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Omnicraft parts designed to broaden Quick Lane business

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-02-20 01:01
Ford Motor Co. expects its new brand of aftermarket parts for non-Ford and non-Lincoln vehicles to boost the number of the company's Quick Lane service centers.
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Software helps dealership keep recon progress on track

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-02-20 01:01
JM Lexus in Margate, Fla., was an early adopter of ReconTRAC in late 2015, before the reconditioning software system went into wide release in 2016.
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How Nurse's fast oil change service works

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-02-20 01:01
Reporter Richard Truett puts Nurse Chevrolet Cadillac's speedy oil change service to the test.
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Repayment rules can be difficult

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-02-20 01:01
Just over half the states have franchise laws that include a specific formula for dealerships to follow in documenting the rates they charge customers for retail service work, so they can charge automakers the same rates for warranty work.
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New Jersey dealer was a pioneer in warranty-pay lawsuit

AutoNews - Mon, 2017-02-20 01:01
As a Lincoln-Mercury dealer in New Jersey in the 1990s, Robert Robertazzi successfully sued Ford Motor Co. over payment for warranty work.
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Top 10 Tea Franchise Opportunities (Video)

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-02-19 19:00

While tea, a drink made by soaking leaves in hot water, seems like a straightforward product, the history of the beverage reaches back thousands of years and around the world. There are more types of tea, both straight and blends, than you can imagine, each with fans and detractors.

Almost every culture has its own relationship with tea. Some, like the Japanese, can view teatime as a ritualized, formal occasion. Others, like the English, use teatime to gather and socialize. In the US, many view their cup of tea as a well-deserved reward to relax them after a long day.

No matter what your view of tea, the fact is that tea sales are projected to grow 4.3 percent annually in the US through 2020. If you want to ride that wave, consider one of the top 10 tea franchise opportunities in the video above.

Beyond Teavana

Thanks to its many mall locations, Teavana may be the best known tea chain in the US, but it’s far from the only one out there. Tea franchises keep springing up, some originating regionally in the US and others enter as imports. Many of these shops sell a variety of teas including:

  1. Traditional teas: The four primary types of traditional tea are black, white, oolong and Puer. Teas from different parts of the world can taste different so there’s a lot of variety among just these four types. In addition, with these teas as their base, the art of blending has developed, turning four types of teas into thousands.
  2. Trendy teas: While tea can be traditional, it can also be trendy. One such trend, bubble tea shops, have seen tremendous growth since their introduction in the US. The beverage, made from regular tea with tapioca pearls added, originated in Taiwan and has taken the world by storm.
  3. Experimental teas: Tea enthusiasts continue to search for blends they’ll enjoy. Whether they prepare tea leaves differently or throw in non-tea ingredients such as flowers, their teas are an ever-evolving canvas of flavors.

So, if you’re looking for a business opportunity that’s both interesting and growing, make sure to check out the top 10 tea franchise opportunities in the video above.

Make sure to also check out the full list of 18 tea franchises to challenge Teavana.

Tea Photo via Shutterstock

This article, "Top 10 Tea Franchise Opportunities (Video)" was first published on Small Business Trends

Celebrate National Chocolate Mint Day with a Shamrock Shake

Topix - Sun, 2017-02-19 16:41

The season favorite typically pops up in the fast food chain's menus around St. Patrick's Day. This year, instead of the typical cold, green, concoction McDonald's is testing out a few new varieties.

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Self-Employed Creative Pros Outearn Those with Salaries, FreshBooks Says (Infographic)

Small Business Trends - Sun, 2017-02-19 16:00

If you’ve been toying with the idea of pursuing a freelance career, now is a good time to get started. That’s because self-employed professionals are now earning more than their salaried peers.

The insight comes from a new report by FreshBooks, a cloud accounting software company for small businesses.

Self-Employed Make More Money

For the study, FreshBooks took a look at some of the top creative roles from its customer base. These include graphic designer/illustrator, interior designer/decorator, marketer, videographer/photographer, web designer and writer/editor.

The company then compared the hourly rates of its self-employed creatives against salaried professionals. It found self-employed professionals are charging about 2-4 times more per hour than their salaried peers.

