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Please be advised that a portion of Wiscon Road, just west of U.S. 41, is currently under water. Please avoid the area.

Things you need on business transactions

Anyone who is in the market for buying a franchise will need to put together the resources they will need on their end to make sure everything gets started properly. Most companies that offer franchises have a process you have to follow to be qualified for a franchise, and at that point the franchise company offers guidance and their own resources. But you should always protect your own business interests and make sure that you have the right team of people on your side when negotiating a franchise purchase.

Things you need on business transactions

Legal Representation

You should never attempt to purchase a franchise without a good
franchise business attorney on your side. As business transactions go, purchasing a franchise can be extremely complicated. When the franchise company approves you for purchase, you still have a series of obstacles to get past that only a qualified attorney can help you with. Do not hire an attorney who has only general business experience, as they will not understand the nuances of a franchise contract. Be sure to hire an attorney who has specific experience in the buying and selling of franchises to make sure your interests are protected.

A Lender

Your franchise company might offer you funding that would make it easier for you to get your franchise off the ground, but it might not be the best funding you can get. Before you enter in a franchise purchase negotiation, you should have your own lender on hand to possibly offer you a better financing deal that the franchise company is offering.

An Accountant

Franchise agreements are filled with calculations relating to licenses and percentages needed to satisfy the franchising agreement each quarter and year. Even a business expert can get a bit confused by all of the math involved in franchising, which is why it is smart to have an accountant on your team who can read through the complicated formulas and requirements and give you the information you need in plain English.

Buying a franchise gives you a chance to own a business that already has a marketing reputation, and a proven business method that has been refined over the years. When you are negotiating the purchase of a franchise, you should have a team of experts on your side who will look after your interests and makes sure that you understand what you are getting into.

Brooksville Woman Charged with Animal Cruelty

Earlier today, Animal Enforcement and District One deputies served a search warrant at 8062 B.W. Stevenson Road in Brooksville.

On 08-21-17, Animal Enforcement officer (AEO) Mandy Rowe initiated an animal cruelty Investigation at this address after receiving complaints that horses located on the property were in very poor condition.

When AEO Rowe arrived on scene, she observed that all four horses were kept in a small pen on the property. After observing the horses closely, AEO Rowe determined that all of the horses were extremely malnourished and had extensive rain rot.

The owner of the horses, Tabitha V. Rooks W/F DOB/11-02-83, stated that her veterinarian was coming out the following week to assist her with a system to care for the animals. Through investigation AEO Rowe leaned that on the date of the vet appointment, 08-28-17, Ms. Rooks cancelled the appointment without rescheduling for a later date.

On 09-05-17 at approximately 9:15 a.m., the HCSO responded back to the residence with a search warrant and a veterinarian.

The veterinarian used the Henneke Body Condition Scoring (BCS) to evaluate the horses. The BCS is a universal scoring system to rate the body fat on a horse. Ideal scores are between 4 and 6. The horses on the property scored 1, 1, 2, and 3. A score of 1 means that the horse is in poor condition, being extremely emaciated and having no fatty tissue.

All four horses were taken into custody in an attempt to rehabilitate them. One of the horses was in such poor condition that there was discussion of euthanizing the animal.

Deputy Steven George charged Rooks with four counts of Animal Cruelty. Additionally, AEO Rowe cited Rooks with several violations and will be following up with the care of the horses.

Sharing information from the Governor’s Press Office

Gov. Scott Directing the Suspension of all Tolls Across Florida

TAMPA, Fla. – Today, Governor Rick Scott directed the Florida Department of Transportation (FDOT) to suspend tolls across the entire State of Florida in preparation for Hurricane Irma. By suspending all tolls, Floridians and visitors will more easily be able to prepare for any potential storm impacts, access important hurricane supplies, and quickly and safely evacuate when necessary.

Governor Scott said, “In preparation for the potential impacts of Hurricane Irma, I have directed the Florida Department of Transportation to suspend all tolls across the State of Florida to keep traffic flowing. They will be suspended for the duration of the storm’s impacts to Florida. Ensuring the safety of Florida families and visitors is our top priority and suspending tolls statewide will help people quickly evacuate and make it easier for all Floridians to access important hurricane supplies to ensure they are fully prepared. FDOT has been in constant contact with local districts and stands ready to provide traffic assistance alongside the Florida Highway Patrol and their law enforcement partners. We are continuing to closely monitor the developments of Hurricane Irma and will continue to take aggressive action to keep our state safe.”

