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Fort Worth Is One of the BEST Cities in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 20. August 2014 12:42

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

Here’s what people are saying about the Fort Worth business climate:

“The State of Texas is a great place to live and do business. I formerly lived in California and there is no comparison.”Builder, Hurst

“The local and state governments make it easy to register and keep up with taxes. Sales tax can be paid online each quarter with minimal to no paperwork.”Videographer/Photographer, Hurst

“I cannot imagine expanding my business beyond where it is today because I could not keep up with government regulations.”Psychic Medium, Flower Mound

“Forming a business is fairly straightforward, but keeping a business can be somewhat of a hardship after taxes are paid and contract workers are hired.”Photographer/Designer, Fort Worth

Categories on the survey include:

Overall Friendliness – “In general, how would you rate your state’s support of small business owners?”

Ease of Starting a Business – “How difficult or easy do you think it is to start a business in your state?”

Ease of Hiring – “How difficult or easy is it to hire a new employee at your business?”

Regulations – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to business regulations generally?”

Health & Safety – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to health and safety regulations?”

Employment, Labor, & Hiring – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to employment, labor and hiring regulations?”

Tax Code – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to tax code and tax-related regulations?”

Licensing – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to licensing forms, requirements, and fees?”

Environmental – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to environmental regulations?”

Zoning – “How unfriendly or friendly is your state or local government with regard to zoning or land use regulations?”

Training & Networking Programs – “Does your state or local government offer helpful training or networking programs for small business owners?”

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Fort Worth include:

• Small business owners rated Fort Worth's tax code as the second friendliest in the country.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• Small business owners gave Fort Worth an A+ for its regulations, including an A+ for health and safety regulations and the tax code.

• Fort Worth had an unusually high portion of businesses - 18% - that had only been operating for one year.

• Fort Worth earned a D+ for ease of hiring, one of the worst grades in the nation (rating at 67th out of 82) and the worst grade in Texas.

For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

The First EVER Corporate Sponsor A Highway® Program is Now Open in the State of TEXAS!

by Erin Marchesano 14. August 2014 13:03

Texas Sponsor A Highway®, a company of Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation is excited to announce that not only our newest, but LARGEST market for the Corporate Sponsor A Highway® Program is now open and available for immediate sponsorship in the state of Texas!

What started out as a pilot program in 1985 in the state of Texas has now grown into a nationally-recognized program where Adopt-A-Highway volunteers and corporate sponsors work hard to keep the Texas-born program going strong. Up until this year, the state of Texas only allowed organizations and groups to sponsor as part of the volunteer program which requires members of the program to go out and clean up trash themselves.

The Texas Sponsor A Highway® Program, (not to be confused with the Texas “Adopt-A-Highway” volunteer program), gives businesses and organizations the opportunity to sponsor roadside maintenance in exchange for a monthly fee.  A businesses’ sponsorship will include a recognition panel on a Sponsor A Highway® sign with their company name and logo that is placed directly alongside some of Texas’ busiest roadways in one-mile increments.

Sign locations will be available in five major metropolitan cities including Austin, Fort Worth, Dallas, Houston, and San Antonio.

As one of the many businesses to join the new Texas Sponsor A Highway® program, you will get first choice on sign locations and will have a large amount of availability to choose from. Choose a location near your place of business, or choose 10 locations in the neighboring area to help brand your business to the local community.

Gain recognition for your community involvement and make your mark on improving the environment through the Sponsor A Highway® program. Your contribution will not only keep the communities in which you do business, safe and looking beautiful, you will also be responsible for improving the quality of the environment along with the many other businesses that believe in this proven program.

Sponsors with the Sponsor A Highway® program leave lasting impressions with hundreds of thousands of motorists each day in the communities that they sponsor. Traffic volume which is referred to as “Average Daily Traffic” or “ADT” ranges in Texas from a low of 35,000 vehicles to a high of 315,000 vehicles per day depending on the different major roadways.

The average vehicle carries 1.8 passengers per car, delivering 63,000 to 567,000 of impressions each day!! That’s less than .20 cents per impression!

Sponsor Testimonials:

“Millions of people see our sign every month. We view this as a way to help serve our community, drivers will also connect that message to us as the place to buy their next Toyota. For the price, it was really an easy decision.”

- Suzanne Castaneda, Director of Marketing

Longo Toyota

 

“Cracker Barrel employees have pride in their hometowns. We sponsor many miles of interstate and our guests tell us they appreciate our commitment to the community. This partnership extends our brand of hospitality beyond the rockers on our front porch.”

- Mary Lancaster, Marketing Services Coordinator

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc.

