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San Francisco Skateboarding Business Is on a Roll

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Thuy Nguyen and her husband, Shawn Connolly (both pictured), started San Francisco Skate Club in 2007 to nurture children’s creativity and confidence through skateboarding. The company’s summer and after-school programs encourage kids ages 8 to 13 to forge friendships with other young people and learn the sport from adult skateboarders, who serve as positive role [...]
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Drive Holiday Sales With a Men's Panic Party

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Male shoppers are notorious for waiting until the last minute to buy holiday gifts. Savvy jewelers and other retailers can turn this habit into sales — and help men choose the perfect gift for their spouses or partners — by hosting a men’s panic party. For example, Elyse Fine Jewelers in Reading, Mass., is preparing [...]
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Mitchell Weiss on Avoiding Money Mistakes

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Many professionals become small-business owners because they’re passionate about a particular idea or want to escape the corporate grind, not because they understand the financial aspects of running a company. Mitchell Weiss, an adjunct professor of finance at the University of Hartford, teaches the basics of running a business in a class titled “Entrepreneurial and [...]

Tips for Integrating Social Media and E-Commerce

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When Jessica Klein, director of e-commerce at Carol’s Daughter, sought to grow the company’s social media presence, she didn’t have many internal resources to devote to the job. So Carol’s Daughter, a seller of beauty products, partnered with ShopSocially, a cloud-based service that helps retailers add “social commerce” features to their own websites. In October [...]
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5 Ways Retailers Can Prepare for Sales-Tax Holidays

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Unless your store caters to warm-weather activities, you may notice a drop-off in business in the summertime when people go away for vacation, spending less time shopping and more time relaxing. "Part of the challenge of the summertime in particular is it's really hard to drive traffic into the stores," says Paula Rosenblum, managing partner [...]
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5 Things Small Businesses Should Know About Service Dogs

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Under the Americans with Disabilities Act, U.S. businesses that serve the public are generally required to let service dogs go anywhere on the premises that customers are typically allowed, with few exceptions. Failure to comply could cost your company serious cash: The Justice Department fines businesses up to $55,000 for a first offense. Here’s what [...]
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Bill McBean on the Facts of Business Life

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Bill McBean built one of the most profitable General Motors dealerships in Saskatchewan, Canada. He later helped turn around an underperforming auto dealership in Corpus Christi, Texas. Now he runs McBean Partners, a family-owned investment company, and frequently mentors other entrepreneurs, offering his hard-won wisdom from the trenches. McBean’s four decades of business experience led [...]
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Kathy Sidell on Living the American Restaurant Dream

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Kathy Sidell grew up in a family of foodies. In 2005, the producer-turned-restaurateur opened the Metropolitan Club in Chestnut Hill, Mass. Since then, she’s expanded the upscale burger bar to four more locations. Sidell (pictured) also published a book in which she offers insights into the notoriously tough restaurant industry. When I Met Food: Living the [...]
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