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Former Student Dormitory to be Sold at Lender-ordered Auction

PR Web - Sun, 2018-04-22 03:30

Maas Companies to sell former Student Dormitory in Ullin, IL at Lender-ordered Auction

(PRWeb April 12, 2018)

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25.88± Acres selling in 4 Tracts - Commercial Real Estate

PR Web - Sun, 2018-04-22 03:30

Taylor Auction & Realty, Inc. to conduct Live U.S. Bankruptcy Real Estate Auction Event

(PRWeb April 12, 2018)

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Sugar Foods keeps up with changing consumer tastes

Topix - Sun, 2018-04-22 01:24

Americans like to eat snacks, but they don't like feeling guilty about doing so. Those twin impulses are helping one of Villa Rica's leading industries become one of the nation's most successful food service companies.

Categories: Today's Food News

Green revolution

Topix - Sat, 2018-04-21 18:54

The lunchtime lines at Dos Toros move faster these days - customers don't fumble for bills or coins, and employees don't make change. Since around New Year's, the Mexican food chain has been cashless.

Categories: Today's Food News

Eat your dinner (and the wrapper too!): Kiwi burger chain Better...

Topix - Sat, 2018-04-21 14:28

Eat your dinner : Kiwi burger chain Better Burger wraps burgers in edible wrapper for International Earth Day Rod Ballenden, General Manager of Better Burger eats a burger, wrapping and all. Better Burger is wrapping their burgers with the edible wrapper, which is made out of potato starch, for Earth Day.

Categories: Today's Food News

Contribute to our Big List of National Small Business Week 2012 Events

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-04-21 13:30

National Small Business Week runs from April 29 to May 5, 2018.

As a co-sponsor of the event, Small Business Trends (SBT) is putting together a Big List of events and offers of interest to the small business community in commemoration of this week set aside to celebrate U.S small businesses.

If you are taking part in the week-long celebration by hosting an event to go along with National Small Business Week 2018, please let us know and we’ll share your event with our community.

The event can be anything from special promotions and sales to commemorate the week, to live or online events. The goal is to support fellow small business owners with valuable information so they can continue to grow.

You can also take a look at the U.S. Small Business Administration site for more information and additional events here.

The Big List will be updated until the National Small Business Week 2018 takes place, so make sure you get in touch with us as soon as possible by emailing your information at sbtips@gmail.com.

 

Featured Events, Contests and Awards

Big List of National Small Business Week 2018 Events
April 26 2018, Online

National Small Business Week is fast approaching. The annual event is being held from April 29 through May 5, 2018. And we know there are lots of special events to celebrate the week.

This year, again, Small Business Trends has the honor and distinction of being a co-sponsor of the event.

So, we’re putting together a Big List of National Small Business Week events and offers. This list will reach small businesses and entrepreneurs across the country on the Small Business Trends website. Share your event.

DigiMarCon East 2018 – Digital Marketing Conference
May 10, 2018, New York, New York

DigiMarCon East 2018 Digital Marketing Conference takes place May 10th to 11th, 2018 at the luxurious New York Marriott Marquis in Times Square, New York City.
It’s the one digital marketing event you can’t afford to miss! Whether your goal is to reinforce customer loyalty, improve lead generation, increase sales, or drive stronger consumer engagement, DigiMarCon East 2018’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. Register today!

WEBINAR: Small Business Doesn’t Mean Small Security: 3 Major Threats You Need to Combat
May 16, 2018, Online

Data breaches, inventory shrinkage, theft, oh my. On average, data breaches cost $3.62 million per breach and stolen customer data costs $141 per record. And inventory shrinkage in the United States is a $60 billion a year problem. Believe it or not, your business exists within both of those realities. Do you know who is accessing your most valuable assets and sensitive information? Do you know what your employees do when you are not physically onsite? On May 16, 2018, at 2PM ET join Nicki Saffell, Senior Security Consultant at Brivo, Sara Polon, Owner of Soupergirl, a DC area small business, and Anita Campbell, Founder and CEO of Small Business Trends, for a discussion on these challenges and discover modern ways to combat these threats – including electronic access control.

TECHSPO Houston 2018
June 06, 2018, Houston, Texas

TECHSPO Houston 2018 is a 2-day technology expo which takes place JUNE 6 – 7, 2018 at the luxurious Houston Marriott Eaton Centre Hotel in Houston, Ontario. TECHSPO Houston brings together developers, brands, marketers, technology providers, designers, innovators and evangelists looking to set the pace in our advanced world of technology. TECHSPO Houston 2018 promises to be better than ever and we’re excited to see all the amazing tech companies and talent that will join us. Register today!

