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What Makes Shoppers Buy Daily Deals?

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Think daily deal sites like Groupon and LivingSocial are a passing fad? Your customers disagree. A whopping 92 percent of shoppers think daily deals are here to stay, according to new research from Constant Contact. The study, conducted by Chadwick Martin Bailey, polled more than 1,400 U.S. consumers about their daily deal attitudes and habits. It [...]

What to Do When Your Clients Go on Vacation

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Service-oriented enterprises may find business to be slower than usual during the summer, when many customers go on vacation. What should you do with the downtime? How do you cope with the unsteady cash flow? Here are a few tips for what to do while your clients are on holiday: Take a vacation, too. As [...]

How to Keep Your Seasonal Business Going after Tourists Head Home [INFOGRAPHIC]


Summer tourism can bring a big boost to revenue to your business. Get six strategies to keep your seasonal business going after tourists head home.
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College Entrepreneur Wins Small Business Grant from Intuit

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Brandon Rives is a busy young man. When he isn't studying computer science and business at Tuskegee University or running his upstart entertainment and management company, Rives is actively involved in his community and helping other youngsters find their passion and live their dreams. It's a good thing Brandon still had time to answer his [...]

Clockworks Gets a Big Hand from Intuit Small-Business Grant

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Ask anyone in the Downtown Creative District of Salem, Ore., where you can find the hottest, most laid-back coffee shop in town, and they’re bound to send you to Clockworks Cafe & Cultural Center. Clockworks Cafe is owned and operated by the Culture Shock Community Project, a nonprofit organization that hosts arts and entertainment events. [...]

Michigan Ebook Mogul Wins Grant from Intuit

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For more than 15 years, Vern Firestone of Redford, Michigan has followed his professional passion. As a freelance marketer, Firestone developed such an impressive body of work that he and his equally marketing-savvy wife, Joni, finally went into business for themselves just last year. Offering customized websites, graphic design, writing services, and book design, Blue [...]

Are You Ready to Open a Second Location?

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Business is booming at your restaurant or retail store, and you’re considering opening another location. But doing so will require a significant investment. Are you biting off more than you can chew? To help determine whether or not you’re ready to expand, ask yourself the following questions. Do I Have Access to Enough Capital to [...]

Midwestern Momprenuer Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

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Kelly LeFevre loves to make her clients feel happy, pampered, and confident through jewelry. These days, however, LeFevre is feeling the same way. But it has nothing to do with jewelry and other fashion accessories. LeFevre's Aurora, Illinois-based Kele & Co. is the latest Love a Local Business winner and the recipient of a $25,000 [...]