• June 30, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Kimco Realty Corp. (Kimco) announced the launch of another small business through the Kimco Entrepreneurs Year Start (KEYS) program – Carlsbad’s Build-It-Workshops held its grand opening on Friday.

    KEYS is a small business incubator program developed by Kimko.

    As of Dec. 31, 2012, Kimco owned interests in 896 shopping centers comprising 131 million square feet of leasable space across 44 states, Puerto Rico, Canada, Mexico, and South America. KEYS launched in California, where Kimco owns over 110 shopping centers consisting of over 3,200 stores and 19.3 million square feet of leasable space.

    The company says that it is actively seeking startup entrepreneurs and first-time business owners to apply to the program, which currently has over a hundred small shops (2,500 square feet and under) available for KEYS participants, including many pre-built restaurant spaces.

    KEYS will place qualified applicants into Kimco shopping centers with one year of free rent and additional benefits such as affordable property charges to minimize initial overhead; access to personal Kimco retail business counselors; a flexible four-year lease option after the first year; as well as access to shop space in established retail centers. In addition, Kimco says that it will provide operational and financial support through the critical startup incubation years to better ensure the success of these first-time business owners.

    Kimco has developed relationships with established educational organizations such as SCORE, the California Small Business Development Center, Kauffman FastTrac, and others that offer business resources and networking support.

    The KEYS program seeks entrepreneurs who plan to open their first store, restaurant, or other concept (but not franchise companies), who have adequate funding for the venture, a written Business Plan with detailed business goals and who have the ability to articulate their plan for success in an interview. A certificate, endorsement, or letter of completion verifying entrepreneurial classes completed from an SBA sponsored business association, college, university or appropriate training organization is encouraged, but not required.

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  • June 29, 2017 /  Entrepreneurs
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    Its summer and so for that reason Ill break from my insistence on pragmatic advice and write on a topic you might consider fluff. Yet its the biggest mistake I see small business owners make, including me. We have no patience. I think that its a given that a requirement for being an entrepreneur is to have a low grade case of ADD, or in my case, ADHD with an emphasis on the H. And in marketing, that will kill you.

    I cant tell you how many times a client tries something and when there are no immediate results says “Well that doesnt work.” Its like lifting weights one day and expecting that tricep cut to develop overnight. Im not suggesting that we all go out and spend a bajillion dollars on advertising during American Idol. But I do think that in order for your PR and marketing tactics to work you have to learn to wait a bit. Here are a few tips to use to figure out if youre too impatient.

    1. Are you measuring your campaign results by the number of orders youre getting off each initiative? In a word, DONT. Look at your website hits instead, or the traffic in your store. Whats the first step toward buying your product or service? Do they request a brochure? Do they visit the website? Measure by those “first steps” in the short term.

    2. Are you changing your marketing strategy on a weekly or monthly basis? WRONG. You had better have confidence in your strategy (or your consultant) from the start. Nothing works if you dont believe in it 100% from the beginning. Switching around what youre doing on a constant basis and youll end up running circles.

    3. Are you relying on only one outreach method? It may work now, but it will stop working eventually. Or youll end up trying one thing after another. BLEND your messaging channels. If youre doing radio, connect it to an online promotion as well. Trying guerilla marketing? Make sure youve got some PR working in conjunction with those “on the ground” techniques.

    Particularly in the online world, patience is the key to success. Jay Conrad Levinson, the founder of Guerilla Marketing, believes that patience is the most important characteristic of successful entrepreneurs. Be confident in your approach. Measure it wisely. And then, like that old farmer in the field, be patient and watch the seeds of your marketing work grow.

  • June 29, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Presently there are a surprisingly large amount of web users that make money blogging. Some blog owners simply like to blog due to their passion and make use of the supplemental revenue to pay the site hosting fees, while some other webmasters are more serious in supplying good quality content material so they can keep generating income month after month. Numerous conditions must be satisfied to get paid for writing for your site, so don’t think about quitting your regular job just yet.

    In the event that you do not maintain your very own blog as yet, realize that it’s going to take time to make money blogging. You will need to figure out a good topic for your weblog that you are convinced can pull in an audience. Then you have to think of a design and style for that blog site and supply it with content material. Luckily, establishing a blog is simple and there are plenty of free blog templates to pick.

    Advertising networks such as the ones showing on Yahoo allows you to place promotional advertisements on your site so income can be earned when your visitors click the adverts. The advertisements shown should seamlessly mirror the content showcased on your blog. That’s the most desirable approach to pull in the people that are more prone to click on the ads. You will find lots of blogs to look at for inspiration, and they are completely supported by ad earnings. As long as your ads don’t look too intrusive, your web visitors really should be happy.

