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Michael Essany

Michael Essany is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.

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    Twitter Gets a Touch-up to Improve Marketing and User Engagement

    by on December 12, 2011

    Twitter is undergoing a high-profile tweak aimed at making everything from user interaction to brand marketing simpler and more effective. The changes began surfacing Dec. 8 in updates to Twitter’s smartphone and tablet applications and subsequently rolled o…

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    Bantom Brings Home $25,000 Hiring Grant to Help Grow Green Business

    by on December 9, 2011

    In return for helping others go green in their businesses, Rhonda Bantom is being rewarded with some green of her own.

    Bantom’s Detroit, Michigan-based Bantom Global Industries — a contract manufacturer and supplier of alternative and renewable energy produc…

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    Aqua Salon Proves a Cut Above The Rest

    by on November 23, 2011

    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 the Edgebrook community of Chicago, Illinois is the latest Love A Local Business wi…

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    Apple's iPhone 4S Takes Small Business 'Siri'ously

    by on October 4, 2011

    Today, Apple raised the curtain on its long-awaited fifth generation iPhone — the iPhone 4S.

    In the wake of its new product launch, Apple finds itself in a unique but not necessarily unfavorable situation. As industry analysts largely concur, this may be the…

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    What Small Businesses Can Learn from BlackBerry's Mistakes

    by on September 22, 2011

    Just a few short years ago, if you were a small-business owner, you simply had to own a BlackBerry. Now it seems that the device’s maker, Research in Motion (RIM), needs small-business owners more than small-business owners need the device.

    It’s been a painfu…

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    Small Businesses Struggle Over How to Honor 9/11

    by on September 9, 2011

    Ten years after the deadly terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the images from Ground Zero remain every bit as vivid and painful as they did a decade ago.

    As the United States and the world abroad now prepare to mark the milestone tenth anniversary of 9/…

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    Is Mac OS X Lion a Good Fit for Your Small Business?

    by on August 9, 2011

    Following months of eager anticipation from rabidly fanatic Mac users, the venerable tech giant Apple has finally raised the curtain on Mac OS X Lion ($30) — the next major release of OS X, which Apple hails as “the world’s most advanced desktop operating s…

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    How To Win Big by Giving Stuff Away

    by on August 8, 2011

    In October 2009, a fledgling newbie in the world of social media decided to invest $4,000 into starting a new website called Social Media Examiner. Offering rich, pertinent, and always free-of-charge content related to social media and online marketing, the si…

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