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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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Coffee Shop Fueled by Budget-Conscious Pricing

When Adam Banks opened a coffee shop in Chicago’s trendy Wicker Park neighborhood in July, he was determined not to gouge customers with $5 to $7 espresso drinks. Coffee, he …

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Competing With Big-Box Stores for Back-to-School Dollars

According to data from the National Retail Federation, the average family with schoolchildren will spend $634.78 — or $836.83, if the students are in college — this year on purchases of …

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A Picture Perfect Day of Living Local in San Francisco

This is the first in a new, ongoing series of articles highlighting local businesses across the country. Its purpose is to not only champion successful small businesses in diverse communities, …

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Intuit Gives Some Green to Eco-Friendly Salon and Spa

The affluent community of Flossmoor, Ill. — a village 30 miles south of downtown Chicago — has an abundance of high-end beauty salons and spas. But one in particular stands …

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Intuit Helps Small Cafe Promote Healthy Dining Alternative

In November 2011, Melanie Fremont-Weatherstone poured her 35 years of experience in the food-service industry into starting her own business in Gillette, Wyo. “I had only lived in the Gillette …

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Medical Linen Service Cleans Up With Intuit Grant

About 100 miles southeast of Atlanta is the charming town of Milledgeville. “It’s a very tight-knit, traditional southern community that’s been hit really hard [economically] over the last 10 years. …

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Intuit Helps to Shape the Clay School’s Future

When Kirsten Bassion received a master’s degree in ceramics from the School for American Crafts at Rochester Institute of Technology in 2004, she knew she wanted to give back to …

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Intuit Gives a Lift to Historic Community Theater

More than a century ago, a small casino with a big future opened its doors in the town of Rosendale, N.Y. By the early 1920s, the casino had expanded its …

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Intuit Grant Gives Lucky Birds a New Lease on Life

Tropical parrots are among the most exotic, beautiful, and intelligent creatures that may be kept as domesticated pets. As such, they’re always in demand. But caring for the birds — which …

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Intuit Grant Is a “Sign” of Good Things to Come for Dairy Farm

Nestled in the far northwestern corner of Massachusetts, where it’s flanked by Vermont and New York, Williamstown — a charming community of 8,200 residents — is home to one of …

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Intuit Helps Bread SRSLY Make Some Serious Dough

Love brought Sadie Scheffer to San Francisco, but loaves keep her there. “I moved to San Francisco to follow a boy that I liked, and he had a gluten allergy,” …

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