Back to School: It’s Make It or Break It Time for the Economy

Posted by admin on Aug 1, 2013 7:49:00 AM

by Marc Joseph (reprinted from August 1, 2013 Huffington Post)


Spending this fall for students K-12 is expected to drop 12 percent, according to a National Retail Federation survey reported in the Wall Street Journal. The average that will be spent on each kid is $634.78, down from $688.62 in 2012. Even those going to college are expecting decreases from $836.80 this year, down from $907.22 last year. So it looks like the payroll tax hike, the sequestration and the continued sluggish job market are finally going to rear their ugly heads during the first major sales season of the year. This is troublesome news for retailers because the back to school (BTS) season is like the canary in the coal mine; BTS sales trends historically predict how the holiday fourth quarter sales will turn out. And in another BTS warning about the economy, 47.7 percent of college students expect to live at home, up from 42.9 percent in 2012.

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Laid-off Moms Find Success Through E-commerce

Posted by admin on Jul 24, 2013 11:33:00 AM

By Stuart Whitmore Alizila.com
Jun 03, 2013 | 04:04 PM

Women, Mao Zedong famously observed, hold up half the sky. The Great Helmsman might not have spied the Internet on the horizon, but women are holding up their end when it comes to e-commerce, too.

The number of U.S. women entrepreneurs using B2B e-commerce website Alibaba.com surged 40 percent in 2012, to 1.6 million registered users. While women still only number one third of all U.S. users, and 22 percent worldwide, the gender gap is closing fast. Global growth in female Alibaba users outstripped new registrations by men by 50 percent in the second half of 2012.

The reasons for the surge is fairly obvious. Starting a home-based e-commerce business is relatively easy, relatively inexpensive and doesn’t require clock-punching at a distant office, factory or shopping mall. For women who have bumped up against the glass ceiling, or those struggling to balance the demands of a corporate job with the desire to have children, e-commerce offers an alternative path to career success.

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"I Care" wristbands are a big hit with our Facebook fans

Posted by admin on Jul 22, 2013 3:57:00 AM

Do you remember our June Facebook promotion where you were asked to nominate your favorite charity and every one who entered would receive a red wrist band with 'I Care' embossed on it? Well, it was a big hit and 18 charities are appreciative of the free merchandise they received. Thank you for entering and helping others!

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June Facebook Contest Winners

Posted by admin on Jul 3, 2013 9:07:00 AM

We have winners!! Eighteen of them!

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Easy way to help your favorite charity

Posted by admin on Jun 12, 2013 4:09:00 AM

You don't even have to get out of your chair. Just click on this image and you will be taken to our June Facebook Sweepstakes.

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5 ways to put a personal touch on small biz

Posted by admin on Jun 4, 2013 12:01:00 AM

By guest blogger Laura.Colado of Bongo International

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Teachers win $5,000 in merchandise

Posted by admin on Jun 3, 2013 2:23:00 AM

The results of DollarDays' May Facebook Contest are in!

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DEAL ALERT! Designer Backpacks!

Posted by admin on May 29, 2013 6:52:10 AM

Here's a great value that moms and dads everywhere will appreciate.

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5 Ways to Help Teachers and Students Beat Sequestration

Posted by admin on May 10, 2013 7:07:00 AM

“Here we are at the end of another school year, and once again, teachers throughout the US are facing uncertainty,” said Marc Joseph, Founder and CEO of DollarDays. “Will they have a job next school year, and if so, will their classrooms balloon to unmanageable sizes? Congress has not acted and now the impact of sequestration on federal educational programs is becoming a frightening reality.”

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Winners of our April $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway!

Posted by admin on May 2, 2013 5:00:00 AM

Congrats to the Winners of our April $5,000 Pet Shelter Giveaway!
$2000 winner: Partners for Pets
$1,000 winner: Jefferson County Humane Society
$500 winner: Adams County Pet Rescue in Othello
$100 winners:

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