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

    by on October 31, 2011

    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 20…

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    Monster Mini Golf’s Rich and Alice Rathjen on Becoming Mini Franchise Moguls

    by on October 28, 2011

    Rich and Alice Rathjen wanted to be franchise owners of Monster Mini Golf so much that they packed up their belongings and relocated from New York to Pennsylvania. Their dream came true in 2009, when they opened a putt-putt course near Pittsburgh.

    The Rathj…

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    Restaurateur Goes All Out for Halloween and More

    by on October 26, 2011

    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…

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    How to Choose the Right Location for Your Shop

    by on October 20, 2011

    Aspiring retailers, take note: What you sell may not be as important as where you sell it. Choosing the right location is often crucial to creating a successful store, because customers won’t stop or come inside unless they feel comfortable in the neighborho…

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    Small-Business Organizations You Should Get to Know

    by on October 20, 2011

    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. …

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    WEBIT Services Wins First of Three October Hiring Grants

    by on October 19, 2011

    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 owner…

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

    by on October 14, 2011

    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 G…

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    San Francisco Loves Local Businesses

    by on October 13, 2011

    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 business…

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