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Join Carts Blanche’s Small Business Revolution

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By , May 12, 2017 9:43 am

Join Carts Blanche’s Small Business Revolution

Radical innovative business opportunities for forward thinking entrepreneurs.

Every year, nearly one million people decide to start a business.

Are you considering starting your own business? Take a leap of faith and begin today on your life changing adventure to secure your future dreams.

Entrepreneurs show energy, drive and passion they are the backbone of America’s economy, their passionate values built America and still drives millions of our local businesses today.

Carts Blanche offers a compelling business platform, in a fast turn – high volume growing industry of retail.

Carts Blanche turn-key business “VendaCarts” mobile automated real estate, rolls new ways to customize and deliver consumer products to the masses where they work, live and play.

VendaCarts appeals to forward thinking companies and individuals looking for a competitive edge as well as to those entering the automated retail sales business for the first time.

Mobile retail real-estate is a cost effective small business solution which opens new frontiers that are significant in expanding our customer’s competitive edge.

Carts Blanche small business platform meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace.

The combination of retail demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business opportunities.

Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, vending machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

Hats Off to the Heroes of America: Small Business

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By , May 2, 2016 9:12 am

Hats Off to the Heroes of America: Small Businesses topleft-header

May 1st – 7th

All of these are accessible from Advocacy’s Small Business Profiles webpage,
www.sba.gov/advocacy/small-business                                                            2014
28,443,856 Small Businesses
5,707,941 Small Businesses with Employees
22,735,915 Small Businesses without Employees (Nonemployers)
56,062,893 Workers Employed by Small Businesses
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 While small businesses may not generate as much money as large corporations, they are a critical component of and major contributor to the strength of local economies.
Small businesses present new employment opportunities and serve as the building blocks of the United States’ largest corporations.
A small business is defined as a business (corporation, limited liability company or proprietorship) with 500 employees or less. According to the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), small businesses represent 99.7 percent of all employer firms.
Since 1995, small businesses have generated 64 percent of new jobs, and paid 44 percent of the total United States private payroll, according to the SBA.
http://smallbusiness.chron.com/important-small-businesses-local-economies-5251.html

 

Boom in Boomer Entrepreneurs Searching Business Opportunities

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By , April 25, 2016 10:28 am

download (1)Carts Blanche offers the perfect business opportunities for entrepreneurial Boomers searching for the perfect business. If 50 is the new 30 then 60 is the new 40 – What a better time to find a new career.

https://www.sba.gov/starting-business/how-start-business/business-types/encore-entrepreneurs

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A growing number of workers age 50-plus are turning interests, hobbies or skills into a small business.  Whether you are interested in starting a small business right away or are intending to wait until after retirement, now is the time to explore the possibilities.

Whether your target market is global or just your neighborhood, the SBA and its Resource Partners can help at every stage of turning your entrepreneurial dream into a thriving business.

The challenges of starting a business later in life aren’t much different than at any other time. But, the experience and expertise that more experienced professionals bring to the table provide opportunities like never before.

Summer of Encore Mentoring

It’s official – June 1 begins the Summer of Encore Mentoring. Encore entrepreneurs over the age of 50 are one of the fastest growing groups of business owners.  If you are an individual age 50+, then entrepreneurship can offer an opportunity for you to use your knowledge, passion, life and professional experience toward creating a small business.

FIFTY IS THE NEW 30

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/01/09/boomers-who-start-businesses_n_1185394.html

Rather than the dominion of the young, innovation is a product of young minds, and the baby boom generation has that to spare. “Fifty is the new 30,” says Rieva Lesonsky, founder and CEO of GrowBiz Media and a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors. “Boomers don’t feel or act their chronological age. We have a lot of good years ahead of us, and we don’t want to sit idly on the sidelines. We’d be bored — and many of us would simply run out of money.”

“Part of the baby boomer mentality is to think younger and break out of the box as much as possible,” says Steve Strauss, columnist, author of “The Small Business Bible” and also a member of the HuffPost Small Business Board of Directors. “People are living longer and healthier. I’m not surprised that boomers are changing the way we look at retirement.”

