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    Does a Hot Local Sports Team Lead to Small-Business Success?

    by on August 23, 2012

    The world of professional sports is big business. U.S. consumers spent more than $22 billion last year on spectator sports alone, according to the finance group WR Hambrecht + Co [PDF]. We know that winning a championship greatly benefits a team franchise’s …

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    Meat and Greet: Specialty Butchers Take to the Streets

    by on August 16, 2012

    Carnivores, rejoice! Local meat purveyors want your business, and they’re willing to come to your neighborhood to get it. An increasing number of artisans and entrepreneurs are mobilizing the traditional butcher shop — and hosting social gatherings called…

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    How a Dog Groomer Found Her Small-Business Niche

    by on August 14, 2012

    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 pr…

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    How Musicians Are Using Crowdfunding to Ditch Record Labels

    by on June 7, 2012

    Until recently, working with a record label was a necessary evil for most musicians. Few artists had the financial resources to record an album in a studio, market and distribute their product, and finance a tour on their own. However, with the rise of cheap, …

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    How Juice It Up Survived 79 Store Closings

    by on May 31, 2012

    Many people must cope with financial hardships, health problems, personal tragedies, and so on. Small-business owners are no exception.

    In fact, when these types of challenges occur, entrepreneurs often bear an even bigger burden than others do at work, becau…

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    Expanding Your Social Media Mix: How to Squeeze In Pinterest

    by on April 19, 2012

    On Squeeze In’s Pinterest page, the family-owned restaurant business already has 12 boards and 263 pins — from photographs of sumptuous breakfasts to scenic shots of the Lake Tahoe area, where it operates three restaurants in Reno, Nev., and Truckee, Calif…

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    5 Ways Bacon Is Sizzling for Creative Entrepreneurs

    by on April 9, 2012

    Reading the nutrition facts for bacon should be enough to make health-conscious Americans avoid it forever. Yet people can’t seem to keep their mouths off the fatty and salty pork product.

    Enthusiasts’ mania has led to sizzling sales growth for small compa…

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    Eco-Business Owner Jeremy Litchfield Turns Trash into Treasure

    by on April 6, 2012

    Five years ago, a personal experience inspired Jeremy Litchfield to launch his own line of high-performance athletic gear. The avid runner had worn a new running shirt for the first time and, after his workout, noticed that its color had leached into his skin….

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