    Also you can make money blogging by looking for a website that’s willing to pay you to do some creative writing jobs specifically for their website. The appeal to this is the fact that you don’t have to rely on other people to visit your adverts. Virtually all blog managers are going to compensate you the minute you complete your article and it gets okayed. Private internet sites are a fantastic resource for locating these kinds of jobs mainly because numerous new website managers that badly have to have content material make an effort to seek quality freelancers.

    The awesome aspect surrounding the whole idea to make money blogging is that you could concentrate on numerous strategies, as long as you have got the time. You could manage your own blog and provide content material to other blogging sites also. The truth is, writing blog posts for other sites is an awesome strategy to bring in some cash flow which you can later use in promoting your own personal blog site. After more individuals are aware of your blog, your financial investment will pay off.

    If you’re interested in understanding how to make money blogging together with doing various other creative writing jobs then simply click these hyperlinks.

  • June 29, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    If you are one of those who are looking for private money lenders, this could be an indication that you have just fallen into a financial emergency. This happens to almost anybody not only in the United States but all across the world. To date, the fact remains that there is a very small percentage of the society that does not run out of money but a big part of the population needs options just in case they do.

    For some of us, borrowing money from family members is not an option so is borrowing through credit cards either because you have reached your credit limit or you have a bad credit. This is where private money lenders come in. Individuals who have gotten into an unexpected expense but do not have the cash at this moment are the most common borrowers of private money loans. Private money lenders offer short term loans to people who have had a hard time borrowing money from banks or other traditional lenders.

    If you need to borrow financing from private money lenders, collect personal data that may be relevant to your search for lenders. Gather all important papers in advance. Oftentimes, you will need to present a proof of income and other financial documents including bank statements in advance. You can search for lenders online. You can find them listed in the investment bank section of your Yellow Pages. You may also look for names on the Internet. Asking contacts from banks or credit unions will also be helpful. These financial institutions will be able to assist you in finding lenders in your local area.

    Once you find a private money lender, be prepared to explain you situation. Ask for a loan application form and fill it out. Be honest with any information that you put in your application. Lenders will have their ways of finding out whether or not you are telling the truth. Always ask for a timeline so that you will have an idea as to when to expect feedback.

    If you are borrowing private money loans to finance your real estate investment, prepare exit strategies that you can use as fallback. For instance, you can sell the house after two years. You may also choose to apply for refinancing. Finding private money lenders is not as difficult as what most of us think. Maximize your resources and you are sure to find one who can help you with your needs. For a list of lenders in your area, go to www.rehabhardmoney.com.

  • June 27, 2017 /  Banking & Money
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    Top water bass fishing can be some of the most exciting action you will ever have on the lake. When the fish are hitting the top, the action can be fast and furious all day long. Sometimes though, even though they are hitting the top, they are still sitting in beds of grass or lily pads.

    The Yum money hound will let you to make the most of your quality time on the lake, because it allows you to rig the lure in a weedless style.

    Not only do you lose more lures, but you have to clean your hooks on just about every cast! Cleaning hooks is not the way I like to spend my time on the lake. That’s why I bought the Yum money hound.

    There aren’t any top water, hard plastic baits that let you fish in the weeds without fear like the Yum money hound will. The great part is, the weedless feature of the bait, without sacrificing the action of a hard plastic.
    To get the most out of the bait, you will need two things: a simple razor blade, and an EWG (extra wide gap) hook.

    With the razor blade, cut carefully along the narrow bottom strip of the bait. Now rig the EWG hook through the nose, and back through the body of the bait almost like you were rigging a worm.

    These two steps will help you in two different ways. The EWG is a wide gap hook, which lets you set the hook more effectively, and will give you a better strike to catch ratio. Cutting the bottom of the bait lets the hook penetrate through the bait, into the lip of the fish much easier when you set the hook.

    You can still do well if you don’t cut the bait, but you must have the wide gap hook. Otherwise, you will be setting the hook, and losing a lot of fish during the fight.

