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Menus with higher-calorie meals may drive revenues for mid-size franchises. Um...Hooray?
08/11/2014
Mid-Market Menus Expand Sales, And Waistlines

Menus with higher-calorie meals may drive revenues for mid-size franchises. Um...Hooray?

What do a burger, fries, and milkshake have in common with a company’s balance sheet? According to the Center for Science in the Public Interest (CSPI) the winners of the latest Xtreme Eating Awards are all midmarket companies. Among them the Cheesecake ...

It seems party golf has finally arrived, and apparently it's a pretty good business model too.
07/30/2014
DJs, Bar and a ball tracking app

It seems party golf has finally arrived, and apparently it's a pretty good business model too.

Recipient of the 2014 Readers' Choice Award for The Best Family Entertainment by Star Local Media in Allen, TX and named to Inc.’s 2013 list of Fastest-Growing Private Companies, Topgolf has transformed the game of golf. As their website states it truly ...

How is the Seoul city government making Uber both illegal and irrelevant?
07/28/2014
Seoul Is Taking A Hard Line On Uber. Will Other Cities Follow?

How is the Seoul city government making Uber both illegal and irrelevant?

So far, Uber has been unfazed in the face of opposition. When local regulators moved to ban it—starting in its origin city, San Francisco—the ride-sharing company turned a deaf ear and pushed ahead anyway. When thousands of taxi drivers choked streets...

The middle market is continuing to outpace the S&P 500 in quarterly growth!
07/24/2014
Breaking: The 2Q Middle Market Indicators Report is Out

The middle market is continuing to outpace the S&P 500 in quarterly growth!

Yesterday the National Center for the Middle Market published its second Middle Market Indicator report for 2Q 2014. According to the report, virtually every industry segment reported revenue increases, with the manufacturing and healthcare sectors reporting s...

Amazon Looks to the Skies for 30-Minute Shipping
07/12/2014
Amazon Looks to the Skies for 30-Minute Shipping

Amazon Looks to the Skies for 30-Minute Shipping

Same day shipping? How about same hour shipping? Amazon.com asked the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to let it test delivery drones outside its Seattle headquarters through an exemption from current rules that restrict use of commercial drones in U....

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06/26/2014
GE's deep dive into online news publishing - Digiday

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After a fun stunt with Jimmy Fallon, GE's native advertising is taking a serious turn into news.

Hey kids, smoking's new gateway habit now tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Thin Mints, and Tootsie Rolls!
06/17/2014
E-Cigs Now Taste Like Tootsie Rolls. Not Cool.

Hey kids, smoking's new gateway habit now tastes like Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Thin Mints, and Tootsie Rolls!

Tootsie Roll Industries isn’t sweet on e-cigs. The mid-market candy maker, along with Girl Scouts of the USA and General Mills, wants makers of liquid nicotine to stop using their brands to sell electronic cigarettes. Unlike regular cigarettes, the Fo...

Gillette and Schick aren't the only ones who will be selling shaving kits this weekend. Dads, take note!
06/14/2014
Mid-Market Innovators Want To Change How Dads Shave

Gillette and Schick aren't the only ones who will be selling shaving kits this weekend. Dads, take note!

Upstart shaving companies are hoping to disrupt Father’s Day with cheaper and more innovative ways to buy razors. For decades, the $2.95 billion shaving market has been dominated by two industry giants: Proctor & Gamble’s Gillette brand and Schick,...

Restaurant workers protesting for higher wages are being warned they could be replaced by robots. That's dumb. Keep your...
05/28/2014
Simply Replacing Cashiers with Kiosks Is A Waste of the Technology

Restaurant workers protesting for higher wages are being warned they could be replaced by robots. That's dumb. Keep your signs up.

Be careful what you wish for. That’s the dire warning for fast food workers around the country protesting for a higher minimum wage. Over 100 McDonald’s employees were arrested last week during a demonstration for higher wages that shut down part of ...

A health rating on the door wasn't enough. Now Yelp has the dirt on which restaurants are violating health codes.
05/27/2014
Franchises Beware: NYC & Yelp Teamed Up against health violations

A health rating on the door wasn't enough. Now Yelp has the dirt on which restaurants are violating health codes.

