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Jim Wichert, CEO of Discount Retail Store Services, praises President Trump’s executive order reducing regulations on small business. He calls it a “jumpstart” to new business startups, and says that his company has seen an uptick in business since the signing of the order.
“Immediately on the heels of the announcement of plans to ease the burden of government regulations on the nation’s small businesses, we have seen a dramatic increase in individuals reaching out to us to seek to start their own businesses,” says Jim Wichert, CEO of Discount Retail Store Services. “The number of inbound inquiries and the number of individuals contracting with us to develop one of our retail businesses for them is as high as it has been in our 24 years of business.”
And it’s not just Wichert’s company that is experiencing the rise in business—optimism in this sector is at an all-time high. ...
Discount Retail Store Services Announces Small Business Optimism Greatly Increased Since November ElectionJan. 25, 2017, 7:28 a.m.
Discount Retail Store Services, a national developer of retail stores for independent owners, is riding the crest of growing confidence on the part of small business owners and analysts nationwide as country heads into the Trump economy.
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A Wells Fargo survey of small business owners taken shortly after the election showed that over 46% felt the operating environment for their companies would improve next year; that compares to 30% two years ago after the midterm congressional elections. Over 50% of owners said that the incoming administration and congress would make their companies “better off,” according to the survey. (https://wellsfargoworks.com/small-business-optimism-at-highest-point-in-eight-years)
Showing an increased confidence in the Trump economy, Discount Retail Store Services reports that in December alone, over 1,700 new prospective store owners contacted the company, and over 100 to date have contracted with the company to begin store development.
Discount Retail Store Services announces “Boots to Bosses” program to assist Veterans in opening their own businessesDec. 23, 2016, 9:28 a.m.
Almost half of American World War II Veterans became business owners and today sadly less than 5% of US Veterans become business owners. James Wichert, Owner and CEO of Discount Retail Store Services (DRSS) finds this unacceptable. “Those with military experience tend to be very disciplined, detail oriented and take direction well which makes them great potential business owners,” says Wichert.
Last century, a stunning 49.7 percent of World War II Veterans went on to own or operate a business, according to Syracuse University's Institute for Veterans and Military Families.
Nowadays, however, less than 5% of returning Veterans become business owners. So far, only 4.5 percent of the more than 3.6 million people who have served in the U.S. military since September 11, 2001, have launched a company, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
"The differences are so stark it's unbelievable," says Joseph Kopser, ...Dec. 7, 2012, 1:32 p.m.
This year’s “Christmas Gift Bags” drive expected to be most successful ever, DRSS announces. Donations to benefit 3 Square, The Las Vegas Rescue Mission, Safe Nest, The Shade Tree, Woman’s Development Center, Nevada Homes for Youth, and A Place Called Hope at Ranch High School.
Tis the Giving Season
This year Discount Retail Store Services will be packing hundreds of gift bags with nearly $10,000.00 in much needed items for the Valley’s poor and needy. On the 18th of December, as a company, DRSS will spend the evening packing the gift bags which will be delivered the next day to a number of charitable organizations and families. Suppliers and partners to DRSS have already chipped in with cash and item donations according to the company, but more donations are appreciated. This year the local community is invited to participate in this much needed drive.
Spread the Joy
Christmas Gift Bags ...
What Do the USPS Financial Troubles Mean for Mailbox Franchises and Independent Mailbox Store Owners?Nov. 28, 2012, 1:10 p.m.
USPS scheduled to close/cut operation hours at 2,000 locations in light of recent defaults in the billions. An industry insider discusses the impact on non-USPS mailing entities, Discount Retail Store Services reports.
In August 2012 USPS defaulted for the first time since 1982, unable to make a required 5.5 billion dollar payment. They defaulted again in September 2012 without paying a required 5.6 billion dollar tab.
Cost Cutting Moves
Meanwhile in order to cut costs USPS has implemented plans to consolidate their network of 461 mail processing centers in phases starting with 140 consolidations through 2013 and an additional 89 through 2014. “We revised our network consolidation timeline to provide a longer planning schedule for our customers, employees and other stakeholders, and to enable a more methodical and measured implementation,” said Patrick R. Donahoe, Postmaster General and Chief Executive Officer of the Postal Service. Also according to Donahoe USPS is ...
