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Google Launches Google My Business, a Central Dashboard for Small Business

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Google has launched a new portal, Google My Business, designed to simplify and demystify Google visibility for small businesses. Google My Business provides a central hub for small, local businesses to manage their presence on Google Search, Google Maps and Google+ from a single dashboard. Getting on Google is Simpler than Ever Before Google My [...]

Cancer Survivor Opens Restaurant That Gives Back

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Snug in San Antonio’s ultrahip Pearl Brewery complex, a collection of shops, restaurants, and even a culinary institute housed in the now-defunct brewery buildings -- you'll find a gastropub-style restaurant with a creative bent called Cured. “It’s the kind of food I enjoy eating,” says chef-owner Steven McHugh (pictured) of such dishes as his “tripped-out [...]
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Regional Retailer Appeals to Families by Hosting Playtime in Showrooms

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What better way to sell recreational gear to parents than to get their kids to play with it? Play N’ Learn (pictured), which offers residential and commercial playground equipment in Maryland and Virginia, in 2012 began putting that marketing strategy to the test by opening three of its expansive showrooms to children. “Ours are not just visual [...]
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QuickBooks Is Helping Addy Mac’s Creamery Scoop Up Some Local Buzz

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While entrepreneur Justin Scott was studying accounting in college, he dreamed of one day opening a small business in his hometown of Bend, Ore. “My mom, she grew up on a farm,” Scott says. “It was a small family farm. They had cows, chickens, goats, pigs — all kinds of farm animals. And so I [...]

How One Neighborhood Bookstore Takes on Amazon

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In the era of Amazon and eBay, what can a small, bricks-and-mortar retailer do to survive? In a few words, build a community, says Eric Whittington, founder of Bird & Beckett Books and Records in San Francisco’s cozy Glen Park neighborhood. Whittington (pictured) has kept his independent shop alive for 14 years, despite a tidal [...]

3 Valentine’s Day Promotions Any Small Business Can Run

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Savvy small-business owners know that tying a marketing campaign to a popular holiday can be a cost-effective strategy. Whenever you can link your efforts to a larger event that people are already talking about, such as Valentine’s Day, you’re bound to get an additional boost from the buzz. You can ride the Cupid-filled publicity wave [...]

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

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 [...]

How a Ballet School Thrives in Unusual Digs


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 Venezuela, respectively — had spent decades as dancers, teachers, and artistic directors with various [...]