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Knowledge Gained at Business to Botana Expo

Business to Botana Expo 2018

From the moment people walked into the Brownsville Event Center for the Business to Botana Expo on Sept. 19, they were surrounded by the sights and smells this event was showcasing. There was no shortage of food booths with everything ranging from Taco Palenque to Bara Exotic Food to Vita Zumo. Free to the public, this popular event drew crowds of all ages. Babies in strollers ate pieces of fruit…

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How Long Does It Take to Start a Franchise?

Purchasing a franchise involves many steps — and a lot of time and effort. But, if you’re organized, and you’ve taken the time to learn all you can about franchising, you’ll be able to speed up the process. Keep reading to learn how long it will take to start your franchise business. Purchasing Steps: 1. The Search Typically, you’ll visit several different franchise opportunity websites until you narrow it down…

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Five Best Risk Management Strategies

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Being in business is exciting but it also means facing challenges and risks every day. These risks and threats to your business can come from innumerable sources, including economic conditions, lawsuits, competitors, and the weather. In order to be able to sleep at night, it’s essential that you adopt a variety of risk management strategies. These are designed to avert catastrophe and provide you with protection to the extent possible.…

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Hurricane Preparedness Tips For Business

A Texas task force convoy crosses a two-mile bridge after Hurricane Dolly made landfall at South Padre Island in 2008. (U.S. Air Force photo/Staff Sgt. Bennie J. Davis III)

For this blog about Hurricane Season preparedness, we thought it would make sense to get some business continuity tips from a real expert — a business owner who survived multiple disasters. Three Brothers Bakery, a 69-year-old business owned by Janice and Robert Jucker, suffered losses of around $1 million after Hurricane Harvey devastated Houston last August. In 2008, the destruction caused by Hurricane Ike forced the couple to close the…

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Create a Safe Workplace

Create a Safe Workplace

When was the last time you’ve revisited your workplace safety plan? Not only is it the law, but it also can ensure that you and your employees are always safe. In honor of National Safety Month, we would like to highlight four resources that will help you identify unsafe behaviors, create opportunities for improvement and also help you (and your employees) make well-informed safety decisions on a daily basis. 1.…

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Five Strategies for Winning at Working Solo

working solo

Eighty percent of all U.S. small businesses have no employees. The number of non-employee businesses is expected to grow in coming years, due in part to the expansion of the gig economy (e.g., Uber, TaskRabbit, Thumbtack) and favorable economic conditions. Being in business with no employees means you don’t have to deal with payroll, minimum wage rules, and other employer-related responsibilities. But it doesn’t mean you are relieved of all business-owner…

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Why Your Business Needs a POS

The term Point of Sale (POS) describes the place where retail transactions are made. Think of it as the equivalent of a cash register. POS includes the hardware and software related to transactions, such as the cash drawer, credit card swipe bar, barcode scanners, receipt printers, and more. POS is an important feature for all businesses that sell products, whether it’s in a store or online. But a good POS…

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Maximize Testimonials’ Marketing Impact

customer satisfaction

Customer testimonials are still effective marketing tools. Given Americans’ increasing reliance on others’ opinions when buying everything from lipstick to enterprise-level software, testimonials may be more important than ever. Here’s what you need to know to generate customer testimonials with maximum marketing impact. How to Create a Customer Testimonial Strategy The goal of customer testimonials is to help convince prospective customers to take the next step — in other words,…

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How Much Energy Do You Need For a Franchise?

Franchises like Veronica Barrera-Cuellar's locations of Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory (as featured in the Nov. 2017 edition of VBR) are big business in the Valley. (VBR)

There’s hard work, and there’s really hard work. Owning and operating a franchise business falls under “really hard work.” Are you prepared for it? Owning a Franchise “If it was so easy, everyone would do it.” That’s a true statement, especially when it comes to being the active owner of a franchise business. Most franchises require their owners to be active — to be working in the business. But some, like these, don’t.…

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Small Business Week Hosts Free Virtual Conference

National Small Business Week

It’s National Small Business Week, April 29 – May 5, and the U.S. Small Business Administration and SCORE Association are hosting a free Virtual Conference. The three-day conference takes place May 1-3 from 11:30 a.m. – 5:30 p.m. Participants may access all the webinars or pick and choose topics to follow. They will also have the opportunity to meet other business owners and chat with industry experts. Webinar topics include: How Changing…

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