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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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How to Relocate Your Business to Another State

So you’re thinking about moving to another state. Perhaps you want to be closer to your family. Or you want to lower your cost of living. Or you’ve fallen in …

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Aqua Salon Proves a Cut Above The Rest

Pictured: Aqua Salon.  Photo courtesy of Noel Buican. Noel Buican of Aqua Salon has even more reason to give thanks this holiday weekend. Her trendy hair and beauty salon in …

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5 of America’s Coolest Co-Working Spaces

It can get lonely working from home every day. Coffeehouses aren’t the refuges they used to be: Baristas these days start giving the evil eye to anyone using a laptop …


Bath & Body Bistro Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant

Bath & Body Bistro in Albuquerque, NM is our first November Love A Local Business winner! Intuit is awarding the business with a $25,000 hiring grant. Congratulations! The winning vote …


How to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday

Independent businesses often don’t have the big marketing budget that bigger companies have, and they miss out on the Black Friday shopping stampedes that are common at big-box stores. Last …

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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 …


New York’s Heart and Soul Events Wins $25,000 Grant

Heart and Soul Events in Frankfort, New York is our final October Love A Local Business grant winner! As a recipient of one of our nine $25,000 hiring grants, it …

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Congrats to Ferrin Accounting, Mid-October Hiring Grant Winner!

The second winner of our October Love A Local Business Hiring Grants is Ferrin Accounting. Congratulations! The business has been a fixture on Main Street in Platte City, Missouri for …

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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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How to Choose the Right Location for Your Shop

Aspiring retailers, take note: What you sell may not be as important as where you sell it. Choosing the right location is often crucial to creating a successful store, because …

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