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Blue Apron trims staff by 6%

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-10-19 20:15
Struggling meal kit provider eliminates more than 300 positions, while rival HelloFresh is hiring

The sad decline of Macaroni Grill

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-10-19 19:14
Blog: Problems have plagued the chain's many owners in a decade-long flameout that ended up in bankruptcy court

Chick-fil-A is already Michigan's favorite fast-food chain

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 18:45

Chick-fil-A is Michigan's favorite fast-food restaurant despite being in the state for less than a year. The Atlanta-based chain famous for its fried chicken sandwiches is the overwhelming favorite among fast-food eaters nationwide, according to Foursquare data acquired by Business Insider.

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Here is the most popular fast-food chain in Minnesota, North Dakota

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 18:45

Americans overwhelmingly favored Chick-fil-A as their premiere choice of fast food, according to a recent study conducted by Business Insider and popular destination check-in app Foursquare . The study is based on which chains received the most visits on average in every state based on the total number of visits to each chain divided by the number of locations in that state.

Categories: Today's Food News

Despite startup hurdles, Tesla Model 3 wins early praise

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-10-19 17:23
Tesla may be behind on internal production targets for the new Model 3, but that doesn't mean Consumer Reports hasn't predicted its reliability.
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Fast food giant releases the strangest anti-bullying ad the world has ever seen

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 16:33

The ad opens with a group of middle schoolers taunting another kid-destroying his hamburger and hurling insults at him while nearby diners watch and do nothing. In the second scenario, a Burger King employee "bullies" a Whopper Jr. then wraps up and gives out to various customers who all return to the counter to complain about the ruined hamburger.

Categories: Today's Food News

Auntie Anne’s wants to ‘bring pretzels to the people’

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-10-19 16:25
The chain looks to catering and delivery as mall traffic declines

NADA Data shows dealer profits eroding

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-10-19 16:22
New-vehicle dealerships sold about the same number of new vehicles through June this year as they did a year earlier, but dealers are making less money on them, an NADA midyear report says.
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Chief Economist Szakaly will leave NADA for health system

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-10-19 15:38
Steven Szakaly, chief economist for the National Automobile Dealers Association, is leaving the group early next month to run data analytics and consumer insights for a major health system.
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3 Big Reasons Main Street USA is a Great Place for Your Small Business (INFOGRAPHIC)

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2017-10-19 15:30

Location plays a big role in making or breaking your business. And most small business owners understand this. That’s why, when it comes to location scouting, most business owners choose main streets for practical purposes.

Reasons to Start a Main Street Business

According to data from Main Street America, commissioned by American Express (NYSE:AXP), 68 percent of small business managers consider main street when choosing to lease a space. Of course, they have good reasons to start a main street business. Footfall, for example is a key factor.

Main Street Drives More Footfall

Data shows 71 percent of respondents prefer to shop or dine in a local historic main street over planned commercial areas. In other words, businesses present in these areas are more likely to draw the crowd.

Want to attract more tourists to your business? Main street works well again.

About 63 percent of respondents said when traveling, they seek out main streets for sightseeing, shopping or dining.

Preservation Programs Make Main Streets More Desirable

What makes main streets so much more attractive to businesses are the programs aimed at preserving them.

In 2016, the reinvestment of $4.65 billion in Main Street preservation programs resulted in 8,042 building rehabilitations, 5,616 business openings and 27,462 new jobs.

Location-Based Marketing Makes Sense for Businesses

Targeting the main street for your business is just the first step to getting more footfalls. To achieve success, you need a solid location-based marketing strategy. And this is where local SEO can help your business.

Optimizing your business with local SEO can help you draw more crowds and boost sales.

There are, of course, some other innovative solutions such as beacons and geofencing that can provide a simpler solution to attracting and retaining customers.

With several technologies now available at your disposal, it’s just a matter of identifying solutions that best meet your requirements.

Check out the infographic below to understand why main streets are so popular with businesses:

Mackinac Island Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "3 Big Reasons Main Street USA is a Great Place for Your Small Business (INFOGRAPHIC)" was first published on Small Business Trends

20 Phoenix Burgers, Power Ranked

Topix - Thu, 2017-10-19 14:16

The press has deemed Phoenix a pizza town, but the people have declared metro Phoenix the land of the burger. Come lunch, lines at burger joints wind.