 

We are excited to work with new and existing sponsors at growing this program into everything it can possible be. It doesn’t matter if you are the local pizza shop or if you are a large corporation with locations all across the nation, the Texas Sponsor A Highway® program has opportunities for everyone.

Demand for these locations is high and availability won’t last long so call today for more information on how you can become one of the very first sponsors to join the Texas Sponsor A Highway® Program!

800-200-0003

info@adoptahighway.com

www.texashighwaysponsorship.com

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Shooters Outpost

by Erin Marchesano 13. August 2014 10:31

Shooters Outpost opened its doors on December 3, 2012 and has since provided a full line of firearms, ammunition, accessories, and a large 5.11 tactical clothing selection in its 10,000 square feet of retail space.

Open 7 days a week, Shooters Outpost prides itself on superior customer service and is dedicated to firearms, ammunition, hunting gear, tactical gear, reloading supplies, conceal and carry clothing, and much, much more.

Just 0.7 miles from exit 9 north off Route 93; Shooters Outpost is New Hampshire's newest old fashioned gun store.

Having recently joined the New Hampshire Sponsor A Highway® program in 2014, Shooters Outpost is dedicated to the improvement of New Hampshire roadways and keeping the community beautiful.

For more information about Shooters Outpost visit their website www.outpostnh.com or visit their Facebook page for updates and promotions on their latest supplies!

www.facebook.com/ShootersOutpost

 

Austin is Ranked the BEST City in the Country to Start a Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 13. August 2014 09:36

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

And here’s what small business owners are saying about the business climate in Austin!

“Great economy and friendly people willing to network”Designer, Austin

“With no state income tax and lower business taxes, Texas is an environment where small and large businesses can easily start up and thrive. That’s why businesses (and people) are leaving places like New York and California in droves. Those states over-regulate and overtax their businesses out of business. By contrast, Texas’ business-friendly model is an example for the rest of the country.”Commercial Photographer, Austin

“It is very easy to start a business where I live. The regulations are few, taxes are fair, and the local government works with small businesses.”Photographer, Austin

“I feel my state is very supportive and the city I live in is perfect for my business. Plenty of work here and plenty of competition.”Caterer, Austin

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Austin include:

• Austin's tax code took the number one spot as the friendliest to small businesses in the country.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• Austin's regulatory friendliness scores were the second highest in the country, and it received an A+ for its health and safety, labor, tax, and licensing regulations.

• Male business owners in Austin were more optimistic about the outlook for the local economy than their female counterparts, rating their optimism 7 percent higher than female owners.

• Small businesses gave Austin's training programs an A+ grade and rated them 4th best in the country.

 For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis from the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

Join The Most Exclusive Group…

by Erin Marchesano 8. August 2014 10:41

“The Latest Status Symbol For Hamptons Elite Is Adopting A Highway”

By, Doree Lewak, New York Post, August 5, 2014

This week, an article was published in the NY Post, highlighting some of New York’s elite individuals for their involvement in the Sponsor A Highway® program:

“The latest status symbol in the world’s richest playground is being the proud owner of a rather pedestrian-looking sign along Montauk Highway and Route 27, especially between Southampton and East Hampton. Competition for such prime stretches is fierce — years-long waiting lists are not uncommon — making them all the more desirable to master-of-the-universe types.

Most sign up for one- or two-year contracts, pledging to pay hundreds of dollars a month to go toward contractors who maintain and beautify roads. In exchange, adoptees can have their names — and their businesses — on a sign for all of New York City’s movers and shakers to see.”

Each of the individuals interviewed for the article are partners with Adopt A Highway Maintenance Corporation and we’re proud to be working with them! Sign locations in Long Island are extremely limited and an ongoing wait list has been created for people and businesses interested in areas that are not currently available.

“There’s very little turnover. Once these sponsors are in, they don’t want to give up their segments,” says DOT staffer Carlos Rojas.

Space is so limited that a onetime wait-lister feels all the more territorial now that he’s claimed his mark — on Route 27 just before East Hampton’s iconic Hook Windmill.

“Offer me a million dollars — and I still won’t give that sign up,” says Eli Wilner, master fine art framer of some of the world’s most valuable collections, who has a gallery on the Upper East Side.

 

 Since the fall of 2013, Josh Guberman has maintained a one-mile stretch of roadway along the eastbound side of the Long Island Expressway.

“Instead of the location or the spot, we took what we consider an inferior spot,” he says, referring to the more traditionally working-class section of Suffolk County — just outside the Hamptons proper.

