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Designing a Pop-Up Model for Small-Business Success

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Creative entrepreneurs Sarah Filley and Alfonso Dominguez (pictured) had known each other for many years before the day in 2011 when they hatched the idea that would transform a California neighborhood and spark national interest. “We literally ran into each other one day,” says Filley, a sculptor who had done metal fabrication and design for film [...]
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BloomNation Aims to Change the Floral Industry by Empowering Small Businesses

Cut flowers account for an estimated $7 billion to $8 billion in annual sales by florists nationwide. Despite the wealth of opportunity that figure seemingly represents for budding businesses, entrepreneurs have to compete with behemoth online retailers like FTD, Teleflora, and 1-800-Flowers. Although these big companies often rely on small florists to fulfill customer orders, [...]
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The Essential Ingredient of Small-Business Exporting

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Somewhere in Fiji, someone is devouring a meal made with Bone Suckin’ Sauce, a lip-smacking and award-winning product exported by Ford’s Gourmet Foods of Raleigh, N.C. When former real estate appraiser Phil Ford re-created his mother’s recipe for barbeque sauce nearly 30 years ago, he never dreamed that today it would be sold in the South [...]
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Futon Store Owner Buys Her Own Cotton Factory and Improves Bottom Line

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“You have to absolutely love what you’re doing,” says entrepreneur Terri Treat. The owner of Cotton Cloud Futons in Portland, Ore., is so passionate about her business, she bought the Seattle factory that made the batting for its mattresses, futons, and other goods. Now Treat is a manufacturer as well as a retailer. “I’ve always [...]
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How Your Business Can Cash In on On-Time Delivery Guarantees

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Although shipping giants do a fine job, they don't deliver on time as often as you may think. Learn how to cash in on on-time delivery guarantees.
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Meet the Big Winner of Intuit’s Small Business Big Game Program

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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-prize winner of the Intuit Small Business Big Game competition, the Bay Area-based toymaker GoldieBlox was featured in an all-expenses-paid, 30-second [...]
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What You Can Learn From 4 Big Brands Using Vine

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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 clips, which are limited to six seconds, really feel like video versions of the [...]
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How Two Brothers Revived a Long-Defunct Family Business

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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 grandfather, Charles Nelson, ran one of the nation’s first major distilleries from the 1860s until his [...]