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    Houston Suburb Kingwood, TX Wins September City Challenge

    by on October 12, 2011

    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…

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    Family Business Bowie Home Improvement Wins $25,000 Grant

    by on October 10, 2011

    Pictured: Bowie Home Improvement family-team.  Photo courtesy of Bowie Home Improvement.

    Congratulations to the winner of our Love A Local Business September Grant, Bowie Home Improvement, Inc. in Bowie, Maryland!

    Established in 1987, Bowie Home Improvement…

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    Goorin Brothers' Brimming Hat Business

    by on September 26, 2011

    When Cassel Goorin founded the family hat business, Goorin Bros., in 1895, covering one’s head was a matter of routine, a practice dictated by fashion sense and good manners. But times have changed since then, and wearing hats isn’t so commonplace anymore. Y…

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    Atrium Wellness in Aurora, IL wins $25,000 Intuit hiring grant

    by on September 12, 2011

    Our August $25,000 Love A Local Business winner is Annie Moore, owner of Atrium Wellness, Inc. in Aurora, Illinois! Along with Marie’s Bed and Biscuits, Atrium Wellness is now a Finalist for the $50,000 Grand Prize. One more $25,000 Finalist will be chosen i…

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    What to Do If There's Limited Parking Near Your Store

    by on September 8, 2011

    Your new store may be just what the neighborhood needs, but if people can’t easily find a free parking space within a few blocks, you may find it difficult to build up a customer base. Here are a few strategies for overcoming parking issues.

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    Preparing Your Business for the Next Big Hurricane

    by on September 6, 2011

    Although Hurricane Irene wasn’t as ferocious as many people anticipated, the storm still caused plenty of damage to homes and businesses all over the East Coast. If you didn’t do enough to prepare your business ahead of time, you may be dealing with the re…

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    Where to Work When You've Lost Power at Home

    by on September 2, 2011

    Hurricane Irene knocked out power in nearly 1 million homes on Sunday — and many people, myself included, are still waiting for service to be restored. For those of us who work at home, this is a bigger problem than being unable to catch the latest episode o…

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    At One Publishing Startup, the News Is Still Fit to Print in the Digital Age

    by on August 31, 2011

    Just when most people thought print journalism was going down the tubes, with newspapers consolidating and laying off reporters and readers turning to the internet, journalist Michael Stoll launched the San Francisco Public Press. The independent, nonprofit br…

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