Restaurants and Hospitality

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          I’m confused about the rules for paying employees overtime. Can you explain them to me? 

         Should you be paying overtime to your employees? The answer is: it depends.

          Under the U.S. Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), employers are required to pay overtime to most hourly employees who work more than 40 hours a week for businesses that take in more than $500,000 a year in revenue.

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          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Workshop Poster 1st. qtr. 2015

Considerations When Using Independent Contractors slides presented by Katie Marble at SCORE's November 2014 meeting.

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Katie Kiernan Marble

Marble Law Firm, PLLC

80 Palomino Lane

Suite 201

Bedford, NH  03110

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          My brother-in-law has approached me about going into business with him in a home cleaning franchise. I’ve always heard one should never go into business with relatives. Is that true? 

About the Author

          This column is brought to you by the Merrimack Valley Chapter of SCORE, with nearly 70 current and former business executives available to provide free, confidential, one-on-one business mentoring and training workshops for area businesses. Call 603-666-7561 or visit merrimackvalley.score.org for information on mentoring, upcoming workshops and volunteer opportunities. SCORE is a national, non-profit organization and a resource partner of the U. S. Small Business Administration. 

Has your bar or restaurant concept taken off to the point where you can barely handle the crowds? Are your customers begging for another location? That’s a great problem to have, but where should you locate your new store depends on your goals. Perhaps you need another location in the same town, or maybe you’re attracting customers outside your area, indicating demand for your concept in a neighboring city.

When-is-a-Good-Time-to-Open-a-Second-Location-of-Your-Bar-or-RestaurantHow do you know if you’re ready for a second location? Ask yourself the following questions:

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SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

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John Pham-Ta

John Pham-Ta

Current City: Overland Park, KS

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MBA, University of Missouri - Kansas City, Henry Bloch School of Management Executive Program

BA - Biology, Wake Forest University

Your restaurant is successful. Congratulations! Now it’s time to think about expansion. Perhaps customers have asked when you’ll be opening in a location closer to them. Perhaps you have visions of a chain of locations throughout your region or nationwide. Perhaps you’ve even had people ask whether you sell franchises, because they’d like to get in on your concept. When deciding how to grow your restaurant, there are two choices: starting a chain, or selling franchises.

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Any bar or restaurant owner can’t help but be aware of the power online ratings and reviews have to generate traffic for your establishment. Ratings and review sites are important not only because consumers turn to them when seeking bars and restaurants, but also because search engines are increasingly relying on them. That means the more ratings and review sites you have a presence on, the higher your restaurant or bar will pop up in search results.

Using Ratings & Review SitesTo get started, make sure your bar or restaurant is listed on the major review sites and on local search sites that incorporate reviews, including:

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

Although the mobile gourmet food truck trend has been around for a couple of years, the concept is only getting hotter as the trend catches on across the country. Many established restaurants are now adding a mobile aspect to their businesses, and for new entrepreneurs, mobile offers a great way to get into the food business without a lot of overhead.

Starting a Mobile RestaurantHere’s why starting a mobile food business makes sense:

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SPIKE TV

SPIKE is honored to be among such influential companies. We are a national leader in programming that supports small business and entrepreneurship, while simultaneously entertaining the heck out of people. The brand speaks to men’s adventurous side – to work harder, be stronger and to make as much as possible along the way.

 

 

Reiva Lesonsky HeadshotRieva Lesonsky is CEO of GrowBiz Media, a media company that helps entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses. Follow Rieva at Twitter.com/Rieva and visit her blog atSmallBizDaily.com. Visit her website SmallBizTrendCast to get the scoop on business trends and sign up for Rieva’s free TrendCast reports.

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