A business plan template: the best way to start a business

A business plan template: the best way to start a business

An inevitable truth that every businessman faces when trying to find a successful marketing strategy for small business is that starting a business is a hard work. If you try to find ways to get your business, without doing anything, well, you should forget about your pipe dream. Your first step is using a business plan template. A business plan template ...

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

How to set your goals with an effective business plan

When entrepreneurs try to implement their unique ideas, most of them eventually fail. There are a number of reasons for the failure of small businesses, but poor planning is probably the most frequent. Would you cook a delicacy with no idea what ingredients you need? Starting a business without proper planning is like cooking without a recipe. A good business ...

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

A guide on choosing an online business opportunity

With the emerging trend of online business, more and more entrepreneurs continue to seek profitable business opportunities. Choosing a suitable business opportunity online, however, can be a time-consuming task because a lot of new online businessmen often fall prey to online scammers. These swindlers promise huge income figures, and often produce false or outdated data. The key to making the ...

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

Why is liability insurance essential for your business?

When you're an entrepreneur, you will need to get liability insurance to protect your business assets and personal assets, in the case of a trial. Of course, all companies like to hope they are never sued by a customer or employee, but the risks are higher, the more successful you become. There is the added responsibility that can occur when ...

Whether you’re customers park their vehicle in the lot or street, you want to leave a favorable view once they get out of the car. Picking up trash, litter and other waste should be an ongoing chore, especially on windy days. You should also have sidewalk cracks and road pot holes repaired and filled. The very first view of your business should be warm and welcoming to the consumer.

Landscape

Your lawn should be cared for with regular cuttings, feedings, weeding and watering during times of drought. Professional landscapers can properly care for the exterior of your business and leave you free to concentrate on the success of your company. They can also add trees, bushes and flowers to improve the exterior of your business and give it an aesthetically pleasing punch. Sim

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3M Co. posted record third-quarter earnings Thursday with positive input from all businesses, but executives narrowed their earnings guidance for the year, citing pressure from the strengthening dollar.

The Maplewood-based maker of Post-it notes, Scotch tape and industrial abrasives reported quarterly sales that grew 2.8 percent to $8.14 billion. Earnings grew 5.9 percent to $1.3 billion or $1.98 a share, which beat analysts’ average earnings expectations by a penny. Analysts had expected sales of $8.24 billion.

“This was another strong quarter for 3M,” said CEO Inge Thulin in a statement. “3M remains on track to deliver its long term financial objectives.”

3M’s healthcare business delivered the largest sales gains of the quarter as demand shot up for 3M’s transdermal patches, other drug delivery products and digitized medical record systems. Healthcare sa

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If something like this were to happen to a small company, the damage would most likely be catastrophic. After all, small business owners do not have access to the financial resources and PR team of a company like Target. Therefore, it is critical for these owners to take steps to minimize the risk of a data breach so that none of their customers become a victim of identity theft.

1. Utilize Up-To-Date Security Software

Every business owner needs to invest in up-to-date programs such as antivirus, anti-malware and anti-spyware software. Additionally, it is critical to have a stable firewall in place, and you should never access the Internet if any of these security measures are not working properly. Instead, your first priority should be to obtain updated software and then run a scan of your entire system for any potential security risks.

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Apparently there are many businesses that still think they have a secret weapon, an edge that their competitors would use successfully against them if the secret was revealed. These businesses think that by limiting the amount of information they publish they will keep their secret sauce recipe from those who want to outsell them.

These companies have seen way too many movies about corporate espionage. Most businesses aren’t selling a product or service that is any different from others in the same industry. The way to blow by your competition is to build trust in your brand by building relationships with people. It’s all about giving the customers what they want.

The real secret isn’t in your product or service but how you market it. Inbou

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North American Bancard (NAB) has several openings at its headquarters in Troy, and will be hosting a job fair Tuesday, Oct. 28, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. If you are looking for a job in the technical support or customer service fields, you’re invited to attend.

“We are so eager to be hiring front-line support staff. North American Bancard is growing and we need candidates who are looking to join an expanding company with many opportunities. I’m excited to be part of NAB’s growing family,” said Shannon Rumohr, Senior Workforce Manager.

As a technical support associate, you will be responsible for answering incoming calls from merchants using North American Bancard products, including the latest mobile point of sale solution, PayAnywhere. You will also need to make outgoing calls to merchants requesting assistance. The ideal

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Corporations play a major role in controlling nearly every aspect of our lives whether we like to acknowledge it or not. It is easy to say that corporations run the world in many ways. However, it is not really a vast network of individual companies who are influencing what we eat, what we watch, and the products that we purchase. It is actually a small number of massive corporations who own the businesses that we use on a daily basis. Each of these mega-corporations work behind the scenes, acquiring massive amounts of money annually.

When it comes to the foods and liquids that enter our system, you can count on the fact that a substantial part of peoples diets all over the world include products by the following organizations. Pepsico has a major hold on the snack industry, controlling entities such as Doritos, Lipton, and select parts of Starbucks.

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Careers Today’s Most Read The SEAL Teams Dont Accept These 10 Phrases, and Neither Should You 10 Powerful Practices From 10 Highly Respected People Strategy Is Not a To-Do List Theres Lots of Free Help for Choosing and Funding the Right Franchise Opportunity When It Comes to Finding Your Path. Dont Overthink. Do.

I was in San Luis Obispo, Calif., last weekend for a wedding. I took advantage of my time on the left coast to travel to Modesto to see my family. My brother and sister happened to be in town as well, so for the first time since May, all five members of the Ruiz family were gathered.

I had the chance to spend some quality time with my sister Mary, whos the youngest in the family, and she filled me in on what she’s been up to since her graduation in May.

The more we spoke, the more I could feel the anxiety in her voice as she reiterated time and time again that she had no idea what to do.

“You love business and technology and Miguel loves medicine,” she said, referring to my younger brother. “What d

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The owner of Chuck E. Cheese has acquired Phoenix-based Peter Piper Pizza for an undisclosed price.

Texas-based CEC Entertainment Inc., which owns Chuck E. Cheese, said it intends to continue the Peter Piper Pizza brand and expand it nationally. Peter Piper, a midsized pizza and family entertainment chain, was reportedly put up for sale in July by global private-equity firm Acon Investments, which owned the company for the past seven years.

The Phoenix company ranked 15th among pizza chains, with roughly $171 million in sales for the 12 months ending September 2012, in the latest industry report by PMQ Pizza Magazine. Tucson has 10 restaurants.

Peter Piper recently began rolling out its new logo and upgrades at some of its Phoenix stores and Hispanic communities, a fast-growing segment of the U.S. population.

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