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GrubHub aims to double in size in 2011

Chicago-based GrubHub.com is looking to double its current workforce to 200 and expand to reach 26 cities this year, Bloomberg reported. The company rang up $8.3 million last year in revenue from its average 15.5 percent commission on orders and expects to hit $17 million this year, the article said. Founder Matt Maloney said the […]

2-D codes expanding but need explanation

So-called 2-D codes can be a mobile marketing resource, leveraged to increase revenue. That is, if they are used properly, writes Jamie Turner, author and chief content officer at 60SecondMarketer.com in a post on Mashable.com. The codes, which also are called QR codes, are being added to billboards, books, business cards, in-store advertisements, social media pages, T-shirts, webinars […]

SBA announces loan refinancing program

After being criticized by some lenders for dragging its feet on a program approved by Congress five months ago, the U.S. Small Business Administration said it will begin accepting refinancing applications on Feb. 28. The temporary two-year program is designed to enable small business owners to refinance their mortgage debt with a 504 loan from […]

Study: Businesses buy locally for mutual support

Most small retailers will use local marketing campaigns to attract customers this year, with about 20 percent planning to use social media to drive local traffic, according to a survey of 600 business owners conducted in January by American Express. What’s more, most business owners said they try to walk the talk themselves by purchasing […]

Why companies shouldn’t fear creative leaders

In a business climate that increasingly requires businesses to grow by innovation, company mindsets that peg creative individuals as being unfocused or quirky need to change, according to management professor Jennifer Mueller, author of a new leadership study published by the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School. Creative individuals aren’t always thought of as effective leaders,  […]