5 ways to tell you’re ready to become an entrepreneur. Few of us are blessed with a career we love and tirelessly work at until we drop.
The end of summer may bring groans from students, but small businesses catering to this market are looking forward to back-to-school season. Back-to-school spending, including sales on electronics and computer equipment, school supplies, shoes and clothes, is expected to rise 2.6% this year after spending declines the past two years, according to IBISWorld.
There are 9,450 fewer restaurants in the U.S. than there were last year, according to a report released Tuesday. Of those, 8,650 were independent restaurants, which took their steepest dive since market research company The NPD Group began its tally in 2001.
Indie bookstore customers no longer have to choose between reading digital and supporting their local bookstore – Lake Forest Book Store is now selling Google eBooks™ online at www.lakeforestbookstore.com.
For those of you who haven’t heard, Google has introduced another new social network, called Google+.
Rich Mills of FITniche discusses how his small businesses competes with National Chains. Thanks Rich, the FITniche staff and the Independent Running Retailer Association for helping make this video possible.
Calk one up for the little guy. Consumer Reports’ latest drugstore study affirms that the top-rated walk-in stores are neighborhood independents, not giant chains. Read more…
Small business owners looking to raise money are still finding it tough. Bank loans continue to be hard to come by.
When Jeff Manley and Jusak Bernhard left the Hollywood entertainment scene to be with family in Savannah, Ga. five years ago, they couldn’t find a store that sold allergy-free dog food for Kai, their first rescued mixed-breed canine. It was then they realized they could serve the Savannah area by providing better food for dogs and cats, specializing in allergy-free formula food that contains no corn, wheat or soy.
Eating local means more for the local economy. According to a study by the New Economics Foundation in London, a dollar spent locally generates twice as much income for the local economy.