Despite being on the wrong side of the road, as it were, he says he’s happy to give back to the community — and get recognition for doing so. “My friend called and said, ‘I always wanted to have my sign on the highway!’ ” says Guberman. “It’s really nice to actually have some measure of acknowledgment. It’s not like having a blimp up in the air.”

Other business owners like Jill and Bobby Zarin have also joined the program and over the years have hoped to add additional signs but have had no luck due to limited availability.

Jill and Bobby Zarin — who have enjoyed a plum sign for their business, Zarin Fabrics, on Route 27 in Southampton for a decade — would also like a second location to broadcast a more personal message (“Jill loves Bobby”).

But, Jill Zarin reports, there’s nothing left worth having. “There’s definitely a waiting list — location, location, location, like any real estate.”

Another elite individual who loves the program is Donald Trump.

To read the full article follow the link below:

http://nypost.com/2014/08/05/the-latest-status-symbol-for-hamptons-elite-is-adopting-a-highway/

To be part of the solution and get your name or business on a sign call today.

Availability is EXTREMELY limited!

800-200-0003

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Kitchen & Company

by Erin Marchesano 6. August 2014 16:14

Kitchen & Company specializes in everything for cooking, dining, and entertaining. They appeal to everyone - from the novice to the gourmet cook - by offering the broadest product selection and variety available. Their mission is to provide customers with the best quality merchandise at the best prices.

For over 10 years, their 12,000 - 15,000 sq. ft. retail stores have been a one-stop destination for products used for the preparation and serving of food. With more than 20,000 value priced items in stock, their selection is unsurpassed. They carry everything from kitchen electrics and cookware to gourmet food and kitchen textiles. Their stores have over 120 feet of kitchen gadgets.

Their wide selection along with their friendly, well-trained staff ensures that they are the authority for cooking, dining, and entertaining.

We’re talking about real stores with real people.

For more information about Kitchen & Company visit their website here.

Dallas is Ranked the 4th Best City in the Country to Start A Small Business!

by Erin Marchesano 5. August 2014 10:59

As Texas Sponsor A Highway® begins to take shape throughout the state of Texas, it’s important that we ourselves, and our sponsors know a little bit about the business climate in each of our five markets. The U.S. economy grew 4% in the second quarter of 2014, and things are looking up for businesses throughout the nation.

In an article released in the Dallas Business Journal, Bakeries, beauticians, and boutique owners are among the small service marketplace that Thumbtack has used to rank Dallas as the fourth best city in the country for starting a small business.

For the third year in a row, Thumbtack.com has partnered with the Kauffman Foundation to conduct a survey of small businesses nationwide. With this particular survey, the goal is to learn what small businesses believe is a healthy political a regulatory climate by having them rate how it is to do business where they live. The survey aims to learn what creates a healthy, vibrant local business environment by asking owners & operators directly about these issues in the cities in which they live.

Ranked among other areas of the country like Colorado Springs, Colorado; Boise, Idaho; Austin, Texas; and Louisville, Kentucky; Dallas took top marks in all but two categories. Evaluation criteria is based on a number of categories such as ease of starting a business, ease of hiring, regulations, health and safety zone, tax code, licensing, environment, zoning and training, as well as networking programs.

In fact, FIVE Texas cities made Thumbtack’s Top 10 for overall business friendliness, with Houston coming in third, Austin in fourth, Dallas is sixth, Fort Worth in seventh, and San Antonio in eighth!

The nationwide Sponsor A Highway® program has businesses of all sizes sponsoring in its different states; from major corporations to smaller “mom and pops.” The program is affordable and suitable for all business types; from the smaller service industry, to the constantly growing automotive industry.

According to Thumbtack, some of the key findings for Dallas include:

• Dallas was the fourth best city in the country for starting a small business.

• Five Texas cities made the top ten for overall business friendliness - Houston (#3), Austin (#4), Dallas (#6), Fort Worth (#7), and San Antonio (#8).

• Dallas could improve its score on the visibility of its training and networking programs - even though small businesses have said these are important, Dallas earned a C grade for training and networking programs.

• Dallas earned an A+ for its health and safety, tax, and labor regulations.

• Small businesses say that hiring is significantly easier in Dallas than in neighboring Fort Worth - Dallas earned a B+ for ease of hiring while Fort Worth earned a D+.

• The top rated cities overall were Colorado Springs, Boise, Houston, Austin, and Louisville. The lowest rated were Sacramento, Providence, Buffalo, Bridgeport, and San Diego.

For more information about the survey & to review its full methodology and analysis follow the link below:

2014 Thumbtack.com Small Business Friendliness Survey: Methodology & Analysis

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - SERVPRO® Fire & Water - Cleanup & Restoration

by Erin Marchesano 30. July 2014 12:06

SERVPRO Industries Inc. is a family owned company with a culture of working diligently in the pursuit of the American Dream. With over 40 years with the same ownership, SERVPRO is run by people who care about the long-term success of the Franchisee.

