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1st Propane

They provide bulk propane gas service to rural homeowners and businesses through locally owned franchises

Strategic Planning for the Family Business: Parallel Planning to Unite the Family and Business (Family Business Publication)
Randel S. Carlock and Craig E AronoffFrom small start-ups to giant multinationals, from the Mom-and-Pop owned barber shop to Ford, family owned businesses continue to dominate the world economy. Regardless of size, running a successful family firm presents unique challenges, and many fail to survive the transition to the next generation. Here is a practical, comprehensive guide to ensuring success through effective strategic planning. The authors provide a wealth of tested, easy-to-follow tools and techniques for mastering strategic planning for family-owned firms. Filled with real world examples, case studies, checklists, and planning worksheets, the book shows how to deal with a host of emerging challenges--from new technologies and globalizing marketings--by integrating family values and dynamics into sound planning and management.
Working with Family Businesses: A Guide for Professionals (Jossey-Bass Management)
David Bork, Dennis T. Jaffe, Sam H. Lane, Leslie Dashew and Quentin G. HeislerAt least eighty-five percent of all businesses in the United States are family-owned--with their own special problems, situations, issues, and family dynamics. This book is a practical guide for all professional practitioners who service the needs of family businesses. It provides a basic training manual for all providers--attorneys, accountants, financial advisors, insurance and health care providers, therapists, and others--who are specialists in their fields, but are unfamiliar with the unique psychology and dynamics that often control and influence family businesses. The authors detail how to deal with the special circumstances that arise when advising and consulting to family businesses that can make or break the process of consulting, advising, and planning.
Going Local: Creating Self-Reliant Communities in a Global Age
Michael ShumanNational drug chains squeeze local pharmacies out of business, while corporate downsizing ships jobs overseas. All across America, communities large and small are losing control of their economies to outside interests. Going Local shows how some cities and towns are fighting back. Refusing to be overcome by Wal-Marts and layoffs, they are taking over abandoned factories, switching to local produce and manufactured goods, and pushing banks to loan money to local citizens. Shuman details how dozens of communities are recapturing their own economies with these new strategies, investing not in outsiders but in locally owned businesses.
In the Pink: The Making of Successful Gay and Lesbian-Owned Businesses
Sue LevinIf you're interested in opening a quaint cafe in the country with your lover, you might want to peruse In the Pink: The Making of Successful Gay and Lesbian Owned Businesses before you do. This smart and practical guide is a great motivational tool to start your own successful business, even if you're not sure exactly where to begin. You'll get personal insight into what over 650 gay and lesbian entrepreneurs have to say about why and how they started their businesses and--most importantly--what they do to keep them open, profit-producing businesses today.In the Pink is a positive yet real-life view of gay and lesbian business ownership. You'll get practical, useful tips on having a gay-focused business, being partners with your partner, managing gay employees, and much, much more! You'll find a broad and far-reaching array of research and anecdotes from a number of successful gay- and lesbian-owned businesses from a wide geographical region. In addition, you'll get personalized help on general issues, such as motivation, personality, finance, marketing, planning, and management--but from a gay perspective. As a business owner, you'll be absolutely tickled pink when you read about: what the nation's oldest gay and lesbian magazine says about the day-to-day challenges of running a business why and how some of the largest gay and lesbian businesses in the country got started what makes the most successful gay and lesbian owned travel companies really fly how to “out” your business what to do about AIDS-related concernsFor academics, entrepreneurs, and employees alike, In the Pink will fit well into your life's needs, whether you're a professor heading a gay and lesbian business seminar, a gay or lesbian university graduate seeking a promising job, or a self-starter looking for sound guidance and business savvy. Without a doubt, the inspiration and often entertaining hands-on advice you'll find gathered for you here will guarantee you'll find yourself in the green as well as “in the pink.”
Start & Run a Home Cleaning Business (Start & Run a)
