Gov. Bob McDonnell wants distilled spirits to be sold in independent retail stores.
Small retailers need every edge they can get these days — and consultant Cinda Baxter’s new project can help them survive.
At last, the secret to happiness has been discovered: be a small business owner. A survey conducted by TD Bank reveals that 69 percent of American small business owners polled said they would describe themselves as, “very happy.” In addition, 61 percent said they think they are happier than their peers. Moreover, the stress of […]
Despite the national headlines about the impact of the Gulf oil spill on the large industries of fishing and tourism, a new survey says that small businesses will be strongly impacted as well. The research from Inc. magazine says 25% of respondents to the Capital One Small Business Barometer — as the survey is called […]
Alibaba, the largest e-commerce operation in China, has made its second U.S. acquisition in as many months, WebSiteMagazine.com is reporting, a move that is expected to create new opportunities for smaller American merchants. “AliExpress is designed to help smaller online retailers source their products directly from suppliers, and the acquisition of e-commerce software developer Auctiva […]
Tax cuts that went into effect under former President George W. Bush are set to expire at the end of this year. That could be bad news for small business owners, the Wall Street Journal reports. “Because most small firms are structured so that they pay individual rather than corporate income taxes, some would be […]
What does it take to open a successful storefront? According to recent surveys and expert advice, it takes a business plan and the right attitude, and some help getting started, such as an incubator program. According to a survey reported on the Small Business Trends website, having a business plan makes a startup twice as […]
Many consumers today prefer doing business with smaller, local businesses, according to a recent survey conducted by WebVisible, an online marketing firm. Among the reasons cited for this preference are lower prices, a higher quality of goods and more personalized customer service. Included in the survey’s findings was that four out of five consumers would […]
One of the benefits of a sluggish economy seems to be that leaner times in advertising and media have made it a lot easier for small businesses to market themselves. The costs involved in formulating marketing campaigns, creating ads and placing them are all down, and as a result, marketing has become a lot more […]
The federal government is now promoting several initiatives designed to kick start small businesses out of the recession. In late April the White House initiated two task forces designed to help award more government work to small business. The first task force is intended to help all small businesses win contracts, and the second specifically […]