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Cleveland Laundry Coop Offers Workers Job Training and Equity

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Midwestern cities like Cleveland, Ohio have been particularly hard hit by the recession. Since opening for business in 2009, Cleveland’s Evergreen Cooperative Laundry has offered much-needed jobs, as well as job training. On top of higher-than-average wages and free healthcare, worker/owners also earn equity in the company. The Intuit Small Business Blog talked to Jim [...]
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Mark Duff on How to Succeed in the DJ Business

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DJ Mark Duff has provided music at nightclubs and private events in Southern California for the past 25 years. Although he makes it look easy, the job requires far more than spinning discs and keeping the crowd happy. Duff attributes much of his success to his entrepreneurial savvy, such as understanding the customer’s needs and [...]
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Stroke of Brilliance: Live Event Artist Taps Into Wedding Market

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Painter Ken Lund discovered his unusual market niche in 2005, after a chance meeting with a “live event artist.” These creative types are commissioned to attend parties and other functions and paint the festivities as they transpire; the client then takes home the personalized artwork as a memento. Lund shadowed the artist for a few [...]
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Laura Fitton on Curating Content and Building Community

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Laura Fitton (@pistachio on Twitter) co-authored Twitter for Dummies and founded oneforty, a social business marketplace that helps users discover tools to help streamline their social media presence. Here, she shares her tips on sharing useful content and creating an effective online presence. ISBB: What Twitter apps would you recommend for small business owners? Fitton: [...]
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Lewis Howes on Social Media and Business Success

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A former pro athlete turned author, speaker, and angel investor, Lewis Howes (@LewisHowes on Twitter) sustained a career-ending injury and wound up sleeping on his sister’s couch before starting a seven-figure business. He’s hosted hundreds of webinars and authored two books on the power of LinkedIn. Howes also founded The Sports Executives Association and co-founded [...]
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John Jantsch on Being "Referable" and Building a Following

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John Jantsch (@ducttape on Twitter) is a marketing consultant, creator of The Duct Tape Marketing Complete Small Business Marketing System, and the author of Duct Tape Marketing and The Referral Engine. He also blogs, leads a marketing podcast, and presents workshops at organizations like Intuit (hey, that’s us!), Verizon, and HP, sharing practical tips that get [...]
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Liz Strauss on Successful Blogging and Social Media Strategy

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Liz Strauss (@lizstrauss on Twitter) is a leadership trainer and branding strategist who founded SOBCon (hashtag #SOBCon on Twitter), a social media think tank where business owners, marketing execs, and internet luminaries gather to share best practices. Since the very first SOBCon in 2007, the event has attracted a loyal following of “SOBconverts” with a [...]
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Street Smart Sales: 5 Tips on Hand-Selling from Ex-Con Randy Kearse

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With the rise of social media and e-commerce, selling your wares by hand, person to person, may seem like an outdated approach. But it’s worked for Randy Kearse (pictured), a former drug dealer turned author and motivational speaker who’s sold over 20,000 copies of his self-published book, Changin' Your Game Plan: How to Use Incarceration as [...]
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