Internet restaurant reviewers have plenty to say about rude waiters, long waits, and inedible food. But now Yelp’s online ratings of local eateries can actually save lives. New York City health inspectors combed through nearly 300,000 Yelp reviews to ...

Is AT&T dooming awesome companies like GoPro? That would be the saddest day...
05/20/2014
GoPro’s IPO is an awesome idea, but is it doomed?

Is AT&T dooming awesome companies like GoPro? That would be the saddest day...

When Austrian skydiver Felix Baumgartner made a supersonic freefall from space, seven GoPro Hero cameras strapped to his body captured every moment -- including a head cam showing his personal point of view. Now mid-market company GoPro is focusing on i...

What's all this talk about Internet "fast lanes"?
05/20/2014
A News Round Up on Internet Fast Lanes

What's all this talk about Internet "fast lanes"?

Thursday morning, the Federal Communications Commission voted in favor of FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposed net neutrality reforms. The 3-2 vote would allow for internet service providers to charge websites to deliver streaming services at higher speed...

Should we think the way we define "work"?
05/16/2014
Would You Do Your Job Better If Your Boss Didn’t Care How You Did It?

Should we think the way we define "work"?

In 2003, Cali Ressler and Jody Thompson were developing new human resources guidelines at Best Buy, the electronics retailer, when they suggested a profound shift in the way the company managed its employees. They wondered what might happen if they granted...

Decide for yourselves, investors! But read this first.
05/13/2014
Is the Stock Market Bubble a Myth?

Decide for yourselves, investors! But read this first.

Open up just about any news site (even this one) these days and you'll probably see an article that trumpets the existence of a stock market bubble, driven by overhyped technology investment and investor desire for outsized gains. And while the stock mar...

The same company that design the spacesuits for our first moon mission is designing them for our first voyage to Mars. A...
05/08/2014
Mid-Size Manufacturer is a Designer for the Stars

The same company that design the spacesuits for our first moon mission is designing them for our first voyage to Mars. A lot is changing with the new design!

Ever since Neil Armstrong took a small step – and a great leap – on the surface of the moon, mid-size engineering development and manufacturing firm ILC Dover has been helping astronauts dress for success in space. In 1969, the Delaware-based comp...

Would you attend Facebook camp? Expect marketing tips, not dodgeball.
05/07/2014
Would You Sign Up For Facebook Camp This Summer?

Would you attend Facebook camp? Expect marketing tips, not dodgeball.

This summer, Facebook wants to “friend” small and midsize businesses by taking them to camp. No sleeping bags are required – “Facebook Fit” boot camps are half-day events that will be hosted in five cities -- New York, Miami, Chicago, Austin, Tex...

Congress slaps down efforts of the Small Business Association.
05/06/2014
Does Congress Hate Mid-Sized Businesses?

Congress slaps down efforts of the Small Business Association.

The only thing Congress hated more than small business last week was mid-size business. The House Small Business Committee blasted the Small Business Administration (SBA) Wednesday with a temper tantrum more focused on marking territory than determining so...

Is raising the minimum wage really a good idea, Seattle? A few reasons why it might not work.
05/06/2014
Read this story now.

Is raising the minimum wage really a good idea, Seattle? A few reasons why it might not work.

Will the FCC make fast internet a paid privilege?
05/04/2014
Should faster internet be a paid privilege for big companies?

Will the FCC make fast internet a paid privilege?

When the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) proposed new “pay-for-priority” standards that would create an Internet fast lane for companies that want to pay more to deliver movies, music and other streaming content to people’s homes, the Interne...

If you worked at McDonald's you would make more money than some NFL cheerleaders.
05/04/2014
Cheerleaders Continue to File Suit

If you worked at McDonald's you would make more money than some NFL cheerleaders.

Tuesday, five former Buffalo Bills cheerleaders filed suit against their own team, alleging that the Buffalo Jills were required to perform unpaid work for the team for about 20 hours a week. Unpaid activities included: submitting to a weekly “jiggle tes...

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