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Supporting Veteran Owned Small Businesses

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Saturday, January 14, 2017

City Tries To Crush Veteran-Owned Small Business

Joey Vanoni and Nikki McGowan are Baltimore-area mobile vending entrepreneurs. Joey is a Navy veteran and the owner of Pizza di Joey, a New York-style brick oven pizza food truck. The truck gives Joey the opportunity to not only serve delicious slices, but to also hire his fellow veterans. Nikki is the owner of Madame BBQ, a barbeque food truck that allows Nikki to share her love of cooking with Baltimore’s diverse communities.

Joey and Nikki are precisely the type of hardworking entrepreneurs that the Charm City should encourage. Instead, Baltimore has made it nearly impossible for mobile vendors like Joey and Nikki to succeed.

Since 2014, mobile vendors have been banned from operating within 300 feet of any brick-and-mortar business that sells the same type of food, merchandise or service—including restaurants, cafes and convenience or clothing stores. Vendors that do face $500 in fines for each violation and can have their vendor’s license revoked.

The effect is to prohibit mobile vendors from operating in large swaths of Baltimore. The law is especially hard on food trucks, like Pizza di Joey and Madame BBQ, because of the city’s many restaurants and other food establishments. Worse still, the 300-foot rule arbitrarily treats food trucks differently based on what they sell. So while a taco truck would be banned from operating near a Mexican restaurant, a gyro truck could park right out front.

This law makes absolutely no sense—and it is unconstitutional. Its sole purpose is to protect brick-and-mortar businesses from competition. That is why on May 11, 2016, two Baltimore-area food trucks—Pizza di Joey and Madame BBQ—filed a lawsuit against the city challenging its 300-foot rule as a violation of the Maryland Constitution. They are represented by the Institute for Justice, which has won similar fights nationwide as part of its National Street Vending Initiative. A victory will secure the right to economic liberty for all Baltimore mobile vendors and empower entrepreneurs throughout Maryland.

Wednesday, January 11, 2017

14 Marketing Strategies For Small Business

In this video, I will talk about 14 marketing strategies you should use for your small business, whether it is internet based or a traditional brick-and-mortar. These tactics will help you get more traffic online, get more visitors to the store, and increase sales overall. I'll mention strategies like blogging, setting up local business pages with major search engines, advertising on Facebook or Bing, and much more. Enjoy the video!

Saturday, January 7, 2017

What Successful Entrepreneurs Have That Others Don't

Successful Entrepreneurs aren't born, but they have certain attitudes, beliefs and outlooks on life that others don't. In this first of a six-part series on Starting a Small Business, you will learn what separates successful business from failures, and find out if you have the "Right Stuff" to run your own business.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

"Flat-Broke & Scared"....How To Start A Small Business

Keith Kalfas Tells his Story about being "Flat-Broke & Scared" to Successful at the Huge Convention in National Harbor Baltimore MD.

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Webinar....How To Grow Your Small Business With Simple Marketing Strategies

Watch this webinar hosted by SBA, Constant Contact and Microsoft to learn how to make the most of email and social media and also learn how to get your messages opened, read, shared and socially visible.

Wednesday, December 28, 2016

Webinar...5 Steps To Building Business Credit

In this webinar hosted by SBA and Dun and Bradstreet Credibility Corp., you will learn how to build your business credit in five steps.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

SBA Local Assistance...Who, What, Where, And How

SBA has many offices and resource partners that counsel, mentor and train small business owners and entrepreneurs. With many offices located near you and assistance available online this network can help your business start up, succeed and grow. Watch this short video to learn more.

Saturday, December 17, 2016

SBA Resources For Women

Learn about the various business resources available to women entrepreneurs from the U.S. Small Business Administration in this short video.

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Tips For Women Starting Or Growing A Business

Women today make up nearly 29 percent of all U.S. business owners, and according to data from U.S. Census Bureau, women’s entrepreneurship is on the rise. In this webinar you will hear from the SBA and Jane Wurwand, Founder and Chief Visionary of Dermalogica on:

-Trends in women’s entrepreneurship and why women entrepreneurs are important to the economy
-SBA programs available to women entrepreneurs
-Stories from the trenches: Jane’s story on how she started and grew her business from a small business to a globally recognized brand
-Questions for Jane