Susan BewseyHome cleaning is one of the fastest-growing service businesses in North America. A good cleaning service brings comfort and order into people's lives and in today's world, these are highly sought-after commodities. A home cleaning service can start out small, but it has the potential to grow to be a multi-million dollar business with branch offices and franchises. With the help of this book, you can get your business up and running, and survive that essential first year. The book answers questions such as: Do I have what it takes to run my own business? What are the legal requirements for running a business like mine? How do I find and keep clients? How much should I charge? What equipment do I need? What other services can I offer? How do I hire and train staff? How does commercial cleaning differ from home cleaning? This updated new edition comes with numerous forms and examples to get you started and keep you organized, now all included on CD-ROM.
Franchise Bible (Franchise Bible: How to Buy a Franchise or Franchise Your Own Business)
Erwin KeupThe go-to book for franchise information, now in its sixth edition This proven, popular reference has been completely updated to better guide you through the current franchise environment. Real-life examples of both service- and product-oriented franchises and useful checklists prevent mistakes and save time and money. Contact information for state and federal franchising regulatory agencies and a listing of useful publications guide you to the resources you need. Robert Smith, founder of Granite Transformations, describes how he successfully opened franchises nationwide based on guidelines in previous editions
101 Best Home-Based Businesses for Women, Revised 2nd Edition
Priscilla Huff and Priscilla Y. HuffWhich Home Business Is Best for Me?Can I be a stay-at-home mom and still earn extra income? Where can I find expert advice on working out of my home? How much will it cost to get started?For years, author Priscilla Huff has run a successful writing business out of her home while balancing family life with a home-based business. In fact, this book is living proof of her success. And now her expertise is available to you. From start-up costs to potential income, this fully updated and revised edition covers such vital topics as:·Choosing the perfect home-based business ·The first steps to starting any business ·101 best home-based businesses for women: customer service, arts and crafts, entertainment, computer and mail order, home-based distributorships and franchises, and more ·Finding and using valuable resources, including: local, state, and federal government sources; business and professional associations; books and other publications ·And much, much more! You'll also find businesswomen relating stories of success and financial reward. They provide solid advice on what works—and what doesn't— when it comes to training, equipment, marketing, publicity, and pricing formulas. If you've ever dreamed of owning your own business, this book should be your first investment.
The Small-Mart Revolution: How Local Businesses Are Beating the Global Competition (BK Currents (Paperback))
Michael H ShumanDefenders of globalization, free markets, and free trade insist there's no alternative to mega-stores like Wal-Mart -- Michael Shuman begs to differ. In "The Small-Mart Revolution, Shuman makes a compelling case for his alternative business model, one in which communities reap the benefits of "going local" in four key spending categories: goods, services, energy, and finance. He argues that despite the endless media coverage of multinational conglomerates, local businesses give more to charity, adapt more easily to rising labor and environmental standards, and produce more wealth for a community. They also spend more locally, thereby increasing community income and creating wealth and jobs. "The Small-Mart Revolution presents a visionary yet practical roadmap for everyone concerned with mitigating the worst of globalization.
Customer Service For Dummies
Karen Leland and Keith BaileyCustomer Service For Dummies, Third Edition integrates the unbeatable information from Customer Service For Dummies and Online Customer Service For Dummies to form an all-in-one guide to customer loyalty for large and small businesses alike. The book covers the fundamentals of service selling and presents up-to-date advice on such fundamentals as help desks, call centers, and IT departments. Plus, it shows readers how to take stock of their customer service strengths and weaknesses, create useful customer surveys, and learn from the successes and failures of businesses just like theirs.Karen Leland and Keith Bailey (Sausalito, CA) are cofounders of Sterling Consulting Group, an international consulting firm specializing in quality service consulting and training for such clients as Oracle, IBM, Avis, and Lucent.
Careers in Renewable Energy: Get a Green Energy Job
Gregory McNameeNumerous job opportunities await in the fast-growing field of renewable energy. Grab this handy book and discover how green energy can be a part of your future. Job sectors include solar and wind energy, biofuels, hydrogen energy and fuel cells, geothermal energy, hydro energy, green building, climate study, energy management and efficiency, and much more. Various jobs within each sector (engineering and technical positions, project management, R&D and sales/marketing) are discussed, and the appendix is loaded with resource materials for further education and training, professional associations, reference Web sites and more.

Tags energy gas propane
Type Franchise