operating during the remodel), and whether partnership dollars will be available to cover some of the cost.

The ROI analysis needs to include updated menu pricing in the equation, so when it comes to adjusting menu prices, this should be determined while the remodel is underway, not after reopening.

2. Be mindful of the “decay rate” when it comes to pricing. The “decay rate” is the diminishing opportunity to raise menu prices as a result of a change in customer perception. The rate of decay depends on location, the brand and the extent of the remodel, but your opportunity to make significant menu price changes will generally decline every day after reopening.

As previously mentioned, the goal should be to have new menu prices set for the day you reopen. This is especially true if the restaurant has been closed for a while, since customers tend to forget previous menu prices.

3. Use your demographic and transactional data to reset menu prices. If you don’t have a deep understanding of your customer, changing menu prices could be disastrous to profitability.

First, it’s important to have a clear understanding of customer demographics and income levels in the location’s trade area. As you look at this, consider how close your competitors are to your location.   

But, just as important, understand what your customers are willing to pay for each item. An analysis of transactional data can tell you which menu items have low sensitivity to a price change, along with which items trade with more profitable items. This type of data-driven insight allows you to increase profit per transaction.

4. Realize that a remodel creates a special opportunity for your business. In some cases, you can attract customers who never would have considered your location before. You can also potentially bring back one-time visitors who didn’t feel the previous experience matched what they were looking for. 

To help win these people over, consider an investment in doing more training with your employees to match this new experience with exceptional service. The value of a visit is based on the entire experience — the aesthetics, the technology and the service. If you increase the value of a visit, customers are willing to pay a higher price, and they’ll come back.

5. Do a remodel when the restaurant is doing well. The best time for a refresh is typically when your restaurant is doing well. An old saying goes: “Don’t wait until it’s raining to fix your umbrella.” So don’t wait until your location is in trouble. Rather, make improvements when it’s performing well. 

Nothing is as impactful to same-store sales as a remodel that is done properly. If your location is viable, you can attract and retain customers with a remodel, leading to same-store sales improvement over the long term. Assuming, of course, it’s done in a thoughtful way supported by data.

Bob Donofrio, SVP of consulting services for Revenue Management Solutions, holds an MBA from the University of South Florida and has been with the company since 2004. During that time, he and his team have assisted thousands of franchisees across North America in optimizing their gross profit.

Diner's anger at racist language in rap song played at Burger King branch

Topix - Fri, 2017-03-24 16:07

A diner was shocked when a Llanelli fast food restaurant played rap music with explicit racist lyrics as she tucked into her meal. Lyrics featuring the n-word were clearly heard at the Burger King restaurant in the St Elli Centre, causing such offence to one diner that she filmed it on her mobile phone and took to social media to air her concerns.

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