Announcing the “New” BizSugar, Here’s a Sneak Peak

We’re excited to announce some big news about our sister site There’s a brand new BizSugar!

We’ve added some new features with many more coming.  New features include:

Free tools: Calculators, templates and scorecards Mastermind Community: A private members community to gain the wisdom of the crowd when it comes to starting, managing and growing a business. Events: Community events, including Ask me Anything sessions; monthly challenges; and training sessions.

There will also be special resources for members such as guides and manuals.

By now, you may have questions. We’ll do our best to answer common ones for you below.

Can I Still Share My Content?

Of course!

Everything you have always done on BizSugar – you can still do.

Your BizSugar account remains intact and you can access the Share section of BizSugar (where you submit your content) on the new subdomain.

The BizSugar Team

Many people you’ve known for years at BizSugar are still there:

Heather Stone, Site Administrator Shawn Hessinger, Site Administrator Martin Lindeskog, Moderator

As well as some new ones such as:

Gail Gardner, Mastermind Group Community Manager

The site continues to be owned by Anita Campbell, Founder and CEO of Sm

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Franchise Businesses Added 29K Jobs in December 2018, According to Report

December 2018 ADP National Franchise Report

The employment report for December 2018 exceeded all expectations with a whopping 312,000 new jobs for the month. This includes franchises, which added 29K jobs to the tally.

This is more than 17,500 jobs from November when ADP reported a total of 11,500 jobs.

Growth in franchise hiring is an important indicator for local economies because of the job creation and tax revenue this segment provides.

The vast majority of franchises are essentially small businesses if they are not owned by headquarters. And individual owners make up the lion’s share of the more than 750,000 franchises currently operating in the US.

The International Franchise Association (IFA) says the national economic impact of franchises has been growing in terms of establishments, jobs, payroll, output and GDP with a bright forecast for the future.

For franchise owners, this means more hiring, which is what Mark Zandi, chief economist of Moody’s Analytics, said in the press release regarding the overall economy.

Zandi said, “Businesses continue to add aggressively to their payrolls despite the stock market slump and the trade war. Favorable December weather also helped lift the job market. At the current pace of job growth, low unemployment will get even lower.&r

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Small Businesses Added 89K Jobs in December 2018, ADP reports

December 2018 ADP Small Business Report

The December 2018 ADP National Employment Report revealed small businesses almost doubled the number of jobs they created in November.

While November managed a respectable 46,000 jobs, small businesses delivered a record high in December 2018 with 89,000 jobs. The high numbers come despite the current tariff battle taking place with China and an erratic stock market which manages to end on the upside after record-breaking downturns.

The volatility hasn’t discouraged small businesses from hiring and expanding. In the press release Ahu Yildirmaz, vice president and co-head of the ADP Research Institute, said: “Small businesses also experienced their strongest month of job growth all year.”

December 2018 ADP Small Business Report

Although the ADP National Employment Report said there were 271,000 created in December, in actuality, it was much higher than that.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS), which releases the data days after ADP, revealed there were 312,000 jobs created in December. This number far exceeded the 180,000 jobs the market was expecting for the month.

The 3.9% unemployment rate also represents only the 13th month since 1970 where the rate has been below 4%. Eight of the 13 instances have taken place under the Trump administration.

In addition to the high number of jobs

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Spotlight: Custom Throwback Jerseys Sells Nostalgic Sports Gear

Retro Sports Apparel Company Custom Throwback Jerseys Sells Nostalgic Sports Gear

Nostalgia can be a powerful motivator for buyers. And one business is mixing that sentiment with the sports world by offering custom jerseys made to look like old school products. Custom Throwback Jerseys started as a passion project but has since grown to reach customers around the world. Read more about the company in this week’s Small Business Spotlight.

What the Business Does

Creates authentic sports apparel from years past.

Founder Mark Davis told Small Business Trends, “Custom Throwback Jerseys produces hand-stitched retro jerseys from the MLB, NHL, and NFL leagues. Each jersey is detailed by the precise specifications of the year, team, and player requested!”

Business Niche

Attention to detail.

Davis says, “We take special care to make sure our jerseys are high-quality and match the vintage jerseys down to the stitc

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