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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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Small-Business Organizations You Should Get to Know

Whether they’re cheering for the underdog or standing firmly behind the little guy, small-business organizations, associations, membership programs, and advocacy groups provide valuable support, resources, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. …

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WEBIT Services Wins First of Three October Hiring Grants

Pictured: WEBIT Services team.  Photo courtesy of WEBIT Services, Inc. With fall in the air and the holidays around the corner, many small business owners are preparing for the busy …

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Marie’s Bed & Biscuit Wins Love A Local Business Grand Prize

Pictured: Owners Brad and Jen Stanke.  Photo courtesy of Marie’s Bed & Biscuit. Marie’s Bed & Biscuit in Charlotte, MI has won the $50,000 Grand Prize in Intuit’s Love A …


San Francisco Loves Local Businesses

San Francisco is one of the best-known cities in the world, famous for its unique architecture, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The 94103 zip code, which includes the …

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