Starting a retail or service business? Looking to form relationships with wholesale suppliers?
There are currently 300,000 companies in the U.S. wholesale distribution industry, so as you can imagine, finding and forming trusted relationships with wholesalers takes time and research.
Here are some tips for finding wholesalers, and best practices for entering into agreements with them.
1. The Wholesale Business
On July 4, 1776, the Declaration of Independence was
approved by the Second Continental Congress in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
setting the 13 colonies on the road to freedom as a sovereign nation. Written
primarily by Thomas Jefferson, the Declaration is a formal explanation of why
Congress had voted on July 2 to declare independence from Great Britain,
more than a year after the outbreak of the American Revolutionary War. The
birthday of the United
States of America—Independence Day—is celebrated
By Matt Erskine, Acting Assistant Secretary of Commerce for
is a lot of talk about innovation today, and how it can be leveraged to promote
economic and job growth. In Austin, Texas, it’s more than just talk. Throughout
the region, businesses are developing cutting-edge technologies,
commercializing them, and—with the help of research parks, incubators, and
other business support facilities—creating jobs.
Is it possible to find a legitimate franchise opportunity that only requires a few hours a week to run? And, if you do find a part-time franchise, can you make enough money for it to be worth your up-front investment, and of course, your time? Let’s find out.
First off, it’s important for you to be able to distinguish a true franchise-type of business, from a non-franchise business.
In most cases, franchise ownership offers;
· A proven business system that’s easy to replicate
· A formal training program
Guest blog post by David Hinson, National Director, Minority Business Development AgencyWhen Muhammad Ali, the legendary world heavyweight boxing champion, was
asked by reporters why he kept boasting about being the greatest in the
ring, he used to say, “It isn’t bragging if you can back it up.”
The MBDA FY2011 Annual Performance Report (APR)
(7MB PDF) backs up what we’ve been saying about MBDA’s achievements under
President Obama. In 2011, we registered the best performance in our
43-year history. It was our third record-breaking year in a row.
Small business procurement is one of the largest and most important programs for small businesses across the federal government. In FY2011 the federal government awarded more than $91.5 billion in federal contracts to small businesses, which represented 21.65 percent of small business eligible federal contract dollars. During the first three years of the Obama Administration, the federal government awarded $286.3 billion or 22.07 percent in federal contracting dollars to small businesses. This is a $32 billion increase over the three preceding years even as contracting spending overallRead More
Whether you’re looking to diversify your product line or leverage cheaper-made merchandise, selling imported goods in the U.S. can be an important ingredient in small business success.
Acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank and
Under Secretary of Commerce for Intellectual Property and Director of the U.S.
Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos today announced plans
to open regional USPTO offices in or around Dallas, Texas, Denver, Colorado,
and Silicon Valley, California. These offices are in addition to the
already-announced first USPTO satellite office to open on July 13 in Detroit,
Michigan. The four offices will function as hubs of innovation and creativity,
Have you considered dispensing with your cash register or offering more flexible payment options for your customers?
If you’ve ever purchased anything from an Apple store, you’ll recall that they don’t have a single cash register on the premises. Instead, all payment transactions are conducted by Apple’s employees using mobile devices.
Guest blog post by Cameron F. Kerry, Department of
Commerce General Counsel
On June 28, 2004, Iraq's first democratically elected government assumed full
sovereign authority. Eight years later, I joined Iraqi counterparts to
discuss Iraq's next great challenge: integrating itself into the world economy.
Overcoming this challenge is a critical step in Iraq's transition since, as
President Obama has noted, “Iraq is assuming its rightful place among the
community of nations.”