3 Things You Should Know About Small Business: February 22
NEW YORK (TheStreet) -- What's happening in small business today?
1. TD Bank offers franchise financing options for veterans. TD Bank, Toronto Dominion's (TD) U.S. banking operation, has partnered with the International Franchise Association and a pilot group of franchises to help military veterans become franchisees, the bank announced on Thursday.
Franchises such as Dunkin' Donuts (DNKN) , Domino's Pizza (DPZ) , Baskin-Robbins and Papa Murphy's are working with TD Bank to be able to offer new franchisees that are U.S. military veterans a streamlined loan application process, a packaging fee waiver and lower interest rates, the bank says.
"A military background provides veterans with important skills and traits that we see in small-business owners," said Rich Bradshaw, head of Small Business Administration lending at TD Bank, who is also a retired Navy Reserve Intelligence Officer. "TD Bank knows that veterans are strong candidates for franchising, and we are pleased to work with the IFA and our franchise partners to help veterans achieve their business dreams."
With more than 1 million troops expected to reenter the workforce in coming years, TD Bank and the IFA hope the program will increase the number of veterans that become small-business owners.
2. Why is it that Pinterest users' spending is almost double that of Facebook users? Facebook (FB) is the top driver of users to shopping sites, but it is social media newcomer Pinterest that is driving more revenue per click, according to a video by Reuters .
Shoppers from Facebook spend on average $95 per session, while shoppers from Pinterest spend almost $170 per session, Reuters says.
Why is that? Reuters cites a study by PEW Research Centers that says that Pinterest is more appealing to users who are young, female, educated and have higher income.