More than 1,600 Franchises are operating nationwide, and SERVPRO continues to grow. The need for experienced, trained and professional cleanup and restoration experts is recession resistant, and the growth potential inside of a proven system presents an opportunity for prospective Franchisees.

With a proud history, a successful present and a bright future, SERVPRO will press on toward becoming the premier cleaning and Restoration Company in the world.

For more information about SERVPRO visit their website a www.servpro.com

 

**SPONSOR SPOTLIGHT** - Park City Painting

by Erin Marchesano 25. July 2014 10:08

Park City Painting’s expert professional employees have over 30 years of combined experience in performing an effective complete finish in a clean and orderly matter. Park City Painting specializes in exterior and interior re-paints for Residential, Property Management Companies, and Homeowner Associations. They remove wallpaper, faux and glaze, drywall repairs, textures, staining and lacquers, varnishing stripping, cabinets re-finishing, Log homes, decks, stucco, sidings, and other finishes.

Park City Painting was also one of the official painters of the 2002 Winter Olympics and worked on all 15 venues for the look Installations. With their combined experience and professional employees, Park City Painting provides quality services for all project needs.

Utah is one of the fasted growing states for Sponsor A Highway® and AHMC covers a vast majority of highways in and around Great Salt Lake. Park City Painting has been a sponsor with the Utah Sponsor A Highway® Program since 2013 and currently has two signs!

Also available in Utah is the new ramp program where sponsors can receive a smaller sign along the on and off-ramps for a smaller monthly fee!

For more information about Park City Painting visit their website www.parkcitypainting.com

 

Now More Than Ever, Large Corporations Are Joining Forces with Non-Profit Organizations to Support A Cleaner Environment!

by Erin Marchesano 15. July 2014 10:43

On July 2, 2014, JetBlue announced a new partnership with the Surfrider Foundation, a non-profit organization that is dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of the world’s oceans and beaches. As part of its partnership, Jet Blue will provide the Foundation with air travel to help support cleanups and conservation work throughout the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America.

Nearly 75% of JetBlue’s destinations are on or near shorelines that support local economies. JetBlue is the leading airline in the Caribbean, a region that makes up one-third of the airline’s route network. It is crucial that the environmental health and natural appearance of these destinations continue to be preserved as it has a direct impact on the company’s core business.

"Too often business and media position sustainability and profit against each other," said James Hnat, general counsel, JetBlue Airways. "At JetBlue, we know that part of customer demand for our product is directly tied to the appeal of clean beaches and oceans. They are often the main draw for many destinations. This partnership with the Surfrider Foundation is an example of how a business can protect profit by protecting nature."

JetBlue operates in many of the destinations in which the Surfrider Foundation has active Chapter volunteers, therefore making it easy for the major corporation to support the Foundation’s mission and desire to protect ocean and beach environments.  In addition, JetBlue’s sustainability team is focusing on connecting revenue with conservation, proving that corporate responsibility does pay dividends.

Their partnership is unique and poses a lot of positive opportunities for both JetBlue and the Surfrider Foundation. Programs like this hit very close to home when it comes to Sponsor A Highway and Adopt A Beach, because just like Jet Blue, our partners and the businesses supporting these programs are ultimately the reason we have a cleaner and safer environment around us.

Property values improve, roadways are clear of litter and debris, children can play on clean and safe beaches, and tourist destinations are maintained and kept beautiful. We hope to see more partnerships like this in the future!

 

About the Surfrider Foundation:

The Surfrider Foundation is a non-profit grassroots organization dedicated to the protection and enjoyment of our world's oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network. Founded in 1984 by a handful of visionary surfers in Malibu, California, the Surfrider Foundation now maintains over 250,000 supporters, activists and members worldwide. For more information on the Surfrider Foundation, visit www.surfrider.org.

 

ABOUT JETBLUE AIRWAYS

JetBlue is New York's Hometown Airline, and a leading carrier in Boston, Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood, Los Angeles (Long Beach), Orlando, and San Juan. JetBlue carries more than 30 million customers a year to 86 cities in the U.S., Caribbean, and Latin America with an average of 850 daily flights. With JetBlue, all seats are assigned, all fares are one-way, an overnight stay is never required and the first checked bag is free (subject to weight and size limits and exceptions for itineraries including flights marketed or operated by other airlines). For more information please visit JetBlue.com.

To read the full press release visit The Cause Marketing Forum’s website or follow the link here.

 

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