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Intellectual property, faxes, advertising and pizza

Intellectual Property (n):   A product of the intellect that has commercial value. Source: The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition Copyright © 2000 by Houghton Mifflin Company. The definition shown above uses what I think is the broadest possible scope to define Intellectual Property (from here on … More

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Managing a diverse workforce

Everything! They represent the four major generations that are employed today and are the people you rely upon to keep you in business. Every generation has some unique motivational differences, which is your reason for concern. On the other hand, these four groups have many things in common such as … More

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From the horse's mouth

How have cheese prices affected your operations and what have you done to compensate for the high prices? Scott Hack – We surgically raised prices on a few menu items. The items we raised prices on though, really had very little to do with rising cheese prices. It was just … More

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The pizza doctor

Does this sound familiar? I can’t remember any week that Big Dave’s Pizza didn’t get a call or request for money in person from an organization. Many years ago, 60 Minutes did a segment on this practice. They went undercover and concluded that the majority of these dialing-for-dollars operations were … More

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PMQ's idea forum

Strategy #149 Why You Should Own an ATM ATMs are a familiar sight in many of today’s retail establishments. In pizza parlors and convenience stores, supermarkets and sports bars, customers have become accustomed to accessing ready cash. In fact, your customers want convenience and reliability and you want increased traffic … More

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New York City's landmark and legendary pizzerias

After five or so bone-chilling trips into the Big Apple, I finally had the opportunity to walk through Central Park and eat a hotdog without suffering from hypothermia. Here’s a little tip I’ll share from my most recent experience; if you want a hotdog in New York, go to Nathan’s … More

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A quick health check for your pizzeria

The margin of safety is a financial ratio that will tell you the percentage of sales you can afford to lose before you cannot cover your overhead. It can be calculated on a yearly basis by reviewing the annual accounts or monthly if you generate your own monthly profit and … More

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The Italian job

Muhammad Ali once said, “Champions are made from something they have deep inside of them—a desire, a dream, a vision.” Ten pizzeria owners and managers put their lives on hold with the need to prove something to the pizza world. They traveled far and wide to satisfy that competitive desire. … More

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New York's landmark pizzerias

As I made travel arrangements for another trip into New York to continue my research on the top 10 landmark pizzerias, the memory of zero-degree weather and Old Man Winter’s cruel joke on a poor Southern boy still lingered in the back of my mind… actually it shivered down my … More

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Don't let cheese squeeze you dry

Don’t Let Cheese Squeeze You Dry Last spring, in Madison, Wisconsin, I presented a little seminar to about 30 pizzeria owners. They were the guests of the Wisconsin Milk Marketing Board.   We had the opportunity to really learn everything about mozzarella and Italian style cheeses in four full days of … More

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Liquor liability and you

Thousands of lawsuits are filed every year involving the sale,  serving or distribution of alcohol. Every year some of those lawsuits are successful  and someone pays the price – big time. The lawsuits are usually not brought by the person drinking the alcohol, but usually by someone who wasn’t even … More