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6 Proven Strategies to Boost Gas Station Sales – In Any Economy!

When you’re involved with purchasing a gas station or a convenience store, you’re craving information, and you’ve got lots of questions to ask. When you take over ownership, you want to be confident that the business will be making a good profit from the very first day. Keep in mind though, it’s never a good idea to settle for that scenario – here are six proven strategies to turn your new place of business into a spinning money machine, fast.

Tip one: be aggressive out of the gate and apply pressure point marketing. When a business is under new management it is a great time to snag new customers and to make sure that your station and store become the chosen location for a host of new people. Think of some new ideas – for example, some large signs announcing a price reduction for a limited time, or a free cup of coffee served at the pumps during the first week. Establish your brand with uniformed and energetic employees giving out coupons or other incentives by every pump. Put the previous owner to shame after just one week of aggressive selling.

Tip two: go out and look for new clients by co-promoting with other merchants in your area. Tour the locality and see where people are shopping. For example, make a deal with the supermarket manager to distribute their coupons if they will reciprocate. Car washers or tire vendors are great places to co-promote. Be creative!

Tip three: start talking with your vendors. Now is the time as a new owner to negotiate aggressively as you have the advantage. Everything in your store should be renegotiated, from coffee to snacks to magazines. Open the playing field by inviting other vendors to tender. This will focus the attention of the previous vendors and price breaks will follow. Make sure that you establish return privileges. In that way you can sell additional products in your store, safe in the knowledge that if they do not sell you simply return them and don’t lose a cent.

Tip four: get your family involved. If they’ll help out during the first few crucial months of operation, you might be able to get a better handle on upcoming payroll expenses. Furthermore, trained family members would be available to step in during times of vacation or sickness, etc.

Tip five: review the records and highlight any under-performing products. You might discover that some items outsell others by 2 to 1, or more. Swap out slow selling items with new products and displays during your first few months to test the market. Whilst some items may be slow sellers, remember that you should not gamble too much with your products and displays as you are trying to promote a “convenience” store and people do look for all kinds of odds and ends. Whilst some items simply do not sell enough they need to be there from an overall perspective. Always test to see what sells well.

Tip six: implement proven strategies to help boost sales. For instance, place a coupon display right next to the pumps or position hot selling products in readily accessible locations, such as right next to the front doors. Think of what is popular on a seasonal basis – like cooling drinks, which should be placed right inside the front door. Create strategies for some of your top selling products and reap dividends in your balance sheet.

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Stocks, U.S. Futures Rise on Economy; Euro Rallies on Trichet

Stocks, U.S. Futures Rise on Economy; Euro Rallies on Trichet
Stocks gained, with emerging markets advancing for a fifth day, and U.S. futures rose as the global economy and corporate earnings improved while oil fell. The euro strengthened after European Central Bank President Jean-Claude Trichet said inflation risks moved to the “upside.”
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Anti-Taib blog, radio more popular thanks to free BN publicity
Mariam Mokhtar, Malaysia Chronicle When the Iban freedom-fighter, Peter John Jaban and Clare Rewcastle Brown, the founder of Radio Free Sarawak (RFS) and author of theSarawak Report (SR) blog, went public last week, both BN and the Chief Minister of Sarawak, Taib Mahmud, panicked. The state of Sarawak is critical to BN politics and Deputy […]
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Navy to release lewd video investigation findings
The Navy was expected to release the findings of its investigation into lewd videos aboard the USS Enterprise.
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– Careers – The 10 Commandments of Money- Survive and Thrive in the New Economy

This week in Careers host Lisa Johnson Mandell channels the spirit of St. Valentine to help viewers in their job search. Lisa reminds us to always speak directly from the heart and has great tips on how to deal with office romances. Joining Lisa in her quest to save America one job at a time is Liz Weston , the author of The 10 Commandments of Money – Survive and Thrive in the New Economy. Liz has fascinating advice on how to make extra money, how to save it and how to make it grow. For more information, show notes, and upcoming schedule, go to
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NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy

NFL lockout could prove costly to Indy economy
The worst case scenario — no season — would mean the city of Indianapolis sustaining the most expensive hit in league history.
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Super Bowl fans take Texas by storm
As fans poured into Texas on Friday to cheer on their teams, local organizers were scrambling to deal with a storm that dumped up to 5 inches of snow on the region, delaying flights, slowing traffic and generally dampening the mood of Super Bowl week.
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Business Networking 101 With Dean Lindsay Author of Cracking the Networking Code : Networking is Key to Selling in a Down Economy and Tough Times

Business Networking 101 With Dean Lindsay Author of Cracking the Networking Code : Networking is Key to Selling in a Down Economy and Tough Times

How do you build priceless business relationships through networking?  This is an important question to consider because, to a large degree, who you know and associate with determines who you become in life. The most successful, well-rounded and happy people are most often the ones who are best connected to other successful, well-rounded and happy people.  When these people need support or information, they know the right people to call.  