Growth & Success Con
September 17, 2018, Online

This small business virtual conference is dedicated to supporting entrepreneurs at all stages who are stuck in the daily grind of building their businesses and struggle to get solid advice and guidance. An amazing panel of experts in various disciplines and business coaches will share tips & tricks on topics including Growth, Marketing, Management & Business Building for Success. Register today!

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, "Contribute to our Big List of National Small Business Week 2012 Events" was first published on Small Business Trends

10 Tips for Stepping Up Your Content Marketing Game

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-04-21 12:00

Content marketing has become an incredibly popular strategy for small businesses — and for good reason. But creating great content isn’t enough. You need to take some extra steps in order to make a real impact. In order to accomplish that goal, check out these tips from members of the online small business community.

Use These Growth Hacks for Your Next Content Marketing Campaign

As your business grows, your content marketing plan needs to grow with it. In order to make your content more effective so that it can continue making a major impact, check out the crazy effective content marketing growth hacks included in this Search Marketing Team post by Hasel Smith.

Brainstorm and Prioritize Your Best Content Ideas

Not all content ideas are created equal. Some are likely to yield major results while others might be less exciting. So it’s a good idea to prioritize your top pieces of content in order to optimize results. Learn more in this Content Marketing Institute post by Garrett Moon.

Boost Your Social Media Engagement Creatively

Social media can be a very important part of a content strategy. But you need to actually engage with followers in order to make an impact. Here are some ideas for boosting social media engagement from Elechi Emekobum of On a Platter of Gold. BizSugar members also shared thoughts on the post here.

Future Proof Your Marketing Strategy

It might not be possible to know exactly what’s going to happen in the future of your business, but you can do your best to create strategies that optimize your business for what’s to come. In this Social Media HQ post, Steve Olenski discusses future proofing strategies for businesses.

Be Deliberate with Your Link Building Strategy

Too many of today’s marketers cast a wide net when trying to build links for their online content. But Tony Wright of Search Engine Journal argues that this strategy isn’t beneficial for anyone, and offers some alternative strategies for marketers in this post.

Don’t Ignore These B2B Marketing Trends in 2018

Trends can make a major impact on your marketing strategy, whether you run a b2c business or a b2b one. Sam Hurley offers some insights on b2b trends for this year in this post on the Digital Current blog. And the BizSugar community commented on the post here.

Consider This Simple Re-engagement Email Marketing Strategy

The content that you create for your email marketing campaigns needs to have a specific goal. One of those goals might be to re-engage with former customers who haven’t recently interacted with your business. Here, Ivana Taylor of DIY Marketers details a strategy for doing just that.

Make Email Inboxes Spring to Life

For years, email marketing has looked more or less the same. But Len Shneyder of Marketing Land believes that more innovations are finally on the horizon. This post includes some more information that you can use to step up your email marketing game.

Learn How to Set Up a Blog for Your Business

Before you can make use of any great content marketing tips, it can help to have a blog for your business. If you don’t have one already, David Reimherr shares an interview and several helpful insights in this post on the Magnificent blog. And BizSugar members offered commentary on the post here.

Find Amazing Places to Promote Your Blog or Website

The actual content that you create online in important. But it can only make an impact if people are able to find it. So you need to find amazing places to promote your blog or website, including the ones listed in this SMB CEO post by Ivan Widjaya.

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 Stepping Up Your Content Marketing Game" was first published on Small Business Trends

Roadie Uses Crowdsourcing to Help Small Grocery Stores Create Home Delivery Services

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-04-21 09:30

Grocery delivery is a competitive business. However, Walmart, Amazon and Instacart aren’t the only players battling for a stake of this thriving market. Now there’s an alternative designed to help the smaller grocery store competing with the bigger names in the space. Small Business Trends spoke with Marc Gorlin, Founder and CEO of Roadie to find out more.

Roadie Delivery Service

He told us this self described “app-based community” was founded on two of the principles that make America great—innovation and hospitality.

“Roadie was founded on the southern notion of neighbors helping neighbors,” Gorlin said. “It’s a new crowdsourced delivery model that leverages existing resources.”

Great Business Ideas

Like a lot of other great business ideas, Gorlin saw a need and a way to fill it. When he needed some warehouse custom tile to complete a bathroom renovation, a notion for a great practical way to get them same day occurred to him.

