SPEAK OUT: Proposed ban on sodas larger than 16 ounces


New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg

says the federal government isn’t doing anything to help stop the growing epidemic of obesity in the U.S. He wants to ban the sale of sodas sold larger than 16 oz. in NYC. Will this work?  

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A little Krispy Kreme history brings some sweet treats your way!


If you like the taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, you may be able to get some for FREE just for taking a moment to read and answer a trivia question. Anyone in the U.S. who has a Krispy Kreme store in their area can win.

The trivia question below can be found fairly quickly and you will learn a bit of Krispy Kreme history that you can share with your co-workers. What’s not to love winning the following:

  1. A dozen Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts
  2. A Krispy Kreme signature item
  3. 12 oz. of Krispy Kreme coffee
  4. Your own Krispy Kreme paper hat

Trivia Question:

The Krispy Kreme Corporation is conecting socially with its customers in a whole new way. In fact, the company just released an app. What does the app offer?

Here’s a link to help you find the answer.

To Enter:

Look for the ‘Leave Comment’ link at the very bottom of this article to submit your answer for your opportunity to win a Krispy Kreme gift pack!

Krispy Kreme trivia week


If you like the taste of Krispy Kreme doughnuts, you may be able to get some for FREE just for taking a moment to read and answer a trivia question. Anyone in the U.S. who has a Krispy Kreme store in their area can win.

The trivia question below can be found fairly quickly and you will learn a bit of Krispy Kreme history that you can share with your co-workers. What’s not to love winning the following:

  1. A dozen Krispy Kreme glazed doughnuts
  2. A Krispy Kreme signature item
  3. 12 oz. of Krispy Kreme coffee
  4. Your own Krispy Kreme paper hat

Trivia Question:

Where did the founder, Vernon Rudolph come up with the Krispy Kreme name?

Follow this link to find the answer.

Look for the ‘Leave Comment’ link at the very bottom of this article to submit your answer for your opportunity to win a Krispy Kreme gift pack!

Krispy Kreme 75th Birthday Trivia


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From Tuesday, May 8th through Friday, May 11th, the Krispy Kreme Corporation is offering a gift pack to four Krispy Kreme fans as part of a year long celebration of Krispy Kreme’s 75 years of tasty success. Trivia questions are based on the history of Krispy Kreme.

So, in the spirit of business history, here are some interesting findings about the international doughnut corporation that may come in handy for a bit of water cooler conversation, if nothing else.

The world-famous Original Glazed® doughnut first came about from a man named Vernon Rudolph who purchased a recipe and made the doughnuts using a screen, kettle and washtub,

The first Krispy Kreme doughnuts were made in Winston-Salem, North Carolina on July 13, 1937, in case you want to mark that date for the official birthday. By the end of the year, Rudolph had eight company trucks delivering doughnuts throughout the area, known today as the Triad.

Want to read more about Krispy Kreme’s humble beginnings?

Visit “Krispy Kreme celebrates 75 years.”

Today’s (5-8-2012) Trivia Question:

  • In business, the brand is everything. When thinking of a certain company and its brand, you may have an image of the company’s logo in mind. When it comes to Krispy Kreme’s brand, the logo that represents this business is described as having the shape of a ‘bowtie.’ What are the main colors of  Krispy Kreme’s logo and has it always been designed using the same colors?

Hint: To find out the correct answer, visit this Krispy Kreme link.

Today’s trivia winner will receive a gift pack that includes:

  1. Coupon for a dozen world-famous Original Glazed® doughnuts
  2. Krispy Kreme paper hat
  3. 12 oz. bag of House Blend Coffee
  4. Krispy Kreme collectible

The 75th correct answer submitted will be sent the Krispy Kreme gift pack.

So, take a moment to test your Krispy Kreme trivia knowledge and have a tidbit to chat about around the water cooler at work while enjoying some goodies that you can share…or not. 🙂

To Enter:

Look for the ‘Leave Comment’ link at the very bottom of this article to submit your answer for your opportunity to win a Krispy Kreme gift pack!

Leveraging Connections for Business Funding (contributor – James Kim)


You’re smart. You know that, according to the U.S. Small Business Administration, 64% of net new jobs in the past 15 years have come from small businesses. You know that small businesses are booming. You also know that there are plenty of business solutions out there offered by companies so that you can easily get your business off the ground without having to worry about every small detail. What you don’t know, however, is where to get funding for that business idea rolling around in your head. But you know what? You know people. Here are the top three ways to gain business funding by leveraging your connections:

1. Family and friends

Why not try the most obvious place? Go ahead and see if you have any close acquaintances who are either interested in loaning you money or even becoming a partner. You already get along well with them, so you know that they’ll be nicer to talk to about this stuff than an employee at the nearest bank. Just make sure you write up a contract so that, when everything is over, you’re still friends.

2. Networking for angel investors

Angel investing has been booming in the past few years. According to Travis Kalanick, CEO and founder of UBER, this change is caused by the ever growing importance of social networking. He claims that “how you get angel funding has substantially changed because we know who to go after.  It’s very clear because they’re all blogging and tweeting out their interests on angel investing and their thoughts on it … Now, it’s much, much quicker to get these deals done.” So start looking around your existing social networks or jump in by looking at the people you know who are already there. There are plenty of people out there who would love to hear about your idea!

3. Connecting to venture capital

The research firm CB Insights notes that “venture capital investments rose 19 percent, to $21.8 billion in 2010 — the first annual increase since the downturn.” There’s more venture capital money out there than ever before, meaning there’s a better chance for you to be able to get a piece of the pie. However, venture capital isn’t as easy to get as angel investment. You’ll have to work through the people that you know to find an “in” to pitch your idea and have the chance at funding.

When it comes to funding your new business idea, don’t think that you have to go on an arduous quest. Instead, look around you at the connections you already have and see if you can rustle up some money that way. It’s not always easy, but it’s easier than having to start from scratch!

James Kim is a writer for Choosewhat.com. ChooseWhat is a company that provides product reviews and test data for business services and products.  Their goal is to help small companies make informed buying decisions on business solutions that help their business.

Oklahoma City fans pull for Dallas Mavericks at home game without knowing it


(Photo by David Madison)

For many, part of enjoying the weekend and turning your mind away from work is to turn on the tube to catch some great sports including the NBA semi finals.

However, to many watching the game or actually being in the crowd cheering for Oklahoma City or Dallas, it may have been confusing knowing who was supposed to be cheering for whom.

That’s because the t-shirts worn by almost every fan at the game were blue.

For the full story, read Examiner.com Oklahoma City fans pull for Dallas Mavericks at home game without knowing it – National Business Strategies | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/business-strategies-in-national/oklahoma-city-fans-pull-for-dallas-mavericks-at-home-game-without-knowing-it#ixzz1NKbAOKhy

Free mobile app makes calls free, too!


(photo by Ryan McVay)

VoIP services such as Skype already offer mobile applications, but as springwise.com reports, typically users must create an account, build a contact list and then launch the app each time they want to make a free call.

Not so with Voxtrot, a free mobile app that seamlessly integrates into the phone’s standard calling function and automatically makes calls free when Voxtrot users talk to one another.

For the full story, continue reading on Examiner.com Free mobile app makes calls free, too! – National Business Strategies | Examiner.com http://www.examiner.com/business-strategies-in-national/free-mobile-app-makes-calls-free-too#ixzz1NKYlBxC3