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    Meet the Big Winner of Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Program

    by on February 3, 2014

    While Monday-morning quarterbacks recap and analyze yesterday’s big game, one thing is certain: A California small business scored in the third quarter when its first major-league TV commercial aired, thanks to Intuit and millions of voters.

    As the grand-pr…

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    What You Can Learn From 4 Big Brands Using Vine

    by on January 28, 2014

    The debate lingers over whether Instagram Video or Vine is a better platform for brand marketing. But one thing is certain: Vine offers a unique and effective means to deliver quick presentations. Perhaps that’s because Vine is owned by Twitter, and its cli…

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    How Two Brothers Revived a Long-Defunct Family Business

    by on January 23, 2014

    When Andy and Charlie Nelson opened a business together in Tennessee, they decided not to start from scratch. Instead, the brothers resurrected a family distillery that had been closed since the state enacted prohibition laws in 1909.

    Their great-great-great …

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    Food Trucks Help Mortgage Banker Reinvent Himself as Restaurateur

    by on January 21, 2014

    “I love the food truck, the concept of street food,” says Akash Kapoor, CEO and co-founder, with his wife, Rana, of Curry Up Now food trucks and restaurants in the San Francisco Bay Area. “I grew up in India, and I grew up eating street food.”

    The fo…

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    How Financial Crisis Led a Winery to Success

    by on January 20, 2014

    Running a winery isn’t easy. There are grapes to cultivate or buy, fermentation processes to oversee, product to bottle and sell, customers to please, and bills to pay. And when the great recession hit a few years ago, winery owners had one more task to co…

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    How a Ballet School Thrives in Unusual Digs

    by on December 24, 2013

    When Galmont Ballet outgrew its commercial space in a Florida strip mall, owners Frank Galvez and Lucia Montero chose an unorthodox new space for their Centre for Dance Education: an industrial warehouse unit.

    The married couple — originally from Cuba and V…

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    Professionalism Pays Off for a Violin Instructor

    by on December 23, 2013

    After years of running her Suzuki violin studio in a forgiving manner, such as not insisting on payment for missed lessons, Emily Greene (pictured) decided to get tough.

    Greene drafted a contract for students and their parents to sign at the beginning of the …

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    Footwear Company Founder Runs With a Good Idea

    by on December 20, 2013

    It turns out good business ideas can grow on trees — or at least stem from them.

    Feelgoodz founder Kyle Berner says he got his idea for a successful small business from a pair of flip-flops he picked off a tree-shaped display in a Bangkok market. The all-na…

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