Monday, March 11, 2019

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small business ideas for men

Business calendar for March 10-16 - Herald-Mail Media

Posted: 09 Mar 2019 09:00 PM PST

FedEx Small-Business Grant Contest entry

Now through Monday, March 25 — What could you do with $15,000, $30,000 or even $50,000 for your small business? The FedEx Small Business Grant Contest is offering money to 10 winners. Entries will be accepted through Monday, March 25. Entering is a great opportunity to gain exposure for your business and connect with your community. Winning one of the 10 grants could open up new possibilities for your business. There will be one grand prize winner of $50,000, plus $7,500 in FedEx Office print and business services; one silver prize winner of $30,000, plus $5,000 in FedEx Office print and business services; and eight bronze prize winners of $15,000, plus $1,000 in FedEx Office print and business services. To learn more about the grant contest and how to enter, go to

Entrepreneur Council Brown Bag Lunch and Learn

Monday, March 11 — Join the Entrepreneur Council of Frederick County for lunch, networking and discussion. Don't forget to bring your business cards and your lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. Free. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederick or go to www.frederick

Lunch Exchange

Tuesday, March 12 Attend this Frederick County Chamber of Commerce popular event. Imagine networking in the fashion of "speed-dating." You'll meet 39 other people and make some great business connections. Be prepared with a one minute speech about you and your business. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Silver Diner Development LLC, 5120 Buckeystown Pike, Frederick. $25 for Frederick County Chamber of Commerce members; $35 for nonmembers. Registration required. Arrive a few minutes early to check in at the registration table for your name badge and table assignment. Call 301-662-4164, email or go to

Grant Writing for Beginners webinar

Tuesday, March 12 Are you ready to start winning grant awards to support your nonprofit? Get the essential knowledge and tools you need to start finding, assessing and applying for grants to support charitable activities. Join Michelle Nusum-Smith, owner and principal consultant at The Word Woman LLC to learn: How grants fit into a nonprofit's overall fundraising strategy; how to identify funders that may have an interest in your activities; and how to assess your project fit with a prospective funder's interests; among other topics. 2 to 3:30 p.m. This is a webinar, an online event. Call 301-662-4164, email info@frederick or go to

Eggs and Issues

Wednesday, March 13 Join the Washington County Chamber of Commerce members for breakfast, networking and a discussion with Secretary of the Maryland Department of Commerce, Kelly Schulz. It's the perfect opportunity to bring what's important to your business to the forefront. 7:30 to 9 a.m. Applause Caterers, 58 E. Washington St., Hagerstown. $15 for Washington County Chamber of Commerce members; $25 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email or go to

IRS webinar

Wednesday, March 13 "Third Party Payers and Employers Who Outsource Payroll." This webinar is for small business service providers, small businesses and industry representatives and tax professionals for small business. Topics to be covered include: Payroll service providers; third party payers; electronic federal tax payment system; employment tax investigation; and new online services. 10 to 11 a.m. Webinar. Call 301-766-2043 or go to www.hagers

LinkedIn for Jobseekers

Thursday, March 14 This workshop aims to show jobseekers how to use LinkedIn to connect to job opportunities. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200 or go to

Social media and business

Thursday, March 14 "The Social Media Landscape and Where Your Business Fits into the Space." This is part one of a four-part series giving you an introduction to the current state of social media for business, with a focus on how each platform is being utilized for business. You'll leave the class with an idea of which platforms may be best for promoting your product and business. Bring your lunch. 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Frederick County Chamber of Commerce, 118 N. Market St., Suite 200, Frederick. $5 for Frederick County Chamber of Commerce members; $10 for nonmembers. Call 301-662-4164, email or go to

Small business PR strategy

Thursday, March 14 "Create a Powerful and Practical PR Strategy for your Small Business." In this webinar, SCORE Mentor Jasmine Powers will teach you three easy-to-implement methods for getting into local and national papers, online sites, TV, radio and podcasts. Participants will learn how to: Identify the right media influencer for your specific news; position yourself as an expert to add credibility to any news story; talk to media with confidence, and avoid the disaster of hitting the trash file; turn your media placement into a sales funnel that runs on autopilot; attract the attention of hard-to-reach audiences; and what to do if you get bad press. 1 to 2 p.m. SCORE webinar. Call 301-766-2043 or go to

Speed Networking with GenNext

Thursday, March 14 Join young professionals of the Washington County Chamber of Commerce for this fast-paced and innovative networking event. In partnership with Fountain Head Country Club, this structured event is sure to deliver new leads and introduce you to many fellow young professionals. Complimentary food and cash bar will be available. 5:30 to 8 p.m. Fountain Head Country Club, 13316 Fountain Head Road, Hagerstown. Free for GenNext members; $5 for nonmembers. Call 301-739-2015, ext. 100, email or go to

