How Small Businesses Compete Regionally

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Beyond Paper: Office Recycling, From PCs to Packing Peanuts

Recycling can be a challenge for small businesses, particularly home-based operations. About half of the U.S. population still does not have access to a curbside collection program for even the …

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Persuading Consumers to “Buy Local”

As Black Friday looms large, independent retailers are working harder than ever to avoid getting trampled by big-box stores and online sellers. The question is: How do boutiques, specialty shops, …

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How to Launch a Business – Part 3, Getting Up and Running

Don’t think of launching a business as a sprint to the finish line. It’s more like a marathon that requires the proper training, equipment, and support. It may sound nice …

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An Inside Look at a Community Bank – Part 2

Dave Wood is CEO of Willamette Community Bank. I asked him for his insight into community banks, what makes them different, and how they can be a smart fit for …

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An Inside Look at a Community Bank – Part 1

With roughly $85 million in assets, Willamette Community Bank, based in Albany, Oregon, is a bit smaller than some banks — and a whole lot smaller if you stand it …

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How to Launch a Business – Part 1, Finding an Idea

So you want to start your own business. Good for you. But what’s the first step? How do you raise the money? How do you get it off the ground? …

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Buss Fitness Wins $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

October was the start of the largest small business grant competition to date on LoveALocalBusiness.com. Intuit is sponsoring $100,000 in Hiring Grants to help small businesses hire the help that they need. Over 300 fans voted for our October winner, Buss Fitness, a provider of fitness classes in Northfield, Ohio. More »

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The Beach House Exceeds Expectations to Thrill Customers [VIDEO]

The Beach House Hotel in Half Moon Bay is one of the most luxurious boutique hotels in the Bay Area, offering some of the region’s most breathtaking views. The Beach …

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The Secrets of Running a Leading Local Business

Because local is such an important topic, we’re leading the re-launch of the blog with an in-depth local story – a tour of small businesses in and around Half Moon Bay, California. Half Moon Bay is unique on the peninsula south of San Francisco, that is well-know for entrepreneurship, thanks to high-tech success stories like Google and Facebook. Of course there are technology companies in Half Moon Bay, but the local economy is far more reliant on agriculture and tourism than communities “over the hill” in Silicon Valley, where Intuit’s headquarters are located. While Half Moon Bay is local for us, it’s isolated location and economic differences made us want to shine a spotlight on the community and it’s entrepreneurs. More »

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Blue Sky Farms Nurtures Fresh Thinking

Sally Coverdell isn’t afraid of hard work. As the owner and manager of Blue Sky Farms in Half Moon Bay, CA, she gets up at 3 a.m. at to start …

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Jeff Clark Keeps Focus on Waves, Customers

Jeff Clark is a legend in surfing circles as the discoverer of Mavericks, a spot off the coast of Half Moon Bay, California, with some truly large and powerful waves. …

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Pastorino on Farming as the Ultimate Small Business [VIDEO]

If you know Half Moon Bay, CA, chances are you know the name Pastorino. Pastorino Farm is a 60 year old, family-run nursery that sits on a whopping 18 acres of land in the famous coastal town. Stan Pastorino, a third-generation Pastorino farmer, runs the operation alongside his wife, Patty… More »

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From Boardroom to Art Gallery: Dayle Dunn’s Second Act as a Small Business Owner

Dayle Dunn‘s dream was to live by the beach and to own an art gallery.  For the past 17 years, that’s exactly what she’s done.  Dunn is the owner of …

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BookSmart of Morgan Hill Wins $30,000 Love A Local Business Grand Prize

While the choice was difficult, our Love A Local Business judges selected BookSmart of Morgan Hill to have their grant increased from $5,000 to $30,000. They were inspired by BookSmart owner Brad Jones’ promise to commit half of the prize to books for Morgan Hill schools. More »

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The Accidental Contractor

Greg Rocha never meant to become a general contractor.  Rocha started as a carpenter, but now, for the last eight years, he has owned and managed Rocha and Son Construction …

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