The increase of boomer startups, according to Lesonsky, has been fueled by the recession, which has created a number of “reluctant entrepreneurs.” “Many boomers lost their jobs in the recession,” she explains. “While hiring is picking up again, it’s not likely boomers are going to get hired. Due to their experience and age, they simply cost employers more to hire, both from a salary and cost-of-benefits perspective.”

https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/245366

The Kaufmann Foundation reveals some interesting details about boomers as entrepreneurs and why they are winning the game. There’s a 35 percent chance that an older business owner started the business he or she currently manages. In 1996, 14 percent of entrepreneurs were older than 55, but in 2014 that was true of 23 percent of entrepreneurs. Boomers are the wealthiest living generation, and since 1992 every year more and more people are working past the age of 65.

Plus, Kaufmann showcases that a lot of boomers choose entrepreneurship for lifestyle reasons. Maybe they’re passionate about a certain industry, want to supplement their income, or just simply work less than they did previously. Fewer boomers pursue entrepreneurial ventures to “change the world,” as compared to millennials, which may give them a sharper edge.

The world may be changing, but millennials might not be leading the pack as some might imagine. The numbers don’t lie – it is never too late to start over.

Small Business Ideas can grow into a Large Business Opportunities

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By , February 26, 2014 9:55 am

 

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Small Business Opportunities

VendaCarts

Large Profits and New Locations for Vending

Carts Blanche sells a business that meets the demand of the modern customer and redefines the self-serve retail marketplace. The combination of retailer demand, consumer adoption, core competencies and opportunities for innovation all point to VendaCarts as being a sustainable platform for future business growth. Consider the benefits: 24/7 operation, unattended sales, venue versatility, mobile real-estate, machine interchangeability, large captive consumer base, management technology and immediate return on investment.

Turn to Export.Gov for Small Business Export Needs

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By , February 4, 2014 12:05 pm

Export.Gov – Helping US Companies Export

Carts Blanche depends on the information and support our government offers through export.gov.  VendaCarts being a small business needed all the business opportunities available, free of charge, when exporting our VendaCarts trailers.   Don’t be afraid to take the leap into international sales and broaden your customer base.

The Commercial Service has a network of export and industry specialists located in more than 100 U.S. cities and over 80 countries worldwide. These trade professionals provide counseling and a variety of products and services to assist small and midsized U.S. businesses export their products and services.

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Carts Blanche, LLC (VendaCarts) Promotes Small Business on Twitter and Pinterest

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By , January 31, 2014 9:53 am

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Carts Blanche, LLC Promotes Small Business on Twitter and Pinterest

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If you are not following us on FaceBook, Twitter and Pinterest Please follow us – Check Us Out.  We are looking forward to following you.

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The Future of Food Retailing in the U.S – Business Ideas to Build your Business Opportunities in Vending

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By , January 31, 2014 8:42 am

2014 Trends in the Food – Beverage Industry

Thinking of starting a small business or need new fresh business ideas to expand your existing business into the food and beverage market?                   Carts Blanche, VendaCarts, Mobile Retail Store is the revolutionary business opportunity for 201416

http://blog.marketresearch.com/projected-2014-trends-in-the-food-beverage-industry

1. Overall food and beverage retail sales will continue to rise throughout 2014.  Packaged Facts predicts sales to reach $667.5 billion next year, which is a 4.5% increase over 2013’s sales of $638.8 billion. When broken down, this influx accounts for only 1-2% in actual unit growth, but also takes into account an estimated inflation rate of 3-4%. Sales are expected to gain momentum throughout the year and continue to grow, reaching an expected $796 billion by 2018.