Mugs and Pitches

Friday, March 15 Carlos Duran, Men of Their Word, will be pitching a business idea. Each "pitcher" gets seven minutes to share a business idea. Angel investors, local entrepreneurs, business coaches and others are in the audience to ask questions and provide feedback. Join the audience and ask questions, provide constructive criticism and network with other professionals. 8:30 to 10 a.m. Hagerstown Community College, CPB 211/213, 11400 Robinwood Drive, Hagerstown. Free. Call 240-500-2399 or email

Internet Job Search

Friday, March 15 Learn how to use the internet for job searching and for improving success with online applications. 9 to 10 a.m. Washington County American Job Center, 14 N. Potomac St., Hagerstown. Call 301-393-8200 or go to

Women's Empowerment Group

Saturday, March 16, through Saturday, April 13 This is a five-week self-discovery group. Through guided topics and activities, you will learn and discover self awareness and insight, motivation and clarity, how to move past obstacles, how and why to empower others, and your power as building blocks for your vision. 9:30 a.m. Salt and Light Counseling LLC, 1707 Rosemont Ave., Frederick. $125. Call 301-662-4164, email or, or go to


LION Tank Competition

Friday, March 15 Come and watch or submit your business idea to compete. Participants will pitch their business ideas in a Shark-tank-like event with the top two receiving mini-grants and gaining access to the Mont Alto LunchBox facility for one year. Entrepreneurs can submit their business ideas at 6 to 9 p.m. Penn State Mont Alto Campus, General Studies Auditorium, 1 Campus Drive, Mont Alto. Free. Call 717-749-6112, email or go to tank.

Nite at the Races

Saturday, March 16 Come out and celebrate St. Patrick's Day with the Greater Waynesboro Chamber of Commerce members. Buy tickets and receive play money to bet on prerecorded horse races for a chance to win great prizes and have lots of fun. There also will be a silent auction and hat contest. Dress in your finest derby attire. 6 to 10 p.m. Green Grove Gardens Event Center, 1032 Buchanan Trail East, Greencastle. Call 717-762-7123, email or go to


Boots to Business Reboot

Tuesday, March 12 This class is geared toward helping veterans start or grow a business. It is a two-step Small Business Administration entrepreneurship training program that provides participants an overview of business ownership, an outline and information about the components of a business plan, a practical exercise in recognizing opportunity, and an introduction to available public and private sector resources. Step one is the Introduction to Entrepreneurship course available to veterans of all eras and service members, including members of the National Guard and Reserves, and their spouses. This course is taught by the SBA and its partners. Step two consists of online follow-up courses instructed by a consortium of professors and skilled business advisors from the SBA Network. A light lunch will be provided. 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Shepherd University's Martinsburg Center, 261 Aikens Center, Martinsburg. Free to veterans. Limited to 35 people. Register in advance. For more information, email

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Women's Network Leadership workshop

Thursday, March 14 Join the Women's Network for a discussion on Dale Carnegie's "How to Win Friends and Influence People." During this session, learn what women in leadership need to stop doing. There will be time for networking. Dinner and cash bar are included. 5 to 8:30 p.m. The Purple Iris, 1956 Winchester Ave., Martinsburg. $35 for Martinsburg-Berkeley County Chamber of Commerce members; $60 for nonmembers. Register in advance. Call 304-267-4841, email or go to

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10 Unique Business Ideas from Around the World - Small Business Trends

Posted: 25 Nov 2018 12:00 AM PST

Some of the best businesses are the most unique ones, ventures that fill a void and offer something that's completely distinct and unparalleled. Around the world innovative individuals and groups are embarking on business ventures that stand out for their individuality and uniqueness.

Unique Business Ideas from Around the World

If you're looking for some business inspiration, take a look at the following 10 unique business ideas from around the world.

Rent-a-Cow Makes the Most of Livestock

Forget renting dogs or handbags for that matter, as farmers and individuals with livestock have the opportunity to rent their stock out with Rent-a-Cow. Canada-based business Rent-a-Cow provides a cow renting service, allowing people to rent cows and enjoy their milk for 3 days, a week or a month.

Reboot Manages E-Waste in Rural India

Reboot manages e-waste and channelizes resources to bring development to rural parts of India and bridge the nation's digital divide.

This innovative startup purchases IT goods, such as laptops, desktops and cell phones from organizations. The company restores the e-waste and provides refurbished prooducts to schools, small businesses, NGOs and government enterprises in rural Indian communities.

