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Looking for a Business to Run in the New Revitalized Downtown Area?
Looking for a place to add a Quick Lube away from your Super Wal-Mart Competitor? Down Town Revitalization, Why You Should Be Part of Such a Committee.
A study showed that within the next five years 20% of LOF- Lube, Oil and Filter Independent Owners said they had plans on adding one or more facilities. So the question is where? You should be thinking on Location Strategies for Quick Lubes and Where Everyone Will Be Going. Right? Yes this is true. And we have talked about this trend lately. A good place to be is at either end of a down town revitalization district? Why? Well oil company brand names want to be in front of those customers just as much as you do.
Also you can get incentives, tax breaks, quick loans from local banks in with the projects as well as free stuff like revitalization monies for retrofitting an old gas station or garage along with sidewalk benches, planters, signage upgrades, old fashioned lights out side and poles on the sidewalks. People can drop off their car walk into the down town area while you have lots of time to do the services also this brings in higher end clientele and that means you can get more up sells. Look at this trend happening around the nation: Downtown Benefits revitalization plans have been in the news while economic development do their PR dance to attract players to invest and find matching funds, look at these articles; "EVERYBODY'S going downtown in Cookeville" in The Tennessean, TN
For instance. You will see thousands of such articles in local papers throughout the country as towns revitalize their downtown areas.
After reading these articles you need to ask yourself is the down town area in your city near a good customer base? Is a ten-mile radius out of a Wal-Mart Zone? Are there less than 2 other competitors within the zone? Look at the Demographics in your down town area, if there is a Revitalization going on, get on board and get on the committees, these down town areas are not only Little Town Americana's Chance to economic recovery and jobs and defeating crime. Is it also your chance for low interest loans, tax incentives and a great customer base?
I bet if you contact the brand of oil you use they want to be there too. Perhaps you can get a 30K grant based on estimated oil purchases from the oil company or a 100K-150K loan interest free and trade the oil company for the incentives from the revitalization monies, grants and tax incentives. This could be a good power play for financing a second or third unit. I am not sure I recommend this for a new comer into the business. But you can bet companies which are franchised like Jiffy Lube are watching this trend as much as us at the Oil Change Guys and the Car Wash Guys.
"Lance Winslow" - If you have innovative thoughts and unique perspectives, come think with Lance; www.WorldThinkTank.net/wttbbs
Franchising 101- What You Absolutely Need to Know
Franchising has made the world look really small. The well known flavors are now not just restricted to a single town or city but can be enjoyed world wide. Otherwise it would only be a dream for somebody in Asia to wear the fashion of Europe, for the West to have delectable food of the East etc. Globally as well as domestically the system of franchising has something good for everyone.
Mattress Cleaning Business: How To Manual
A Mattress Cleaning Business might be just for you if you have tried everything to contain your allergies, but feel like it is not enough. Instead of just purchasing the equipment to rid your fabric furniture and mattresses of allergens, you can also help others in your community to feel the relief and make a good income at the same time.
Why Small Business Must Turn to PR
If small business had no important outside audiences, it wouldn't exist.
Overcoming Your Biggest Competitor
Before you read any further in this article, I'd like you to take a moment and write down who your biggest competition is.
Self-Employment: Managing Your Money: Tips for Living with a Fluctuating Cash Flow (Part One)
The way you manage your money is one of the first things you'll change when you move from employment to self-employment.
Questions to Ask as Your Business Grows
Here are some of the questions that you need to ask yourself regarding various areas of the business before you start your growth push.
How to Find a Microenterprise Loan for Your Business
If you're looking for start-up capital for your business, but you don't have the credit, collateral or background needed by your bank to get a business loan, then microenterprise might be your best bet.
Beating the Small Business Cash Flow Blues
Small business owners can relieve a lot of their own cash flow problems, according to Caroline Jordan, small business advisor and author. "Small business owners have more control over their cash flow than they realize." says Jordan.
Starting a Pressure Washing Business
Are you thinking of starting a small pressure washer business to help clean up the world and make a little money? You might be surprised how many mobile pressure washers companies there are in the United States; approximately 45,000 of them. And since God made dirt on the Third Day; Genisis 1:9 ? 1:12. Obviously since God created the dirt it keeps getting all over everything and thus a business was born. Starting a Mobile Pressure Washing Business is not as difficult as you think. It is important to decide what types of things you would like to wash and specialize in a few. Here is a list of potential items to wash, think about it. What do you want to wash today?
Franchisee; Vacation Managing
Do you own a franchised business? Over 400,000 franchised businesses currently operate in the United States, which is a true testament of free enterprise. There are many advantages of franchised businesses, which anyone who owns a small business has thought about. One thing they probably have not considered; whether they are franchisee or not is that in a franchise system; your local franchise runs as store exactly like yours. They are aware of every single aspect of your business. So it makes sense that if you want to go on vacation you should have the closest franchisee watch your store for you and you can return that favor for them later.
Small Business Publicity -- Worth It?
You bet it's worth it. Publicity via news releases, along with building relationships with reporters and editors is really good for your small business.
Collaborative Negotiating: A Win-Win Strategy
25 Valuable Phone Numbers For Small Businesses Success
Starting and growing a small business can be a daunting and sometimes lonely process we have compiled a list of 25 helpful phone numbers for agencies and services that work with small businesses. They can give you information, ideas, and resources to help you be more successful.
Collect that Debt - Your Business Depends on it
The efficiency of debt collection is the difference between a business that will succeed and a business that closes up.
Its Spring - Time For A Compensation Program Tune Up
Now that winter has passed, the annual ritual of spring cleaning is in full swing. Spring cleaning is more than cleaning the windows and clearing the cobwebs that hid in the corners during the winter. "Spring is a time to take a serious look at your compensation program and begin planning for the next budget cycle. Depending on your organization's fiscal year, it may also be time to determine appropriate market adjustments and pay increases for the coming year," said Michael Maciekowich, National Director, Astron Solutions.
Employee Email and Internet Use - A Small Business Guide
Four Reasons Why Small Businesses Succeed (or Fail)
The American system of business management has been admired and emulated around the world. This system is characteristic of two traits in the American psyche: (1) enthusiasm for the future and making things better, and (2) an openness and willingness to change in order to achieve that end.
Why Internet Shopping is the New Mall of the Future
Last year, trillions of dollars transferred hands on the internet with regard to sales, or as the internet wishes to call it, eCommerce. The internet is becoming an increasingly complex manipulation of do's and don'ts. However, one thing I am sure of is, what are you doing? The cliche says, "Either get in the game, or sit and watch from the sidelines." I've been sitting around long enough and recently took bold steps to leap into eCommerce.
Lawyers Everywhere Telling Regulators What Laws to Make
The Federal Trade Commission decided to sit down and revamp the franchise rule of the 1970's. They started to do it in 1995 and postponed it then had some comments collected in 1997 and then in 1999. One thing, which is very interesting is most all the comments came from attorneys who specialize in either suing franchisors or suing franchisees. A little conflict of interest isn't it. Worse off; the government looks at their comments closely when determining new rules of law. Lawyers are out to make money suing business people, not helping free-enterprise, few of them have ever worked an honest day in their lives.
Uncover Free Veins Of Gold By Prospecting Online Guru Newsletters (Part 1 of 2)
Incredible as it sounds, you have a goldmine of free business advice and resources available to you for starting an online business. Many entrepreneurs are taking advantage of the unbelievable opportunity of financial independence by starting an Internet business.
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