To give an example, self-employed graphic designers are charging a median rate of $65 per hour, whereas their salaried counterparts are making just over $19 per hour.

It’s important to remember, however, that self-employed professionals do not get benefits, vacation days and other employee perks.

Cities Most Favorable for Self-Employed Professionals

According to the FreshBooks data, New York, San Francisco, Austin and Chicago are the best places for freelance professionals.

Of course, these cities are also some of the most expensive places to live in. But growing income means self-employed professionals are earning enough to sustain themselves.

Check out the full infographic below:

Images: FreshBooks

This article, "Self-Employed Creative Pros Outearn Those with Salaries, FreshBooks Says (Infographic)" was first published on Small Business Trends

Eating just ONE portion of this food 'can lead to diabetes' - " even if you're healthy

Topix - Sun, 2017-02-19 12:40

You might want to think twice before chowing down on a greasy portion of burger and chips because just one serving damages the liver, even in healthy people, and can lead to diabetes . According to new research eating just one junk food meal is enough to increase the fat content of the organ and cause insulin resistance, leading to diabetes.

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Joey Essex took a girl to KFC on a first date - and she really wasn't happy

Topix - Sun, 2017-02-19 08:28

But things haven't always gone to plan when he's unleashed his fast food love on his unsuspecting potential suitors, after one girl was pretty annoyed by his choice of venue. What a lovely surprise that must've been.

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Fajita Pete’s Announces Pearland Opening

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Fajita Pete’s new Pearland restaurant will host a family-fun celebration with free food and activities to celebrate its grand opening.

(PRWeb February 13, 2017)

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The Estrada-Zea Team Launches At Engel & Völkers Miami

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Following Sale of Brokerage, Luxury Condo Specialists Merge with Renowned Brand and Establish New Team

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ALOHA Mind Math Awards Frany and Jignesh Shah with First Annual ALOHA...

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

ALOHA Mind Math Awards Frany and Jignesh Shah the First Annual ALOHA Franchisee of the Year Award and a cash prize of $5000. ALOHA Franchise owners since August, 2011, the Shahs run 3 ALOHA learning...

(PRWeb February 13, 2017)

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Engel & Völkers Florida Launches Madeira Beach Shop

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Engel & Völkers Madeira Beach Celebrates Grand Opening

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Local Entrepreneurs Acquire Franchise Rights to Fitness Machine...

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Fitness Machine Technicians acquires two new territories in Pennsylvania.

(PRWeb February 11, 2017)

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Anaheim Hills welcomes fast-growing real estate franchise Harcourts

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Harcourts Maxximum Realty opened in December 2016, with owners Max Sandoval and Paul Cubillos servicing the Anaheim Hills, California area.

(PRWeb February 11, 2017)

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Luv Wins: Dutch Bros Donates to Local Food Organizations on...

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Dutch Luv Day is Tuesday, Feb. 14. On this day, all Dutch Bros locations will donate $1 from every drink sold to local food organizations.

(PRWeb February 10, 2017)

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Morgan Corporation Celebrates 65 Years of Growth as North America’s...

PR Web - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:30

Morgan Corporation celebrates its 65th anniversary this year as North America’s premier designer and producer of light- and medium-duty truck and van bodies, and has grown to be the largest on the...

(PRWeb February 10, 2017)

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Egel: Chefs join forces

Topix - Sun, 2017-02-19 04:16

Texas Chicken Wok opened its doors on Feb. 5, adding a locally owned Asian restaurant to the fast-food chains along East Interstate 40. Though parters Woody Alvarez and John Ya have never run a restaurant before, Alvarez has cooked and waited tables at Texas Chicken Bowl, Tooms Restaurant and the now-closed King and I. Ya rolls sushi, the only such chef on I-40 East to do so. Diners carrying a student ID are eligible for a $5 meal of chicken fried rice, an egg roll and a soft drink during school hours.

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Nissan Leaf finds its fan base

AutoNews - Sun, 2017-02-19 01:01
Nissan's bold move into electric vehicles with the Leaf earlier this decade looks like a sales flop to many. But there are pockets of the U.S. market where EVs are in demand.
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