Closing Businesses Outnumber Startups in the U.S. - 9/24/2014 - Financial Services Forum executive warns Congress that the low number of entrepreneurs starting new companies spells trouble for the small business sector as well as the national economy.
U.S. Economy Posts Dismal Hiring Numbers in August - 9/8/2014 - Labor Department figures show that the economy added just 142,000 jobs in August, significantly lower than economists' forecasts. Is this a sign that the U.S. economy isn't as robust as it seems?
The Best Children's Services Franchises of 2014 - 9/15/2014 - FranchiseGrade.com releases its list of this year's top 10 children's services franchise systems, reports that the children's services franchising sector has experienced double-digit growth since 2010.
Top 7 Franchise Food Chains by Store Revenue - 9/5/2014 - QSR Magazine reports that only seven of the nation's top 50 fast food chains earn $2 million or more per location--and some of the biggest names in food franchising are missing from the list.
Burger King Heads North of the Border - 8/28/2014 - Fast food giant Burger King acquires Tim Hortons and becomes the world's third largest quick service restaurant franchisor-- and announces that it is leaving the U.S. for new Canadian headquarters.
The Art of Reciprocity in Marketing - 9/30/2014 - Human beings have an innate urge to give something back in exchange for something received--and that makes the psychology of reciprocity a powerful small business marketing tool.
Urban Outfitters' Latest Marketing Gamble - 9/18/2014 - Urban Outfitters yanks bizarre Kent State sweatshirt from its online catalog in response to public outrage. But was it really just another example of the brand's unusual marketing strategy?
SMBs Spend Big on Local Media Ads - 9/9/2014 - U.S. Local Media Forecast predicts that small and medium-sized businesses will drop $50 billion on local ads in 2015, accounting for 36% of total local media spend.