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A soft bed, a gourmet dinner, comfortable seating – sound like a great way to camp? Welcome to the modern world of glamping, or glamour camping. Whether you have a young family that isn’t ready for sleeping bags and campfires or you’re looking for a kinder, friendlier camping experience, glamping just might be perfect for you.
For the second time in as many years, we’ve conducted an unprecedented survey of adventure travel companies, based on the idea that a traveler’s most important decision is not always where to go but who to go with. For the 2009 edition, we spoke to more guide services—and their clients—than ever before (248 in all). We contacted companies that lead 85,000 people a year and those that cater to a hundred. We surveyed paddling outfitters, trekking guides, safari specialists, and the ones that do it all. We evaluated companies that will take you places you’ve only dreamed of (the Tibetan Plateau, the Serengeti on foot) and those that specialize in your own backyard (the Grand Canyon, the Grand Tetons). And after asking them the tough questions (Have you tested your risk management strategies?
Years ago, a husband & wife team, Jon and Leah Miner, partnered their small, unknown company with the likes of 3M & Disney. These joint ventures created a new technology of scratch & sniff stickers of Disney characters. The end result of this partnership was the birth of a multi-million dollar business, Mello Smello. Learn how joint ventures create big boosts in business. What is a Joint Venture?
THE SBIC PROGRAM: Seeking SBIC Financing for your Small Business The U.S. Small Business Administration and Investment Division welcome your interest in obtaining SBIC financing for your company. Since 1959, Small Business Investment Companies (SBICs) have supplied equity capital, long term loans and management assistance to qualifying small businesses.
In order to qualify for the Targeted Small Business (TSB) financial and technical assistance programs, you must be certified by the Iowa Department of Inspections and Appeals (DIA). In order to begin the certification process, you must completely fill out the application and submit it with all necessary documentation and a non-refundable $25 application processing fee to the department. Note : to download the application forms and instructions, you will need to have an Adobe Acrobat Reader installed on your computer. TSB Applications and Instructions Application forms to certify a Targeted Small Business may be downloaded from the list below. Application packets are organized by type of business to be certified: Individual, Corporate, or Construction.
Whether you are a small mom and pop shop or a multi-national corporation, all businesses impact or are impacted by the communities in which they operate. Most businesses, when they first commence operations, think long and hard about their location to include factors like the availability of needed materials and resources, the local labor pool and its talent base and in particular the ease of access to capital sources. But, over time, the characteristics that drew a business to a certain locale may have changed; sometimes for the worse. Throw in this bad economy and businesses residing in declining or distressed areas receive the proverbial double whammy. However, many communities, looking to retain some sense of viability as well as to support the businesses that continue to support them and their population have developed unique financing vehicles termed Community Development Corporations (CDC).
Over the course of the last few weeks, I’ve come across some great “rules” and “methodologies” for customer development and understanding your customers. The Five Whys The Five Whys, which has its origins in the Toyota Production System, believes that the root of every problem (including technical problems) is actually a human problem. As demonstrated by Eric Reis on the HBR Blog , here is The Five Whys applied to a startup: A new release broke a key feature for customers.
I just reviewed several hundred startup pitches for Capital Factory . Most were on paper and video; 20 were invited to pitch in person.
by Janet Attard
A collection of tools to help generate business model ideas!