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BLACK-OWNED POPCORN SHOP OFFERING LICENSING AGREEMENTS

Michael Pittman, founder of Pittman's Popcorn Shop

BlackNews.com

 Pittman’s Popcorn Shop is now offering licensing agreements to individuals or companies that are interested in owning their own gourmet popcorn store.

"The gourmet popcorn industry is poised to become a $10 billion dollar industry by 2018," says Michael Pittman, founder of Pittman’s Popcorn Shop. "We feel we have perfected a process that now allows us to offer training, equipment purchasing, consulting, assistance with site selection and design, market analysis, financing referrals, supplier referrals and access to the hundreds of gourmet recipes."

He adds, "Our proven techniques will allow start-ups to hit the ground running. Additionally, this also allows entrepreneurs the opportunity to grown their own business and brand through wholesale and retail sales, fundraising sales and in store purchases."

Interested parties can contact Michael Pittman at (217) 717-1114 or email to .

For more information about Pittman’s Popcorn Shop and/or to place an order, visit . (Orders can be shipped anywhere in the continental United States.)


Evaluating the Market to Decide on a Price to Offer

By Reg Liyanage  

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The easiest way to obtain such data is from a licensed real estate agent. They can provide you with details about recent condo sells and the prices they sold for. This includes the location so you can compare prices for various neighborhoods. Such information is public record so you can get it on your own too if you aren't using a realtor. It does take time to compile though.

Get it in Motion
You don't want to drag your feet when it comes to getting one of the condos for sale in though. Most of them don't stay on the market long at all. If you wait, the prices are going to continue going up. You also risk the locations where you would like to live not offering much. Prime locations such as the downtown area sell very fast!

Evaluating the market to find out what the price range is will help you to make an offer. You want to get the best deal you can. Avoid emotionally making an offer because you can't stand the thought of not getting the property. If you can't afford it, you will be stressed very month about the payment. Don't put yourself in a position where they could possibly foreclose on you.

Offer Versus Asking Price
You may assume the demand for condos for sale in means the sellers can set the asking price and they always get it. This is why you need to do your homework before you place an offer. If a location is priced thousands more than what others in the area have recently sold for, you need to question why. Does it offer more value or is the seller after more money?

You can't blame the sellers of condos for sale in for trying to get the most money they can for their property. If someone is willing to pay it, they are going to ask for it! However, most of them are also willing to accept a reasonable offer that comes to them. If you put that offer out there, they may accept it!

What if they Don't?
One of the fears is the seller won't accept your offer. You don't have to worry too much about that when you try to buy one of the condos for sale in. Just put the reasonable offer out there as a starting point and see what happens. If they don't accept it, are they willing to negotiate at all?

If the answer is no, you have to decide if you are willing to pay the price they are asking. If not, you need to look at one of the other properties available and repeat the process. If they give you a counteroffer, it will be somewhere between what you offered and what they asked for. You can accept it or you can give another counter offer.

This process can continue until you agree on a price or until one of you is no longer willing to budge. This process takes a bit of time, but it can save you a great deal of money on one of those condos for sale in high in demand. It certainly doesn't hurt to give it a try!

Bentley Luxury Condos can help you to find your new residence in the Windsor Park area. This is a lovely location with plenty of beautiful scenery, places to explore, and great schools. You will feel very comfortable in such a community. There are all types of options for living here. This includes a condo or a home. We strive to help you get the perfect location, layout, and price for your needs. We are always available to answer your questions, to show you potential properties, and to help you navigate through the entire process. We continue to add new information at


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Twenty-Seven-Year-Old African-American Breaks New Ground as One of the Youngest Americana Holding a U.S. FCC License

Freddie Figgers

Freddie Figgers, an American inventor, self-taught computer programmer, and entrepreneur, who operates his own cell phone company, Figgers Communications Inc., one of the nation's fastest growing African-American-owned telecommunications firms.

At the age of 9, Freddie Figgers' father, Nathan, bought him an old non-working IBM personal computer at a local Goodwill Store. Figgers, in his attempt to fix it, took that computer apart five times. On the sixth time, he got it working. He was thrilled - and has since never looked back.

Now, the 27-year-old is founder and owner of Figgers Communication, a privately held company that provides cellular, mobile broadband, home phone and international calling services. He is one of the youngest African-Americans to receive an FCC license to operate a mobile company. In addition to owning his own telecommunications company, Figgers owns four patents with an additional two others pending.

Most recently, Figgers has developed a custom-designed cellular phone, the "Figgers F1", that has gold trimming, high-definition display, dual SIM capability, multi-user capability, automatic anti-texting functionality and super-fast charging.

Figgers designed and manufactured the Figgers F1 in the USA for its 4G Voice over LTE Network, trying to capitalize off the $420 billion mobile phone industry. "I'm using all of my capital to learn and develop new ideas," said Figgers who has self-funded his business from the start. "I'm reinvesting in this business."