Categories: Today's Food News

Google parent company leads $1 billion investment in Lyft

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:59
Google parent company Alphabet's investment arm, CapitalG, led a $1 billion investment in Lyft that values the ride-sharing startup at $11 billion, the ride-sharing startup said.
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Toyota dominates CR reliability survey again; lots of shifts seen among other brands

AutoNews - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:45
For the fifth year in a row, Toyota and Lexus rank as the top two brands for reliability based on a survey of Consumer Reports subscribers. The rankings of the remaining 25 brands reflect a game of musical chairs, however.
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Low-proof spirits offer operators new options

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:40
Wines resembling hard liquor can boost sales for restaurants with limited licenses

Venmo Payments Now Accepted with PayPal

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2017-10-19 13:30

There is one peer-to-peer (P2P) payment app millennials seem to prefer more than any other, and it is Venmo if the number of payments processed is to be believed. Now PayPal (NASDAQ:PYPL) is expanding the capability of Venmo users by allowing them to make purchases from the more than two million merchants on the PayPal platform.

PayPal owns Venmo through its acquisition of Braintree. So bringing the millions of monthly Venmo users and million of merchants on the PayPal platform together was a smart move.

For tens of thousands of small businesses using PayPal, this move means instant access to an app used almost exclusively by a particular demographic: millennials. You can now accept payment from this group without any additional integration work on your part.

In addressing the benefit for merchants, Bill Ready, Chief Operating Officer at PayPal, said on the company’s Stories page, “For merchants, the ability to offer Venmo as a payment option at checkout is very appealing. With Venmo, merchants can reach a new audience of shoppers, many whom skew millennial and engage with Venmo multiple times throughout the day.”

Venmo Now Lets Users Pay Online

If you are a Venmo user, you can make payments on the mobile web and in an app without having to take your credit card out of your wallet. And you can still enjoy the buy now and split later features when you go out to eat, share and discover the latest purchase by your friends, and fully keep track of your transactions with encrypted technology.

The Growth of Venmo

The power of Venmo is evident in its rapid growth as it is expected to surpass $25 billion in transactions in 2017. A recent survey by LendEDU revealed of the 65 percent of millennials that use payment apps, 68 percent said they used Venmo most often. This comes in much higher than the 22 percent who said they used their bank’s mobile payment app more often.

The trend has resulted in large and influential U.S. merchants expanding existing or beginning new processing relationships with PayPal, according to Ready. As a small business owner, you should also take advantage of this new integration by establishing or increasing your PayPal merchant platform. This will give you yet another opportunity to accept payments and attract more customers.

Small businesses can now start offering Venmo as a mobile payment option through the PayPal and Braintree platforms.

Image: Venmo

This article, "Venmo Payments Now Accepted with PayPal" was first published on Small Business Trends

24 of the Best Fitness Apps to Keep You Healthy Running a Small Business

Small Business Trends - Thu, 2017-10-19 12:00

Studies show that those who run small businesses and have sedentary desk-based work may be seriously jeopardizing their health. Long periods of inactivity and the bad posture resulting from slumping at a desk can wreak havoc with your health.

Michael Fredericson, sports medicine physiatrist at Stanford Health Care, says, “The issue that we’re really up against is that we’re not made to sit — certainly not for extended periods of time.”

Best Health and Fitness Apps

If you run a small business that demands sitting at a desk all day, you can counter the negative repercussions such lifestyles can have on your health. Take a look at the following 24 best health and fitness apps to use when running a small business.

Sleep Cycle

Getting adequate sleep is imperative to running a business successfully. Sleep Cycle lets your phone analyze your sleep and wakes you up during the lightest phase, making you feel more rested and ready to tackle the day! Sleep Cycle costs $0.99 on Android devices.

Moves

Moves is a free fitness app for sedentary entrepreneurs. It tracks your movements, demonstrating how just a small change can make your daily routine healthier. You switch on the app and your smartphone will record the distance you have moved in a day and the calories you’ve burned.

Sworkit

Yoga, Pilates and other stretch-based exercise are all ways for busy entrepreneurs to unwind and switch off. The Sworkit app provides you with yoga, Pilates and other strength workouts, without the need for any equipment.

ShopWell

Scan products to get personalized food scores with the ShopWell app. This nutritional expert in your pocket is free to download onto iOS and Android devices.

MyFitnessPal

MyFitnessPal is a calorie counter and exercise tracker. For those with inactive jobs, the app can help you eat better throughout the day by counting your calories, making you more aware of what you eat, and helping you reach weight loss goals. MyFitnessPal is free to download on iOS and Android.

Charity Miles

Charity Miles is free to download on both iOS and Android devices. The app measures the distance you walk, run or cycle, and raises 10 cents per mile for charity.

