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Sustainable Practices Earn Dry Cleaner Local Acclaim


The Cleanery is New Mexico’s only Green Business Bureau-certified dry cleaner. Its green practices not only have helped the company to avoid many of the environmental and health concerns associated with using traditional dry-cleaning methods, but also have earned it widespread recognition as an industry leader and strengthened its ties with the community in and around [...]

How One Independent Bookstore Survives and Thrives in Tough Times


Digital publishing, intense competition from Amazon.com, and other factors have made it more difficult than ever for small bookstores to turn a profit. Even large national chains have struggled, sometimes mightily, as demonstrated by Borders recently closing all of its stores. But the news isn’t all bad. Some independent booksellers, such as Quail Ridge Books [...]

Nick’s Pizza & Pub Wins a $25,000 Slice of Intuit Grant Money

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Many small businesses claim to care about their communities. But not all consistently prove it. Nick’s Pizza & Pub of Elgin and Crystal Lake, Illinois has a distinguished track record of community involvement. As a result, long-time patrons of the generous small business have begun singing the praises of owner Nick Sarillo’s popular establishment. And [...]
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End of Holidays Doesn’t Halt Small-Business Beef with Amazon App

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The small-business community has enjoyed an anything-but-cordial relationship with Amazon.com since the e-commerce pioneer launched in 1995. Beyond the challenge Amazon poses to traditional bricks-and-mortar stores simply by virtue of its size and presence, many small-business owners assert that Amazon has an unfair advantage in the marketplace because the online retailer presently isn't required in [...]

Form-A-Corp Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant from Intuit

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Helping new small businesses get off the ground is what inspires Adrian Brion (pictured) to get out of bed each morning. And fortunately for Brion and his three employees at Form-A-Corp, the office may soon be filled with the friendly voices of new colleagues to help grow the business and expand its array of quality [...]

How to Start a Hyperlocal News Website

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Print newspapers may be in a downward spiral, but hyperlocal websites seem to be heating up. Get tips on how to start your own hyperlocal news site.

Cupcake Queen Wins a Sweet Treat from Intuit with $25,000 Grant

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It’s one of the oldest truths of the culinary art -- food prepared with love always tastes better. For more than a decade, Billie Baird has lovingly baked her signature decadent desserts for customers who are always treated like family. Now it’s finally Billie’s turn to feel the love in return. This week, the cupcake [...]

Bantom Brings Home $25,000 Hiring Grant to Help Grow Green Business


In return for helping others go green in their businesses, Rhonda Bantom is being rewarded with some green of her own. Bantom's Detroit, Michigan-based Bantom Global Industries -- a contract manufacturer and supplier of alternative and renewable energy products -- is the latest Love A Local Business winner. Intuit will award Bantom a $25,000 hiring [...]