Figgers' entrepreneurial savvy began as a teenager. At age 13, he started working for the city of Quincy as a computer technician and network administrator in its NetQuincy department, setting up the city's network and helping residents. At 16, Freddie started his first company, Figgers Computers, repairing computers and installing wireless area networks. By age 18, he created a cloud-based hosting network and his own computer operating system.

Eager to launch his own mobile communications company, Freddie designed a VOIP - Voice Over Internet Protocol network - that transmits voice to and from the USA from more than 80 countries' landline and mobile connections. He achieved another milestone in 2011, when the company received approval from the FCC to own a spectrum, leading to the construction of the company's first cellular tower.

"I've had a pretty good life," said Freddie, who was raised by his adoptive parents in Quincy, Florida, located just outside of Tallahassee. "My parents really supported me . . . I am continuing to be innovative because I know that's how I can try to stay ahead of the competition."

Figgers is available for public speaking opportunities and interviews. Contact, Neil Foote, Foote Communications, neil@neilfoote.com, 214.448.3765.

About Figgers Communication

Figgers Communication is a privately held telecommunications company owned and operated by Freddie Figgers, a self-taught software engineer, computer programmer, and entrepreneur. The company provides cellular, mobile broadband, home phone and international calling services. It uses proprietary 4G LTE Network WiMAX as wireless communications standard. In 2011, The FCC approved Figgers' application to hold a FCC License Spectrum, which allowed the company to operate his own cell phone company.


5 Reasons You Need a Responsive Website to Let Your Business Grow

Caroline Murphy

Have you paid attention to you lately? Did you notice the alarming number of people glued to their smartphone and tablet? Well, it is no longer a trend but a way of life to be so dependent on mobile devices.

One thing is certain, Mobile is ubiquitous.

Our smartphones are smart enough to perform complex tasks like internet browsing, constant connection to social media feeds, emails, and eCommerce. Tasks which were only possible on desktops can be accomplished on the move.

So why are there so many businesses that haven’t adapted to the mobile market?

Naturally, since the mobile internet use is on the rise, the importance of responsive web design is too. In the past, where you had to design two separate sites for desktop and mobile, are bundled together in one universal mobile-friendly website.

So, at Notion technologies, a Web Designing Company in India based presents you with 5 reasons to convince you to convert to RWD.

1. Google Recommends

Google is the primary search engine which singlehandedly monopolizes the search engine market, so it is a smart move to love what Google loves. Google not only recommends RWD but also favors the mobile optimized sites for searches on the mobile device. 

Even from the SEO perspective, a single website is much better than a separate website for mobile and desktops.

With 67% market share, when Google speaks, designers listen. And now Google states that RWD is not only the industry standard but also the future of mobile browsing.

2. Website Many Devices

RWD provides easy navigation and seamless transition between different screen sizes and multiple devices. You can check for something on the mobile device and yet continue to the same website on the desktop without hampering the user experience.

3. Easy Management 

Taking care of separate desktop and the mobile site requires having separate Google Adwords campaigns, SEO campaigns, and separate Google Analytics reports. Managing one site is, of course, far easier than managing two sites, it’s just simple mathematics.

You can also incorporate mobile specific keywords which will universally work alongside the desktop version. Targeting keywords that are frequently used on smartphones will help you circle down on the estimated client base. Invest and contact an agency which offers SEO services in Mumbai for professional support.

4. Speed is the deal breaker

The content on the web page should load under/between 2-3 seconds according to Google PageSpeed Developers. This gets tricky for a desktop website to load fast on the move, but it is also observed that people often don’t wait long enough for the site to load. Optimize your web media to load quicker.

5. RWD Is a Money Saver

Responsive web design calls for one single website across all devices, thus the extra expenses of maintain two separate sites are cut down. Furthermore, a complicated, well-crafted responsive design can be expensive, but once published, you can easily maintain it. Plus it is always economical to design one website instead of two , wouldn’t you agree too?

ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Caroline Murphy has tremendous experience in designing the best websites and owns one of the best web designing company Mumbai and has been extremely successful in providing creative services.



What You and Your Brand Stand for Must Be Crystal Clear

By Michael Cohn  

You have worked very hard to develop your brand and to make it stand for everything that you stand for. If you have a brand but you don't have to support behind it to sustain that brand and to bring it into the future, what good is it? You need to be very clear about what you and your brand are all about.

Your opinions matter

Well, if your brand stands out in the crowd and what your brand is all about, you have accomplished a lot. However, you are the person behind the brand and that means that you need to have a voice that is separate from your brand's voice (although it is connected at the same time). If you don't believe in your brand (and the principles behind that brand), how can you expect anyone else to believe in it?

It is a simple, straightforward concept that really applies in this situation. Admittedly, it takes courage to express what you stand for because that implies that, no matter what, you will fight for what you believe in. There will definitely be people out there who will come up against your values and your principles and those people will try to topple what you are doing and who you are. If you truly believe in what you are doing (and that is a safe assumption), nobody will be able to move you in the other direction (or in any other direction).