Eternal Reefs Creates a Lasting Legacy for Departed Loved Ones

This unique business idea involves creating memorial reefs out of a loved one's cremated remains. The reef is then placed in a permitted ocean location to become part of an existing or new reef, crafting an eternal legacy. This unique startup, known as Eternal Reefs, is based in Decatur, Georgia.

1928 Diagnostics Revolutionizes Healthcare Around the World

This Swedish biotech firm is revolutionizing healthcare around the world through a platform designed to improve diagnosis of infectious diseases.

1928 Diagnostics employs a team of software developers, bioinformaticians, microbiologists and molecular biologists, who collectively optimize the use of the powerful Whole Genome Sequencing technology to improve infectious diagnostics across the globe.

Mad in India Offers a Different Approach to Ecommerce

Mad in India is an ecommerce site with a difference. The brand capitalizes on the unique culture, lifestyle and identity of India, selling products that celebrate the unique diversity and mythical identity of this enthralling country.

Unlike other more conventional online retailers, Mad in India brings vivid storytelling to its store, focused on the unique culture and history of India, through its classy range of Indian lifestyle products.

Pazesha Brings Financial Empowerment to Africa

Pazesha is an innovative and inspiring startup in Africa, which aims to be the first Africa-focused digital Financial Marketplace. Pazesha aims to connect lenders with low-income but high-quality borrowers. By providing borrowers excluded by the traditional financial system with vital credit, Pazesha is helping drive business forward in Africa.

Pazesha, which means Financial Empowerment, is led by a passionate local team of fin-tech experts.

Youper Offers an App to Overcome Social Anxiety

Founded in the increasingly entrepreneurial nation of Brazil, Youper is the first mobile app focused on overcoming social anxiety. The founders combine behavioral analytics with psychological approaches to provide an interactive platform that helps empower individuals to overcome social anxiety and other emotional issues.

Mannequin Madness Provides Rental, Recycling – And Related Products

If you thought there wouldn't be money in renting mannequins then think again!

California-based Mannequin Madness has found a lucrative niche, selling and renting mannequins to businesses and retailers. The company has even won an award from the Environmental Protection Agency for its positive environmental impact by recycling mannequins.

But that's not all! Mannequin Madness even sells mannequin-themed products such as Mannequin Leg Lamps!

Speedlancer Connects Freelancers With Jobs At Lightning Speed

Recognizing the growing demand for freelancers in various niches who can turn around projects quickly, Speedlancer provides on-demand freelancers who can deliver tasks in as little as 24 hours.

This innovative business was founded in Victoria, Australia as a means of connecting freelancers with organizations that require their services without delay.

21 Buttons Changes the Way People Buy Fashion

For the fashionistas out there, you'll simply adore this innovative venture that brings fashion influencers to a social network. On the 21 Buttons network, influencers within the world of fashion can share their wardrobe with fans anywhere and fans can find their favorite influencer's clothing in the click of a button.

21 Buttons is based in Barcelona, Spain and is hailed as changing the way people are inspired and buy fashion.

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20 of the Most Profitable Small Businesses - Small Business Trends

Posted: 15 May 2018 12:00 AM PDT

Some businesses are inherently more profitable than others. This can be due to expenses and overhead being low or the business charging a lot for its services or products. Still, all businesses, no matter how profitable they are, can be a challenge getting started.

Most Profitable Small Businesses

If you yearn to run a profitable business (don't we all), take a look at the following 20 most profitable small businesses.

Tax Preparation and Bookkeeping

Without needing fancy premises or expensive equipment, tax preparation and bookkeeping services come with low overheads. Furthermore, the standard rate for quality tax preparers and bookkeepers is a decent salary to live on.

That said, if you're not good with numbers, preparing people's tax and keeping their finances up-to-date, won't be the business for you.

Catering Services

You don't need expensive premises to run your own catering business and could even operate your service from home, keeping overhead to a minimum. People and businesses are willing to pay for quality caterers, making this business profitable for those who work hard and have determination to succeed.

Website Design

Websites have become the 'windows of every successful business', hence quality and creative website designers remain in high demand. Again, low expenses and high rates make web design a lucrative business to run, providing you have the creative and technical know-how that is!

Business Consulting

Businesses are willing to invest in quality business consultants who can help them achieve the results they are looking for. They're also willing to pay hefty amounts for the right advice, which, tied in with low overhead, makes business consulting a profitable business to embark on.

Of course effective business consultants do require sound business acumen and knowledge, so this isn't necessarily the right opportunity for everyone.

Courier Services

Other than the outlay of your vehicle to deliver the goods, self-employed couriers don't have large overhead. Getting lucrative contracts from the major courier firms can prove profitable. However, in a competitive market, being awarded lucrative contracts can be challenging.

