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Mark Duff on How to Succeed in the DJ Business

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DJ Mark Duff has provided music at nightclubs and private events in Southern California for the past 25 years. Although he makes it look easy, the job requires far more than spinning discs and keeping the crowd happy. Duff attributes much of his success to his entrepreneurial savvy, such as understanding the customer’s needs and [...]
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Stroke of Brilliance: Live Event Artist Taps Into Wedding Market

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Painter Ken Lund discovered his unusual market niche in 2005, after a chance meeting with a “live event artist.” These creative types are commissioned to attend parties and other functions and paint the festivities as they transpire; the client then takes home the personalized artwork as a memento. Lund shadowed the artist for a few [...]
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Ice Cream Shop Adds Flavor to Detroit Neighborhood

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Detroit’s Eastern Market bustles with funky retail stores, a farmer’s market, and live music on Saturdays. But as Brittney Mabry and her family strolled through the popular outdoor shopping district in 90-degree weather one afternoon last summer, they realized that it didn’t have an ice cream shop.  Mabry’s mother, Chris Kelley, and sister Leslie Hayden [...]
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Central Point, Oregon and Anthony, NM Are the July City Winners!

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Fans love businesses in Central Point, Oregon and Anthony, New Mexico! Central Point and Anthony are our two July city winners for Intuit’s Love A Local Business City Challenge, after fans voted for a total of 800 businesses in these two communities on LoveALocalBusiness.com. Located near the center of the Rogue River Valley, Central Point [...]
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Stockton: A Far from "Miserable" Place to Do Business

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Stockton is located in the heart of fertile California's Central Valley, but based on recent press, you would think the city was a wasteland where dreams go to die. In Forbes' list of "America's Most Miserable Cities" this year, Stockton was ranked dead last among U.S. places to do business, based on rising rates of [...]
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Marie's Bed and Biscuits of Charlotte, Michigan Wins $25,000

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Love A Local Business has gone to the dogs -- the dog kennel, that is!  July's winner of our LoveALocalBusiness.com Hiring Grant is Marie's Bed and Biscuits of Charlotte, Michigan.  Marie's is a full-service dog kennel that cares for dogs while their owners are on vacation. Founded in the 1990s, Brad and Jen Stanke purchased [...]
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8 Cities that Support their Small Businesses

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Whether you're looking to relocate or expand your company, you should consider taking a closer look at municipalities that are doing a good job supporting their local small businesses. Here are eight entrepreneurial hot spots worth considering for your next move (especially if you like the South). Besides having lower costs of living, high numbers [...]

How Small Businesses Cash in on County Fairs [INFOGRAPHIC]

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The summer months are designed for community activities. Families escape the heat at the local pool, cheer on their local baseball team at the ballpark, and seek out entertainment and amusement at the county fair. The age-old tradition of the county fair encourages a "buy local" mentality with local businesses occupying many of the vendor [...]
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