Your point of voice and your representative principles are critical for many different reasons. If you have a clear idea about what you are doing and why you are doing it, the work that you do and the results that you are able to produce will be amazing and they will allow you to bring your business to the next level without too much difficulty.

Also, from the perspective of the person with whom you are interacting, if you don't stand firm on your beliefs, the other person will not trust you or believe in your credibility. Those are two of the most important building blocks in your business' foundation. Not building them and continuing to ensure that they are solid will be a grave error on your part.

Marrying your personal and professional points of view

The driving force behind your points of view (both personal and professional) is passion and a joy in knowing that you are not only doing something that makes you happy but that you are also giving back to other people and improving their experience overall. If you can achieve that, other people will feel your passion and you will ultimately achieve great success because of it.

There are few things in life that bring more pleasure than knowing that you are able to help other people in some way. It is very important that you don't consider your passion and your principles as something that you can achieve in the future. You need to live in the moment and make every day count as much as it possibly can. You really don't know what tomorrow will bring (none of us do) so you should try to think in terms of only having today.

Of course, that doesn't mean that you won't have other days to fulfill your dreams because you certainly will have those days. It just means that you are living every day to its fullest. How many people can actually say that they are able to accomplish that?

Conclusion

The reason that you started your business in the first place is because you had a dream about which you were passionate and you were driven to make that dream a reality so that you could become happy and make other people happy as well. Of course, a lot goes into a business being a success. One of those things is your unique selling proposition. Of course, that is tied into clearly communicating who you are and what you can do for the other person.

Undoubtedly, you are in business because you had a dream of selling your brand (with the passion behind it) to other people to help them solve their problem. By doing that, you will strengthen your brand and your business at the same time.

Michael Cohn is the founder and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) of CompuKol Communications. He has over 25 years of experience in IT and web technologies. Mr. Cohn spent a significant amount of time at a major telecommunications company, where his main focus was on initiating and leading synergy efforts across all business units by dramatically improving efficiency, online collaboration, and the company's Intranet capabilities, which accelerated gains in business productivity. He also reduced company travel and travel costs by introducing and implementing various collaboration technologies.

His expertise includes business analysis; project management; management of global cross-matrix teams; systems engineering and analysis, architecture, prototyping and integration; technology evaluation and assessment; systems development; performance evaluation; and management of off-shore development.

Mr. Cohn earned a Master's degree in project management from George Washington University in Washington, DC; and a Master's degree in computer science and a Bachelor of Science degree in electrical engineering from Fairleigh Dickinson University in Teaneck, NJ.

Mr. Cohn is a member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE).



Ways Startups Can Fund Their Businesses

By Satvik Mittal  

It is one thing to come up with a viable business idea and quite another story to work on it and start a real business. Putting a business from down up can be quite a challenge, especially when you have limited funds. Youths particularly have financial issues when trying out their pilot projects and some boost is always welcomed. But even with the shortage of capital to start you off, you do not have to let your business idea to wash down the drain because there are a number of options through which you can get the funding that you need to get you on your feet.

Self-funding - It may seem impossible, but it is actually very possible for entrepreneurs to fund their startups. This can be through using personal debt or savings. If you have any assets to your name, you can also consider selling those to generate the cash you need for the business.

Cloud funding - Pitching business ideas via the internet have become very popular among entrepreneurs to get the funding they need. There are numerous groups that offer such opportunities where multiple investors interested in the business idea contribute the needed funds towards the business. Such groups, of course, have restrictions and you should be aware of such before pitching.

Small business lenders - There are lots of organizations that are always interested in lending to small businesses and through such loans you can get the financing you need to get your business off the ground. You may need to secure such a loan with some asset type and pay interest in a specified time frame.

Banks - Banks make business loans for small businesses available. This may also require some kind of security and a track record that gives the lender confidence in you. The terms will vary from one provider to another, so you can compare options to select the most suitable for your business.

Partners - You may not want to partner so soon into the business, but it is one of the easiest ways of getting funding for the business. Strategic partners add value to the business by aligning the needed resources and in some cases, they could prove to be good business advisers too. Your partner may choose to become part of the business team or not; just ensure the terms do favor you as well.

Angel investors - They are affluent individuals with the will to invest in businesses. The investors are now turning into investment groups so as to spread risk and to also pool research. You can use your local chamber of commerce to find out who is interested in funding new ideas and ventures or you can also conduct online searches to find out the same.

Family and friends - They are the people closest to you and may be willing to provide you with debt or equity funding that you need to get started. It may not be a good idea to sell part of the business to them and you must be careful how you go about it because if the idea fails it could be the beginning of ruined relationships and hurt feelings. Let them know of the risks so they are prepared for any kind of outcome.

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