Snowbirds to the rescue in Florida's struggling economy
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Many Bostonians who winter in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., like to dine at Kelly's Landing, where the briny New England fare — the seafood chowder and Ipswich clams — comes without the bitter New England cold. These seasonal embeds — they stay for weeks or months — are providing some stability for local businesses at a time of high unemployment and spotty economic recovery. A snowbird effect, if it lasts, will be welcome news in a region that can no longer necessarily take its tourists, or even its permanent residents, for granted. More
Michigan town eyes B&B rules; New ordinance details acceptable locations
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Spring Lake Village officials in Michigan have replaced a long-standing and ambiguous bed and breakfast ordinance with one that specifically states where such establishments can be located in the city. The village council last week approved by a vote of 5-1 a new ordinance that is more specific in its restrictions and addresses questions surrounding the old one that resulted in a lawsuit two years ago. More
B&B host tour for food bank
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Elaine Livas wants guests of the Holiday House Tour on Dec. 6 to experience the Christmas season from two different worlds. On the one hand, visitors will have the chance to step into some of the most cozy bed and breakfast inns in the area and enjoy refreshments. On the other, they will be helping those less fortunate who are struggling this year for stable food and lodging in the midst of a severe recession. More
Tourism numbers still down in Hawaii
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Hawaii continues to suffer from dropping tourist numbers, the destination receiving 1.7 percent fewer tourists in October compared to the same month a year ago. Preliminary data released by the Hawaii Tourism Authority showed 506,000 tourists visited the state during the month. More
15 steps to SEO success: Strategic and tactical keyword selection
In this excerpt from "The Small Business Owner's Handbook To Search Engine Optimization: Increase Your Google Rankings, Double Your Site Traffic... In Just 15 Steps, Guaranteed" Stephen Woessner shows small businesses how to select the best keywords for any business' Web site.
E-mail still delivers for the marketing industry
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E-mail remains the top choice of online communication for the marketing industry, despite growing interest in social media and other online options. Search engine optimisation - the process by which brands ensure they come up first when a particular keyword is typed into a search engine - is the second most popular online activity.
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Like any emerging idea, the definition of social media is still a little blurry around the edges. Social media is an umbrella term that includes interactive broadcasts such as blogs and podcasts, as well as social networking Web sites. These Web sites often allow visitors to become users or members, create profiles, and upload and share content through the Web site. There are hundreds of social media sites out there.
Jean Chatzky: Five tips for small businesses
Somewhat predictably, a dispute between two Boston law firms over the permissibility of an internet ad has resulted in a civil lawsuit, with the firm of Habush, Habush, and Rottier filing their suit against Cannon and Dunphy. Search engine optimization professionals, while not directly affected by the case, should recognize that the suit will likely become part of the small but growing body of law governing online marketing, and that the knock-on effects on trademark and advertising law could be far-reaching.
Women cook up 'easy' fruit crisp
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If dessert for breakfast sounds like your kind of meal, perhaps a recipe for apple crisp is what you need. With an ample serving of fruit and oats, it may be the sweet tooth's ideal early morning dish.