Forks Over Knives

Forks Over Knives allows busy entrepreneurs to discover hundreds of delicious, healthy meals with just a couple of swipes. Download recipes on the app and start eating healthier today. The app is free with paid subscription options.

FitBit

Finding motivation to get active isn’t always easy when you’re running a business. This is when FitBit can step in. This fitness app tracks your everyday activities and goals, from wanting to have more sleep to aspiring to be more active. It provides insights on your performance and gives you motivation to achieve your goals.

Rise

Get connected with leading dieticians who will help you lose weight and maintain a healthy weight with the Rise app,

HeadSpace

HeadSpace is a free meditation app, designed to help people with busy, stressful lives focus more and stress less. The app teaches life-changing meditation and mindfulness skills in just a few minutes a day.

Fooducate

When you’re busy running a business, analyzing the nutritional content in the food you consume isn’t a top priority. Download the free Fooducate app, simply scan the barcode on the packaging and the app will give you a healthiness score from A to D.

iCardio

This fitness app works by essentially making you feel incredibly lazy and guilty for remaining stationary for ten hours a day! This handy iCardio app tracks your workout distance — or perhaps lack of it!

Aaptiv

Aaptiv offers on demand audio fitness training through your mobile device, providing busy entrepreneurs with personal coaching while on the go. This motivational fitness app costs $9.99 a month.

Daily Yoga

Practicing yoga each day can help promote health and well being. Use the Daily Yoga app and practice yoga even while on the move. You could use the Daily Yoga app on your lunch break, for example!

Healthy Living

Healthy Living is a ratings-based app which provides descriptions of which ingredients are in over 120,000 foods and personal care products. This informative, health-enhancing app is free on iOS and Android devices.

GPS For The Soul

Feeling stressed out with your business? Download the free GPS For The Soul app and help counter the negative impact stress has on your health. The app measures your heart rate to determine how stressed you are and offers tips and guides to control stress and calm the mind.

Yonder

Yonder is a free app for iOS and Android that encourages users to find and share outdoor activities, helping entrepreneurs join a community of other outdoors enthusiasts, instead of spending all their time in the office.

DietBet

DietBet is a free weight loss challenge app that puts you on the road to reaching weight loss goals. The app tracks your weight-loss progress and allows you to join groups designed to encourage you to reach your goals.

FIT Radio

Working at a desk all day can be lonely and uninspiring. Give yourself some inspiration to get active by downloading the FIT Radio app. There is a free version of the app, that provides you with music to stream that’s the perfect accompaniment to workouts.

Keelo

Keelo is an exercise app that focuses on high-intensity interval training that you can complete in around 7 – 10 minutes, either at home or in the gym. Keelo is free with a paid premium plan.

Weight Watchers Mobile App

For entrepreneurs looking to lose weight, the Weight Watchers Mobile app can be an invaluable tool. The app provides you with a chart enabling you to track and check the status of your weight-loss programme. It also has a barcode scanner that provides information of the nutritional value of meals.

Waterlogged

Do you drink enough water through your working day? Drinking sufficient amounts of water is crucial for the health and can help you remain productive all-day long. The Waterlogged app provides customized personal reminders of when to drink more water.

HealthyOut

Instead of heading to the nearest café for your lunch each day or ordering pizza to the office, take advantage of the HealthyOut app, which helps you find and order healthy restaurant dishes and reap the rewards of a low carb diet.

SideChef

SideChef is a free app for iOS and Android that provides you with voice-activated prompts of cooking instructions for healthy meals. Now you’ve no excuse not to make a healthy dinner when you get home from the office!

Have we missed any? If you know of any great fitness apps for busy small business owners, please let us know!

Fitness App Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "24 of the Best Fitness Apps to Keep You Healthy Running a Small Business" was first published on Small Business Trends

Muscle Maker CEO on mini IPO: 'Customers love our food. Now, they can own our stock.'

FastCasual.com - Thu, 2017-10-19 11:59
Muscle Maker Grill CEO Robert Morgan chats about his decision to take the chain public via a mini-IPO and

Combat declining traffic by understanding the ailment before determining the remedy

FastCasual.com - Thu, 2017-10-19 11:58
Once you gain an understanding of what causes traffic issues at a specific location, you will be better prepared to create solutions that address the true, underlying problem.

Denny’s CEO: Supply chain ready as brand enters European market

Nation's Restaurant News - Thu, 2017-10-19 11:00
Family-dining brand is eager to get a foothold in the ‘last frontier’ as it plans 10 new U.K. locations