  • June 25, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    If you really love animals, and being around them, what you can do is have your own pet store. The advantage of having your own pets store is that you are surrounded by animals which you love, and make money at the same time. Plus, you can save, because you can now get pet supplies for your own pets at a cheaper price. The next thing to think about is whether to start from scratch or just acquire a pet store franchise.
    To Franchise or Not to Franchise
    Before jumping into any conclusions as to which is the better way to go, you must survey your options. Weigh the pros and cons of building a pet store from starting from scratch or obtain a pet store franchise. Sometimes starting from scratch is a lot more difficult than obtaining a pet store franchise.
    If you decide to start from scratch there are a lot of things to consider. You have to identify which type of pets you want your pet store to carry. There a lot of animals, so you need to narrow down your options. Think of the area on which your pet store will be situated. Realize your target market and base your choice of animals on the sell ability of that type of pet in that type of area.
    Next thing is you have to know whether you will also stock your store with pet supplies, like dog food, fish food and other pet store supplies. Another thing is advertising will you be able to advertise your store to gain enough followers. The good thing about going with a pet store franchise is that you will be bringing an established name, and with it the advertising needed, and also the product name and the products itself. You will have a sort of manual, a guide on how to run your pet store.
    So if you want to purchase a pet store franchise it’s a good thing to remember that you have to know the specifics of that certain company’s business franchise information. Pet store franchising involves a lot of research on your part as the franchiser.
    Before getting hold of a pet store franchise, there will be a franchise agreement between you and the franchise center. A franchise agreement generally outlines all the franchise information like what rights you have, what are the rules and regulations, and the relationship between you and the mother company.
    As the procurer of the pet store franchise the franchise agreement also contains the information of what you are allowed to sell, the advertising inclusions, the degree of uniformity and the parameters to which you can operate. If this all sounds a bit confusing, you can always go to a franchise lawyer.

  • June 23, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    NFIB and WIA to Provide Better Protection for Wine Investors

    Millions of Britons enjoy drinking it and many now see it as a long-term investment. Unfortunately, fine wine has also become a focus for fraudsters who trick investors into buying wines or vineyards that bear little resemblance to what they see in the prospectus, or may not even exist. The increasing number of such rorts in Britain has led to calls for action to be taken to protect investors and to increase consumer confidence in fine wines. In the upshot, the UKs National Fraud Intelligence Bureau (NFIB) is joining forces with the newly-formed Wine Investment Association (WIA) to tackle the problem.

    On 14 February 2013, the NFIB and the WIA jointly announced the launch of the new self-regulatory body which will aim to transform the growing wine investment industry by providing better protection for investors in the UK. The WIA has been formed by leading figures from the fine wine investment industry and seeks to support the sector’s growth through voluntary regulation, establishing best practices and setting up processes to identify fraudulent activity.

    Director of the NFIB, Det. Supt. Dave Clark, said: “Fraudsters will always follow the money, wine investment is just the latest in a long line of investment opportunities that are being exploited and corrupted to the detriment of the industry as a whole. He added that the NFIB sees the creation of an auditable framework of self-regulation as a step towards maintaining and increasing consumer confidence, while also identifying investment companies which do not operate in accordance with the required high standards.

    New Code to Tackle Wine Investment Frauds

    Following an extensive consultation period, the WIA has set out the standards and procedures with which its members must comply to remain in good standing. Under the new code of conduct to be drawn up, wine investment firms will undergo stringent audits by accountancy firm Mazars. These will include checks on systems such as stock rotation and to make sure that purchase orders and invoices tally. The director of the WIA, Peter Shakeshaft, revealed that companies which successfully complete the independent audit process commissioned by the newly-formed regulatory body will bear a WIA logo offering consumers a trustworthy safety kitemark. Shakeshaft added: Our industry has been held back far too long by unscrupulous practitioners and issues around fraud. The WIA will really hold the industry to account.

  • June 21, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    Anyone looking for a good bargain should head to Scottsboro, Alabama for First Monday, the oldest trade day in the country. Other successful trade days in the region have been patterned after Scottsboros event. The giant trade and sale day is held monthly on the weekend before the first Monday. This popular Scottsboro tradition brings many visitors to town to check out a variety of merchandise set up around the Jackson County Courthouse Square.
    The next First Monday Trade Day is scheduled for Labor Day Weekend, September 1-3, 2012. This is typically the largest sale weekend of the year, bringing thousands of people into Scottsboro. Sundays are usually the busiest days of the trade weekends, but Monday holidays are also big days. The remaining First Mondays scheduled for 2012 are September 29-October 1, November 3-5, and December 1-3.

    The original trade day was held in 1902 and named Horse Swappers Day. It was advertised to be a day for people to come into town to buy or swap horses and mules. The concept was not an immediate success. It took nearly two years to really catch on with local citizens. Gradually, as more people acquired cars and horse trading lost its importance, the trade day was changed to a Market Day. Area farmers could bring produce, eggs, milk, and other farm products into town to sell. Farmers were allowed free advertising in the local newspaper for each scheduled Market Day. Eventually the monthly event evolved into a weekend to sell all types of merchandise.

