Selling Imported Goods Within the U.S. – Get Started with this Small Business Checklist
Selling imported goods within the U.S. can be a lucrative business opportunity. High demand imported products such as artisan crafts, furniture and even food and beverage products such as olive oils, wine, etc. represent a significant market opportunity for savvy business owners. Margins of up to 700 percent can be lucrative indeed.
CHA Announces Business Building Show Enhancements for January Show
from Gifts & Tablewares
The Craft & Hobby Association is introducing several new programs that will enhance the overall trade show experience at its 69th Annual Winter Convention & Trade Show, being held January 24 - 27, 2010 in Anaheim, California.
Scrapbooking Earmarks Could Help the U.S. Economy
from Salt Lake City Tribune
Speaking to the Utah County Republican Women in Provo, Sen. Bob Bennett said entitlement programs like Social Security and Medicare, not earmarks, are bankrupting the country. Of course, it was just last month that the Utah Republican was chastised for setting aside $5 million in military readiness funds to produce video scrapbooks for National Guard troops.
15 Gifted Women: Wendy Rosen
from Gifts & Decorative ASSESSORIES
When a potter at a local craft show mentioned to Wendy Rosen that craft artists needed business assistance, she uncovered a market for providing business services to artists. She founded The Rosen Group, Baltimore, MD, in 1981, to provide American and Canadian artists with opportunities and guidance to grow their business and compete in the global marketplace.
Blacksmiths Hit Out at Lack of Recognition
Irish blacksmiths claim they are losing out in millions of euros worth of business each year due to their failure to gain recognition for their trade. The Irish Artist Blacksmith Association says its members cannot register their trade with the Crafts Council of Ireland because it has no category for blacksmithing.
Play Your Cards Right
From material consumer goods to software and services, businesses of all stripes can benefit from what amounts to the 30-day, no-interest loan offered by credit cards. "Even though it provides short-term liquidity for materials, inventory, etc., it is still a loan that must be repaid," warns Peter Garuccio, spokesperson for the American Bankers Association. "That shouldn't be taken lightly.
Four Strategies for a Better Retail Holiday Season
from Retail Customer Experience
Following one of the worst holiday sales seasons in history, retailers recognize the need to prepare for the upcoming season with carefully planned merchandise assortments, inventory levels and cross-channel promotions that drive sales. While some economic reports have shown bleak outlooks, several indicators suggest the economy is beginning to improve. With so much uncertainty, how will retailers prepare?
Six Social Media Trends for 2010
from Business Week
In 2009 we saw exponential growth of social media. According to Nielsen Online, Twitter alone grew 1,382 percent year-over-year in February, registering a total of just more than 7 million unique visitors in the US for the month. Meanwhile, Facebook continued to outpace MySpace. So what could social media look like in 2010? What are the near-term trends we could see as soon as next year? Where do you see social media going next?