Please save me from getting bummed out. When I see an empty storefront or a “Going Out of Business” sale, my heart sinks. My dad was a small businessman with a dozen employees. Many of my friends have their own businesses as well, providing thousands of jobs. I too have dabbled in several entrepreneurial endeavors: La Parisienne Pizza Shack, anyone? (See video. Apologies to Dan Aykroyd. Do you recognize the voice of my cameraman?).
I know how hard it is to create a business out of thin air. When I see a failed business, I think of all the excitement surrounding the opening and possibilities. Then I think of all the hard work, stress and great disappointment as the business slowly dies on the vine, and as a final kick in the teeth – all the money that was lost.
80,001st registrant is a rotten egg. Register here and the fine folks at MasterCard will give you a $20 gift card if you spend $200 online with your credit card (not debit card) between now and the end of the year. You’ll get an email when you have crossed the $200 threshold with instructions on how to get your $20 gift card. Meter starts running on that $200 spend AFTER you register.
<< Starts 11/15/11. Ends 12/31/11 or while supplies last. Offline, PIN-based & international transactions ineligible. Gift Card quantities are limited to the first 80,000 eligible entrants & maximum 10,000 other gifts to next 10,000 eligible entrants. Restrictions apply. Click here for Terms & Conditions & complete details. >>
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Shop the Mom & Pops and get a $25 statement credit. First, you must register your American Express card here or on Facebook starting November 1st. Then use that card to make a purchase of $25 or more at a small business on November 26th, 2011 – aka “Small Business Saturday”. You can see a list of small businesses in your area now or after you register. AMEX wants you to register via Facebook but you can do it from the website as well. That is what I did and got email confirmation that my card registered. If you wanna stick it to The Man, man, you may roll the dice and register multiple AMEX cards.
If you would like an American Express card so you can get in on this hot kick-back action, check out the Gold Delta SkyMiles card. Great promotion! You will get 30,000 miles if you spend $1,000 total in three months. That’s enough miles for a free round trip flight and free checked bags for up to nine people in your party.
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UPDATE for 2013 — ING DIRECT is now Capital One 360.
> Earn a $50 bonus when you open an Electric Orange℠ checking account from ING DIRECT.
> Ask me for a referral to Orange Savings: firstname.lastname@example.org
> Click here to open Orange Savings Account without a referral
> ING DIRECT is FDIC Insured
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It’s tougher to get banks to LOAN you money than GIVE you money.
Comerica Bank will give you $200 if you open a business checking account, and $100 if you open a personal account. But you have to act fast. The Business Checking offer is set to expire this Friday, November 12th.
Another nice feature of Comerica’s Business Checking “Office Perks Program” is that they will give you $50 for each employee who opens a Personal Comerica checking account. And the employee will still get $100. They have until November 30th to do that.
VirtualBank posted on their site: “We are making changes to our Refer a Friend program and are not taking referrals at this time. If you have referred friends in the past, we thank you very much.” Easy come easy go. But, you can still enjoy the video…
> Ask me for a referral: email@example.com
> To confirm that a bank is FDIC Insured