Archive for September, 2011

Analysis: Corn export dominance to bend, not break

Friday, September 30th, 2011

CHICAGO (Reuters) – For the first time in 40 years, U.S. corn exporters are not out-selling the rest of the world.

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Bulgarian Firms Struggle Because of Danube’s Low Level

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Companies along Bulgaria’s Danube bank are about to go bankrupt as a result of the continuously hurdled navigation of the major European river because of its low level.

Several firms in Northeastern Bulgaria, in the District of Silistra, are especially threatened, Nova TV reported Friday night.

The firms are dealing with construction and lumber industries, and they get many of the resources that they process through Danube trade from destinations such as neighboring Romania.

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ENRC’s boardroom adds one new member

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Chairman and chief executive remain in place

Minmetals in C$1.3bn bid for Canada’s Anvil

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Deal would give Chinese commodities trader and miner key African copper assets after failed bid for Equinox earlier this year

Interior: 7 Major Bulgarian Cities Threatened by Ethnic Clashes

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Seven major cities in Bulgaria are potentially dangerous with respect to ethnic tensions as a result of the recent anti-Roma protests after the murder of an ethnic Bulgarian boy in the village of Katunitsa a week ago, according to the Interior Ministry.

The cities in question are Sofia, Plovdiv, Varna, Pazardzhik, Veliko Tarnovo, Blagoevgrad, and Kyustendil, shows a report of the Interior analyzing the organization of protest rallies across the country in the past fews days.

19-year-old Angel Petrov was murdered by associates of Roma boss Kiril Rashkov, aka Tsar Kiro, in the village of Katunitsa last Friday, which spurred protests across the country over the situation of the Roma minority, which many ethnic Bulgarians view as “privileged” when it comes to collecting taxes or punishing criminal gangs.

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One Marketing Event Can Have Lasting Payoffs

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The hordes of cars waiting to fill up their tanks at Chirag Patel’s eight-pump gas station in Georgia alarmed me. Had something happened in the world and I missed it because my radio was turned off today?  I pulled in and at first I didn’t hear the music or smell the hot dogs because I was so fixated on the number of cars and the ones that were still coming.

It turns out that there was no worldwide crisis or local emergency to worry about. Chirag was having a sale, 50 cents off for four hours only. He was the  gas station’s new owner, and this was Customer Appreciation Day, which included balloons, hot dogs, pizza, soft drinks, a DJ and this deep, four-hours-only discount.

pumping gas

He’s a small business owner who put his heart into his marketing at least for one day.  The result, his gas station is now top of mind. Since that day I have stopped by several times to fill up my tank (at a place that I seldom paid attention to before). And, of course, I thought of you.

What can you do to make your business top of mind and to get on your future customers’ radar? Here are a few ideas to get you started:

Do Something

If you’re in business, then marketing is a part of the equation. You have to do something to get your message, solution or service in front of people. There’s a ton of helpful information here at Small Business Trends.  Just choose one expert, one article, one idea and see it all the way through. Do something to market your business.

Be Consistent

If the event works, then do it again the next year. Consistency allows you to build momentum, and momentum is good for business.

Get Mileage

Tell the press about your event. For example, if your event is annual, pull your pictures from the prior year, write your press release and get it in front of a local journalists. It just might make the news.

I guess the question is: Will you do the work to get the attention that you want–and that your business needs?

From Small Business Trends

One Marketing Event Can Have Lasting Payoffs

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Serbia to Ban Gay Pride Parade to ‘Avoid Bloodshed’

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Serbia considers banning the October 02 gay pride parade in a bid to prevent outbreaks of violence as in last year’s event.

Sunday’s parade is due to start Sunday at 10 am in central Belgrade.

Around 5,000 police officers, including riot police, are expected to seal the parade off from the rest of the city, with plainclothes officers patrolling elsewhere.

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Bulgarian Agriculture Minister Assuages Fears about Contaminated Cantaloupes

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Agriculture Minister Miroslav Naydenov confirmed Friday that no cantaloupes imported from the US were sold on the Bulgarian market, adding that if there were imports of that type of fruit, they arrived from neighboring countries.

He went on to say that Bulgaria firmly supported the newly passed EU rules forcing all producers to mark the fat, sugar and salt contents on prepackaged food from 2014.

Under the rules approved Thursday by EU ministers, packaging will also have to show the amount of calories and the carbohydrate content, and all fresh meats will have to be labeled with their country of origin.

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Murray Scpres Hard Win over Bulgaria’s Dimitrov in Bangkok Tournament

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Bulgaria’s top male tennis player Grigor Dimitrov, aka Grisho, lost to top seed Andy Murray at the quarter final of the Thailand Open – ATP Bangkok.

Dimitrov put up a stiff fight but Murray ultimately triumphed 6:4, 6:4 in 89 minutes, advancing to the semi-final of the Bangkok tournament.

The match in Thailand was the first face-off ever between Murray and Bulgaria’s Grisho, who is the world No….

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Want to Start a Business? Get NASE’s Startup Kit

Friday, September 30th, 2011

Any business owner knows there’s a lot involved in starting a business. There’s choosing what kind of business entity you should be; renting commercial property; paying payroll taxes; setting up a business bank account; marketing…The list goes on, and it seems like every time you master one thing, something else pops up. And while you certainly could spend years online researching everything a small business owner needs to know, you want the information now.

NASE Startup Kit

The National Association for the Self-Employed (NASE) has released its Startup Kit to help its business owner members quickly access a wealth of information in a single resource. “The NASE decided we would amass our 30 years of knowledge on starting a business into an easy-to-read and easy-to-follow resource, and that’s how our Startup Kit was born,” said Kristie Arslan, President and CEO of NASE.

The result is a substantial document covering 10 things new business owners need to know, such as:

  • Choosing the right business structure
  • Setting up a DBA (Doing Business As)
  • Paying self-employment tax
  • Funding a business

There’s a thorough checklist at the end of the kit that helps users make sure they manage all of the tasks necessary to get a business up and running.

Creating New Jobs, One at a Time

While the self-employed numbers aren’t climbing as much as you might expect, given the unemployment rate, Arslan feels confident that starting new businesses is the key to economic prosperity:

“We firmly believe that encouraging self-employment and nurturing startups will help us out of this economic downturn.  We like to stress over and over again that someone who is self-employed does create a job – their own.”

Where to Get the Kit

Currently the Startup Kit is available only to NASE members (and everyone is invited to join), although NASE is offering a free preview chapter to people who like its Facebook Page.

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Want to Start a Business? Get NASE’s Startup Kit

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