    Todays shoppers can expect to find antiques and collectibles, furniture, artwork, clothing and accessories, crafts, jewelry, baskets, plants, dishes, household items, toys, and food. The event has a fun, festival atmosphere. Everyone is looking to discover a great find or score a bargain. Some vendors have booths set up on all three days, and others are onsite for only one or two days. Mondays are usually the lightest sale days, as many vendors have full time jobs and are unable to stay. Most vendor booths are set up from dawn to dusk. Shoppers should come early for the best selection. There is no admission charge, and plenty of parking is available downtown.

    Scottsboro is located in the scenic Tennessee River valley in northeast Alabama. It is approximately 40 miles east of Huntsville and about 20 miles west of I-59. The town is adjacent to beautiful Lake Guntersville, one of the states most popular recreational lakes.

  • June 21, 2017 /  Finance & Invesment
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    With many headwinds threatening to send the US back into a recession, many smart investors are focusing their portfolios on only the income generating stocks and commodities (especially precious metals) that still have room to run.

    Many astute economists now admit that the hangover from the financial crisis is still playing out and while many people are panicking and losing money there are many areas of growth out there at the moment. Investors just need to look past all the doom and gloom that is out there and being written in the papers and economic journals.

    The 7 best ways to protect yourself from the coming economic troubles include:

    1) Focus your efforts on High quality businesses and stocks that have A-Type balance sheets and strong yields.

    2) Stocks that only provide reliable dividends and have a proven track record in a weak economic environment.

    3) Choosing stocks and bonds that show low debt to equities ratios and high liquid asset ratios currently. This is really companies with good balance sheets and no heavy debts lingering from the financial crisis.

    4) Choosing the hard assets such as oil and gas royalties, and similar real estate investments with a long term focus on various income streams.

    5) Choosing sectors and companies that have high variable costs, and low risk entries such as utilities, consumers staples and especially health care services.

    6) Choosing areas such as high growth potential in the Alternative / Clean energy sectors. Or also sectors that are not heavily reliant on bullish equities markets and volatile market swings.

    7) Subscribe to the free trends alert with all the latest and greatest tips for investing in a poor economy at with regular updates from some of the best investing minds and forecasters in the world.

    The best thing about a weak economic environment is that good opportunities stick out like a sore thumb. You just have to be on the lookout for them. Do not think that there are limited opportunities out there at the moment. There is an era of very aggressive growth coming when the US recovers from this credit crisis hangover. The best time to ride the coat tails of this booming period is before it happens. That time is right now, when everything is cheap and flat lining.

    The best bet is to never put all your eggs in one basket. There are always opportunities out there, and no one ever made lots of money but not diversifying. Investment diversification will be your friend in the next few years at the US and economic situation start to get better.

  • June 21, 2017 /  Trade & Franchise
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    The way in which most financial institutions keep track of and monitor trades is changing. Positioned at the connection of the ongoing drive to decrease operational risk and the battle to rationalize trade processing and authorized by the movement to enterprise data management, monitoring of trade is joining the evolution in the process of trading that is already well underway. This helps reducing exceptions and minimizing reconciliation, which is an ultimate industry goal.

    The process of automation in the trade monitoring is predicted to continue and growing into a mainstream practice with around 79% of survey participants unambiguously maintaining the industry”s acceptance of trade surveillance system and methodologies would increase over the next two years. Out of which 16% of those stated would be significant. In fact, 100% of the participants stated that the overall operation cost and risk reduction was their highest overall priority for starting the process of trade surveillance.

    In part, the overall growth in the acceptance of the trade compliance systems is tied to the amalgamation of non-going movement to a process called straight-through processing (STP). The obtainability of more centralized reference date hubs, and overall increased attention to risk management. It is also a natural outgrowth of better and proper business management as the complexity in the instruments and trading practices, coupled with numerous trading volumes and various necessary increased resources.

    Overall, the process of trade surveillance includes monitoring trades throughout the transaction flow to eliminate different barriers present, thereby reducing every operational cost and risk. In fact, it can also work alongside existing systems to validate data and various positions and to enable the firm to fix all trade data and identify data issues from the beginning of trade lifecycle and continue throughout intra-day processing. The goals of trade compliance systems include:

    “Minimizing the overall number of exceptions and make the process of exception handling better
    “Attaining data transparency all across trade data silos
    “Increasing the overall speed of the transaction flow through intra-day and actual time data reconciliations.

    Overall, trade surveillance system and monitoring practices are completed through the process of straight-through processing (STP) solutions and when done systematically are thought to be an important component in attaining operational efficiency and may also minimize or eliminate (in some cases) the traditional reconciliation processing. If you think it can help leverage your business, there are a lot of service providers that can be searched over the web using the power of the internet.