AGREE Act to Help Vets Own Franchises

The AGREE or American Growth, Recovery, Empowerment and Entrepreneurship Act has been proposed as a bipartisan effort to provide tax credits to returning veterans who buy a  franchise.  This measure would include:

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Congratulations on 5 Year Anniversaries

We would like to congratulate three NPI/GPI inspectors on their 5 year anniversaries:

Thanks guys for a great 5 years from NPI/GPI.

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Recall: Liebherr Refrigerators

A recall has been issued for Liebherr 30 inch wide, bottom freezer refrigerators due to faulty hinging on its doors. There have been some reports of the doors falling off and harming consumers. This recall affects about 8,000 units in the United States.  >>>For more information, go to the CPSC website.

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Social Marketing with Google +

Google +, Google’s social networking site, has begun to allow businesses to start pages this week. Earlier the Facebook competitor was limited to private individuals, but commercial sites were excluded. With this new addition, there is another social networking option for small businesses that is free and has a growing following. >>>Link to Full Story.

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Create Jobs for USA

A new program started by Starbucks CEO Howard Schulz is trying to increase lending to America’s small businesses in a direct, positive way. The Create Jobs for USA initiative takes every $5 donation made in any Starbucks and matches it with another $35. This money goes into a collective pool where financing can be attained by small business owners across the country. It is the hope of the program founders that Washington is listening to the fact that we need businesses of all sizes to succeed so we can reestablish our economy. >>> Link To Full Story

 

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NPI – Top Franchise

In its list of Top 100 Low Cost Franchises, Entrepreneur Magazine has ranked National Property Inspections at #65. This is a compiled list of the best franchises that have a start up fee of $50,000 or lower.

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New Option for Homeowners

There is a new service that allows homeowners a little reassurance with their home’s value  in the current real estate market. EquityLock claims to offer protection on home value whether local prices have risen or fallen. In a time of such uncertainty, EquityLock allows the homeowner to lock in their home at the price it was purchased and offers incentives for home improvement at time of sale.

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SBA Sets New Lending Record

The 2011 fiscal year saw the highest dollar amount of loans in SBA history. At over $30 billion, the SBA has aggressively begun to loan out money to established and new businesses throughout the U.S. This is over $12 billion more lending than was approved in 2009. >>>Link to Full Story.

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