It helps to think of networking as a creative process. You are creating ways to serve and to help people progress.  You progress when you help others progress.  Progress is what it is all about.  To crack the networking code, to build priceless business relationships and become a truly effective networker, you need to constantly search out ways to help others progress.  You must position yourself in their minds as a catalyst in their progress, as an agent in their progress, as a Progress Agent .  
A nurturing, giving attitude is the cornerstone to Cracking the Networking CODE.  The four letters that make up the word CODE stand for the four steps consistently taken by the most effective networkers to build truly priceless business relationships.  Effective networkers:
C:  Create Personal Curb Appeal   Effective networkers feel successful and display a genuine desire to help others progress.  They’re Progress Agents. They look and act the part of someone you would want to have in your corner.  They don’t go to networking events looking for success, they take success with them.


O:  Open Face-to-Face Relationships   Effective networkers connect with new people everywhere they go. They also research the various networking event options and commit to a networking strategy.  They get out and about and reach out.  They proactively open relationships.
D:  Deliver Solid First Impressions  Effective networkers know their first impression sets the foundation for all future impressions, and they make sure it’s a good one.  Effective networkers strive to stand out in a positive way in the minds of people they want future contact with.

E:  Earn Trust  
Effective networkers follow up and keep in touch.  They stay involved with the people they meet and earn their trust through a series of progress-based impressions.  They continually find ways to ‘be progress’ for those in their network.  This is where most ineffective networkers drop the ball.

Sure, being in business is challenging.  Sure, people are often pressed for time.  But here is something else I know for sure: People do business with, as well as help, share information, brainstorm, and give referrals to people they trust and value.  They trust and value people who genuinely care about them and are Progress Agents for their lives.

Crack the Networking CODE.  Be Progress.

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Author of The Progress Challenge : Working and Winning in a World of Change

“If you desire to become a better leader, I recommend you add Dean Lindsay’s The Progress Challenge to your leadership toolkit. I especially liked the insight into the life and work of Viktor Frankl as well as Dean’s use of humor throughout the book – a valuable and enjoyable read. The Progress Challenge is an honorable challenge that anyone aiming to make a positive difference should take.”

— Ramon F. Baez

Vice President and Chief Information Officer

Kimberly-Clark Corporation

Spotlighted as an OUTSTANDING SPEAKER by the International Association of Speakers Bureaus and Recognized as a ‘Sales-and-Networking Guru’ by the Dallas Business Journal, Dean Lindsay delivers killer keynotes, breakouts, general session presentations, and interactive boot camps that Empower PROGRESS in Sales, Service and Workplace Performance.

“Dean Lindsay is truly one of the best and most insightful speakers out there. I have hired him, heard him and read his work. He is always top notch with profitable tips and strategies – plus he is fun to watch. Dean Lindsay rocks!”

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Does anyone know how the jobs are in Dallas tx?with the economy?

Question by bonita: Does anyone know how the jobs are in Dallas tx?with the economy?
Are there lots of jobs or people are loosing jobs there?
wanting to move to Dallas but wondering is there jobs there .I live in lacross and there is no jobs or they pay less then .00 hr
where is that u live in we are in wis & tired of the cold. and tired of family , running our lives/
well that’s what i dont want i want to get apid more then .00 hr who can live on that? and even if you live a simple life you still cant make on .00

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Answer by That greek/mexican guy
im in your situation, i live in carrollton. But as of now, im not having much luck finding a job =\

its tough shit.

As far as DALLAS, im not sure. But i pretty much drove up n down. I hit plano, lewisville, and carrollton, and i had trouble finding a job as well. THat or they paid less than 8

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Texas Land For Sale-State Of The Economy And Selling Your Land

Texas Land For Sale-State Of The Economy And Selling Your Land

With Texas one of the five states picked to pull out of the recession first now might be the best time to jump back in the Texas land for sale market. Buyer confidence is most certainly one thing that has helped keep the economy down since it started the slump, things might not feel good in the market but that’s simply emotions talking and if people would get back in the mix of things the slump would end much sooner. Texas high tech jobs are not as plentiful as in states like Washington and Arizona but Texas does have enough good tech jobs to help. The high tech job market is set to be such a boost due to business holding back upgrading just about everything until the time looked right to spend again and that time looks close.

