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Small Businesses Wish Big for the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

For small businesses, this holiday season isn’t looking cheerful. A recent Intuit Small Business Survey found that small businesses are surviving but not thriving, and that winter is the toughest …

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How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside …

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Real-Life Shark Tank: How to Find Angel Investors in Your Own Backyard

The popular TV show Shark Tank is drawing mainstream attention to a funding strategy that innovators and entrepreneurs have used for years: angel investing. The competition for large-scale funding on …

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“Local Bucks” Systems Circumvent the Dollar

It takes only one or two economic crashes like the Great Depression or the Great Recession for some people to start crying for an alternative monetary system. Over the years, …

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Local Merchants Alliances Gain Traction

Small businesses competing with big-box retailers and other chains in the San Francisco Bay Area have devised strategy for wooing customers into their stores: Join forces to promote one another. …

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Telltale Signs of a Small Business Superfan [INFOGRAPHIC]

The “buy local” trend has been gaining momentum all over the U.S. as more and more consumers are beginning to understand its positive effects on them, their community, and the …

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Intuit Making Wishes Come True for Small Businesses

Success in small business never comes just by wishing for it. But thanks to the new “Small Business, Big Wishes” campaign from Intuit’s Love Our Local Business project, numerous small …

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4 Ways Your Business Can Assist with Sandy Recovery

Owning a small business allows you to effect change on numerous levels. For many of us, it’s one of the reasons we started a business in the first place. In …

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6 Ways to Attract Cyclists to Your Business

Think that catering to cyclists is a waste of time? Think again. According to a 2011 study [PDF] released by Portland State University, two-wheeled traffic can boost sales at bars, …

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Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent …

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6 Ways to Promote a ‘Buy Local’ Campaign

An active “buy local” campaign can boost your business and the regional economy. But to make it work, consumers need frequent and convincing reminders of the benefits of shopping locally, …

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Indiana Small-Business Owner Wins $5,000 Grant from Intuit

ClearStar Windshield Repair of Carmel, Ind., is the latest winner of a $5,000 grant in Intuit’s Love a Local Business Campaign. “This is so cool!” says owner Paul Lawrence, who …

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How Foley’s NY Pub & Restaurant Attracts Sports Fans of All Stripes

If you walk into a New York City bar during baseball season, you shouldn’t be surprised to see Yankees or Mets fans watching a game. But what about a large …

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How to Host Children’s Birthday Parties at Your Place of Business

Parents are always looking for creative ideas for their children’s birthday parties. Have you thought about whether your place of business could serve as a venue? Diverse enterprises — restaurants, …

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3 Mobile Apps to Make Travel Easier

The smartphone can be a road warrior’s handiest tool when it comes to navigating unfamiliar streets. The device’s built-in GPS can not only steer you toward your next meeting, but …

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