Advisory from the National Hurricane Center

The 500 AM advisory from the National Hurricane Center on Hurricane Gert. The good news about Gert is that the storm will remain over the open waters of the Atlantic, and is NOT a threat to the United States.

 

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Online

Selling online lets you turn your love of online sales into a business that nets you more income than you would make in a more traditional job. Many people started out selling things from around their own homes and then made the transition to full-time sellers. You might search yard, garage and estate sales in your area, find deals on clearance in stores or buy direct from wholesalers. As your business grows, you can avoid the negative feedback and reviews from customers when you know which mistakes to avoid.

Mistakes to Avoid When Selling Online

Skipping Information

One mistake that you need to avoid deals with the information that you list in an item’s description. You want to make it very clear to shoppers what you have up for sale and any damage to that item. Even if you sell a kid’s toy, you want to make note of any teeth marks on the item, dents in the packaging and other damage. It’s helpful to include photos of any damage that you see, which lets shoppers know exactly what that item looks like in real life.

Charging Too Much for Shipping

If you ever purchased anything online before, you might remember how frustrated you felt with the shipping options. Even larger companies often charge different amounts for shipping based on how long it takes for the item to arrive. Many customers dislike paying a large amount just to get an item in a few days, and others hate how much individual sellers charge to cover shipping costs. Some online sellers charge a flat rate that covers the cost of packing materials and boxes, but they charge enough that they make money off that shipping rate. Whether shipping to Apostille NYC or anywhere else in the world, you need to charge exactly what it costs to package and ship the items you sell.

Doing Everything Yourself

Doing too much yourself is another mistake that you should avoid. While it makes sense to list items for sale, package those items, ship boxes and answer questions from shoppers when you first start out, it doesn’t make sense in the long run. Fulfillment centers and companies let you send in the products you want to sell, and those companies will then handle the shipping of those products for you. This takes some of the pressure off you and lets you focus on selling products to online customers.

Innovation is key

It doesn’t really matter what business you are in. The corporate world is cutthroat, and everyone knows that it’s often connections that count. That’s where Corporate Sales Solutions comes in. This company’s mission is to make those kinds of connections in the upper echelon of the corporate world so that you and your company don’t have to.

Innovation is key

Innovation is key. We no longer live in a door-to-door sales world. Social media, the Internet, and technology in all industries has made our world more global than ever before, and yet less personable. Few people have real connections or real relationship with their clients, and more importantly, the people their clients are seeking to establish a real relationship with. Corporate Sales Solutions is all about finding new and creative ways to bridge the gap and offer the best to our clients by building relationships that can lead to profitable alliances. One example is bringing together makers of software with hardware manufacturers representatives. Having the inside track with a hardware company can help a software company get a real edge as they develop new products. It used to be difficult to forge such a relationship, but that is exactly what a company like this provides to its clients. They make friends, and the right friends. Nothing could be more important to a burgeoning, young business.

Not every company has the ability to have its own research team to seek out long-lasting relationships with people that matter to the future of the company. Fortunately, it doesn’t have to be that difficult. You don’t need to add a new department to your company to figure this stuff out. What you need is to hire Corporate Sales Solutions and let them use their innovative techniques to get you in front of the right people in the highest of places.

Don’t waste another minute. If you aren’t taking advantage of a service like this, you can bet that your competition out there is. Don’t be left behind, and don’t find yourself on the outside looking in. Get involved with Corporate Sales Solutions today and find out what they can do to take your sales solutions to the next level.

17th Annual YES Bowling Extravaganza

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Charities, Inc., will be hosting the 17th Annual Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.) Bowling Extravaganza on Saturday, July 29, 2017. The event will take place at Spring Hill Lanes, located at 3447 Commercial Way in Spring Hill. Registration begins at noon; bowling will start at 1 p.m.

Hernando County Sheriff’s Youth Education Services (Y.E.S.) is under the umbrella of the Hernando County Sheriff’s Charities Inc., a 501c3 organization with the Federal ID # 16-1633755.

We hope you will participate in this fundraising event by bowling on a team, or as an individual bowler.

Lane sponsors and raffle prize donors are also needed. The names of all lane sponsors will be prominently displayed on commemorative t-shirts worn by the 150+ bowlers participating in the event. In order for lane sponsor names to be displayed on the t-shirts, monies must be received by Friday, June 30, 2017.

A printable registration form is also available on our website at –

http://www.hernandosheriff.org/pdfs/17THANNUALBOWLINGEXTRAVAGANZA.pdf

Proceeds from the bowling extravaganza will support the following programs:

• Sheriff’s Summer R.O.A.R. (Respect Others And YouRself) Day Camps
• Richard Buckingham Community Service Scholarship
• “In honor of Richard B. Nugent” Community Service Scholarship.

