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    6 Ways to Promote a 'Buy Local' Campaign

    by on October 16, 2012

    An active “buy local” campaign can boost your business and the regional economy. But to make it work, consumers need frequent and convincing reminders of the benefits of shopping locally, according to Jeff Milchen, co-founder of the American Independent Bu…

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    Indiana Small-Business Owner Wins $5,000 Grant from Intuit

    by on September 24, 2012

    ClearStar Windshield Repair of Carmel, Ind., is the latest winner of a $5,000 grant in Intuit’s Love a Local Business Campaign.

    “This is so cool!” says owner Paul Lawrence, who decided to begin working for himself nearly four years ago. “I had gotten …

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    How Foley's NY Pub & Restaurant Attracts Sports Fans of All Stripes

    by on September 24, 2012

    If you walk into a New York City bar during baseball season, you shouldn’t be surprised to see Yankees or Mets fans watching a game. But what about a large group cheering for the St. Louis Cardinals? Or, heaven forbid, a bunch of folks decked out in Boston R…

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    How to Host Children's Birthday Parties at Your Place of Business

    by on September 21, 2012

    Parents are always looking for creative ideas for their children’s birthday parties. Have you thought about whether your place of business could serve as a venue?

    Diverse enterprises — restaurants, farms, bowling alleys, day-care centers, art studios, pla…

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    3 Mobile Apps to Make Travel Easier

    by on September 18, 2012

    The smartphone can be a road warrior’s handiest tool when it comes to navigating unfamiliar streets. The device’s built-in GPS can not only steer you toward your next meeting, but also keep you from getting stranded if unexpected obstacles (such as traffic…

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    Does a Hot Local Sports Team Lead to Small-Business Success?

    by on August 23, 2012

    The world of professional sports is big business. U.S. consumers spent more than $22 billion last year on spectator sports alone, according to the finance group WR Hambrecht + Co [PDF]. We know that winning a championship greatly benefits a team franchise’s …

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    Meat and Greet: Specialty Butchers Take to the Streets

    by on August 16, 2012

    Carnivores, rejoice! Local meat purveyors want your business, and they’re willing to come to your neighborhood to get it. An increasing number of artisans and entrepreneurs are mobilizing the traditional butcher shop — and hosting social gatherings called…

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    How a Dog Groomer Found Her Small-Business Niche

    by on August 14, 2012

    Small businesses are thriving in the historic town of Southern Pines, N.C., and their secret seems to be effective niche marketing. You can find innovative theater experiences, one-of-a-kind clothing, and specialty dog grooming — as well as community-wide pr…

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