Month: May 2017
USCBC 2016 Annual Membership Survey
The US-China Business Council has released the key findings of its 2016 annual member survey. For the past 11 years, USCBC has polled its members on their business performance in China and their priority issues. The US-China Business Council (USCBC) s latest member survey provides valuable context to the bilateral relationship, as well as an inventory of key issues that China s government should take note of as the country s economic reforms continue.
US-China Business Council State Export Report 2016
USCBC s State Export Report details a breakdown of each state s exports to China. For the first time, this year s report includes both goods and services export data. The national export totals include the export data for each state and for Washington, DC.
#franchise business opportunities
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#cheap business insurance
Secrets to Finding Cheap Business Insurance
Face it, business insurance is a necessary expense. That’s why finding a cheap business insurance policy is every business owner’s goal. But is finding an affordable business insurance policy impossible without using a substandard company or sacrificing valuable coverage? Not necessarily.
You’ll Never Know if You Don’t Try
When was the last time you shopped for competitive business insurance quotes? Insurance is in constant flux. The same company that made you cry a year ago could have the best deal today. The first secret to finding a good business insurance policy is making the effort to look. By doing your homework, you can compare several policies and multiple companies, even. Make sure to take the time to get at least three Business Insurance Quotes
Know Your Coverage
This is easier said than done and you may very well need help with this one. That said, finding a cheap business insurance policy is impossible if you don’t know what your business insurance covers. For example, are you paying to insure that rickety old shed out back that is on its last leg? Did you know that you could pay a lower limit to insure equipment if it is used to maintain your building? Without reviewing the policy, there is no way to know exactly what you are paying for and where you could save money.
Understanding what you want to insure is the second secret to finding affordable business insurance. Find an insurance company with which you feel comfortable discussing more complicated issues. This will help you and your insurance company to discover ways to control your business insurance costs without sacrificing valuable coverage.
Find a Tailor
Do you pay a fortune adding “Additional Insureds” to your policy? Are you paying extra for the cost to replace your building with similar materials and quality when you know you’d replace it with a cheaper, stronger metal building if it were destroyed? Did you know that many insurance companies have endorsements available to address these and other issues that cost you money?
The third secret to finding an affordable business insurance policy is to identify areas where you feel you are paying too much. Make a list. Take this list to other insurance companies and identify your areas of concern. Also, there may be an insurance company with the resources to help tailor coverage to fit your needs and budget.
The Bottom Line
Finding a business insurance policy that fits your needs, and is in your price range, is not impossible. You can tailor your policy to your business with a little bit of research and legwork. Make sure to know what you’re paying for and study every business insurance policy that you’re considering carefully. By taking a little extra time now, you can save yourself a lot of money in the long run.
identify your areas of concern. Also, there may be an insurance company with the resources to help tailor coverage to fit your needs and budget.
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Get the recognition your business deserves
Reasons to enter
- Show pride in your achievements and boost the morale of your stakeholders and employees
- Meet high level representatives from all industry sectors across the whole of Europe
- Benefit from extensive media and industry coverage for your company
The awards process
Register and submit your completed written online Entry Form.
National Champions selected by Judges from the online Entry Form Submissions. Country events held.
Video Entries submitted by National Champions & uploaded to EBA website for public voting & Judging.
Ruban D’Honneur recipients selected by Judges from the National Champions written Entry Form submission & Video Entry submission.
Overall Category Winners are selected following Ruban D’Honneur face to face judging sessions and announced at EBA
Our Reason for Being
The European Business Awards primary purpose is to support the development of a stronger and more successful business community throughout Europe.
For all of the citizens of Europe, our prosperity, social and healthcare systems are reliant on us creating an even stronger, more innovative, successful, international and ethical business community – one that forms the beating heart of an increasingly globalised economy.
The Awards aims:
- to draw attention to and recognise our best businesses and what they are doing.
- to enable companies of all sizes and industries to compare themselves to and learn from the very best in Europe.
- to stimulate the debate about the future shape, form and substance of the business community in Europe.
Funding and Finances
In order to fund the running of the competition. the Awards deliver a range of products and services to the business community that generate income and are aligned with the objectives of the Awards. The range of products and services include: sponsorship, research, feedback and benchmarking.
Additionally, companies participating in the Awards are able to make a voluntary contribution towards the administration and running of the programme.
Through these activities the programme aims to be financially self sustaining.
Whether an organisation purchases a product or service, or makes any form of voluntary contribution, this will in no way influence the outcome of the competition.
The EBA in Numbers
The competition started in 2007
- In 2015/16 33 countries participated
- 32,000 companies engaged with the EBA
- 678 National Champions 32 National Public Champions
- 110 Ruban d Honneur recipients
- 10 European Business Award Winners will be announced on 17th June 2016 at the grand finale in Milan
- 1 Chairman s Selection Award Winner will be announced on 17th June 2016 at the grand finale in Milan
- 1 European Public Champion winner will be announced on 17th June 2016 at the grand finale in Milan
- 1 Lifetime Achievement Award will be announced on 17th June 2016 at the grand finale in Milan
What other people think of the European Business Awards
Christine Lagarde, former French Minister of Economy, Finance and Employment. Head of the IMF. It is wonderful that all 27 member states of Europe are together [in entering the European Business Awards]. We want a strong Europe and you are participating in the process of building a strong Europe, piece by piece.
