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Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

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Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent example. Hirease founders Heidi and Paul Dent used to live in Atlanta, where they worked for a large data-processing company. But the Dents wanted to [...]
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How a Dog Groomer Found Her Small-Business Niche

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Small businesses are thriving in the historic town of Southern Pines, N.C., and their secret seems to be effective niche marketing. You can find innovative theater experiences, one-of-a-kind clothing, and specialty dog grooming — as well as community-wide promotions. Something about this place inspires entrepreneurs to find a unique market -- and find distinctive ways [...]
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Pay Your Nanny on the Company's Dime and Risk Jail Time

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You couldn’t run your small business without your nanny. Heck, without her looking after the kids, you wouldn’t even be able to go to work. So, it makes sense to put her on the company’s payroll, right? Wrong. Your nanny is employed by your household, not your business. U.S. law and the IRS are very [...]
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3 Tips for Hiring Temporary Employees to Avoid Permanent Problems

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It’s 5:18 a.m. and the phone rings. Your morning chef is on the line with awful news: She won’t be coming in to work today. Sick. Hungover. Won the lottery. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t matter. You have 350 guests arriving at 10 a.m. for a high-profile wedding brunch — a make-or-break moment for your [...]
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