Mobile Hairdresser Services

Granted, you can never charge a fortune to cut someone's hair but that doesn't take away from the fact that quality hairdressers will always be in demand. Furthermore, other than a quality pair of scissors and some hair dye, if you run a mobile hair dressing salon, your business expenses are surprisingly low, making mobile hairdressing a profitable business to run.

That said, mobile hairdressers are not difficult to find, so you'll probably need to spend some money marketing your services.

Cleaning Services

All you need to start your own cleaning business is a vacuum, polish floor cleaner and, preferably, a car. With comparatively low overhead, little in the way of training required and a service which is always in demand, cleaning can be a rewarding business to get into.

So why isn't everyone doing this? Well, if you're looking for a more creative way to make a living, cleaning might not be for you.

Online Tutoring

You might be a math genius, a native Spanish speaker or a nifty guitar player. Whatever your talent, offering tutoring online can be a great way to earn an income with exceptionally low expenses.

The only downside to online tutoring… You need to have a skill others will want to learn!

Real Estate Brokering

The profits associated with real estate remain high and if you want to enter this industry one of the most cost-effective ways to do so is to set up a real estate brokering firm.

Real estate brokers act as an intermediary between sellers and buyers and all you need to get started is a brokerage license. That said, finding your own clients can be challenging, given the number of real estate brokers there are.

Logo Design

Got an eye for a great logo? If so, you might be on your way to starting a business where you can charge a tidy sum while not having to fork out on expensive overhead. Though be warned, logo design is a competitive industry, and you'll have to come up with some unique and inspiring logos to remain at the top of your trade.

Warehouse Storage

Got a spare garage or building that's not being used? If so, you may want to think about offering warehouse storage services. Providing a place for businesses and individuals to store goods and items can provide a highly profitable and predominantly passive income. Though it must be said, the job isn't exactly stimulating and therefore isn't for everyone!

Property Maintenance

There will always be a demand for people who are willing to clean gutters, repair chimneys or pull out stubborn weeds. While the hourly rate for property maintenance might not be the highest, with low overhead and high demand, property maintenance can be a profitable business to enter — as long as you don't mind getting your hands dirty!

Technology Repair Services

Got a good eye for technology and how it works? If so, setting up your own technology repair business could see you in high demand as the world becomes increasingly dependent on technology.

Repairing people's much-loved gadgets can pay well and without much overhead, can prove to be a lucrative business. Naturally, those without a knack for technology will want to steer clear!

IT Support

As we become more reliant on IT to run businesses and go about our daily lives, those who offer IT help and support are extremely sought-after. Quality IT support technicians can charge a decent rate for their skills and don't require too much overhead or equipment to run their businesses. However, IT support is a competitive industry, so you'll need to efficiently market your services to get noticed.

Marketing Services

Businesses and organizations will always want a quality marketing team behind them to boost brand awareness and bring them results. Marketing agencies can charge a lot for their services and thanks to advancing remote technology and the internet, marketing efforts can be done remotely, keeping overhead low and profits high.

Still it must be said, marketing agencies are highly competitive and in order to be a success you'll have to show you can deliver results.

Personal Training

Those who want to be fitter, slimmer and healthier, insure there will always be demand for personal trainers (PTs). Earning a qualification in personal training is not overly expensive and once you're professionally qualified, you can offer your PT services. Overhead is inherently low in this industry, making personal training a profitable and sought-after business.

One of the biggest challenges PTs face is building up a network of clients in a competitive environment.

Food Truck

Providing quality food and drink will always be in high demand, though with expensive overhead, running a restaurant isn't always as profitable as you might think. Serving food from a food truck on the other hand requires much lower overhead and can be an extremely profitable business venture. The downside is you have to work out of a van day in, day out, which isn't everyone's idea of a rewarding business.

Legal Services

Quality legal advice and support comes at a price and therefore those with legal knowledge can earn a tidy sum for their experise. That said, becoming qualified to provide legal advice takes time and money and the amount of training and education required to be able to offer legal services can put many people off.

A Man with a Van

Got a van and some spare time? Well you've got your business already mapped out! With virtually no expenses other than keeping your van roadworthy, helping people move and deliver items in your van can be an effective way to earn an income.

The downside? There's a lot of competition, so make sure your delivery services stand out.


Gardening is healthy and fulfilling work requiring an element of creativity. People love their gardens and so decent gardeners will always be in demand. Although gardeners require several tools for their trade, overhead is comparatively low, making gardening a profitable business. Though again, to ensure you get the work, you may have to spend some money on advertising your services.

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