These programs are funded through contributions from citizens and local businesses. For additional information, please contact Annie-Laurie Austin in Community Relations at 352-797-3660.

The Small Improvements That You Should Be Making To Your Online Store

Just because your online store is a humble home-based operation doesn’t mean that it can’t run as efficiently as a big corporation. Even if your store is small, there are ways that you can provide top-notch, high-quality service without spending a fortune or sacrificing profit. Here are some small improvements that you should be making to your online store.

The Small Improvements That You Should Be Making To Your Online Store

Give Your Daily Routine A Makeover

If you always feel like you’re doing things at the last minute or drowning under the weight of your store’s obligations, then you’re probably not structuring your days in the smartest way possible. Great entrepreneurs understand that there’s no boss who’s going to remind them to get to work or to stay on task. This is why they force themselves to stick to routines that are conducive to productivity and success. Even if you’re working from a home office, you should be organized, make to-do lists and stick to a daily schedule.

Revamp Your Packaging

One of the biggest complaints that people have about items purchased from small online stores is that the packaging is dinky, insufficient or cheap. Packaging is an area where it’s definitely wise to invest your money. Use branded boxes to help promote your company. Be sure to use bubble wrap and packaging tools that prevent fragile items from shattering in transit. If you’re still stumped, consider meeting with a packaging consulting firm that can work to ensure that your packaging is of the best quality possible.

Always Look For Areas Where You Can Improve

Good business owners find a routine that works for them and stick to it. Great business owners are constantly evolving and looking for ways in which they can improve. If your business isn’t doing so well on social media, commit yourself to posting more regularly. If your website has a few well-known glitches, make it your goal to get them fixed as soon as possible. If you want your online store to thrive, then it’s essential that you’re constantly improving and repairing the aspects of your business that aren’t working.

Running an online store is time-consuming, but it can be extremely profitable if you work hard. Follow these tips to grow your business and to take your online store to the next level.

The Benefits of Creating a Budget

Most of us don’t get excited when we hear the word budget. Instead, this word often elicits thoughts of suspended spending or not spending at all. These things are not fun to most of us. However, a budget can be something that brings all of us great joy and security. It has the ability to create financial security for us and keep us on top of our money. It creates financial awareness and puts us in the driver’s seat when it comes to our finances.

The Benefits of Creating a Budget

Finacial Awareness
One of the best things we can do for our own financial health is to become aware of our spending habits. This allows us to be completely clear about how we use our money and where it goes. Once you become completely aware of your spending habits you may be surprised at how much money you are spending in areas that aren’t important. This awareness can help you to curb poor spending habits and actually start saving in areas that need it. Financial awareness can even reveal that you don’t make enough money to adequately support your lifestyle. This is extremely important information. If you don’t make enough money to support your current lifestyle you must do one of two things. You must make more money or decrease your spending in non-important areas. Those are the only two answers to this problem. This is not difficult. You will not need to know what a solution architecture definition is.

Exposing Your Spending
Before you can create a budget, you need to know exactly where your money is going. Most people think they know how they are spending their money but are surprised to find out how wrong they are. Track your spending for a month. Write everything down. Even that candy bar and coffee you pick up every morning before work. Financial awareness is only possible if you know where every penny of your money is going.

Creating a Budget
No one really wants to create a budget. However once you become financially aware, you understand the need for one. The hardest part is creating one and making the commitment to follow it. However, the rewarding part of creating a budget is watching your finances grow and being in control of your money. What starts off as a drag ends up being a source of satisfaction and security. Financial awareness gives you all the keys you need to create a budget that will allow you to live a lifestyle best suited for your financial situation.

Tweaking Your Budget
Once you’ve created a budget and begun to follow it you may notice that some parts of it need to be changed. You may be spending too much on cable and decide that you can eliminate the cable altogether or get a less expensive package. You may even have an unexpected event come up, like a car accident. This event may make it necessary to save more than you are currently saving in order to get another car. Regardless of the scenario, your budget is not engraved in stone. It’s there so that you can do the driving when it comes to your finances. The awareness makes it possible to do whatever you need to do to create a budget that both works for you and helps you to grow financially.

Most of us dread having to follow a budget until we become aware of all the financial benefits that a budget can give us. It behooves all of us to become financially aware so that we can see where our money goes. This awareness should also guide us in creating a budget that will help us to gain greater control of our money and grow financially.