How Small Businesses Compete Regionally

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For Humphry Slocombe, Twitter is the Cherry on Top of the Ice Cream

How does a local ice cream parlor transcend the plain-vanilla archetype? By not serving plain vanilla, for starters. Sure, purists can find mainstays like chocolate and mint chip on the …

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Good Things Come to The GoodOnYa Bar after Intuit Hiring Grant

Kris Fillat, owner of The GoodOnYa Bar in San Diego, Calif., was the February 2011 winner of a $25,000 Intuit hiring grant through the Love a Local Business campaign. This …

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Eric Kent Wine Cellars Survives Recession with Craftsmanship (and a Little Luck)

The wine business was booming in 2002 when Kent Humphrey sold his advertising company and invested in starting Eric Kent Wine Cellars. Unbeknown to him, the global financial crisis lurked just …

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Intuit Goes to The Dogs (and Cats) to Award Latest $25,000 Hiring Grant

The newest small business catering to pets in Elwood, Indiana is still just a pup itself. “We recently opened on December 19,” owner Matt Spivey confesses, noting that his humble …

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How to Identify Your Most Influential Customers

You try to be good to all of your customers, but you may want to reserve extra-special treatment for those who talk about your business online. A “peer influence analysis” …

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Sustainable Practices Earn Dry Cleaner Local Acclaim

The Cleanery is New Mexico’s only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner. Its green practices not only have helped the company to avoid many of the environmental and health concerns associated with …

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How One Independent Bookstore Survives and Thrives in Tough Times

Digital publishing, intense competition from Amazon.com, and other factors have made it more difficult than ever for small bookstores to turn a profit. Even large national chains have struggled, sometimes …

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Aqua Salon Wins $50,000 Love A Local Business Grand Prize

Aqua Salon has taken top honors as the $50,000 Grand Prize winner of Intuit’s Love a Local Business grant competition. The Chicago, Illinois-based salon became a Grand Prize finalist after …

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Nick’s Pizza & Pub Wins a $25,000 Slice of Intuit Grant Money

Many small businesses claim to care about their communities. But not all consistently prove it. Nick’s Pizza & Pub of Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois has a distinguished track record …

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End of Holidays Doesn’t Halt Small-Business Beef with Amazon App

The small-business community has enjoyed an anything-but-cordial relationship with Amazon.com since the e-commerce pioneer launched in 1995. Beyond the challenge Amazon poses to traditional bricks-and-mortar stores simply by virtue of …

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Form-A-Corp Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

Helping new small businesses get off the ground is what inspires Adrian Brion (pictured) to get out of bed each morning. And fortunately for Brion and his three employees at …

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How to Start a Hyperlocal News Website

Print newspapers may be in a downward spiral, but hyperlocal websites seem to be heating up. Online independent community news sites — West Seattle Blog, The Batavian, and Baristanet, to …

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Cupcake Queen Wins a Sweet Treat from Intuit with $25,000 Grant

It’s one of the oldest truths of the culinary art — food prepared with love always tastes better. For more than a decade, Billie Baird has lovingly baked her signature …

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Bantom Brings Home $25,000 Hiring Grant to Help Grow Green Business

In return for helping others go green in their businesses, Rhonda Bantom is being rewarded with some green of her own. Bantom’s Detroit, Michigan-based Bantom Global Industries — a contract …

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Edible Insect Chef Garners Attention

When Monica Martinez debuted her “pre-Hispanic snackeria” at the San Francisco Street Food Festival in August, customers lined up to try her tacos stuffed with insects and larvae. “Don Bugito …

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