http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en 10 Digital Tools to Help Your Small Business Thrive in 2017 http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017 <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>The digital business environment is constantly changing, and what business owner doesn&#39;t understand that it&#39;s important to keep up with those changes?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/10_digital_tools_help_your_small_business_thrive_2017#comments Trends Tue, 20 Dec 2016 15:21:32 +0000 BMM Staff 15641 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Veterans Day Free Meals, Discounts and Deals http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Veterans Day falls on Friday, November 11. Franchises, small businesses and chains are showing their appreciation to our country&#39;s veterans and military with freebies, discounts and special deals.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/veterans_day_free_meals_discounts_and_deals#comments Trends Mon, 07 Nov 2016 09:38:45 +0000 BMM Staff 15556 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 2016 Veterans Day Free Meals and Deals http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_veterans_day_free_meals_and_deals <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>On Veterans Day, which annually falls on November 11, a substantial&nbsp;list of restaurants and other types of businesses&nbsp;are offering special deals to military and veterans&mdash;including&nbsp;free meals, free haircuts, discounts and more. Applebee&#39;s, Chili&#39;s, Figaro&#39;s Pizza, Golden Corral, IHOP and Wienerschnitzel are some of the participating restaurant&nbsp;franchises. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_veterans_day_free_meals_and_deals" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/2016_veterans_day_free_meals_and_deals#comments Trends Wed, 12 Oct 2016 04:09:04 +0000 BMM Staff 15502 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Two Thirds Making Minimum Wage Can’t Make Ends Meet http://www.bluemaumau.org/two_thirds_making_minimum_wage_can%E2%80%99t_make_ends_meet <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>A CareerBuilder survey shows that 75 percent of Americans are living paycheck-to-paycheck at least sometimes and that of those earning minimum wage, 66 percent can&#39;t make ends meet.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/two_thirds_making_minimum_wage_can%E2%80%99t_make_ends_meet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/two_thirds_making_minimum_wage_can%E2%80%99t_make_ends_meet#comments Trends Wed, 17 Aug 2016 11:32:37 +0000 BMM Staff 15374 at http://www.bluemaumau.org McDonald’s Cuts Way Down on Artificial Preservatives and HFCS in Its Food http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_cuts_way_down_artificial_preservatives_and_hfcs_its_food <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>McDonald&rsquo;s USA says it is removing artificial preservatives from several items which also don&rsquo;t have artificial colors or flavors, including its Chicken McNuggets.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_cuts_way_down_artificial_preservatives_and_hfcs_its_food" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/mcdonald%E2%80%99s_cuts_way_down_artificial_preservatives_and_hfcs_its_food#comments Trends healthful food trends Thu, 04 Aug 2016 10:10:59 +0000 BMM Staff 15331 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Small Businesses Finding Pokémon Go Good for Business http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_businesses_finding_pok%C3%A9mon_go_good_business <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Pok&eacute;mon Go has come out of seemingly nowhere to become a major craze&mdash;and that can be good for small businesses.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_businesses_finding_pok%C3%A9mon_go_good_business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/small_businesses_finding_pok%C3%A9mon_go_good_business#comments Trends Wed, 13 Jul 2016 10:33:28 +0000 BMM Staff 15275 at http://www.bluemaumau.org The Ugly Side of the $15 Minimum Wage http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Ed Rensi, the former&nbsp;president and CEO of McDonald&rsquo;s USA, writes that while the $15 minimum wage may not be good for McDonald&#39;s, it will also hurt franchisees as well as workers who will be out of a job.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/ugly_side_15_minimum_wage#comments Trends Tue, 26 Apr 2016 12:31:47 +0000 BMM Staff 15099 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Restaurants Serve Cheaper Beef, Americans Are Loving It http://www.bluemaumau.org/restaurants_serve_cheaper_beef_and_americans_are_loving_it <!-- google_ad_section_start --><div class="photoright"><img alt="Kentucky cow" src="https://c2.staticflickr.com/2/1660/25474061484_65e9c5fb09_n.jpg" style="width: 320px; height: 213px;" /> <div class="caption">Photo by <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/sniegowski/25474061484" target="_blank">D. Sniegowski</a></div> </div> <p>Burger and beef serving restaurants are discounting something fierce thanks to lower beef costs. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/restaurants_serve_cheaper_beef_and_americans_are_loving_it" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Trends beef cost beef demand Burger King chicken cost chicken demand McDonald's QSR quick service restaurant Wendy's Tue, 29 Mar 2016 14:35:44 +0000 Don Sniegowski 15044 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Why Small Businesses are Failing Less http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p><img alt="falling rate of business failure" src="http://www.bluemaumau.org/sites/default/files/012116_1827_WhySmallBus1.png" style="height: 330px; width: 330px; float: right; margin-left: 5px; margin-right: 5px;" />Small business failure rates have been declining for years. &quot;The rate at which American employers go under has fallen by 30 percent since 1977,&quot; writes Professor Scott Shane of Case Western Reserve University.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_small_businesses_are_failing_less#comments Small Business Trends Thu, 21 Jan 2016 18:27:58 +0000 Don Sniegowski 14907 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Cheap 3D Printer on the Horizon http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>3D printing could be the next big thing, causing a major shift in the way people interact with technology and paving the way to major business opportunities.</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/cheap_3d_printer_horizon#comments Trends 3D printing Taiwan Sun, 10 Jan 2016 14:35:51 +0000 BMM Staff 14863 at http://www.bluemaumau.org