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Articles In 'Business Management'

By Handy Store Fixtures, Posted in Business Management, Retail

The purpose of a grand opening is to announce your arrival, stand out from the competition, and put your business on the map. So why are so many grand openings boring events full of recycled cliches like a sheet cake and oversized scissors cutting a ribbon? Keep your party from being boring with these 5 unique ideas for the grand opening of your store.... read more.

  • May 30, 2018

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management

If you have been running your retail store for a while now, either alone or with the help of a few select friends and family members, you might be considering adding on more employees as you gain momentum. Being the only person running a store can be challenging: helping customers, operating the register, keeping track of inventory, and watching out for theft can be a difficult job for only one person. But who do you hire first? How do you get the word out? We’re here to help you get started. You will ne... read more.

  • November 13, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management

If you are a small business owner, wading through all of the financial options available to you can be challenging. Finding the right loan for your business is extremely important, and not something that should be overlooked because you don’t understand all that is involved. The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) breaks down what exactly an SBA loan is, the types that are available and how to determine which one is right for you, and whether or not you are eligible and if so, how to apply. Defining... read more.

  • October 23, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management

Getting a business grant is basically the best way to get money for your small business. Funds are provided at no cost to you to put entirely toward your business. According to Forbes, you can find and apply to grants based on the theme of your business in addition to your own demographics. There are grants for minority business owners, women, single mothers, and more. Try visiting FederalGrants.com to find grants offered by the United States government. Here you’ll find information on how to find and... read more.

  • September 25, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management, Store Management

As you probably already know, marketing is a huge factor in the success of your business. You can have a great product or service, but without marketing to spread the word it can be difficult to bring in customers, especially if you are just starting out and newer to the industry. Marketing is a way to tell the community what type of business you run; the voice and brand that you want to share with the world. It is also a way to provide incentives to customers and give them a reason to choose your goods or... read more.

  • July 10, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management, Retail, Store Management

If you own a retail store that is not part of a major chain, you are likely on a much different budget than the big box stores. While your budget for marketing is probably much lower, getting your name out there is extremely important. So how do you maintain your customers, get new business and remain profitable with a more limited marketing budget? Here are a few ways to keep your store top of mind without breaking the bank on advertising. Get online. Even if you only plan to sell your merchandise from ret... read more.

  • June 05, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management

What Does it Mean to be a Green Business? If you are a new business owner or considering starting one you have probably heard a lot about businesses that are going green. Not only is this becoming more popular for companies, but people are making a big push to make their homes green, and green schools are even popping up. So what does it mean exactly? Green businesses are also known as sustainable businesses. They have a very limited negative impact on the environment and society and strive to improve t... read more.

  • May 08, 2015

By Steve Di Orio, Posted in Business Management, Store Management

If you are opening up a new retail store or other small business this is probably an exciting and terrifying time. Of course you want to succeed, be profitable and stay afloat. These are struggles many small business owners face. So how do you not become one of the many failed small businesses out there? Make sure you have saved enough money before taking the plunge. Depending exclusively on loans, whether from family or the bank, can be dangerous. Work to save as much of the required investment money as po... read more.

  • March 06, 2015