Sunday, May 19, 2013
The newly launched site offers tips, info and digital know-how for small business owners.
Patch has launched a new site to educate and empower small businesses with the digital tools, social media strategies and marketing know-how needed to ensure long-term growth. Readers will have access to exclusive interviews with well-known founders and CEOs and small business industry experts who share their experiences, advice and tips for success. One of the latest articles features an exclusive interview with successful real estate entrepreneur, Barbara Corcoran, founder of The Corcoran Group. In this Q&A, Corcoran discusses the how to take advantage of the size of a small businesses, and why making big “mistakes” made all the difference in her success. Click here to read about the tactics Corcoran used to grow her business. …
Friday, November 16, 2012
Donut shop closed by fryolator fire to reopen, return to 24/7 service.
Donut Xpress, closed for repairs since a fryolator fire Sept. 29, will reopen in December with new countertops and a return to 24 hour, seven days a week hours. "We plan on being open for Christmas," said owner John Guerin. He said that the fire required them to replace equipment and make repairs, so he took advantage of the downtime to make some changes he's been thinking about but couldn't manage while the 17 Front St. doughnut shop was open. Among the changes, new countertops, a new look and at least two new faces - the 24/7hours will require hiring two new people, Geurin said. He said he hasn't kept the shop open around the clock for about two years, since the recession began. "That was when the economy was slow, but things are …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
New interior, new menu wait customers when business reopens next week.
Paul Boulos, new owner of Santa's Pizza, was working at the restaurant Wednesday afternoon, supervising renovations that have been under way for the last few weeks. Boulos said he and two other owners decided the restaurant, known as Santa's Pizza since 2002, needed a change when they bought the place a few months ago. Boulos said when they're open next week under the new name, White House Pizza, customers can expect better food and better service.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
The following is a letter from the Smaller Business Association of New England highlighting its plans for the local business community.
Sunday, September 16, 2012
To change the current business climate in the Ocean State, we need new ideas and practical solutions. To seek these solutions, the Smaller Business Association of New England in Rhode Island (SBANE RI) recently created an Economic Development Committee tasked with strategizing and recommending ways to improve Rhode Island’s economy. For too many years, our members have watched in dismay as Rhode Island’s economy has withered, our tax base has eroded and Rhode Island has grown increasingly inhospitable to business relative to other states. We are committed to turning that dynamic around. To begin, we need to understand why our state’s economy is faltering compared to most other states. Our group quickly reached a consensus that Rhode …
Thursday, August 16, 2012
Alesia Desjardins working to make BEAUTY and more 4 LESS a success.
Alesia Desjardins, 26, a lifelong resident of Woonsocket, loved selling beauty products to people so much she decided to open a store on Park Avenue and be her own boss. The Bernon Heights resident has been an Avon sales rep for about a year and a half now. "I just absolutely love it," she said. She began with Avon as a part-time job, but she discovered she really enjoyed the work. She realized she was not just good at selling for Avon, but also had a knack for selling at her full-time job as a stock supervisor at the outlets in Wrentham, MA. "I feel that I sell a lot of stuff when I am there," Desjardins said. She figured she ought to capitalize on her talent for sales and work for herself. That required taking a position with less …
Thursday, November 24, 2011
Woonsocket Patch is looking for business owners to tell our readers where they can support small business.
Patch wants to give small businesses in Woonsocket a chance to post their hours and locations for Small Business Saturday in one place so local shoppers can find you. Just add your business name, address, hours, and telephone number in the comments below — and note some of the products you have. If you have a listing on the Woonsocket Patch Places Directory, you can also add that link to your comment so readers can easily find other info about your business. Don't have a listing? E-mail Editor Sandra Phaneuf at email@example.com and we'll set up a free listing for you.
Monday, November 21, 2011
There are only four days left till the big shopping day.
Named for the color used to show that businesses have turned a profit, "Black Friday" has become a bellwether for predicting how well the holiday shopping season will be. But with America still in the grip of The Great Recession and stubborn unemployment, there's a chance that this year's Black Friday may be proof of ongoing problems. Then again, the first official day of the holiday shopping season — and the deep discounts offered by most retailers — usually draw hordes of deal-hunting shoppers and could be a sign of a rebound in consumer spending. So, which are you — a deal hunter, or someone who avoids Black Friday? Let us know by casting a vote in our poll, and posting your comments below.
Tuesday, November 15, 2011
14 bars and restaurants have yet to schedule a fire inspection.
The City Council approved the liquor licenses of all 71 applicants from Woonsocket businesses last night, although only 42 of the facilities have passed the yearly fire marshal's inspection and 15 have yet to provide a Certificate of Good Standing from the state. The licenses were due to expire on Dec. 1 and letters were sent out to business owners in early September requesting that they provide proof of a fire marshal's inspection; satisfy all payments on tangible taxes, water and sewer fees; and present a Certificate of Good Standing from the state within 30 days. More than 60 days later, 14 city businesses have not scheduled fire inspections. No one spoke on behalf of the businesses at the public hearing on the matter which was held …
Tuesday, November 1, 2011
Bank of America announced Tuesday it is dropping its controversial plan to enact a $5 monthly debit card fee.
When Bank of America announced last month it would start charging customers a $5 monthly fee for use of a debit card, many consumers feared it was the beginning of a new trend in bank fees. They expected other banks would follow suit, and American consumers would see more money moving from their wallets to big businesses. It never happened. In a surprise move, Bank of America announced it is dropping the controversial plan, according to The Washington Post. The Post wrote: "the debit charge drew a torrent of fury from customers, lawmakers and even President Obama. Faced with consumer backlash, Wells Fargo recently abandoned its own testing of a fee. Regions Bank and SunTrust have also dropped their charges." Is this a victory for the …