With Dallas as one of the premier cities of Texas land for sale in Van Zandt County and others near Dallas and with good access to Dallas and Houston will defiantly benefit from the recovery. Some other good counties to buy land in near Dallas would be Smith County with a large city to help boost its possibilities like Tyler, Rains County which has Lake Tawakoni to help draw from and still within good driving distance of the Metro Plex. If I was back in the market to developed Texas land for sale I would also look at Hunt County with good access to Dallas and the surrounding areas from Interstate I-30, these areas are within an hour or less of Dallas for a morning work commute.

Another good place to put your money in Texas land would be in hunting land for sale in Texas, some of the countries best hunting is in Texas and with a better economy the hunting land for sale in Texas is also sure to recover well. East Texas as well as West Texas both have some prime hunting areas, Upshur, Wood, Hopkins are some great Counties to buy land in for East Texas hunting. If you are looking near the border check out Val Verde or Kinney County for good hunting and plenty of land deals. In Val Verde County you will find plenty of high fence hunting camps for sale that are set up and ready to hunt now.

If a week economy has kept you on the sidelines in Texas hunting land for sale and investing in Texas land, if you have cash in the bank or on hand I would take a hard look at putting a good portion of it in Texas hunting land, it is a good investment and will help hedge inflation which is certain to come. If you look at the 1970’s and 1980’s you will see the government used inflation to help spur the economy and fend off the recession.

If you look at everything in the state of the economy, inflation rate, government buying bonds this will have to lead to some inflation and if you have cash you better find some place to put your cash or watch it get devalued.

Chuck Magee has been in the real estate business for two decades and has launched land for sale websites like,, and

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US voices on making the economy move

US voices on making the economy move
The Associated Press asked people across the country to serve up their ideas to set the economy straight, a challenge underscored Friday when the jobless rate climbed to 9.8 percent.
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Belmont Coach Speaks About Firing
Belmont University’s outgoing women’s soccer coach said she would prefer not to be in the spotlight after news broke last week that she may have been pressured to leave her job after revealing to administrators that she is a lesbian.
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So how would you kick-start the economy?
The Associated Press asked people around the country to share their ideas on jump-starting the economy. Some responses: More stimulus: Carolyn Morrison is a Wake County,  school board member who has spent more than 45 years in education.
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history, Culture and Economy of Brazil

history, Culture and Economy of Brazil

History, Culture and Economy of Brazil

Until 1500, Brazil was inhabited solely by indigenous people, mainly of the Tupi and Guarani ethnic groups. Actual settling by the Portuguese began later that century, with the extraction of valuable pau-brasil wood, from which the country draws its name. Brazil was settled by the Portugese and not the Spanish (as the rest of Central and South America in New World was because of the Papal Line of Demarcation) The following four centuries saw further exploitation of the country’s natural riches (gold and rubber) besides the rise of an economy based on agriculture (sugar and coffee) and slave labor, millions of Africans taken to the new world in a forced diaspora. Meanwhile, extermination or Christianizing of natives kept its pace, and the 19th Century saw a second wave of European (mainly Italian and German) immigration, adding to this unique and complex set of factors that generated today’s equally complex and unique Brazilian culture and society.

Following three centuries under the rule of Portugal, Brazil became an independent nation on September 7th, 1822. By far the largest and most populous country in South America, it has also overcome more than two decades (1964-1988) of military intervention in the governance of the country to pursue a democratic ruling, while facing the challenge of keeping its industrial and agricultural growth and developing its interior. Exploiting vast natural resources and a large labor pool, today Brazil is South America’s leading economic power and a regional leader. Highly unequal income distribution remains a pressing problem. A consequence of this is a high crime rate, specifically in large cities.

After 20 years of democracy, the country has grown strong, and despite the social problems of the unequal income distribution, the people have remained happy and festive.

 Culture and Traditions of Brazil

Owing to Brazil’s continental dimensions, varied geography, history and people, the country’s culture is rich and diverse. It has several regional variations, and in spite of being mostly unified by a single language, some regions are so different from each other that they could have become different countries altogether.

Music plays an important part in Brazilian identity. Styles like choro, samba and bossa nova are considered genuinely Brazilian. Caipira music is also in the roots of sertanejo (the national equivalent to country music). MPB stands for Brazilian Popular Music, which mixes several national styles under a single concept. Forró, a north-eastern happy dancing music style, has also become common nationwide. New urban styles include funk – name given to a dance music genre from Rio’s favelas that mixes heavy electronic beats and often raunchy rapping – and techno-brega, a crowd-pleaser in northern states, that fuses romantic pop, dance music and caribbean rhythms.

