Small biz spotlight

Small Business Spotlight of the Week: BookTurtle

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Buying books might be one of the guiltiest pleasures, ever.  The smell of the ink, the feel of the paper and, of course, the question of what to do when you’re done reading it.  Some are worth keeping and showing off on your book shelf.  But most do not make the cut. There’s few option […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Manor Works

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When I turned 21, I made a huge mistake.  Drunk (pun definitely intended) with my new I.D. wielding power, I felt my days of Keystone, Old Style and PBR were over and I began to dive into the world of craft beer.  As with most things in life, once you begin to drink quality beer, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Voguette

admin | June 15th, 2011

Keeping up with fashion trends is hard work, for those who are serious about it.  While Chanel and Prada are mainstays, it can be more rewarding to find smaller, boutique designers to buy from.  However, for most people, travelling around the world looking for unique designs is just not feasible. Luckily, Voguette.com exists to help […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Wicked Lasers

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My fifth grade crush on my older brother’s friend got me into Star Wars.  And though the nervous butterflies for him eventually passed, my feelings for a galaxy far, far away were not so fleeting.   I’ll extol the unsung heroism of Wedge Antilles or debate the virtues of an A-wing versus an X-wing with […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Volta

admin | June 1st, 2011

At the turn of the 20th century (around the time when Mike was born), all cars used electricity as means of propulsion.  Their short batteries were charged with hand cranks by gentlemen dressed in duster jackets and driving goggles.  However, they were quickly replaced when technology allowed for gasoline engines. Electric cars are rising in […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: 30GO30

admin | May 24th, 2011

I have the pleasure of moving on June 1st.  I also happen to be a horrible procrastinator.  Granted, I always manage to pull things off and have them done well, but there have been a few occasions I’ve wondered why I do this to myself.  Such is the case with my packing situation. Or, rather, […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: NeverLabs

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One of the biggest criticisms social media faces is that it cuts off users from the real world and creates a false, virtual world of interactions.  This view seems especially true if you’re my 50-year-old, slowly-starting-to-turn-crotchety father. But, social media platforms provide a unique opportunity to create easy connections between people that otherwise might not […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: The Umbrella Initiative

admin | May 9th, 2011

As most of you know, starting a small business is hard.  It can be difficult enough when selling to the general public, where things like advertising and promotions can be used.  There’s an added element of difficulty when a company wants to receive government contract work. This week’s small business spotlight is the not-for-profit, The […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: PVPower

admin | May 3rd, 2011

Being from the Midwest, I’m pretty familiar with wind mills.  Driving through Iowa, Indiana or southern Illinois, they’re pretty hard to miss towering and turning on the horizon. In contrast, the only solar panel I’ve seen in real life was in Forest City, Iowa, a town I’d be hard-pressed to find a handful of people […]

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Small Business Spotlight of the Week: Mancx

admin | April 25th, 2011

After reading Charles Stross’ 2005 sci-fi novel, Accerlerando, Mattias Guilotte was excited.  The book’s theme is largely a question about the trade of information and communication. Inspired by the main character’s job in the book, he scribbled on a yellow sticker: “I want to be an information broker!”  Two years later, he still has that […]

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