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2017 International 25: Meet the largest foreign restaurant chains

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-11-17 20:59
The International Top 25 is a look at the 25 largest restaurant chains and parent companies with headquarters outside of the United States and Canada based on their worldwide foodservice sales. Sales figures are worldwide foodservice sales and are in

5 food safety best practices

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-11-17 20:50
Restaurant operators share takeways at Nation’s Restaurant News’ Food Safety Symposium

Retail Roundup—Amazon, Calvin Klein open holiday pop-ups; Bon-Ton to shutter 40 stores

Store Front Talk Back - Fri, 2017-11-17 20:45
Amazon and Calvin Klein partner for holiday pop-up stores, Bon-Ton will shutter 40 locations in 2018, plus more need-to-know news from the world of retail.

Man stuck in dialysis limbo

Topix - Fri, 2017-11-17 20:18

A Penticton immigrant has been waiting for a kidney transplant for five years because the federal government is refusing to grant him permanent residency on medical grounds. Kris Reyes, 34, was brought to Penticton from the Philippines eight years ago as a temporary foreign worker by Burger King.

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Restaurants step up snacks

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-11-17 17:58
Smaller bites edge out traditional meals — and move beyond chips and salsa

Industry veterans share career lessons learned

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2017-11-17 16:58
Skills learned on the floor can be translated to many other jobs

Facebook Creator App Offers Small Businesses New Video Options

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-11-17 16:30

With video now the clear winner in customer engagement, Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has just announced new tools for the creator community. This includes an app to manage the presence of creators on Facebook and a site where they can access resources to improve their skills and knowledge base.

Up until now YouTube has strongly dominated this segment, and no one really has attempted to compete with it. But in the past year, YouTube made changes to its monetization policies, which rubbed many creators the wrong way.

With two plus billion users in its platform, Facebook may realistically be able to come in, compete, and even challenge YouTube’s dominance. For small businesses, this means another platform they can use to easily create and upload videos for their audiences.

Chris Hatfield, Product Manager of Video at Facebook, said in the company’s news blog, “On Facebook, creators can connect with more than two billion potential fans and collaborators, get to know their community, talk directly to fans with Live, and monetize with products like branded content.” 

The Facebook Creator App

Described as a one-stop shop for creators, users can connect with communities on Facebook by making original videos and go live with exclusive features from their mobile device. The tools include Live Creative Kit, Community Tab, Camera & Stories, and Insights.

These tools have all the imaging  tools you need to create and connect with your audience. After you make your video, the analytics in Insights lets you see how users are engaging with it. It provides data about your Page, videos and fans. 

A New Website for Resources

The new website, called Facebook for Creators shows you how to make quality videos by learning new skills and techniques. You’ll even find a page with answers to common creator-specific questions.

Facebook has also created a community in which users can get early access to new features and tools. You can join the community here.

Video and the Small Business

Video has become one of the most effective modes of marketing in today’s digital world. Access to smartphones and broadband wireless now makes it possible for users to consume video from virtually anywhere.

According to stats highlighted by Wordstream, 87 percent of online marketers use video content and more video content is uploaded in 30 days than the major U.S. television networks have created in 30 years. Video is the future of the digital ecosystem.

If as a small business you’re not using video to engage with your customers, you are going to be left behind by your competition. Whether you use Facebook or another platform, there is nothing stopping you from creating personalized videos.

Facebook Creator is available now globally on iOS from the Apple App Store. Android users can expect to come aboard in the coming months.

Image: Facebook

This article, "Facebook Creator App Offers Small Businesses New Video Options" was first published on Small Business Trends

Restaurants hike prices after GST cut, but govt says it can do little

Topix - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:42

Many restaurants are raising menu prices, citing the govt's decision to withdraw credit for taxes paid on raw material and rent. As a result, the actual gain to the consumer may turn out to be minuscule, although the GST Council decided to reduce the levy from 18% to 5% for all restaurants.

Categories: Today's Food News

Hurricane Grill & Wings sold to Fatburger parent

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
Fatburger parent FAT Brands will pay $12.5 million to purchase Hurricane Grill & Wings, which has more than 60 units.  -More
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Dunkin' takes its shorter name test to Boston

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
Dunkin' Donuts is bringing its test of a shorter name to Boston, with one new shop dubbed simply Dunkin' slated to open in De -More
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Show gratitude to retain top talent

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
Failing to express gratitude for an employee's hard work can prove costly, as employees who don't feel appreciated may leave. -More
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Employee communication is key to performance

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
Employees need a clear understanding of the company strategy to perform their best, writes David Grossman.  -More
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Comfort Keepers unit teams with robotics company

