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Dog and cat cafés: A unique take on animal...

Crumbs & Whiskers: The dog and cat cafe and animal shelter

12/02/16 09:25AM

Pet cafes have been all the rage in Asia, but in the United States, strict health regulations and zoning laws got in the way. Two driven entrepreneurs, who believed anything is possible, braved all of the red tape and used their social mission as leverage to open minds and successfully grow their companies. watch

5 ways to protect social media from hackers

5 ways to protect social media from hackers

12/02/16 09:25AM

Small businesses depend on social media to get the word out about their companies. It’s extremely important to keep your accounts safe from hackers. Here are five ways you can avoid putting your brand’s social media accounts at risk from Entrepreneur.com. watch

The evolution of downtown Los Angeles

Small Business Advice: Clarify if you are a lifestyle or...

11/18/16 10:01AM

Small business owners play a key role in helping revitalize main streets in their communities. One area that has undergone a dramatic transformation is downtown Los Angeles. MSNBC’s JJ Ramberg and her father tour the area to see how the area has evolved since she used to visit her dad’s office. watch

What is co-shopping?

How to boost co-shopping sales, customers spending together

11/18/16 10:01AM

Shopping with friends and family, better known co-shopping, can be fun around the holidays, and it can even be good for small business owners too. Financial planner and money strategist Justin Krane has these tips for getting creative and boosting sales by encouraging customers to shop together. watch

Your dollars can help local businesses thrive

How small businesses help local economies

11/18/16 09:58AM

Beyond giving our main streets their charm, improving public spaces and offering us more choices, small, independently-owned companies drive local economies. Here’s a breakdown about the benefits of spending locally from the American Independent Business Alliance. watch

10 ways to promote Small Business Saturday

10 ways to promote Small Business Saturday

11/18/16 09:58AM

How do you get your community to shop local on Small Business Saturday? Here are ten ways small business owners can capitalize on this national event from the American Independent Business Alliance. watch

The SBA chief wants you to shop small

The SBA chief wants you to shop small

11/18/16 09:58AM

Local, state and federal officials are spreading the word about the shop local movement. They are throwing their support behind Small Business Saturday. SBA chief Maria Contreras-Sweet tells us what her organization is doing to get ready to back our country’s entrepreneurs. watch

Main Street USA: Preserving Half Moon Bay, CA

Small business success in Half Moon Bay, California

11/18/16 09:57AM

Half Moon Bay is a beautiful seaside village with breathtaking views of the California coastline. The area is an escape for residents of San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Some of the community’s small business owners tell us how this village thrives and remains relevant to visitors by never losing sight of its history. watch

College student manages books and Downtown...

Elliot Johnson: Downtown Brookings manager & college student

11/18/16 09:57AM

While many 20-somethings are going to college or holding down jobs, the main street manager in Brookings, SD is doing both. Elliot Johnson is juggling term papers and exams as well as city council meetings and summer concerts. This senior at South Dakota State University has helped bring downtown in his hometown back to life. watch

Learning from the pros: Hallmark

Hallmark & their secret to long lasting business success

11/11/16 11:23AM

Whether you need a greeting card for a birthday, anniversary or the holidays, the name Hallmark immediately comes to mind. Founded in 1910, it’s the largest manufacturer of cards in the United States. We spoke to Don Hall Jr., the current CEO and grandson of founder Joyce Hall, to get his secrets for success in this Learning from the Pros. watch

Top tip: Combat cyber risks

Top tip: Combat cyber risks

11/11/16 11:19AM

Serial entrepreneur Paul Lewis talks about how you can protect your small business from cyberattacks by being more vigilant about things like passwords and phishing scams. watch

Main Street USA: Revamping Willmar, MN

How the diversity of entrepreneurs revived Willmar, Minnesota

11/11/16 11:18AM

The hardware stores and soda shops that many of us associate with small town main streets are gone. Rows of empty storefronts around the country have left residents struggling to figure out how to revitalize their neighborhoods. In Willmar, MN, locals have found inspiration from new arrivals to the community. watch

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Financial journalist, author and entrepreneur JJ Ramberg focuses on issues and opportunities for businesses across the United States. She highlights important matters that affect business leaders, and offers news, guidance, and insider tips to help them optimize growth, get work done and achieve success. Since its inception, the program has profiled hundreds of businesses to highlight how they have overcome challenges while also offering insightful interviews with business experts and... read more

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