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Does a Hot Local Sports Team Lead to Small-Business Success?

The world of professional sports is big business. U.S. consumers spent more than $22 billion last year on spectator sports alone, according to the finance group WR Hambrecht + Co …

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Meat and Greet: Specialty Butchers Take to the Streets

Carnivores, rejoice! Local meat purveyors want your business, and they’re willing to come to your neighborhood to get it. An increasing number of artisans and entrepreneurs are mobilizing the traditional …

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How a Dog Groomer Found Her Small-Business Niche

Small businesses are thriving in the historic town of Southern Pines, N.C., and their secret seems to be effective niche marketing. You can find innovative theater experiences, one-of-a-kind clothing, and …

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What Makes Shoppers Buy Daily Deals?

Think daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are a passing fad? Your customers disagree. A whopping 92 percent of shoppers think daily deals are here to stay, according to …

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What to Do When Your Clients Go on Vacation

Service-oriented enterprises may find business to be slower than usual during the summer, when many customers go on vacation. What should you do with the downtime? How do you cope …

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How to Keep Your Seasonal Business Going after Tourists Head Home [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s summertime, and the living is easy — for other people. If you run a seasonal business, this may be your busiest time of year. Summer tourism can bring a …

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College Entrepreneur Wins Small Business Grant from Intuit

Brandon Rives is a busy young man. When he isn’t studying computer science and business at Tuskegee University or running his upstart entertainment and management company, Rives is actively involved …

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Clockworks Gets a Big Hand from Intuit Small-Business Grant

Ask anyone in the Downtown Creative District of Salem, Ore., where you can find the hottest, most laid-back coffee shop in town, and they’re bound to send you to Clockworks …

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Michigan Ebook Mogul Wins Grant from Intuit

For more than 15 years, Vern Firestone of Redford, Michigan has followed his professional passion. As a freelance marketer, Firestone developed such an impressive body of work that he and …

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Are You Ready to Open a Second Location?

Business is booming at your restaurant or retail store, and you’re considering opening another location. But doing so will require a significant investment. Are you biting off more than you …

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Midwestern Momprenuer Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

Kelly LeFevre loves to make her clients feel happy, pampered, and confident through jewelry. These days, however, LeFevre is feeling the same way. But it has nothing to do with …

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Do Small Businesses Help People Live Longer?

Here’s a nice conversation-starter for your next cocktail party: Small-business owners help the people around them live healthier lives. It’s true. A paper co-authored by professors at Louisiana State University …

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‘Cash Mobs’ Boost Local Businesses

To combat the onslaught of daily deals and big-box stores that are squeezing local merchants, consumers nationwide are banding together in groups known as “cash mobs.” A cash mob is …

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Market Your Business More Effectively as Part of a Collective

When it comes to promoting your business, joining a collective — a group of affiliated enterprises — can increase your reach and marketing power, present new opportunities, and even reduce …

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Todali Tackle Reels in Success After Winning Intuit Grant

Alicia Haynes still remembers the phone call she received in November 2010. It was a call that would profoundly impact her business, Todali Tackle, a maker of custom, hand-poured fishing …

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