Yves Leterme, former Prime Minister of Belgium I think the Business Awards is a very good stimulus for all these people who are working in small- medium enterprises and in bigger companies to always try to improve their results because it s important that from the outside society is looking at it and is rewarding them and for their efforts.
Karel De Gucht, former EU Trade Commissioner I think it is important that we showcase our most exceptional businesses, share knowledge and generate debate around the creation of a stronger European community. The European Business Awards does just that, as well as ensuring the outstanding talent, energy, creativity and innovation of our business community is recognised.
Jos Mar a Aznar, former Prime Minister of Spain. I have the highest opinion of the European Business Awards. It is a great initiative to promote the values and principles we believe in: liberty, democracy, freedom of speech, open markets and open societies.
Petar Stoyanov, former President of Bulgaria. This event inspires and stimulates European Business to reaching exacting criteria, where not only annual turnover and sales count, but also factors with high social importance what we call business ethics.
Muharrem D rtka li, President and CEO of Turkish Aerospace Industries This accolade provides us with a real sense of achievement and recognises our hard work and performance. We are always striving for excellence and it is a privilege that we are being celebrated as one of the best businesses in our industry, in our country and in Europe as a whole.
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The business valuation process consists of five steps. First, you fill out a short Business Valuation Questionnaire that allows us to gain an understanding of the operations of your business. Second, we will ask you to send us your financial statements. The financials we need will depend somewhat on the nature of your business, but at a minimum, we will need your most recent two years of tax returns, a year-to-date profit and loss statement for the current fiscal year, and a year-to-date balance sheet. Once we receive all the requested information from you, we will review the data and ask you any additional questions. Shortly after, you will receive your Business Valuation Report detailing the value of your business and an explanation of the business valuation methodologies used. Finally, you will receive a private phone consultation with a Business Valuation Advisor to go over your valuation report and answer any burning questions you have.
We can value your business if your business is privately held, located in the United States, not a startup in the high-tech sector that typically receives venture capital funding, and you have at least two years of historical financials. The standard Advantage Business Valuation is not considered a certified business valuation. It should be used for informational purposes only, and should not be used in court proceedings. We offer certified business valuations, which can be used in court proceedings and are much more extensive. If you are interested in a certified business valuation, please contact us to inquire about pricing.
Why should you choose Advantage Business Valuations to value your business? Advantage Business Valuations is a division of Advantage Commercial Brokers, which is a team of business brokers that specializes in selling privately held businesses. Working with thousands of business buyers every year, we understand the current market conditions inside and out, and know exactly how much business buyers are willing to pay and how much lenders are willing to fund. Our in-depth knowledge of current market conditions is crucial to deriving an accurate business valuation. While some CPA or business valuation web site might tell you what your business is worth based on a pre-determined formula, our Business Valuation Advisors can take a look at the figure and quickly tell whether the business valuation number is realistic.
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Invest in Your Business: Make Time for Education
Business theory is one thing. Applying it is another. At Small Business BC we teach practical skills and knowledge you can use in the real world.
Choose from over 40 subject areas, from marketing to accounting to sales and more. Many of our instructors are small business owners themselves, and all have real-life experiences to draw from.
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#harvard business press
Important Restrictions to the Use of Harvard Business School and Harvard Business Publishing in Courses
Harvard Business School, and Harvard Business Publishing, including Harvard Business Review materials (articles, cases, chapters, etc.) can no longer be assigned as course material. Students will need to purchase articles through MBS Direct.
Due to publisher’s restrictions, faculty/directors cannot assign articles from Harvard Business Review, Harvard Management Update and Harvard Management Communication (found in the Business Source Complete database), as well as anything published by Harvard Business School or Harvard Business Publishing, to students as course material. Faculty cannot request articles from these publications via eReserves. Faculty/directors can sign up for a free Harvard Business Publishing for Educators account to review ways to make materials available for the students to purchase.
As of August 1, 2013, Harvard Business Review became “read only” for 500 of the most popular Harvard Business Review articles. These articles may not be saved (downloaded) or printed due to the publisher’s restrictions.
This does not apply to the Harvard Business School Faculty Seminar Series videos found in the Business Source Complete database.
Visit Ask a Librarian for assistance locating similar materials from alternate publications.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can students still use Harvard Business School Press articles in their own research and cite them in their papers and coursework?
Yes. This use of Harvard Business School Press articles in Business Source Complete is allowed by the publisher. However, 500 of the articles may not be saved (downloaded) or printed due to the publisher’s restrictions. There is not a list of which 500 articles are affected and the only way to determine this is to access the article via the database.
Can I direct students to find an assigned Harvard Business School Press article themselves in Business Source Complete? Isn’t this ok if I am not making a link to the article?
No. Even though Harvard Business School Press articles may remain available in Business Source Complete, they can no longer be used as course reading in any way per the publisher’s restrictions, regardless of how students are directed to the material.
Can I request a Harvard Business School Press article to be placed in eReserves?
