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Edible Insect Chef Garners Attention


When Monica Martinez debuted her “pre-Hispanic snackeria” at the San Francisco Street Food Festival in August, customers lined up to try her tacos stuffed with insects and larvae. "Don Bugito is a street-food project born as a continuation of my interest in edible insects," Martinez says. The artist and food entrepreneur, who hails from Mexico [...]

How to Relocate Your Business to Another State

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So you’re thinking about moving to another state. Perhaps you want to be closer to your family. Or you want to lower your cost of living. Or you’ve fallen in love with another city — or someone who lives in one. Or maybe you can save lots of money on shipping by moving closer to [...]

Aqua Salon Proves a Cut Above The Rest

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Pictured: Aqua Salon.  Photo courtesy of Noel Buican. Noel Buican of Aqua Salon has even more reason to give thanks this holiday weekend. Her trendy hair and beauty salon in the Edgebrook community of Chicago, Illinois is the latest Love A Local Business winner. That means Intuit will award Aqua a $25,000 hiring grant. Buican's [...]
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5 of America's Coolest Co-Working Spaces

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It can get lonely working from home every day. Coffeehouses aren’t the refuges they used to be: Baristas these days start giving the evil eye to anyone using a laptop for more than a half hour, suggesting you’d better buy a refill or scram. If you're looking for a place to hang your hat and [...]

Bath & Body Bistro Wins $25,000 Hiring Grant

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Bath & Body Bistro in Albuquerque, NM is our first November Love A Local Business winner! Intuit is awarding the business with a $25,000 hiring grant. Congratulations! The winning vote comes from Terri, who praises the company for its innovation: “The inventive ideas for everyday products & they work!  Awesome lotions & soap!”  Bath & [...]

How to Make the Most of Small Business Saturday

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Independent businesses often don't have the big marketing budget that bigger companies have, and they miss out on the Black Friday shopping stampedes that are common at big-box stores. Last season, American Express set out to help smaller enterprises earn more of holiday dollars by creating a “buy local” event called Small Business Saturday. It [...]

R.U.B. BBQ Pub's Randy Yono on Starting Up During a Downturn


Randy Yono had a hunch that, despite the recession, his family’s concept for a new barbecue restaurant and sports bar in downtown Detroit would work. He and his brothers set up shop just one block from Tiger Stadium and two blocks from Ford Field — and, within 18 months of opening, his instincts proved right. [...]

New York's Heart and Soul Events Wins $25,000 Grant

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Heart and Soul Events in Frankfort, New York is our final October Love A Local Business grant winner! As a recipient of one of our nine $25,000 hiring grants, it joins WEBIT Services and Ferrin Accounting as finalists for the Grand Prize to be handed out in early January. Special events planning company Heart and [...]