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    Turning a Passion for Fashion into a Trendy Business

    by on April 5, 2011

    Catherine Chow and Corina Nurimba were young college graduates with a love for fashion — but little business or retail experience — when they decided to start Azalea, a clothing boutique in San Francisco.

    Now almost a decade later, the two fashionistas own …

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    How Airbnb Solved a Lodging Crisis and Got Its Big Break

    by on February 15, 2011

    Brian Chesky was an aspiring entrepreneur trying to figure out how to make next month’s rent when he stumbled upon the idea that would become Airbnb.

    A design conference was in town in San Francisco and all the hotel rooms were booked. That’s when Chec…

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    Rewarding Customers Through Foursquare

    by on January 25, 2011

    All you have to do to get a free pizza from Paxti’s is eat there all the time.

    Curious? The Chicago-style pizza chain in the San Francisco Bay Area offers the Foursquare “mayors” of each of its four restaurants a free 10-inch pizza of their choice every w…

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    Working with Groupon and "Daily Deal" Sites: Is It Worth It?

    by on January 24, 2011

    Last October, Mulberrys Garment Care in Minneapolis and St. Louis Park, Minn. offered a special deal: $15 for $30 worth of dry cleaning and laundry services. Some 500 customers signed up for the promotion, which was available for just one day through Crowd Cut…

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    Five Tips for Getting Organized in the New Year

    by on January 6, 2011

    Getting organized and being productive are almost always on the top of New Year’s resolution lists, particularly for small business owners. In fact, more than 60 percent of workers pledged to keep their business email and documents more organized in the n…

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    Storing Your Data in the Cloud

    by on December 27, 2010

    It’s a common enough practice: It’s the end of the day and you’ve decided to take your work home with you. You email the document to yourself. Then you email the new version back to yourself the next day.

    Or perhaps you save it onto a flash drive that y…

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    Working Through the Holidays

    by on December 20, 2010

    Will you be working over the holidays? If so, you’re in good company.

    Eight out of 10 small business professionals say they plan to work during this year’s winter holiday period, according to a survey from Egnyte, a startup that offers online file server t…

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    Tapping the Power of Moms Online: The Lessons of Zhu Zhu Pets

    by on December 17, 2010

    Zhu Zhu Pets exploded onto the toy scene during the holidays last year and they’re still among the most demanded toys this season, according to the NPD Group.

    So how did the small Missouri-based toy company do it? They certainly didn’t have the big m…

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