Going Somewhere

“I started to think, there’s always someone going somewhere, surely someone who was already headed in that direction would be willing to transport a couple boxes of tile,” he said. “Roadie was created to unlock this massive, untapped resource to create convenient, inexpensive delivery solutions for consumers and businesses.”

The Right Direction

Those resources are in fact the unused spaces in vehicles from drivers already on the road—whether they be local commuters, customers or even employees en route from one store to another. In short, Roadie matches small businesses shipping things with drivers already going in the right direction.

Smaller retailers and grocery stores are challenged to meet client expectations of no cost same-day and next-day delivery. Roadie is a way to fight back against the low-cost shipping offerings of Instacart and Amazon by supplying  delivery with no contracts, daily, or mileage minimums.

There are some other big advantages to small businesses.

“The Roadie model empowers retailers to ramp up service in new markets almost instantly and to quickly scale up by adding employees, customers and other nearby drivers to the platform,” says Gorlin.

More Effective

Roadie’s on-the-way delivery model is more effective than on-demand since most of these courier-style delivery providers labor under higher fixed costs, smaller geographic areas they work in and package size restrictions.

This app that specializes in fragile and oversized deliveries has been making a dent too. According to data supplied by Gorlin, Roadie has already made deliveries to over 9,000 cities across the country.  There’s a dashboard where you can track deliveries in real time and provide customer notifications upon delivery.

There’s even employment opportunities available too.

Roadie has over 60,000 pre-qualified drivers covering all 50 states. Drivers can sign up and match up the deliveries they take on with their schedules. In that way, Roadie is flexible like Uber or Lyft for people looking to work for the company.

If you’re a small business looking to use Roadie, you can sign up here.

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This article, "Roadie Uses Crowdsourcing to Help Small Grocery Stores Create Home Delivery Services" was first published on Small Business Trends

I'm NOT lovin' it: McDonald's customers' most BIZARRE reviews of fast food chain

Topix - Sat, 2018-04-21 07:27

We all know it's no good for us, but sometimes it's hard to resist a fast food fix when those golden arches beckon. A handy number after a night out, quick and cheap on the go, the burger chain is the same wherever you go.

Categories: Today's Food News

‘Transform’ Shows How to Use Digital Technology to Boost Customer Experience

Small Business Trends - Sat, 2018-04-21 07:00

It’s one thing to launch a business, but a different issue to change how a business operates to fit a major shift in the marketplace.  That “but” is at the heart of success or failure of a business.  Businesses recognize that they are in a customer-centric environment. But what should an operation that is customer-centric look like to be effective?

One book that strives to answer that question is Transform A Rebel’s Guide for Digital Transformation by Gerry McGovern.  The book covers a digital agency and the building of a business culture around it.  McGovern knows the challenges well — having written 6 books on the subject.  McGovern has been a web consultant since 1994, working in over 30 countries for organizations such as Microsoft Cisco and the European Union. McGovern is the founder and CEO of Customer Care Words, a research company focused on understanding customer behavior.

I discovered the book a while back at a conference and was impressed with the emphasis on culture McGovern brings to explain the value of digital transformation.

What Is Transform About?

Transform is meant to outline the steps involved in creating operations and processes that align organizations to customer activity. Throughout the book, McGovern advocates monitoring how balanced resources are among management, employee and customer.  He believes that “a new management model” will lead to customer-centric organizations.

McGovern outlines how businesses that do not work to establish better operations risk losing the customer.  He also shares commentary about empathy and how fleeting online attention impacts campaigns.

“The challenge is that as we need to become more empathetic, the opportunities to develop empathy are declining.”

What I Liked About Transform

I liked that serious thoughts aim the reader towards simplifying processes.  The ideas are timely, given that many long time conglomerates like General Electric are exploring similar operations to stay competitive.  A mention about how complexity creates distrust is a timely example.

“Every time you do something that makes things simpler and easier for your customers you build trust. That’s why your job is critical to customer trust building,” McGovern said.

McGovern writes that consumers are turning to online options for researching products and services and for purchases. That trend puts customers in the driver’s seat, demanding that businesses fully enable those digital paths to purchase.  Each chapter provides insights into how to create an organization to deliver on those demands and how to adjust marketing to be more transparent and honest.

