http://www.bluemaumau.org/trendspagenewssummary en Car Dealers Fear Losing Control through Burgeoning Factory Incentives http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Car dealers have seen some significant changes taking place in the car business in recent years. Many feel that the changes have been eating away at their control:</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/car_dealers_fear_losing_control_through000_burgeoning_factory_incentives#comments Trends Tue, 11 Apr 2017 02:15:06 +0000 BMM Staff 15860 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Panera Bread Highlights from Founding to Present http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>This timeline of key events provides a short and interesting look at Panera Bread&#39;s 36-year history, from the time <a href="http://archive.fortune.com/2012/07/17/smallbusiness/panera-ron-shaich.fortune/index.htm" target="_blank">Ron Shaich&nbsp;and his father</a> bought 60 percent of Louis Kane&#39;s debt-ridden Au Bain Pain in 1981 to yesterday, when the <a href="https://www.panerabread.com/panerabread/documents/press/2017/panera-jab-joint%20transaction-press%20release-4-5-17.pdf" target="_blank">announcement was made</a> that JAB was purchasing Panera for $315 a share in a transaction valued at approximately $7.5 billion, including the assumption of about $340 million in net debt. </p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/panera_bread_highlights_founding_present#comments Trends Fri, 07 Apr 2017 00:04:15 +0000 Marilee Hayes 15851 at http://www.bluemaumau.org Why Bitcoin Might Be Right for Your Small Business http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business <!-- google_ad_section_start --><p>Bitcoin&nbsp;is accepted by some of the world&#39;s best-known corporations, such as <a href="https://99bitcoins.com/who-accepts-bitcoins-payment-companies-stores-take-bitcoins/" target="_blank">Subway, Microsoft, Intuit and Whole Foods</a>. Is it time for your small business to join them?</p> <!-- google_ad_section_end --><p><a href="http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business" target="_blank">read more</a></p> http://www.bluemaumau.org/why_bitcoin_might_be_right_your_small_business#comments Trends Fri, 10 Mar 2017 09:01:21 +0000 Marilee Hayes 15801 at http://www.bluemaumau.org 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