A mixture of martial arts, dance, music and game, capoeira was brought to Brazil by African slaves, mainly from Portuguese Angola. Distinguished by vivacious complicated movements and accompanying music, it can be seen and practiced in many Brazilian cities.

In the classical music, the Modern Period is particularly notable, due to the works of composers like Heitor Villa-Lobos and Camargo Guarnieri, who created a typical brazilian school, mixing elements of the traditional european classical music to the brazilian rhythms, while other composers like Cláudio Santoro followed the guidelines of the Second School of Vienna. In the Romantic Period, the greatest name was Antonio Carlos Gomes, author of some italian-styled operas with typical brazilian themes, like Il Guarany and Lo Schiavo. In the Classical Period, the most proeminent name is José Maurício Nunes Gacia, a priest who wrote both sacred and secular music and was very influenced by the viennese classical style of the 18th century and early 19th century.

Candomble and Umbanda are religions with African roots that have survived prejudice and persecution and still have a significant following in Brazil. Their places of cult are called terreiros and many are open to visit.

Indigenous traits can be found everywhere in Brazilian culture, from cuisine to vocabulary. There are still many indigenous groups and tribes living in all Brazilian regions, although many have been deeply influenced by “western” culture, and several of the country’s surviving indigenous languages are in danger of disappearing completely. The traditional lifestyle and graphic expressions of the Wajãpi indigenous group from the state of Amapá were proclaimed a Masterpiece of the World’s Intangible Heritage  by UNESCO.

Globo, the largest national television network, also plays an important role in shaping the national identity. Nine out of ten households have a TV set, which is the most important source of information and entertainment for most Brazilians followed by the radio broadcast. TVs broadcast sports, movies, local and national news and telenovelas (Soap Operas)– 6-month-long series that have become one of the country’s main cultural

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Strong Marketing Techniques For A Weak Economy: Trade Show Displays And More

Strong Marketing Techniques For A Weak Economy: Trade Show Displays And More

When the economy goes south, every business feels the strain. Fewer people spending money means that everyone ultimately has less funds, and no matter how basic the good your company supplies, you will want to consider ways to trim your budget. Many companies look to their marketing funds first, viewing ads as unnecessary compared to many other areas of spending. Although marketing can usually spare some money, making unwise cuts, like getting rid of your trade show displays, will lead to a dramatic decrease in revenue. If you have to cut your budget, you need to know what to do instead.

Technique #1: Online Marketing

In the eyes of many analysts, online marketing is the key to trimming down any marketing budget. It will have a particularly dramatic impact if your business has long relied on advertising through conventional channels like television or radio. Even without considering budget, internet marketing tends to yield better results when compared to television. Even companies without financial constraints are turning from TV toward the internet.

Better yet, many internet marketing tools are available free of charge, and those that do require a fee typically charge much less than their TV counterpart. If your business is very desperate to cut down on funds, a well-managed internet campaign using only Facebook, Twitter, and a free blog can keep you afloat during hard times. If your company is starting up, using that same combination can be a good idea at the very beginning when you have no marketing budget at all.

Technique #2: Nearby Conventions

Conventions are widely considered rewarding but expensive propositions. Your company might be able to do without conventions for some time, but the personal relationships you build with clients who attend are even more crucial when those clients have less funds. Instead of foregoing hosting trade show displays at conventions altogether, focus instead on events closer to home. Don’t go anywhere further than an easy drive. Don’t pay for airfare, and don’t pay for hotels. The cost of gas combined with the costs of the event will be more than repaid by the customers you’ll get, even in this economy. If you have highly portable displays, this is an even more cost-effective option because you can simply pack them up in the car rather than shipping them. If you only have large booths, consider replacing them with more portable displays.

If this will be your first time exhibiting at a nearby convention, you may need to purchase new trade show displays for maximum effect. You’ll want to be quite upfront with your design company about your budget, and ensure that they understand it before any options are discussed. The company should be able to find something that will work well for you, even if you’re on a very tight budget. Portable displays and modular exhibits are a great choice, because they can be prefabricated and are therefore inexpensive, but also offer flexibility.

Technique #3: Keep A Positive Outlook

No matter how grim your outlook might seem, never let yourself lose sight of how strong your company really is. The more you remain positive, the more other employees will be positive, and the more you’ll help improve overall company morale. Your company might be tight on funds now, but everyone is. In time, the economic problems will be resolved, and everyone will enjoy big budgets and all the perks of expansion. In the meantime, trim your budget where you can, spend wisely, and know that better days are ahead.  

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