2. Sales of private label products will continue to grow, reaching $133 billion by 2016. When the recession hit in 2008, the sales of private label products began growing at a steady pace. In just four years from 2008 to 2012, sales increased from $82.8 billion to $104 billion. During this time, private labels gained much favor and popularity. Now that the economy is steadily building again, private label sales are continuing to grow due to improved quality and increased marketing. In fact, many shoppers have found store brands that are comparable or that they prefer to leading national brands’ products.

groceryshopping3. Fresh foods will continue to hold more and more importance in shoppers’ retailer preference. When it comes to choosing a regular food and beverage retailer, there are several key factors people consider. In The Future of Food Retailing in the U.S.: Shopper Insights and Market Opportunities, 4th Edition, Packaged Facts sites FMI’s study U.S. Grocery Shopper Trends 2012, revealing that in addition to competitive prices and cleanliness, due to growing health and wellness awareness, high quality produce and fresh foods are now one of the most important determining factors in where consumers shop. Because of the increasing importance of fresh foods, supercenters can no longer rely on commodity pricing to maintain their customers. In fact, in Why Retailers are Keeping it Fresh: Fresh Foods Not Spoiled by Inflationary Heat, Nielson Perishables Group predicts that during 2014 and the following years, supermarkets will begin to lose market share to the larger supercenters, who are now placing more importance on the quality of these items.

4. Emphasis on healthy eating will continue to make its way into schools and alternative food and beverage retail options. With continued focus on health-conscious offerings, alternative food and beverage retailers will experience some change during 2014 as well. Most notably, by the fall start of the 2014 school year, the USDA’s “Smart Snacks in Schools” initiative will take effect, banning the sale of sugary and unhealthy snack foods and drinks from vending machines located in public schools nationwide. Traditional vending machine items, such as candy, cookies and sugary drinks, will be replaced with healthier offerings like whole wheat crackers, fruit cups and fat-free milk.

Pop Up Coffee Shop for Kindle Bookworms – New Small Business Idea from VendaCarts

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By , January 23, 2014 2:47 pm

 

OK here is another business idea for you – VendaCarts – Mobile Pop Up Coffee Shop for Kindle Lovers – and Computer Geeks. Coffee Vending Machines are a hit for 1 reason – perfect cup of fresh Joe.  Now marry that with a couple of Kindle vending machines, docking station, computer hook ups and lets charge our cell phone while we are at it and that is a new revolutionary VendaCarts, Mobile Pop Up Coffee Shop.  What about a bag of hot popcorn, cold drinks and snacks for your enjoyment.

Getting your products in the hands of consumers can take some cunning, and it seems that Amazon has no lack of it. GeekWire reports spotting an Amazon Kindle vending machine in McCarran International Airport in Las Vegas. Sin City is, of course, the location of CES 2014, which just so happens to be coming to a close tomorrow. With thousands upon thousands of technology enthusiasts passing through McCarran’s doors over the next few days, Amazon clearly saw an opportunity to pick up a few impulse buys during the mass exodus.

kindlekioskThe automated kiosk sells everything ranging from basic Kindle e-ink readers to the Kindle Fire HDX, which comes with a price tag just under $400. There are also Kindle accessories on offer, such as the Kindle PowerFast adapter. It’s easy to imagine accessories being the big sellers at these kiosks, if only because so many people (meaning me) seem to frequently leave the house in a rush, forgetting things like chargers in the process. For what it’s worth, the folks at GeekWire actually gave the kiosk a spin, opting to purchase a PowerFast adapter. Aside from technical hang ups (they report the interface going inactive for as much as 10 seconds at a time), they got their adapter for the somewhat hefty price of $20 however, this is the same price as it is online at Amazon.com.

This isn’t the first Amazon kiosk to be spotted in the wild. Kindle vending machines have been popping up in public places since last November. Those temporary kiosks were part of an initiative to get people to buy the Kindle Paperwhite in the midst of the holiday shopping season, but regardless of whether these kiosks are permanent or temporary, Amazon seems pleased with the result. An Amazon representative told GeekWire that the company is “very happy with the customer response” so far, so it would it appear that these kiosks are actually pulling in a respectable number of sales.

