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Addy Mac

QuickBooks Is Helping Addy Mac’s Creamery Scoop Up Some Local Buzz

While entrepreneur Justin Scott was studying accounting in college, he dreamed of one day opening a small business in his hometown of Bend, Ore. “My mom, she grew up on …

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Sarah Filley, Cofounder and Executive Director Alfonso Dominguez, Cofounder

Designing a Pop-Up Model for Small-Business Success

Creative entrepreneurs Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez (pictured) had known each other for many years before the day in 2011 when they hatched the idea that would transform a California neighborhood …

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Farbod Shoraka

BloomNation Aims to Change the Floral Industry by Empowering Small Businesses

Cut flowers account for an estimated $7 billion to $8 billion in annual sales by florists nationwide. Despite the wealth of opportunity that figure seemingly represents for budding businesses, entrepreneurs …

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Finding Professional Meeting Space When You Work From Home

If you’re self-employed or run a virtual company, a home office will generally suffice for day-to-day work. But if a client or a prospect requests an in-person meeting, you may …

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Eric Whittington

How One Neighborhood Bookstore Takes on Amazon

In the era of Amazon and eBay, what can a small, bricks-and-mortar retailer do to survive? In a few words, build a community, says Eric Whittington, founder of Bird & …

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Intuit QuickBooks Wants to Help Your Small Business Create Big Buzz

Today more than ever, small business owners are relying on online buzz and local marketing to grow their businesses. But for entrepreneurs with a limited marketing budget, spreading the word …

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3 Valentine’s Day Promotions Any Small Business Can Run

Savvy small-business owners know that tying a marketing campaign to a popular holiday can be a cost-effective strategy. Whenever you can link your efforts to a larger event that people …

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Meet the Big Winner of Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Program

While Monday-morning quarterbacks recap and analyze yesterday’s big game, one thing is certain: A California small business scored in the third quarter when its first major-league TV commercial aired, thanks …

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How a Ballet School Thrives in Unusual Digs

When Galmont Ballet outgrew its commercial space in a Florida strip mall, owners Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero chose an unorthodox new space for their Centre for Dance Education: an …

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Create a ‘Buy Local’ Blitz for Holiday Shopping

How do you convince shoppers to spend money in their own community during the holiday season? Pool the power of local businesses! This strategy has worked particularly well for merchants …

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Holiday Volunteering Supports Your Business and the Community

Supporting a charitable cause is good for the community and for your business. Beyond helping nonprofit groups, studies show that volunteering can encourage employee teamwork, boost morale, and generate positive PR …

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Making Sure Your In-Store Santa Visit Is a Success

Do you want kids and their parents (who hold the purse strings) to flock to your shop this holiday season? A visit from Santa Claus can help you draw a …

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Using Foursquare’s New Advertising Platform to Market Your Business

Foursquare recently added an advertising platform to its suite of tools available to businesses. The platform enables the more than 1.4 million companies registered with the social media site to run …

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What to Do When You Think Your Business Needs More Space

Growth is generally a good thing for small businesses, but it can be scary when it means you need more square footage. Although relocating to larger quarters usually signals to …

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Drive Holiday Sales With a Men’s Panic Party

Male shoppers are notorious for waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Savvy jewelers and other retailers can turn this habit into sales — and help men choose …

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