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Small Businesses Take Back Black Friday With a Dash of Plaid

In 2009, Kerri Johnson, owner of Marion & Rose’s Workshop in downtown Oakland, Calif., picked up on a growing backlash against Black Friday, the shopping day after Thanksgiving famous for ever-earlier store openings and frenzied crowds in search of door-buster bargains at big-box stores. “At the time, there was this movement towards not shopping at all on the [...]
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Which States Are Friendliest to Small Business?

Professional services marketplace Thumbtack.com has been surveying the business-friendliness of U.S. states for three years now, and new results were released this summer. The 2014 Small Business Friendliness Survey, undertaken in partnership with the Kauffman Foundation, includes feedback from more than 12,000 small-business owners. Respondents rated Texas, Utah, and Idaho best for small business, while California [...]
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Top Small Business Take-Aways From QuickBooks Connect (With Slides)

UPDATE: Last week thousands of small business owners, accountants and app developers flocked to San Jose for an amazing collaborative experience at QuickBooks Connect. The keynote speeches by business tycoons like Martha Stewart, Magic Johnson and Arianna Huffington were certainly inspiring, but a lot of the magic also happened in the breakout sessions. We've accumulated some of the [...]
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Did You Know? Most Small Businesses Start With $10,000 Or Less

Intuit recently conducted a survey to better understand how small businesses get started, and found that the majority of them do so with $10,000 or less.
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Small Business Employment Shows Large Gains in May 2014; Overall Revenue Up

The May 2014 Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed the largest employment increase in more than a year. This month’s increase is triple the average of 12,000 new jobs per month that have been added since the small business recovery began in April 2010. As well, the April 2014 Intuit Small Business Revenue Index showed that small businesses made [...]
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Cold Weather Impacts March Employment Growth

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The latest Intuit Small Business Employment Index showed no employment growth in March, the second month in a row that small business employment has stalled. The Intuit Small Business Revenue Index also showed that overall small business revenue declined by 0.15 percent in February. Below are highlights from the latest indexes. To download the full report [...]
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Cashing In on Small-Business Optimism

For the first time in five years, small-business owners are feeling more optimistic about their prospects, according to the recently released Wells Fargo/Gallup Small Business Index. Specifically, the index rose 21 points for the first quarter of 2014 to +45, which is the highest it’s been since the third quarter of 2008. The results are [...]
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Rain or Shine: Using Weather Data to Drive Business Decisions

You can’t make it rain so you can sell more raincoats, and you can’t prevent a snowstorm from keeping customers away. But you can use the weather, inclement or otherwise, to your small business’s advantage. Anne Kleinman, founder of Ad Infinitum, relates the story of a client who ignored the possibility of a downpour during [...]
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