A nice touch is how McGovern expands the importance of trust to other institutions businesses typically encounter.  In fact, McGovern states clearly that much of the book speaks to culture and history, and he does a good job of making his points with this approach.   He recounts the experience of Dimitrius, a small business owner in Greece who has paid “about a fifth of his revenue in bribes to tax collectors, health inspectors, police and other officials.”  Dimitrius notes how small firms are obligated to conduct business this way because of the legal barriers.

McGovern also notes the faux posturing of working long hours — a sign of inefficiency. He calls upon professionals to find purposeful tasks in their work.  He writes, “New model organizations will focus on creating the simplest, fastest and most useful possible environment for the knowledge worker.”

That leads to another aspect I appreciate about the book — its tidy size.  The book’s 16 chapters are a quick read, coming to just under 200 pages.  Yet the ideas are explained in a ready to implement fashion. Chapter 10 offers a map for a digital workplace, while Chapter 13, The Business Case for Self-Service, explores the impact of self-service processes where digital media and data are involved.

What Could Have Been Done Differently?

While the book focused on establishing digital workplaces, Chapter 13 does not delve too deeply into emerging data influences, such as data science and regulatory use of data.  These things can get overwhelming. I’ll admit you could write several books on Amazon and Google separate of the open source cloud products. But a few further treatments could spark imaginations. (I also should note, Chapter 12 shares companies that have done well with their data to service customers).

Moreover, McGovern does rightly advise throughout the book how “organizations use to have all the power…not anymore.”   And reading the given examples, such as Cisco’s Task Performance Indicator, may inspire a few ideas on how to develop metrics that monitor progress on an organizational transformation.

Transform is a good read for a manager who is not looking for a heavy-handed textbook but needs reminders of why his or her workplace must incorporate aspects of web culture into its operations.  If you have managers that adore the status quo for status quo’s sake, have them read Transform to begin their own transformation to be competitive in a digital world and to be a better provider of customer experience.

This article, "‘Transform’ Shows How to Use Digital Technology to Boost Customer Experience" was first published on Small Business Trends

Russ and Wendy Fortier Bring Fresh Coat to Florence, SC

PR Web - Sat, 2018-04-21 03:30

New professional painting company serves Florence, Darlington, Hartsville, Lake City, Timmonsville, Pamplico and the surrounding areas.

(PRWeb April 12, 2018)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/04/prweb15407964.htm

Take Control of Your Future at The Franchise Show – April 14 & 15...

PR Web - Sat, 2018-04-21 03:30

Visitors have the chance to speak directly with representatives from proven, successful franchises. Full-time franchises and part-time business opportunities are available across the Capital Region.

(PRWeb April 12, 2018)

Read the full story at http://www.prweb.com/releases/2018/04/prweb15400193.htm

Tutu School Franchises Leaps and Twirls into 10 Year Anniversary...

PR Web - Sat, 2018-04-21 03:30

More than 30 Successful Ballet Studios Now Reach 4,000 Students Across the United States

(PRWeb April 11, 2018)

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Heard on the Street: Coffee, bank coming to North Broadway

Topix - Sat, 2018-04-21 02:49

Plans for a bank branch and a coffee shop on the site of a former fast food eatery and a long-closed gas station on North Broadway surfaced this week. Rochester's Broadway Enterprises and JLV Assets Acquisitions of Eau Claire, Wis.

Categories: Today's Food News

Retooled QX50 fills Infiniti's 'biggest void'

AutoNews - Sat, 2018-04-21 01:01
Infiniti has turned its aging QX50 into a true competitor in the compact premium crossover space, with an advanced engine, new safety technologies and an attractive sticker.
Categories: Latest News

Here's What the New KFC Colonel George Hamilton Thinks of Reba McEntire's Portrayal

Topix - Fri, 2018-04-20 22:21

George Hamilton is munching on maybe his fifth KFC Extra Crispy Chicken Sandwich of the day. He can't recall the exact number.

Categories: Today's Food News

Working Lunch: Tight labor market gives workers upper hand

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2018-04-20 21:06
Recruiting and retaining employees becomes more difficult

Little Caesars scores traffic spike with 'Crazy' promotion

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2018-04-20 20:43
NCAA offer draws new and lapsed customers, Sense360 data reveals

José Andrés to deliver keynote at MUFSO 2018

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2018-04-20 19:18
Restaurant executives to gather in Dallas Oct. 1-3

5 ways operators are going green for Earth Day

Nation's Restaurant News - Fri, 2018-04-20 19:07
Restaurants are advocating sustainable practices