Thursday, Dec. 19, 2013 12:41PM EST
U.S.-based Anytime Fitness reimburses customers who submit a photo and story about getting a tattoo of the company’s logo. Sounds like a crazy offer, but it’s a deal more than 1,400 customers have chosen to accept. That permanent illustration of loyalty is one of the reasons Entrepreneur magazine has named Anytime Fitness to the top spot on its annual Franchise 500 list.More »
Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2013 10:19AM EST
International trumps local
“When my wife first received the letter she couldn’t believe her eyes.”
Gabriel Yiu, co-owner of Angela & Gabriel’s flower shops in Vancouver told CTV News that after 22 years HSBC informed the couple it’s closing their small business account. The bank wouldn’t say how many B.C. companies received similar notices, but added it is cutting back on its least profitable business customers to focus on those with “international needs.” Clients have 60 days to make alternative arrangements.More »
Sean Stanleigh is the editor of Report on Small Business.
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