Neil Cotiaux is a business writer for Intuit and is passionate about solving small business problems.
on November 10, 2014
Sometimes, the quirkiest things can spark a novel business idea. Like a lamp shaped like a woman’s leg in a now-classic holiday film.
That lamp, along with an ill-fated turkey and other rib-tickling reminders of A Christmas Story, beckons tens of thousands…Read » Views: 1,124
on September 17, 2014
Drive around any large shopping district and you’re likely to see competing businesses within a stone’s throw of each other — sports bars, jewelry stores, coffee shops, and more.
So, why would any small-business owner want to pay higher rent at a mall?…Read » Views: 902
on August 19, 2014
Read all about it: America’s newsstands may be down for the count, but don’t count out Jim and Carol Sturges, owners of The City News in Wooster, Ohio.
According to the Alliance for Audited Media, single-copy sales of 386 U.S. magazine titles fell 11 pe…Read » Views: 1,077
on August 6, 2014
It may be the biggest American on-road phenomenon since the creation of the interstate highway system. Spreading as fast as kudzu along U.S. roadways, stick figure decals depicting family members stuck to the rear windows of SUVs and minivans have become eve…Read » Views: 886
on March 31, 2014
President Obama recently directed the U.S. Labor Department to modify its regulations affecting overtime, opening the door to extra pay for millions of American workers.
Among the regulations up for review is the cut-off salary for the so-called “white-coll…Read » Views: 1,092
on March 14, 2014
Shortly after New Year’s, as customers craving warmth and comfort descended on a Starbucks in frigid North Canton, Ohio, store manager Beth Shelton was nowhere in sight. She was flying south on company business to the sunny hills of Costa Rica.
Her trip was…Read » Views: 780
on February 27, 2014
Kevin Costa’s cured-meats kitchen and restaurant in the Beechview neighborhood of Pittsburgh is taking off.
Patrons who feast on duck confit and other locally sourced fare at Crested Duck Charcuterie praise his chops as a chef. The shop will soon be supply…Read » Views: 536
on February 19, 2014
Somewhere in Fiji, someone is devouring a meal made with Bone Suckin’ Sauce, a lip-smacking and award-winning product exported by Ford’s Gourmet Foods of Raleigh, N.C.
When former real estate appraiser Phil Ford re-created his mother’s recipe for bar…Read » Views: 1,171