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Family Business Bowie Home Improvement Wins $25,000 Grant

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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 is a full-service home improvement contractor, specializing in bathroom and kitchen remodels. Owners Bill and Beth Schmitt are proud [...]

Goorin Brothers' Brimming Hat Business


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. Yet, four generations later, Goorin Bros. is thriving. Cassel’s great-grandson, Ben Goorin, 42, [...]

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

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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 in September. It could be you! As a licensed massage therapist, Moore [...]
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What to Do If There's Limited Parking Near Your Store

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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. Offer to validate parking. Potential customers might hesitate to pay by [...]

Preparing Your Business for the Next Big Hurricane

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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 repercussions now. Here are a few ways to prevent problems the [...]

Where to Work When You've Lost Power at Home

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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 of Hell’s Kitchen. With no electricity or internet [...]

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


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 broadsheet, which sells for $1 a copy, follows what Stoll calls a “new model for local news.” The [...]

With a Little Help Pulling Strings, Puppeteer Profits

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Like many other successful entrepreneurs, Dusty Dutton has turned her passion into a profession. For the past six years, the popular puppeteer in Marin County, Calif., has made a profitable business out of entertaining children at schools, birthday parties, and public events. But what makes Dutton particularly noteworthy is that she’s among the 13 percent [...]