No. You may sign up for a free Harvard Business Publishing for Educators account to review ways to make materials available for the students to purchase. You might consider alternative articles and publications that can be placed in eReserves. UMUC librarians are glad to assist you with locating similar materials from other publications that can be assigned to students as required readings; visit Ask a Librarian .
Does this change affect Harvard Business School Cases?
No. Harvard Business School Cases can still be requested for students to purchase through MBS by making a request through your academic director or program director.
Note: There is a section of Harvard Business Review called “HBR Case Study,” which features a fictional scenario followed by commentary from industry experts. Because these articles are part of the publication Harvard Business Review, they cannot be assigned as course material per the publisher’s restrictions.
Are there other options?
UMUC librarians will be glad to assist you with the process of searching for and choosing similar materials from other publications that can be assigned to students as required readings; visit Ask a Librarian .
Note: We can assist you with the search process. However as the instructor and subject expert, it is up to you to choose which resources are best for your courses and particular instructional needs.
Are any other journals affected?
No. At this time, Harvard Business School Press journals are the only journals restricted by the publisher in this way.
If you have additional questions, please contact Information and Library services via Ask a Librarian .
#drop shipping business
Drop-Ship Your Way to Success
The popularity of eBay has inspired many people to start a business. And for those entrepreneurs who don’t want to invest in a ton of inventory but still want to set up shop, drop-shipping is a logical solution.
Before you get started, consider these seven steps involved in starting a drop-ship e-business:
Step 1: Choose a product to sell. The very first step in any sales process is deciding what product to sell. Many factors should be considered before you make the decision, but for now, let’s say that you’ve decided to sell CD players on eBay.
Step 2: Locate a supplier who will drop-ship for you. Using a research tool like Google, ThomasRegister.com or an industry-specific resource like The Ultimate eBay Dropship Power Pak, you can search for and find a company that will drop-ship CD players for you. If the company offers you a 35 percent markup over cost, which means that itu will supply the CD players to you for $100 each, then you should be able to retail them for $135 apiece. Make sure the drop-shipper has a good stock of CD players on hand so you don’t end up selling a product that must be back-ordered.
Step 3: Set up an account with the drop-shipper. Now it’s time to set up a reseller account with the company that will supply the CD players. This can often be done online or by phone, but some companies will require that you complete and return a reseller application to open an account. Some may also require a tax ID and a business license.
Step 4: Advertise the product for sale on eBay. Now that you have your supplier lined up and you know that the product is in stock, it’s time to make a sale. That means it’s time to advertise the product using an eBay auction. Since you know what you must pay the drop-shipper for the product, you also know what minimum amount you will take for the product. In this case, you could start your auction at $100, since that is your cost. If you are confident that you can get more than $100 for the product, you can start with a lower price, but remember that if the product goes for less than what it costs you to fill the order, you will lose money. Also remember that the drop-shipper will charge shipping, so make sure to figure that into your sale.
Step 5: The product sells. Great news-your CD player has sold for $135, and your customer pays you with a PayPal instant payment. I highly recommend that entrepreneurs use PayPal or some other online processor to accept instant payments. This allows the customer to pay you faster, which lets you place the order with the drop-shipper faster, which gets the product to your customer faster.
Step 6: Place the order with the drop-shipper. Once your customer pays you, you should contact the drop-shipper immediately to order the product on your customer’s behalf. The drop-shipper then ships the order to your customer under your company name and address.
Step 7: Follow up after the sale. This is where many new e-business entrepreneurs drop the ball. Just because your customer has paid you and you’ve placed the order with the drop-shipper, does not mean that you are out of the loop. Quite the contrary: If there are problems with the order, you are the one that will be held responsible in the eyes of your customer.
It’s best to be proactive in your customer relations. Follow up with customers to let them know when a specific item has been shipped. Offer yourself as the personal contact for any issues that may arise. This is also a great way to sell customers more products. Invite them to check out your eBay store or Web site, if you have one.
Many people are afraid to use drop-shipping as a method of sales due to the horror stories that fill the Internet about unscrupulous drop-shippers who take the money and don’t fill the orders, merchandise that is eternally back-ordered, unscrupulous middlemen posing as drop-shippers and so on. Make no mistake, the drop-shipping industry-like most other industries-does have its share of shady characters who would rob you blind given the chance, but there are also hundreds of honest drop-shippers who can help you build a profitable eBay drop-ship business.
Drop-shipping is a complex topic that can’t be completely addressed here. For that reason, I have written a detailed report on drop-shipping called SPECIAL REPORT: eBay Dropship Profits that is available to Entrepreneur.com readers as a free download.
Tim W. Knox is the founder and CEO of three successful technology companies: B2Secure Inc.. a Web-based hiring management software company; Digital Graphiti Inc.. a software development company; and DropshipWholesale.net. an online organization dedicated to helping entrepreneurs launch and prosper from their eBay or online sales business.
The opinions expressed in this column are those of the author, not of Entrepreneur.com. All answers are intended to be general in nature, without regard to specific geographical areas or circumstances, and should only be relied upon after consulting an appropriate expert, such as an attorney or accountant.