How Small Businesses Compete Regionally

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Small-Business Organizations You Should Get to Know

Whether they’re cheering for the underdog or standing firmly behind the little guy, small-business organizations, associations, membership programs, and advocacy groups provide valuable support, resources, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. …

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WEBIT Services Wins First of Three October Hiring Grants

Pictured: WEBIT Services team.  Photo courtesy of WEBIT Services, Inc. With fall in the air and the holidays around the corner, many small business owners are preparing for the busy …

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Marie’s Bed & Biscuit Wins Love A Local Business Grand Prize

Pictured: Owners Brad and Jen Stanke.  Photo courtesy of Marie’s Bed & Biscuit. Marie’s Bed & Biscuit in Charlotte, MI has won the $50,000 Grand Prize in Intuit’s Love A …


San Francisco Loves Local Businesses

San Francisco is one of the best-known cities in the world, famous for its unique architecture, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The 94103 zip code, which includes the …

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Houston Suburb Kingwood, TX Wins September City Challenge

Kingwood, the “Livable Forest,” is a residential community located just north of Houston. With 165 unique businesses nominated, Kingwood is also our final Love A Local Business City Challenge winner! …


Family Business Bowie Home Improvement Wins $25,000 Grant

Pictured: Bowie Home Improvement family-team.  Photo courtesy of Bowie Home Improvement. Congratulations to the winner of our Love A Local Business September Grant, Bowie Home Improvement, Inc. in Bowie, Maryland! …

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Goorin Brothers’ Brimming Hat Business

When Cassel Goorin founded the family hat business, Goorin Bros., in 1895, covering one’s head was a matter of routine, a practice dictated by fashion sense and good manners. But …

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Atrium Wellness in Aurora, IL wins $25,000 Intuit hiring grant

Our August $25,000 Love A Local Business winner is Annie Moore, owner of Atrium Wellness, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois! Along with Marie’s Bed and Biscuits, Atrium Wellness is now a …

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What to Do If There’s Limited Parking Near Your Store

Your new store may be just what the neighborhood needs, but if people can’t easily find a free parking space within a few blocks, you may find it difficult to …

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Preparing Your Business for the Next Big Hurricane

Although Hurricane Irene wasn’t as ferocious as many people anticipated, the storm still caused plenty of damage to homes and businesses all over the East Coast. If you didn’t do …

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Where to Work When You’ve Lost Power at Home

Hurricane Irene knocked out power in nearly 1 million homes on Sunday — and many people, myself included, are still waiting for service to be restored. For those of us …

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At One Publishing Startup, the News Is Still Fit to Print in the Digital Age

Just when most people thought print journalism was going down the tubes, with newspapers consolidating and laying off reporters and readers turning to the internet, journalist Michael Stoll launched the …

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With a Little Help Pulling Strings, Puppeteer Profits

Like many other successful entrepreneurs, Dusty Dutton has turned her passion into a profession. For the past six years, the popular puppeteer in Marin County, Calif., has made a profitable …

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Mark Duff on How to Succeed in the DJ Business

DJ Mark Duff has provided music at nightclubs and private events in Southern California for the past 25 years. Although he makes it look easy, the job requires far more …

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Stroke of Brilliance: Live Event Artist Taps Into Wedding Market

Painter Ken Lund discovered his unusual market niche in 2005, after a chance meeting with a “live event artist.” These creative types are commissioned to attend parties and other functions …

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