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Seasonal Businesses

Coffee

Iced Coffee Too Cold to Hold? Dunkin' Franchisees Have Final Say on 'Double Cupping.'

Individual franchisees can decide whether to charge customers for putting a foam cup around a plastic cup of iced coffee.
Franchises

6 Ways Food Trucks Can Survive the Winter Freeze and Grow Their Business

With food trucks generally losing 50 percent of their business in winter, here are six ways to make sure your food truck business stays hot when the weather gets chilly.
Growth Strategies

How to Scale Up Your Holiday Workforce the Right Way

There's a right way and a wrong way to staff up for the holidays. Here are a few tips for keeping you on track and out of the IRS's headlights.
Small Business Heroes

America's Most Unusual Roadside Businesses

Some small-business owners hawk their wares to America's motorists. But it's not just gas stations and fast food.
Small Business Heroes

4 Things to Do Before You Sell Your Business

Sales of small businesses rose in 2012 and are expected to increase in the new year. Here's what you should do to prepare to sell.
Entrepreneurs

Acting on Ideas and Other Tips This Week

How to get beyond brainstorming, beat procrastination and find more permanent customers: our best tips of the week.
Growth Strategies

4 Seasonal Business Survival Tactics

If your business booms during one season and lags the rest of the year, here's how to smooth out the fluctuations.
Franchises

How to Keep Your Seasonal Franchise Going Year-Round

Don't let your business grind to a halt when your traditional selling period comes to a close.
Growth Strategies

How to Survive the Peaks and Valleys of a Seasonal Business

Think launching a startup is challenging? Consider the life of the seasonal business owner: It's all start, restart, rinse and repeat.
Growth Strategies

How the Business of Halloween Grew Up

Halloween is a booming business in the U.S. that's captured the imaginations of both children and adults. But that hasn't always been the case. We spoke with the president and CEO of Rubie's Costume Co., and asked him how the holiday became so supersized.
Growth Strategies

The Family Business Behind Charlie Sheen, Batman and Other Halloween Favorites

From humble roots, Rubie's Costume Co., has grown into a global enterprise while staying family-owned -- thanks to ghosts, goblins and Lady Gaga.
Marketing

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.
Marketing

Five Tips for Turning Picky Holiday Shoppers Into Buyers

As fewer shoppers may visit stores this holiday season, you'll have to get more of them to buy to see sales grow. Here are some tips.
Project Grow

Five Ways to Give Your Seasonal Business an Off-Season Boost

There are a number of ways to keep the money coming in, even after your high season has passed. Think creatively, learn more about the needs of your customers, and test new ideas, even if they may seem a bit zany.