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8 Ways Small Businesses Can Support St. Jude’s Thanks and Giving Program

St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, a not-for-profit organization, has been on a mission to save children’s lives ever since it opened its doors 50 years ago. The hospital treats nearly …

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R.U.B. BBQ Pub’s Randy Yono on Starting Up During a Downturn

Randy Yono had a hunch that, despite the recession, his family’s concept for a new barbecue restaurant and sports bar in downtown Detroit would work. He and his brothers set …

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Shoe Designer Sheena Garg Edwards on Maintaining Work-Life Balance

Sheena Garg Edwards seems to do it all. Lately, her daily routine includes designing shoes for the next season, planning for the holidays, and running three kids to and from …

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Frank Menard on Real Estate: ‘After Every Crash There Is a Boom’

Some people look at the housing market and think the sky is falling. But real estate agents Frank and Carol Menard see opportunity in uncertain times. Or, as the duo …

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Recycled-T-Shirt Company Grows with Social Media Help

Tim Cigelske was always drawn to quirky T-shirts yet frustrated by their prices. “I got really sick of paying $25 for a T-shirt that’s going to be entertaining for about …

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Jami Curl on Saint Cupcake Bakery’s Sweet, Sweet Success

When Jami Curl opened Saint Cupcake, her hip bakery in Portland, Ore., in 2005, she didn’t plan to specialize in cupcakes. The shop originally offered cinnamon rolls, pies, brownies, and …

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6 Small-Business Documentaries Worth Watching [VIDEO]

What is it like to run your own business? Documentary films give you the opportunity to shadow entrepreneurs in diverse fields, from rock ’n’ roll to farming, on your own …

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Monster Mini Golf’s Rich and Alice Rathjen on Becoming Mini Franchise Moguls

Rich and Alice Rathjen wanted to be franchise owners of Monster Mini Golf so much that they packed up their belongings and relocated from New York to Pennsylvania. Their dream …

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Restaurateur Goes All Out for Halloween and More

Halloween is a howl for Barbara Beltaire. Throughout the month of October, patrons of Barbarella, her popular restaurant and bar in La Jolla, Calif., are met by a choir of …

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House of Torment’s Jon Love Scares Up Business

Jon Love frightens people for a living. He’s the vice president of House of Torment, an Austin, Texas-based haunted house that’s been thrilling and terrifying visitors for nearly a decade. Recently, …

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6 Tips for Making the Perfect YouTube Video

Chris Doctor owns Delphi Construction, a deck builder in Encinitas, Calif., and, like many small-business owners in a competitive industry, he wants attention. How he gets it has evolved in …

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Making a Killing with High-Quality Pest Control

Many people get the creeps just thinking about the ants, spiders, termites, or rodents that may come to infest the walls, basements, or attics of their homes. That’s good news …

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Bill Owen of MNPCTech on Succeeding in a Niche Business

When Bill Owen opened MNPCTech just over ten years ago, many people had never heard of “case modding.” In fact, many people today are unfamiliar with the practice, in which …

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Social Media Rock Star Chris Brogan Shares the Secrets to His Success

Chris Brogan is one of America’s most notable thinkers and consultants when it comes to social media. Widely known for his blog, tweets, and keynote speeches, Brogan focuses on how …

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Julia Hartz Undercuts Big Ticket Sellers with Eventbrite

After a career in development at MTV and FX networks, Julia Hartz has become one of the most visible women in technology in Silicon Valley. The co-founder and president of …

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