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Verizon Free Small Biz Webinar

Verizon is offering a small business webinar  on Febrruary 10 entitled “How To Develop A Business Plan for free. The webinar is scheduled to last for one hour and includes a 45 minute presentation and 15 minutes of Q&A.


Tech Insurance for Your Company


A new suite of insurance products specifically targeted toward

smaller technology companies has been announced by Hub

International – a U.S. insurance broker.

The new integrated suite will offer options and enhancements

normally only offered large corporations. Developed in cooperation

with CNA, the plan will include coverage for a variety of technology

sectors including internet and telecommunications.

Options for coverage will include management liability, comprehensive

general liability, worker’s compensation, umbrella coverage and more.

Additional coverage for personal, automobile, electronic data liability,

and more is available as well. Both Hub and CNA believe that middle market

companies are in need of such coverage and have teamed up to provide such

companies a viable insurance solution.

Source: TMC

Start A Peruvian Jewelry Business


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Franchise Tips & Advice


The franchise world is taking new directions and one of the most important parts of buying a franchise is doing your homework. After all, it’s not an easy task to determine which franchise is best for you or which one you’d truly enjoy, if any.

Is it all glitz and glamour? Or are there underlying issues that you need to uncover when searching for a franchise? Like any endeavor, it’s wise to do your in depth research and know what to ask to ensure you are getting all the facts.

Did you know about the Franchise Disclosure Document? Do you understand it? A list of experts provide some valuable insight on what you need to know so you can get out there and grill the franchise companies and get inside information you need to invest wisely.

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Entrepreneur-How To Research a Franchise

Money Found In Cupcakes



New York Times

Move over restaurants and bed-and-breakfasts. A new fantasy seems to have taken hold for people who long to own their own business: the cupcakery.

There is no Cupcake Manufacturers Association keeping count, but anecdotal evidence indicates that stand-alone cupcake shops have been spreading not just in the acknowledged cupcake meccas of New York and Los Angeles but also in Boston, Denver, Austin, Tex., and lots of smaller places. Nationwide, cupcake sales, according to the market research firm, Mintel, are projected to rise another 20 percent over the next five years at a time when other baked goods are expected to grow in the single digits.

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Cupcake Business Growing

“Idol” Creator To Launch New Company


Simon Fuller, the creator of American Idol, has struck a deal to launch a new entertainment

company. Not only does the deal include a profit sharing provision for Fuller, but it also allows

CKX, a parent company of 19 Entertainment, to invest in Fuller’s new company.

Fuller will remain in control as executive producer for American Idol and an executive of other

Shows already in progress. Says Fuller, “As an entrepreneur…starting a new company fills

Me with great excitement.”

By Georg Szalai; Edited by Clint Davis

Source: The Hollywood Reporter

Startups Are Not Fueled By Recessions


The Kauffmann Foundation, a non-profit organization focused on entrepreneurs, released a report last week stating that new business startups has remained consistent over the years despite economic conditions.

Other research data, including that from the U.S. Census Bureau and the SBA, gathered from 1977 all the way to March 2009, shows that approximately 600,000 new businesses were developed each year. Many people tend to believe that, as people lose jobs, they rush to find a way to start their own business or promote that invention or big idea they had tucked away in the back of their minds. But according to Kauffmann researchers, there is not enough proof to support that type of pattern.

Amazingly, on the flip side, other findings show that most Fortune 500 companies actually began during tough economic times.

Our Own Input

But who of us small business owners and entrepreneurs care anything about data anyway? We have a vision and a goal. Right? Some of us will survive. Others won’t. But that doesn’t mean we can’t help each other find ways to create success in some way or another. Let’s keep working to build and support one another and grow to success.  Best wishes everyone! – Exec Bytes

By Elizabeth Montalbano; Edited by Bill Sorensen

Source: CNN

Twitter Profits From Your Tweets


Twitter is now $25 million richer from two sweet deals with Google and Microsoft that allows the two search giants to make your posts public. In a multiyear deal, Twitter now stands to profit from your tweets. Early in its inception, Twitter focused mainly on building its community. Now, three years later, it appears they are looking for ways to create profit. But that’s not all! They plan to “open” Twitter even more in the future. All this in the name of generating profits and remaining profitable. But hey! They need the money to operate right?

But think of the benefits. For example, Marissa Mayer, Google’s Vice-President of Search Products and User Experience, wrote on Oct. 21 on Google’s blog after the deals were announced. “The next time you search for something that can be aided by real-time observation, say, snow conditions at your favorite ski resort, you’ll find tweets from other users who are there and sharing the latest and greatest information.” So the tradeoff is worth it right? Ahem.

And just think what it could possibly do for us entrepreneurs and small business owners looking for a major boost to our businesses and endeavors by making our tweets public. Oh yeah! See? Now you feel much better don’t you?

After all, the only way they could possibly benefit from us is by selling more advertising and provide targeted search ads. Think about it! How many members talk about the products they love on Twitter? Ah, now that paints a big picture doesn’t it? Anything else they can capitalize on? Of course! How about new commercial accounts for businesses? Just think how your business could benefit by allowing you to pay to analyze your tweet traffic! Wouldn’t you pay for that?

It will be interesting to see what develops over the course of this new year on Twitter. Meanwhile, how about all of us small time entrepreneurs “tweetup” for some serious brainstorming on how we can all build profitable businesses for ourselves?  I heavily suspect partnerships are going to be the road to the bank this year.

Enough said! I think.

Written by Spencer E. Ante; Edited by Clint Davis – SOURCE: Businessweek

Tax Guide For Your New Business

Tax season is upon us and you may be wondering how your business will be taxed. After all, businesses are particularly vulnerable to a long list of taxes the government, the state, the county and the city wants to collect from you. Wonderful! Can you think of anyone else? Here’s a list:
  • Federal Income Taxes
  • State Taxes
  • Payroll & Self Employment Taxes
  • Sales Tax and more!
  • Sweating yet? Relax! We’re here to help you find answers and resources and our first Tax Guide recommendation is for you to check out at The Motley Fool.

    EB Staff

    Want to Start A Business? What You Need to Know…


    Despite what some in the media would have you believe, you don’t have to be a swashbuckling risk taker to run your own show. “These glamorous stories serve to make entrepreneurship appear to be an exclusive art that’s relegated to a few people who exhibit a variety of specific traits,” says Len Schlesinger, president of Babson College in Babson Park, Mass.

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    Forbes – Myths of Owning A Small Business

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