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PEP Club Sports in Parker, Colorado Wins a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

Amber Schweitzer, owner of PEP Club Sports in Parker, Colorado is the December winner of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant on LoveALocalBusiness.com. PEP Club is now a Finalist, along with Buss Fitness of Northfield, Ohio and Todali Tackle of Philpot, Kentucky. One of these three Finalists will be selected by our judge, business advisor Rhonda Abrams, to have their grant doubled to $50,000.
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BNI: Great Networking Opportunity, or Waste of Time and Money?

As a small business owner, there’s little doubt you’ve heard of Business Network International (BNI), a networking and referral membership group for small businesses, which has regional branches all over …

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Shutter Mom: From Teacher to Entrepreneur

A year ago last month, Sweet Melissa Photography was born. Creating beautiful contemporary images of mommies to be, newborn babies, and families is as gratifying for Melissa Lagano as commemorating …

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The Big Bang: How a Fireworks Company Keeps Business Booming

After setting off fireworks for New Year’s, Western Display Fireworks will immediately start getting ready for it’s biggest business day of 2011 — the Fourth of July. The company, run …

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Small Business Sinks Its Teeth Into the Locavore Movement

Sourcing food that’s local and sustainable may be the hottest restaurant industry trend in 2011, a sign that America’s appetite for fresh ingredients from small, regional producers continues to grow. …

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What the New Federal Food Safety Rules Mean for Small Producers

Many independent food producers breathed a sigh of relief this week when Congress finally passed the contentious FDA Food Safety Modernization Act with an amendment exempting small enterprises that sell …

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Sustainability Can Help Small Businesses Win City Contracts

Looking to tap into the billions of dollars that municipal governments spend annually on goods and services, from break-room coffee to janitorial help? Being a local, sustainable small business may …

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Yoga Studio Revitalizes Historic San Diego Neighborhood

When the doors of Ginseng Yoga Studio opened nine years ago, there wasn’t much expectation that they would stay open. Up until Brad and Cindy Bennett moved in on May …

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Rush for a Cause Raises Money for Injured Students in Sports

One moment in a life can cause others to do extraordinary things. After Matt Galland’s junior year of high school football, he received tragic news about a defensive back from …

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Todali Tackle in Philpot, Kentucky Wins $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant

Alicia Haynes, owner of Todali Tackle in Philpot, Kentucky is the November winner of a $25,000 Intuit Hiring Grant on LoveALocalBusiness.com. Todali Tackle is now a Finalist, along with Buss Fitness of Northfield, Ohio, who could be selected by our judge, business advisor Rhonda Abrams, to have their grant doubled to $50,000. One more Finalist will be chosen in December. It could be you! More »

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Online Event 12/16 – Getting Started with Video [VIDEO]

If you’re involved in today’s real estate business, you know that’s not an easy place to be. Lincoln Crum found himself in just that uneasy spot back in 2008. So …

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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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