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Congrats to Ferrin Accounting, Mid-October Hiring Grant Winner!

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The second winner of our October Love A Local Business Hiring Grants is Ferrin Accounting. Congratulations! The business has been a fixture on Main Street in Platte City, Missouri for over three decades. Longtime employee Frank Freiss bought the business in 2009 after working for the company for twenty years. Along with John Hiner, who [...]

Restaurateur Goes All Out for Halloween and More


Halloween is a howl for Barbara Beltaire. Throughout the month of October, patrons of Barbarella, her popular restaurant and bar in La Jolla, Calif., are met by a choir of mummies on the sidewalk, a rubber corpse in the window, and a mechanical werewolf at the front door -- and that’s before they venture inside. [...]

How to Choose the Right Location for Your Shop

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What you sell may not be as important as where you sell it. Choosing the right retail location is crucial to success. Get tips choosing a location.
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Small-Business Organizations You Should Get to Know

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Whether they’re cheering for the underdog or standing firmly behind the little guy, small-business organizations, associations, membership programs, and advocacy groups provide valuable support, resources, and networking opportunities for entrepreneurs. We suspect you’re already familiar with the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA), an independent federal agency that helps Americans start, build, and grow businesses. Here [...]

WEBIT Services Wins First of Three October Hiring Grants

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Pictured: WEBIT Services team.  Photo courtesy of WEBIT Services, Inc. With fall in the air and the holidays around the corner, many small business owners are preparing for the busy season and mapping out goals for the next year. To help small business owners put some extra holiday cash in their pockets, we're awarding $75,000 [...]

Marie’s Bed & Biscuit Wins Love A Local Business Grand Prize

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Pictured: Owners Brad and Jen Stanke.  Photo courtesy of Marie's Bed & Biscuit. Marie’s Bed & Biscuit in Charlotte, MI has won the $50,000 Grand Prize in Intuit’s Love A Local Business grant competition. The company became a finalist to win the Grand Prize after it won our grant in July. Our judges, Kelly Doak [...]

San Francisco Loves Local Businesses

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San Francisco is one of the best-known cities in the world, famous for its unique architecture, cable cars, and the Golden Gate Bridge. The 94103 zip code, which includes the SOMA (South of Market) neighborhood, had the second-highest number of unique businesses nominated in September and is the second winner of our final City-By-City competition! [...]

Houston Suburb Kingwood, TX Wins September City Challenge

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Kingwood, the "Livable Forest," is a residential community located just north of Houston. With 165 unique businesses nominated, Kingwood is also our final Love A Local Business City Challenge winner! The following five businesses were randomly selected to win a $5,000 City Challenge Grant, and Intuit will also be donating $1,000 to the Kingwood Chamber [...]