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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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    Intuit Grant Gives Lucky Birds a New Lease on Life

    by on May 17, 2013

    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 are known for their colorful plumage, hooked bills, and blunt tongu…

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    The Most Common Questions About Hiring Answered

    by on May 16, 2013

    Few business-related responsibilities are as daunting or stressful as hiring employees.

    Perhaps you’ve conducted interviews before, but the stakes are higher when you’re hiring for your own company, says Alison Salisbury, founder of Fiscally Fit, which pr…

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

    by on May 16, 2013

    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 the oldest dairy farms in the region, Cricket Creek Farm.

    In 2002, Dick and J…

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    Intuit Helps Bread SRSLY Make Some Serious Dough

    by on May 15, 2013

    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,” says Scheffer, who relocated from the East Coast in the summer of 2009. “I started baking just…

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    Intuit Helps Renew Kitchen at Old-Fashioned Grocery

    by on May 14, 2013

    At first, Alexe van Beuren and Kagan Coughlin weren’t sure what to do with the derelict building — a historic home — that they’d rescued in their community of Water Valley, Miss.

    “We had this building that my husband [Kagan] had been renovating on n…

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    Port City Moped Revs Up for Summer With Intuit Grant

    by on May 13, 2013

    A hundred years after his great-grandfather opened the first Schwinn bicycle dealership in the city of Charleston, S.C., Jordan Chaplin decided to enter the family business.

    He’d met his future business partner, Dave Jarman, in 2010, while both were employe…

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    Intuit Grant 'Floors' Dance Teacher in Virginia

    by on May 10, 2013

    Melissa Floyd never envisioned owning and operating her own dance studio. But when the opportunity to help others presented itself, she couldn’t turn away the talented young performers who needed her.

    “I was teaching for another studio locally and, unfort…

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    Intuit Helps Fresh Food Market See the Light

    by on May 9, 2013

    Every day in Birmingham, Ala., residents in search of fresh fruits and vegetables unwittingly drive by Freshfully, an independent market that sells exactly what they’re searching for — high-quality, locally grown produce.

    But from the street, Freshfully…

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