Today’s H is for the hospitality industry! The Hospitality Industry is a broad industry that covers the spectrum of hotels/motels, event planning, theme parks, various vacation methods, and, sometimes, dips into the tourism industry. Continue reading
Are you a business owner? Are you interested in using social media to market your company, but aren’t sure how? Then be sure to join Deborah Sweeney tomorrow, October 29th, at 11:00 AM PST/2:00 PM EST for a ‘Fireside Chat’ on how entrepreneurs can use social media to grow and brand their business, hosted by our good friends at Grasshopper! Deb will joined by Lauren Hogan of HomeAdvisor and Farbod Shoraka of BloomNation for the hour-long conversation, and will share the tips and tricks learned on her own road to social media success.
The chat will be hosted live on Google Hangouts, so be sure to RSVP so you don’t miss it. And don’t forget to follow #FRSDCHAT on Twitter to watch the conversation!
In the latest study put out by Marketing Sherpa, data showed that nearly 97% of all consumers search for a local business online and that business owners in their 20s and 30s are twice as likely to go out and look for advice on a product or business via social channels. Combine this with the 61% of adults in the United States with smart phones and you can start to see how large the mobile market is. With each major iPhone, Android and tablet release, consumers everywhere are spending more and more time on mobile devices. Continue reading
This morning I was asked to speak in my son, Benjamin’s, 5th grade class. It was career day and it was my true honor to speak in front of such a fabulous group of inquisitive, interested students. Their school is highly focused on what they call “Career Paths.” The students are learning about the college education experience as well as career goals and the paths people take to get there. Ben’s fantastic teacher, Mrs. Smith, really encourages them to think outside the box and is engaging in a way that makes the students truly enjoy the learning experience. Ben and his classmates are so fortunate to have such a committed and dynamic teacher. Continue reading
However, failing to engage in effective health and safety is a big mistake. Not only can this lead to tragic human consequences, it can also cause firms to suffer a range of financially ill-effects. The fact is, there is a strong business case to be made for good workplace safety. Here are just some of the reasons why it makes sense to prioritize risk management: Continue reading
In our line of work, we are introduced to hundreds of small businesses on a daily basis- and we LOVE it! Each entrepreneur brings something so drastically different and special to the table. Though when we stumbled upon Campus Enterprises recently, we couldn’t help but be intrigued by their unique story.
Campus Enterprises is a company completely run by Duke University students. Though, going beyond any typical student-run business that provides “for the students, by the students,” Campus Enterprises also has a large presence in the community surrounding Duke University. They offer such services as food delivery, laundry, note-taking, screen printing, cleaning, marketing, and expansion. As their website states, they’re a “one-stop shop for your daily needs.”
We had the pleasure of interviewing Campus Enterprises about their inspiration for the business, its history, and what the students who participate, as well as the community, gain from this unique venture. Continue reading
This week we’ve chosen to cover a very important sub-sector of the construction industry, general contractors. Now we did previously cover construction companies in an ABCs of Small Business Industry post. And you may be asking yourself if there are any differences between the two – don’t worry, there are. General contracting is a very specialized industry, with its own host of regulations and policies to follow. So how do you start a general contracting firm?
First, you need to be a licensed general contractor
Contractors are licensed, typically by the state. And without that license, you can’t offer your services as a general contractor. Licensing requirements vary from state-to-state, but most states maintain a database of active licenses, which the public can search through. Most of the companies looking for a general contractor will also want to see some sort of college training. Continue reading
You have your business plan in one hand, and a cup of very strong coffee in the other. The paperwork is being processed, and the website is in the final round of edits. Your small business is almost ready to launch, but you’re worried you might be missing something.
Websites and business books are full of best practices, quick tips, and mistakes to avoid, but building a successful business isn’t strictly about the business itself. You need to build three pillars that will help launch your vision into the world. Continue reading
Small business leaders play a huge role in the development of their company’s employees. They have an impact on their development, actions and every day performance. So how they act with their employees is crucial. Here are the five most important traits every business leader should have: Continue reading
When we started our Autopilot sales tax solution, TaxJar, we talked to merchants of all kinds. And one of the things we found out over and over again was that sellers were spending hour after hour on sales tax compliance. Continue reading