SWEET DEAL: Schools earn points when families attend events at The Fremont Hub, such as Halloween trick-or-treating

SWEET DEAL: Schools earn points when families attend events at Fremont Hub, such as Halloween trick-or-treating

Back-to-school spending is expected to reach $26.7 billion in 2013, according to the National Retail Federation. That’s a 12 percent decrease from last year’s $30.31 billion.… Read More

Most shopping centers nationwide organize special events around major holidays, like Christmas or Fourth of July. But few host events to celebrate the arrival of spring. That’s what Kimco’s Suburban Square did the other week at its Ardmore Farmers Market Spring Social event.… Read More

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

CHRISTMAS WISHES: Abigail and Anna Coughlin take their turn with Santa at Une Minette

This year’s Small Business Saturday is a wrap! Consumers spent $5.5 billion at independent merchants during the day (Nov. 24), according to the Small Business Saturday consumer insights survey.… Read More

I’m not going to tell you how irate brick-and-mortar retailers are with Amazon, because you already know — you’re feeling it yourself. You’ve been trying to overcome its unfair sales tax advantage. You’ve been grappling with its ongoing “attack on Main Street businesses,” as Sen.… Read More

GAME ON: Long Island scores its first Sport Clips, marked by the Selden location’s grand opening celebration

GAME ON: Long Island scores its first Sport Clips, marked by the Selden location’s grand opening celebration

The lure of franchising for many business owners is that they can start their own business without having to create everything from scratch. Franchisors have already done much of the leg work — not to mention reduced or eliminated many of the risks that come with entrepreneurship — by establishing the business model, building strong brand name recognition, and handling most of the marketing and advertising.… Read More