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    CoachUp Scores With a Small-Business Slam Dunk

    by on August 7, 2013

    Entrepreneur Jordan Fliegel says coaching makes all the difference to many aspiring athletes.

    “I wasn’t very good at basketball, but I loved it,” Fliegel says. “I found a private coach working at a summer camp I went to, and through his coaching I got…

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    Holly Green on Her Unique Business Niche

    by on July 30, 2013

    Seasoned esthetician Holly Green, owner of Norabloom Botanicals & Beauty Lounge in Ithaca, N.Y., wanted people to see facials as more than merely cosmetic. So she pursued a certification in oncology esthetics and expanded her services to include specialty…

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    How to Make Your E-Commerce Website Social

    by on July 17, 2013

    Back in 2005, former caterers Ron Berrett and his wife, Maggie, started Royal Palm Event Supply to sell hard-to-find event supplies and table linens. Their profits turned out to be in tablecloths, so in 2007 the couple renamed the company LinenTablecloth, star…

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    How O2 Fitness Started Its Customer Loyalty Program

    by on June 20, 2013

    Can exercise be fun and games? O2 Fitness thinks so. The North Carolina-based health club chain in January introduced a loyalty program that encourages members to visit the gym regularly to score points for rewards.

    Since then, more than 16,000 of the chai…

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    Juice Truck Presses Forward by Opening a Storefront

    by on June 3, 2013

    After tooling around the Milwaukee area for a year in a trailer known as the Juiced! Mobile Juice Bar, pressing juices-to-order at events, Jason Lannoch is expanding his operation with a retail storefront. The fixed location of Juiced! opened on April 2.

    Juic…

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    A Brooklyn Homebrew Shop's Innovative Recipe for Business

    by on May 7, 2013

    When Douglas Amport and John La Polla conceived the business now known as Bitter & Esters, they simply wanted to provide space where enthusiastic homebrewers like themselves could produce larger batches of beer than the average apartment in New York City (…

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    A Retiree's Second Act as a Small-Business Owner

    by on May 7, 2013

    The word “entrepreneur” typically conjures images of professionals in their 20s and 30s. But that stereotype often misses the mark, because baby boomers engage in more entrepreneurial activity than Millennials do.

    Many older adults are starting businesses…

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    Pricing Lessons Learned From J.C. Penney's

    by on April 23, 2013

    The Ron Johnson era at J.C. Penney’s has ended, leaving behind an important lesson for retailers of all sizes: Customers love a sale.

    Johnson took over as CEO of Penney’s in 2011 with a resume that included a stint as senior vice president of retail for A…

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