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    With a Little Help Pulling Strings, Puppeteer Profits

    by on August 30, 2011

    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, an…

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    Mark Duff on How to Succeed in the DJ Business

    by on August 30, 2011

    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…

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    Stroke of Brilliance: Live Event Artist Taps Into Wedding Market

    by on August 29, 2011

    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 …

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    Ice Cream Shop Adds Flavor to Detroit Neighborhood

    by on August 23, 2011

    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 real…

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    Central Point, Oregon and Anthony, NM Are the July City Winners!

    by on August 12, 2011

    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 Love…

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    Stockton: A Far from "Miserable" Place to Do Business

    by on August 9, 2011

    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 …

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    Marie's Bed and Biscuits of Charlotte, Michigan Wins $25,000

    by on August 5, 2011

    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 …

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    8 Cities that Support their Small Businesses

    by on July 29, 2011

    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 mo…

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