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
A Comfort Keepers unit in Virginia is providing access to robots that can help seniors by teaming up with INF Robotics.  -More
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How food franchises succeed in college towns

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
College towns can be lucrative for food franchises, as students spend more than $17 billion on campus-related dining each yea -More
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IFA applauds US House progress on tax reform

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
IFA President and CEO Robert Cresanti, CFE, praised the US House of Representatives for passing the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on
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Webinar: Maximizing your IFA supplier membership

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
IFA's Supplier Forum Advisory Board invites you to learn how to maximize your IFA supplier membership during a WednesdayWise
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Tax bill approved by House

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
The House has passed a tax bill in a 227-205 vote that would lower the corporate tax rate and reduce the number of individual -More
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Opinion: Senate should pass Save Local Business Act

SmartBrief - Fri, 2017-11-17 15:20
The House took an important step to help franchise businesses by passing the Save Local Business Act, and now it is time for  -More
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New Skype Business Platform in Preview, More Small Biz Headlines

Small Business Trends - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:30

Businesses that use Skype for communication purposes may be pleased to learn that Microsoft is previewing a new version of Skype that would serve as a consolidated business platform for a variety of business functions. And that isn’t the only news from the past week that might be of interest to small business owners. Squarespace, T-Mobile and more also made announcements that could impact the business community. Read about these headlines below in this week’s Small Business Trends news and information roundup.

Technology Trends Microsoft  is Previewing Skype Professional Account to Use Service as Business Platform

Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT) has revealed that it is creating a unique Skype version for freelancers and small business owners. Called the Skype Professional Account, the new offering is designed to consolidate everything from billing to scheduling tools into one app.

Squarespace Launches New Mobile App for Tracking Customer Analytics

The redesigned mobile analytics platform from Squarespace gives you valuable insights into your website so you can make informed decisions about your small business. The new Squarespace Analytics app delivers a range of metrics about your website on your iOS and Android mobile device.

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus Combines Features with Competitive Pricing for Business

The T-Mobile REVVL Plus has been released three months after the company launched the budget-friendly REVVL line. The addition of the plus is going to give T-Mobile (NASDAQ:TMUS) customers a bigger screen, battery, and a price increase of $75. At $200 the REVVL Plus is entering a segment with a lot of competition.

What is Google Jamboard, and Will it Help Your Small Business?

Small businesses sometimes need to brainstorm on a whiteboard. But, whiteboard brainstorming meetings don’t really work when you have remote colleagues. To overcome this and other challenges, Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) has designed a cloud-based digital whiteboard called Jamboard for businesses.

Office of the Future: It’s Faster, Better, Smarter and Finally HERE!

Picture this: you step into your office and the light goes on automatically. You sit down at your desk and your computer recognizes your face, unlocking the screen. You ask your digital assistant what appointments you have, and you get a voice response back. No logging in, no typing. You get ready to print off four copies of last year’s strategic plan for tomorrow’s team meeting.

Economy 90% of Small Businesses Plan to Hire in 2018 — Depending on Budget

Small business optimism remains high and with this optimism comes thoughts of growth. According to a Microsoft Store and SurveyMonkey survey to determine trends for the upcoming year, the company found that 90 percent of small business plan to hire one or two employees next year. At the same time, counter to this optimism, is the reality of running a small business.

Small Businesses in the US Haven’t Been This Optimistic Since 2012

To find a time small business outlook was this positive, you would need to go all the way back to 2012. The latest Capital One Spark Business Small Business Growth Index goes on to say current business conditions are good or excellent for 60 percent of small business owners.

Employment All Your Employees Want for the Holidays is a Little Time Off

You may be starting to think about what to get your employees as a nice holiday gift. Cash? Gift cards? According to a just released survey from Randstad US, the one thing employees loved most about the holidays was having some time off from work. In the survey, 70 percent said they love the time off they get at the holidays.

Small Businesses Add 79,000 Jobs in October — Big Rebound in a Month

Small business job creating rebounded considerably last month when compared with the month before. According to the October 2017 ADP National Small Business Report, small businesses with 49 or fewer employees added 79,000 jobs overall. In September, by contrast, small businesses lost 7,000 jobs.

Local Marketing 97% of Customers Read Online Reviews, Survey Says

Would you reconsider your attitude on consumer reviews if 97 percent of customers said they had read reviews for local businesses in 2017? Well, that is one of the findings of BrightLocal’s 2017 Local Consumer Review Survey. For small businesses, the gain or loss of customers has a bigger impact than for a large company.

Retail Trends The Once Banned Kinder Eggs are Coming to the US

Kinder eggs are coming to the U.S. If you’re unfamiliar with this unique product that has lots of fans around the world, you might want to pay attention — it could be a great opportunity for your small business. The Kinder egg, or Kinder Surprise as it’s known in some circles, is basically a chocolate egg that contains a small plastic toy inside. It sounds innocent enough.

