Thursday, November 19th, 2015

Are you interested in starting your own ice cream shop? The process of opening an ice cream shop is exciting, but it also comes with a lot of risks. Avoiding risks means avoiding the mistakes that many entrepreneurs make to increase your odds of succeeding. The biggest mistake that many startup entrepreneurs is not having enough capital. It is important for startup entrepreneurs to know why a cooperative is the best choice when it comes to capital and opening an ice cream shop.

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Wednesday, November 18th, 2015

Getting the money to start a small business is a struggle for many beginning entrepreneurs. These professionals want to own a small business, but they do not have the capital to get things started. It is important for entrepreneurs to understand the options for funding small businesses and what a cooperative is. It is also good to understand some examples of how cooperative businesses, or co-ops, work and how to become part of one.

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Wednesday, February 11th, 2015

Many people hold back on following their dreams of business ownership because the timing never seems quite right. While there is never going to be the perfect time when you have everything figured out, you want to make sure that you have the time to devote your full attention to it. Launching a new ice cream business takes focus and effort. The bottom line is that if you don’t have time give it the attention that it deserves, your business won’t succeed. The following factors will help you determine the perfect time to start an ice cream business.

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Thursday, December 11th, 2014

Franchising puts small business owners squarely between hard-line corporate requirements and low-paid employees.  With a brighter financial history in mind, a husband and wife invested a half-million dollars in a sandwich chain franchise in the late 1990s. She quit her job to boost the hoped-for bottom line at a quicker rate. They began their careers as small-business restaurateurs trusting their parent corporation but wound up learning franchising, in many instances, is not the way to turn a fast profit, but instead a way to lose a lot of money.

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Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

The Fourth of July is rapidly approaching. On this patriotic day, we reflect on the importance of freedom in the lives of Americans. As Americans, we have the right to live as we wish, to do what makes us happy. We have the opportunity to express ourselves freely through our religion, speech, and associations. We have the ability to provide for ourselves and our families by having whatever job or owning whatever business we choose. We have a chance to band together for mutual benefit in support groups, business associations, and political groups. What do the Fourth of July and the freedoms it represents have to do with business? Many people embrace the freedoms we enjoy to open their own business. Unfortunately, many look towards franchises that offer an established brand, only to realize their freedom in business is limited.

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Wednesday, May 21st, 2014

One of life’s biggest thrills is opening your own business. It is also one of the scariest. Before you invest your time, efforts and money in your new business, consider all the ownership options. You can open an independent business, join a cooperative, or open a franchise.  Each option has it’s own unique benefits and it’s own requirements. Of course, with independent ownership, you make all the decisions but you start with no basic plan.  A franchise offers a recognizable brand, but there are lots of requirements.  A cooperative, however, allows you to be independent, but provides access to proven techniques and unlimited support.  Carefully consider each option before making your decision.

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Wednesday, May 14th, 2014

If your passion has led you to consider business ownership, we applaud your courage.  Although there are many exciting benefits to owning your own business, there are also many pitfalls. To avoid some of the pitfalls of business ownership, experts recommend you consider these tips:  focus your efforts, develop a commercial pitch, surround yourself with good advisors, trim the fat and balance work and life.

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Wednesday, May 7th, 2014

Many coop shop owners probably do not consider becoming involved in a professional organization. As you juggle a wide range of responsibilities both at home and work, how can you possibly make time for more meetings and activities? However, the benefits for coop show owners of joining professional organizations are invaluable. Whether you join a professional organization with a specific focus, the local chapter of a national trade organization, or an industry-specific group, you’ll get access to a wealth of valuable contacts and information.

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