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February 2009 Blog Posts (12)

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Added by Jonathan Scott on February 27, 2009 at 3:46pm — No Comments

Defaults by Franchisees Soar as the Recession Deepens

A recent Wall Street Journal Article showed that the number of loan defaults by franchisees is increasing dramatically. Economic conditions are hitting franchisees the same as traditional businesses. Many entrepreneurs look to the support of the franchise to build their business. It is critical that even when starting a franchise that you do your own homework and develop a comprehensive operation plan tailored to your particular market.



To read the Wall Street Journal article… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on February 26, 2009 at 12:21pm — No Comments

Ohio Products in Demand ~ Exports Grow for the 11th Consecutive Year

In 2008, Ohio exports grew to more than $45 billion, a 7 percent increase from the previous year. Ohio is the seventh-largest exporting state in the nation and is the only state to increase exports every year since 1998.



Well over 200 countries receive exports from Ohio. The state's largest export markets include Canada, Mexico, Japan, China, Brazil and European Union countries. The state's top product exports include machinery, vehicles, plastics and optics.



Ohio's… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on February 26, 2009 at 10:58am — No Comments

Sageworks Ranks Most Profitable Private Industries of 2008

Below is the Sageworks Rankings of the most profitable industries in 2008. Companies in these industries had the highest profit margins of all privately held companies over the period of January 2008-December 2008. You may notice that 9 of the 10 industries are service providers. These industries are well positioned to withstand the economic downturn due to their profitability as well as the continued public demand for many of the services. …



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Added by SBDCNet.org on February 20, 2009 at 5:00pm — No Comments

Ohio is SBDCNet.org's Number One Requesting State Once Again

Ohio and Georgia almost always come in one and two in number of request submitted by state; however, Ohio was the top requesting state for the second quarter in a row for Q1 2009. We appreciate you all as patrons and love the work that you do, we are truly honored to be a part of what the Ohio entreprenuers get from the Ohio SBDC Network and wish you and your clients continued success. See Chart below for top ten requesting regions for Q1 2009. …

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Added by SBDCNet.org on February 19, 2009 at 11:50am — 2 Comments

Role of the SBA in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On February 17, 2009 President Obama signed into law the $787 billion

American Recovery and Investment Act also known as the economic stimulus package. While it will take awhile to fully understand the impact this legislation will have on small businesses here is what we know is in the bill relating to the

Small Business Administration (SBA): The bill provides $730 million to the… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on February 18, 2009 at 5:04pm — No Comments

How to Make Money Blogging

There are two major types of business models that entrepreneurs use to make money blogging. The first and most common way to turn a blog into a profit making machine is to sell advertising to different companies and brands who want to reach that blog’s readers. The second kind of money making blog is one that helps a single brand improve its image by creating positive associations between the blog and the product in the mind of consumers. Both kinds of… Continue

Added by Jonathan Scott on February 18, 2009 at 4:29pm — No Comments

Seven Things You Should Do In Your Small Business To "Thrive" In 2009

A while back I was tagged to post seven things people might not know about me. While I'm clearly a fascinating person, just ask my three year old son, I thought that it might be more interesting if I posted seven things small business should be doing, but don't know, to thrive in 2009.



Don't Overreact...Be Strategic: If you truly know your business and your market you can survive and thrive even in the down economy. I know that it is a pain but a strong SWOT analysis can give… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on February 18, 2009 at 9:34am — No Comments

Flowers Made of Money? Floral Merchant’s Fall Victim to Valentine’s Day Fraud

A newly identified fraud practice is targeting floral merchants.



Recently fraudulent customers are placing orders for flowers using stolen credit cards. The customers are requesting that the florists wrap the floral arrangements in cash and bill the total amount to the credit card provided. Some fraudulent orders have even reached $4,000.00. These orders have been placed via fax, e-mail, and/or hearing-impaired relay calls.



A shipping address is normally given to the… Continue

Added by Evan Metelko on February 16, 2009 at 9:02am — No Comments

Ten Trends That Will Impact Your Business In 2009

As an entrepreneur you should always be on the lookout for what is on the horizon that might impact your business either positivity or negativity. The challenge is that given the current economic climate you might be so heads down trying to survive you don't have time to see the forest for the trees. I'm here to help! Here are ten trends you need to be aware of for the rest of this year.



Economic Downturn Continues to Impact Business: I know your first reaction is "tell me… Continue

Added by Michael Bowers on February 13, 2009 at 2:27pm — No Comments

Become A STAR In Social Networking

A Network Can Make A Huge Difference.



I've talked with a number of small business owners and marketing professionals in large corporations and they concur, a network is a powerful tool and can make a huge difference for your business.



In today's highly networked world it really doesn't matter if you have the network yourself, or if you're connected to a network in some way. The important thing you need to know is how to engage the people, resources and expertise… Continue

Added by Dan Harris on February 8, 2009 at 12:41am — 1 Comment

Entrepreneurial Spirit means: Dreaming

Entrepreneurial Spirit means:Dreaming



A dream just doesn’t come true. It usually takes persistence and a lot of hard work and it hardly ever happens over night but dream on. At times you will have people telling you that it is not worth it but don’t listen to the skeptics, listen to those you trust and dream on. There will be times of great joy and times of difficulty but dream on. You will have to motivate your self at times and other times you will move with little effort but dream… Continue

Added by Bob Gray on February 5, 2009 at 11:06am — 3 Comments

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