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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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    6 Ways to Attract Cyclists to Your Business

    by on October 29, 2012

    Think that catering to cyclists is a waste of time? Think again. According to a 2011 study [PDF] released by Portland State University, two-wheeled traffic can boost sales at bars, restaurants, and retail stores.

    The study found that, although cyclists typica…

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    Finding Big-City Success in a Small Town

    by on October 18, 2012

    Something about the town of Southern Pines, N.C., inspires small-business owners to find niche markets there and distinctive ways to serve them. Hirease, an employment screening company, is an excellent example.

    Hirease founders Heidi and Paul Dent used to l…

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