Shopify Has Real-Time Reporting for Your Online Store

What if you could view how your store is performing in real-time right from your mobile device or desktop? Shopify (NYSE:SHOP) has added yet another feature to its platform, giving small businesses more access than ever with Live View. A simple click on Live View will let you see new visitors, items in carts, customers making purchases and more.

Alibaba’s Singles’ Day Success Offers Takeaways for Your Small Business

Alibaba (NYSE:BABA) set a new record for sales on Singles’ Day this year. The Chinese ecommerce giant sold $25.3 billion in merchandise, a mark that’s 39 percent higher than sales from last year’s Singles’ Day. The annual shopping holiday is a growing phenomenon in China. It’s a day for single people to celebrate being single by buying gifts for themselves.

Small Biz Spotlight Spotlight: Fattmerchant  Offers Subscription-based Payment Processing for Business

Subscription businesses have made an impact on nearly every industry, from music to beauty supplies. And now, the idea is coming to payment processing, thanks to Fattmerchant. You can read more about the business and its unique way of serving merchants in this week’s Small Business Spotlight. What the Business Does Provides payment processing services.

Finance QuickBooks Capital Bases Credit for Loans on QuickBooks Data

Intuit (NASDAQ:INTU) just announced the launch of a new small business lending service that’s powered by data and artificial intelligence. Small Business Trends’ Ramon Ray recently sat down with Rania Succar, head of QuickBooks Capital, to discuss the new offering and how it can potentially benefit small businesses.

78% of Small Businesses Say Higher Taxes May Cause Them to Downsize, Survey Says

Taxes can make a major impact on business decisions, according to a new report from Bank of America (NYSE:BAC). Fall 2017 Small Business Owner Report The Bank of America Business Advantage Small Business Owner Report is a semi-annual survey of 1,000 business owners across the country.

Small Business Operations Google Docs Outage Highlights Need for Backup of Online Business Services

Google Docs went down for a significant number of users Wednesday. The outage lasted for just about an hour and didn’t impact any other tools within Google Drive or G Suite. But because Google Docs is such a major tool for a lot of businesses and professionals, the outage had a major impact. Google (NASDAQ:GOOGL) didn’t share the exact number of users affected.

SimpleCitizen  Launches Service to Help Small Businesses Compete for Top Global Talent

A new software program is promising to streamline the pathway for small businesses looking to hire international workers. SimpleCitizen for small business is designed to automate every aspect of the business visa application process.

Xero HQ Apps Now Available to Small Business Accounting Companies in US

Xero (NZE:XRO) just announced the general availability of Xero HQ apps in the Americas. The release of the new apps corresponds with a growth of 43 percent in Xero’s business domestically. Ten apps have been launched in collaboration with the company’s partners to improve the Xero online accounting software for small businesses.

59% of Small Businesses Need Two Calls to Track a Late Payment

Late payments can lead to more than just delayed revenue for small businesses. They can lead to a loss in productivity as well. A recent survey from WePay and Survata found that 59 percent of small businesses have to follow up with customers on late payments an average of two times. For small businesses, this means that valuable resources are tied up.

Fleet Complete Launches Inspection App for Owners and Operators

If you are a small business with a fleet of vehicles, you might ask yourself if a Driver Vehicle Inspection Report (DVIR) solution is necessary. According to Toronto-based asset management and fleet tracking software company Fleet Complete, the answer is yes. Fleet Complete recently released a new app called Inspect.

Social Media Facebook Introduces 4 New Ways to Grow Your Small Business Internationally

Four new cross-border solutions expand the initiative Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) launched in September of 2016 to give businesses global reach. The benefit of using Facebook’s platform to look for international opportunities is the incredible amount of data it provides.

Zoho Social  For Agencies Streamlines Management of Outsourced Social Media Marketing

Zoho Social for Agencies allows smaller advertising agencies the ability to manage several client accounts from one platform. These agencies can collaborate with clients and make reports using customized aggregated statistics. The new service from Zoho provides a way for small businesses to be more hands on in their marketing too.

Facebook  Community Boost Provides Mobile Economy Training to Novice Entrepreneurs

Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has unveiled Facebook Community Boost — a new program that seeks to help U.S. small businesses grow by enhancing their digital skills. In a Facebook Newsroom post, Facebook’s VP of Small Business Dan Levy said the Facebook Community Boost program will visit 30 cities in 2018.

Image: Skype

This article, "New Skype Business Platform in Preview, More Small Biz Headlines" was first published on Small Business Trends