A grandmother is suing KFC for $20 million because she didn’t get enough chicken

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

A lot of small businesses advertise but it’s worth taking care how you tout your wares. Take the case of KFC’s allegedly under-stuffed bucket.

A New York woman says she spent $20 for a bucket of chicken last summer and was disappointed when the meal fell short of what was advertised, the New York Post reports. Read More…

Microsoft Can Now Talk Better Than Humans And Other Small Business Tech News This Week


(This post originally appeared on Forbes)

Here are five things in technology that happened this past week and how they affect your business. Did you miss them?

1 – Microsoft says its speech recognition is now as good as humans.

Based on a study it did, the software giant put its speech recognition technology up against professional transcriptionists. The result? Humans made more mistakes than the software. (Source: VentureBeat)

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This organization asks you to speak up so you can be fired

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

On its website, the non-profit InterVarsity Christian Fellowship/USA describes itself as a “vibrant campus ministry that establishes and advances witnessing communities of students and faculty.” The 1,600-person organization ministers its religious teachings at campuses nationwide to both students and faculty by conducting Bible studies, training, conferences and events.

Though not a small business, the Illinois-based ICVF is similar to many other for-profit and non-profit religious organizations of all sizes that operate throughout the country. Recently, the ministry decided to do something that may impact employment there, and at other religious organizations too. Read More…

This Tennis Pro Gives Quitting a Really Bad Name

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(This post originally appeared on Entrepreneur)

So, did you hear about the tennis player who quit right in the middle of a professional match in front of thousands of people? It’s true.

It happened just last week at the Shanghai Masters. “I wasn’t so much frustrated,” Nick Kyrgios said in this CBS Sports report, “I just tapped out a little bit I guess.” Kyrgios not only threw point after point but also got into a fight with a heckling fan, reportedly shouting “You want to come here and play? Sit down and shut up and watch.” It’s not the first time this has happened. According to the CBS report, Kyrgios also gave up and lost a game on purpose in 2015 because he was mad at the umpire. Read More…

Note to self: Think twice before offering a ‘pay what you want’ promotion

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

Ask any business owner anywhere in the world and they’ll tell you that attracting new customers is always a challenge. Things are no different in the Chinese city of Guiyang, where a new restaurant decided to run a one-day promotion that let customers eat as many dishes as they wanted, for whatever price they felt they’d like.

Suffice it to say, the promotion didn’t go so well. According to this report in Shanghaiist, some diners paid only about 10 percent of the cost of the food with others leaving as little as 1 RMB (Chinese yuang) – that’s 15 cents. In fact, in its first week of operation after opening earlier this month, the restaurant lost 100,000 RMB, or the equivalent of about $15,000. Bear in mind that the average annual wage for the typical worker in China is about 29,000 RMB, or about $4,300. This was not a small loss. The promotion quickly fell apart and one of the partners left the business, vowing not to return, according to the media outlet. Read More…

The very tempting reason to vote for Donald Trump

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(This post originally appeared on The Washington Post)

There is a very tempting reason to vote for Donald Trump.

Opponents will say he is unfit to be president. They call him a racist, a misogynist, a narcissist, an egotist, a bully and a fraud. They are not altogether wrong.

Some say that he is not as great a businessman as he’s claimed. He’s had numerous bankruptcies, significant amounts of debt and the reluctance to release his tax returns is alarming. There is much truth to this claim.

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What’s the Catch? Why Big Companies Give Money to Small Businesses


(This post originally appeared on Fox Business)

Just this past week JP Morgan Chase announced a new programOpens a New Window. committing $75 million over three years to help small businesses, particularly ones owned by minorities, women and veterans. Pretty nice, right?

The program includes a $1.9 million grant to the Association for Enterprise Opportunity (AEO) to support its programs to connect small business owners with alternative funding sources when they are unable to qualify for traditional loans. The bank also extended its collaboration with a nonprofit lender called LiftFund with another $4.6 million grant, which builds on the grants and financial support it has been giving in the past to organizations that support local entrepreneurs.

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