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Sales Success Inspiration - Hello my friends and welcome to another installment of The Special Sauce Series on Sales.

Sales Success Inspiration is the name of the game today.  We left off with the last post "

No Sales! The Leads Suck! After ten years in the industry I have heard this more than once. In fact, I hear this so often that a series of educational blog posts are needed to educate sellers on how to close more deals - period.

No sales! Now, first I preface this entire post with one thought...

She Means Business: Turn Your Ideas into Reality and Become a Wildly Successful Entrepreneur Is our Book-of-the-Month.

Carrie Green began her entrepreneurial life at the tender age of 20, starting a company that would go global in just a few years. She has turned her experience...

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Free Small Business Advice & Mentoring

27 Feb 12 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in Start-Up
SCORE mentors deliver FREE, confidential, valuable advice for your business needs. Whether you are a start-up or an existing business, our mentors will help you reach customers and achieve your goals. A nonprofit association dedicated to encouraging the formation, growth, and success of small business...

AllBusiness Names Its AllStar Franchises for 2012

27 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
The winners in AllBusiness’ fourth annual AllStar Franchise rankings are in! The results are based on such factors as growth, financial strength and brand awareness, among others. Although food franchises top this year’s list and can be found throughout the top 100, the list also contains heavy hitters...

New CiCi’s Pizza Program Expands Franchise Opportunities for Veterans

24 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
CiCi’s Pizza’s newly announced Patriot Program offers returning veterans a comprehensive path to business ownership that is among the industry’s best. The company will not only waive its franchise start-up fee for the first restaurant, but it will also offer a 50% royalty fee reduction for the first...

Small Businesses Can Receive $100 in FREE Twitter Advertising

23 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
Twitter has teamed up with American Express to give its U.S.-based small business owners the opportunity to more easily build a more engaged consumer following by featuring promotions and...

Health Care Tax Credits for Small Businesses to Be Expanded

22 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
President Obama’s newly proposed budget for 2013 expands and simplifies the Small Business Health Care Tax Credit, which is designed to help small businesses afford the cost of covering their workers. It is anticipated that these changes will result in tax savings of as much as tens of thousands of dollars...

What’s All This Fuss about Pinterest?

21 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
If you’re a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner, chances are you’ve heard about the newest social networking option that has all of Silicon Valley talking. Cited by...

FREE Entrepreneurship Webinar Series Starts Tomorrow

20 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hosting a series of FREE webinars focused on financial empowerment and building skills for successful entrepreneurship, including the basics, strategic planning and social networking. Held in recognition of what is now the sixth annual National Entrepreneurship...

SCORE Cited As #1 FREE Small Business Counseling Resource by U.S. SBA

17 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
A recent study conducted by the U.S. Small Business Administration cites SCORE as a trusted, FREE small business resource and the organization’s reputation as the primary reason why today’s entrepreneurs seek counsel from its 13,000+ volunteer mentors every year. Since its inception in 1964, SCORE has...

Registration FREE for Landmark Entrepreneurship Event in NYC Now through May 25

16 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
The Stevie® Awards, the world’s premier business awards organization, is offering aspiring entrepreneurs FREE registration to its inaugural, landmark three-day entrepreneurship conference in New York City from June 13-15, 2012. The conference...

American Family Insurance Launches $0 Start-Up Agent Program!

15 Feb 12 Posted by: Kevin James Culp
in In The News
Many are looking for free business opportunities that they can sink sweat equity into that will pay off in real cash down the road.  My friends I serve up one opportunity that if worked correctly can do just that.  As owner and manager of your own agency, you’ll work in partnership with your agency sales...

Top Franchise Opportunities for 2012 Revealed

14 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
Franchise Business Review named its Top 50 franchises for franchisee satisfaction in each of the three categories of Large Systems, Midsize Systems and Under 50 Units today. Once again, pet-, fitness- and senior care-related products and services ranked among the top industries for 2012. Now in its...

Build Your Own Mobile Apps, Save Time and Money

14 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
If you’re a home-based or other small business opportunity or franchise owner, chances are you’re among the growing number of individuals just like you who are using mobile applications (or apps) to run your company. And why wouldn’t you? Mobile apps are helping small and medium-sized business owners...

Cashing in on the Mobile Craze

13 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
If you’re looking for just the right affordable business opportunity that capitalizes on the rapidly growing mobile phone applications industry, you’ve found it. Launched just this year, MyCityApp.com is the next big thing in ensuring local business owners have a quick and targeted means of reaching...

Minimizing the Risks of Entrepreneurship

10 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Featured Articles
It’s long been thought that pursuing the dream of owning your own business is a risky proposition. And while some element of uncertainty is an inherent part of any entrepreneurial endeavor, the risks associated with being your own boss in this day and age may not be as great as they once were. Why? First...

Auntie Anne’s Ranked among 25 World-Class Franchise Opportunities for 2012

9 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
Asked in an independent survey to rate their franchisor on critical questions related to issues such as overall growth potential, quality, support and communication, Auntie Anne’s franchisees gave the company scores ranging from 95%...

Demand Trumps Regulation among Small Business Owner Concerns

8 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
A new national poll out February 1 finds that small business owners are most concerned about weak customer demand for their products and services, while reducing government regulations...

Franchising Looking Up in 2012

7 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
A report commissioned by the franchising industry’s largest trade group, the International Franchise Association (IFA), anticipates that U.S. franchise establishments will increase in 2012 by 1.9%. Additionally,...

Only Five Weeks Left to Win $50K in Home-Market Advertising from Staples

6 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
If you’re a small business owner with a limited marketing budget, Staples is offering you the opportunity to win up to $50K worth of local cable television airtime and $500 in Staples Copy and Print or Staples Easy Tech™ services. All you have to do is submit a 15-second video about your company on

Small Business Confidence at a Three-Year High

3 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in In The News
The National Small Business Association (NSBA) released its annual 2011 Year-End Economic Report on Wednesday. The report shows that small business owners are the most optimistic they have been in a quite a while...

A Singular Focus, Some Mud Wrestling and the Rest Is History

2 Feb 12 Posted by: Kathleen C Lanza
in Entrepreneur Exchange
Having known from the time he was a teenager that he wanted to be a business owner, Steven Dale is the founder of Blind Brokers Network. “It’s all I dreamed about,” he says. “I started my first real business at the age of 16 in my parent’s garage manufacturing after-market plastic parts for cars. And...
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