Dollar Store Industry Insider Discusses the Drastic Increase in Consumer Confidence in Light of New CEI NumbersNov. 13, 2012, 1:29 p.m.
Experian Marketing Services recently published a report showing large increases in consumer confidence throughout the year and heading into the holiday season. A dollar store insider discusses what impact it will have on the growing industry, DRSS reports.
Confidence is Up
Experian Marketing Services recently released numbers from their Consumer Expectation Index (CEI) which indicate a significant rise in consumer confidence throughout the year and heading into the holiday season. Many of the numbers are the highest they have been since before 2008 including the number of consumers expected to purchase a home in the coming year, or to buy or lease a new car. Almost across the board the numbers are better than last year including a 5% increase in those expected to refinance a home and a 2% increase in online shopping.
General Manager of Global Research for Experian Marketing, Bill Trancer, commented on some of the findings, ...Nov. 11, 2012, 1:25 p.m.
Discount Retail Store Services would like to announce their annual “Christmas Gift Bags” drive has begun and to invite the local community to participate in this year’s event.
A Tradition of Giving
Discount Retail Store Services, a small local business development company, holds a “Christmas Gift Bags” charity drive each year in order to provide Las Vegas’ most needy with essentials and gifts in order to make their Holiday Season a little brighter. Last year they were able to raise just over six thousand dollars in gifts including clothing, bathroom products, food, toys and clothing for babies and kids, school supplies, books, and much more. Recipients ranged from low income families to the homeless. Included on the list were shelters, rescues, and schools with high poverty and homeless rates. The list of recipients for this year has not yet been finalized but the focus is to remain on the neediest ...Oct. 18, 2012, 12:58 p.m.
The largest one-price non-franchise clothing store developer in North America announces its partnership with the Heroes To Home program.
Clothing Store Developers specialize in helping independent entrepreneurs start a non-franchise clothing store. It is the largest non-franchise, non-chain clothing store developer in North America. Clothing Store Developers has partnered with the Veterans Business Resource Center, and through their Heroes To Home program, offers Veteran discounts on starting a store as well as a Veteran liaison in order to expedite the process.
Turning Heroes into Entrepreneurs
Studies that cover Veteran transition into civilian life show that this process can often take as long as 6 months. The Heroes To Home program performs functions like assessing skill sets, finding alternative employment when deployment or changing circumstances make previous areas of employment impossible, and primarily helping Veterans become entrepreneurs by identifying opportunities and helping to develop a customer base.
An Easier Transition
Party City Closes its Doors on Hundreds of Small Communities. Small Town Entrepreneur Refuses to Acquiesce.Oct. 2, 2012, 1:55 p.m.
Party City Corporate turns off the lights in small towns and eliminates small town jobs across the country. One local entrepreneur refuses to fire staff and finds a way to become even more successful from the same location, Discount Retail Store Services Reports.
Refusing to Stop the Party
Thad Gregory had been managing a Party City store in Sulphur Springs, TX for six years when he got word from corporate that they were closing. This did not sit well with Thad, “Our store location closed not due to downsizing but because our parent company decided they no longer wanted to be in a town our size. Not the economy, not anything like that, they just didn’t want to be in our town.” Further details behind specific closings were not made available by Party City. It was part of a series of closings which included all stores under 5,000 sq. ft....
Area of Health Industry Named in Top 5 for Starting a Business—What it Means to Independent Fitness Centers and Anyone Who Wants to Open a GymSept. 24, 2012, 1:17 p.m.
Discount Retail Stores Services reports on entrepreneurial trends associated with health and the booming fitness industry.
Healthy Living is Paying Off
According to Inc.com, publishers of Inc. Magazine, a long-standing entrepreneurial and business print magazine, Health Care is among the top five areas (16 total areas are listed for more please visit Inc.com) to start a new business. Also in the top five are Environmental Consulting, Translation and Interpretation, Mobile App Design, and Ferryboats and Inland Water Transportation (in areas close to bodies of water where traffic is often congested). The article mentions the rising cost of health care and the explosion in the growth of the elderly population as causes; 10,000 people will be turning 65 every day through 2030 according to a Pew Research Center study. Added to that should be the obesity epidemic, with over 50% of the U.S. population currently overweight and over 50% of the ...