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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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    What's in Your Small-Business 'Toolbox'?

    by on August 24, 2012

    From social networks to mobile apps, the digital tools at your disposal are numerous and varied. But with so many resources at the ready, how can you be sure that your small-business toolbox contains what you really need to establish an online presence and pro…

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    College Entrepreneur Wins Small Business Grant from Intuit

    by on July 5, 2012

    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 in his community and helping other youngsters find their pass…

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    Clockworks Gets a Big Hand from Intuit Small-Business Grant

    by on June 14, 2012

    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 Cafe & Cultural Center.

    Clockworks Cafe is owned and operated by the Culture Sho…

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    Michigan Ebook Mogul Wins Grant from Intuit

    by on June 12, 2012

    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 his equally marketing-savvy wife, Joni, finally went into business for t…

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    Digital Media Visionary Says 'Blindness' Is Key to Success

    by on May 4, 2012

    Anthony Soohoo has the type of resume most entrepreneurs dream of possessing. The UC Davis grad and Harvard MBA rose to prominence in the digital media industry by first cutting his teeth in brand-management positions at Inktomi and Apple.

    A standout from the…

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    Midwestern Momprenuer Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

    by on April 16, 2012

    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 jewelry and other fashion accessories. LeFevre’s Aurora, Illinois-based Kele & …

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    Will the JOBS Act Boost Your Small Business?

    by on March 14, 2012

    The U.S. House of Representatives on March 8 passed the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act in an overwhelming majority and uncharacteristically bipartisan vote. Support from the U.S. Senate and White House is widely anticipated, and the bill is expecte…

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    Todali Tackle Reels in Success After Winning Intuit Grant

    by on March 6, 2012

    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 baits that “fishermen like and the fish love.” As it turned out, Haynes …

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