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  • Small Businesses Wish Big for the Holidays [INFOGRAPHIC]

    by on December 3, 2012

    For small businesses, this holiday season isn’t looking cheerful. A recent Intuit Small Business Survey found that small businesses are surviving but not thriving, and that winter is the toughest single season of the year for them. The good news is that they’r…

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    How Hurricane Sandy Brought Big Business to New York Bars

    by on November 30, 2012

    During a hurricane — particularly one as dangerous as Sandy — most people have the no interest in venturing out. To encourage more of them to weather the storm inside their establishments, at least two intrepid New York City bar owners extended their hours…

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    Real-Life Shark Tank: How to Find Angel Investors in Your Own Backyard

    by on November 20, 2012

    The popular TV show Shark Tank is drawing mainstream attention to a funding strategy that innovators and entrepreneurs have used for years: angel investing.

    The competition for large-scale funding on a national level, of course, is fierce. Looking for an ange…

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    "Local Bucks" Systems Circumvent the Dollar

    by on November 19, 2012

    It takes only one or two economic crashes like the Great Depression or the Great Recession for some people to start crying for an alternative monetary system. Over the years, these cries have been heard. Today, many alternative currencies exist around the worl…

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    Local Merchants Alliances Gain Traction

    by on November 19, 2012

    Small businesses competing with big-box retailers and other chains in the San Francisco Bay Area have devised strategy for wooing customers into their stores: Join forces to promote one another.

    Now 200 members strong, the San Francisco Locally Owned Merchant…

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  • Telltale Signs of a Small Business Superfan [INFOGRAPHIC]

    by on November 14, 2012

    The “buy local” trend has been gaining momentum all over the U.S. as more and more consumers are beginning to understand its positive effects on them, their community, and the environment. But who in your community is the biggest local biz booster? How do you …

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    Intuit Making Wishes Come True for Small Businesses

    by on November 14, 2012

    Success in small business never comes just by wishing for it. But thanks to the new “Small Business, Big Wishes” campaign from Intuit’s Love Our Local Business project, numerous small business owners will have their wishes granted in time for the new year.

    Wh…

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    4 Ways Your Business Can Assist with Sandy Recovery

    by on November 5, 2012

    Owning a small business allows you to effect change on numerous levels. For many of us, it’s one of the reasons we started a business in the first place.

    In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, why not leverage your company, your network, and your time to lend a ha…

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