With these kiosks, we’re seeing Amazon enter the retail market without investing as much money as competitors like Apple and Microsoft. While those two have dedicated stores to sell their products – complete with rent and employees to pay – these kiosks allow Amazon to sell directly to consumers without sinking a bunch of money into opening up a full-blown store. Provided Amazon’s little experiment keeps bringing in sales, we’ll probably see these pop up in more locations. Have you seen any of these kiosks appear in your area? http://www.androidheadlines.com/2014/01/amazon-kindle-vending-machine-pops-up-at-mccarran-airport-as-ces-comes-to-a-close.html

VendaCarts “Pop Up Cafe” Expands Your Small Business to the Breakfast Crowd

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By , December 28, 2013 11:53 am

Technomic’s recent Breakfast Consumer Trend Report updates current breakfast trends for vending operators.  Carts Blanche offers our mobile VendaCarts “Pop Up Café” for the breakfast crowds on the streets, industry workplace, university campuses or festivals. VendaCarts helps expand your small business into new locations.

CHICAGO — Although major foodservice brands, including both retailers and restaurants, have been developing ways to capitalize on the breakfast daypart and bring in more customers during the morning hours, this increased operator activity hasn’t necessarily had the intended effect. Most consumers still source breakfast from home.

Just 20 percent of consumers report eating breakfast away from home more often than they did a year ago, according to the Breakfast Consumer Trend Report by Technomic Inc.

In order to grab more share of stomach with breakfast fare, operators must continue exploring new growth avenues.

“Opportunities to promote breakfast can extend far beyond conventional morning hours,” said Technomic Executive Vice President Darren Tristano. “Operators looking to promote this daypart can leverage consumer interest in all-day or late-night breakfast programs. There’s also room to expand brunch options, and even get creative by applying traditional breakfast flavors to non-breakfast foods.”

Key findings of the report include:

  • Limited-service breakfast customers consider value menus, breakfast sandwiches and portability to be highly important.
  • Full-service breakfast customers value variety, all-day breakfast options and signature menu offerings the most.
  • Coffee is a key part of breakfast. Sixty-four percent of consumers drink coffee at breakfast, and 54 percent of these customers prefer a restaurant that offers free coffee refills. Thirty percent agree that they are loyal to concepts that serve their preferred coffee brand.
  • Consumers connect breakfast to health. Sixty-three percent believe it is unhealthy to skip breakfast, and open-ended data shows that many consumers want more healthful breakfast options.

SBA’s Small Business for Veterans – Patriot Express Program

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By , November 8, 2013 10:36 am

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Patriot Express

The Patriot Express Program is designed for small businesses that are 51 percent or more owned/controlled by veterans or members of the military community.
About the Program
Maximum Loan Amount: $500,000
Maximum SBA Guaranty %: Follows SBA standard 7(a) guarantee percentages
Interest Rate: Rate may be fixed or variable; lenders and borrowers can negotiate interest rate, but lenders may not charge more than 2.25 % over prime rate for loans of less than seven years and 2.75 % over prime for loans greater than seven years; lenders may charge 1 % more for loans of $50,000 or less and 2 % more for loans of $25,000 or less.
Eligibility Decision: Must meet standard SBA 7(a) loan eligibility and must be 51 % or more owned/controlled by:

  • Veteran (other than dishonorably discharged);
  • Active Duty Military: potential retiree within 24 months of separation and discharging Active Duty member within 12 months of discharge (TAP eligible);
  • Reservist and National Guard;
  • Current spouse of above or spouse of service member or veteran who died of a service-connected disability.
Revolving Lines of Credit: Up to seven years with maturity extensions permitted at the outset.
SBA Turnaround Time Within 36 hours
Forms: Streamlined: Lender primarily uses own forms and procedures.
Collateral: Lenders are not required to take collateral for loans up to $25,000; may use their existing collateral policy for loans over $25,000 up to $350,000, but must take available collateral for loans greater than $350,000.
Credit Decision By lender.
Purchase May request expedited SBA purchase on small loans or in situations where liquidation may be delayed.

Loans made under this program generally follow SBA’s standards for the 7(a) Loan Program.

Eligibility

A lender may be eligible to participate in Patriot Express if it currently participates with SBA and meets certain performance standards. There are no minimum SBA loan volume requirements to begin making Patriot Express loans. A non-SBA lender that makes a reasonable number of commercial loans of $50,000 or less may be eligible to participate, but must apply for SBA loan authority.

For More Information

For more information, contact your local SBA District Office.

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